March 17, 2008 Hearing Components’ latest noise reducing earphones, the $79.95 Comply NR-10, share a common design with earphones used by the US Army and Special Forces. The Comply NR-10 uses the military technology to deliver 48 decibels of noise reduction, blocking out more noise than the alternatives, without requiring additional battery power.
The earphones are designed to maximize bass response, and use ultra-soft memory foam for the patented Comply Foam Tips (P-version), which comfortably mold the ear buds to a user’s ear canal. They operate in a frequency range of 20Hz to 20 000Hz, with an impedance of 16 Ohms. The Comply NR-10 comes with a 43-inch cable, with a 1/8-inch gold-plated stereo plug.
“As a frequent traveler, I’m constantly bothered by the ambient noise on airplanes,” said Hearing Components President and CEO Dr. Robert Oliveira. “And as we worked with the National Institutes of Health to develop improved noise attenuation resulting in an increased signal-to-noise ratio for various audio listening devices, we realized that the same technology could help travelers like me. The NR-10 earphones virtually block out engine noise as well as other passengers. Now all I hear is pure music, even at low volumes.”