3M TEKK WorkTunes Hearing Protector, MP3 Compatible with AM/FM Tuner
3M TEKK WorkTunes Hearing Protector, MP3 Compatible with AM/FM Tuner
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All-in-one AM/FM radio and hearing protector
Digital tuning with LCD display
MP3 or scanner compatible
Lightweight and comfortable
Innovative decibel limiter
3M TEKK Protection Technology
MProtect your ears while keeping yourself motivated at your job site with your favorite tunes or radio programming with the 3M TEKK WorkTunes. An integrated AM/FM radio and stereo input jack for connecting an MP3 player, you can enjoy music while taking part in activities that require hearing protection. A great choice for use on construction sites, in the workshop, or in the yard while mowing, the WorkTunes hearing protector offers an EPA noise reduction rating of 22 decibels.
Tune in on the jobsite
Make time fly by when working in the yard
Protect your hearing while finishing your DIY project
Mowing the lawn never seemed so relaxing
Decibel meter with recommended hearing protection levels
Turn house work into a family event with your own soundtrack
You'll enjoy convenient, comfortable hearing protection from the WorkTunes headset, which features lightweight gel/foam cushions that feel great even after wearing for an entire day, an adjustable stainless steel headband with padded top. Hearing protectors are recommended whenever you encounter extended periods of sound levels regularly exceeding 85 dBA--essentially, a level of noise where you feel the need to shout in order to be heard by someone just 3-feet away.
The radio and its controls are housed in one cup, and you'll be able to quickly tune to your desired AM or FM radio stations with the easily accessible seek/scan tuning buttons. Reception strength may vary depending upon location. You can also save up to 10-preset stations with a dedicated key that sits below the LCD screen, which offers a large-sized display of the radio frequency. Other controls include a combined on/off/volume control and a toggle button that switches between AM and FM radio. The LCD screen also offers a low battery indicator of all controls.
You can also connect an optional MP3 player (such as an Apple iPod), CD player or other portable devices via the stereo input jack. Additionally, the WorkTunes headset protects your hearing from both the external environment and the music you're listening to thanks to a volume control limiter that tops out at 85 dB.
The radio and digital input are powered by 2 AA batteries (not included), which provide approximately 140 hours of operating time.
What's in the box
- One 3M TEKK WorkTunes with digital tuning hearing protector, instructions, and one connector cord to connect an MP3 player to the hearing protector.
|Product Length:||4.0 inches|
|Product Width:||6.75 inches|
|Product Height:||10.0 inches|
|Product Weight:||1.5 pounds|
|Package Length:||7.0 inches|
|Package Width:||6.0 inches|
|Package Height:||6.0 inches|
|Package Weight:||0.9 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 757 reviews|
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262 of 270 found the following review helpful:
Almost perfect Apr 12, 2008
I tune and rebuild pianos as a hobby, so you can imagine how much I value my hearing. I never even swing a hammer without hearing protection, so I have a pair of earmuffs on pretty much all the time while in the shop.
Of course, I also love music. Since I got the Worktunes headphones, I can listen to my music clearly without having to blast it over the sounds of power equipment.
Pros: Digital tuning. Memory presets. Lasts 2 solid days on AA batteries when listening to the radio. Pretty durable. Great reception in rural areas (as good as can be expected from an antenna of this size). Speaker sound quality and dynamic range from an external MP3 player is excellent - much better than I expected.
Cons: In cities and areas of strong signals, the receiver frontend saturates easily and you will hear several stations poorly at once (intermodulation). This is a common problem for many simple FM receivers.
The volume knob doesn't function for the MP3 input... it would be nice if I could change the volume of my music without fidgeting with the MP3 player. This also means that the MP3 input bypasses the amplification circuitry. The power for sound comes from your tiny MP3 player's battery rather than the cheap robust AA batteries in the headphones. That was poor engineering, as it would have been very easy to pipe in the input through the audio amp - sparing the tiny MP3 battery and utilizing the volume knob. In fact, I will modify the input in this manner very soon.
With the radio and the noise reduction, you really can't hear a darn thing that is going on. That could be good and bad. Someone could be robbing your shop in a bulldozer and you'd never know it. Two people have already snuck up on me while wearing these. Be aware of your security. I would not recommend using these while working in a bad neighborhood, or in a situation where a partner will be depending on you to hear screams for help.
Summary: For the price, don't expect anything perfect. The radio problem is minor and common. The noise reduction is excellent. This product exceeded my expectations. If I break these, I will gladly buy another pair. I don't know how I lived without them!
325 of 354 found the following review helpful:
Don't Purchase Jun 15, 2008
This Worktunes AM/FM headphone radio (#90541) isn't worth buying, even at the reduced price Amazon is selling them for. They are junk.
I was persistent and tried out two(2) of the Worktunes from Amazon, thinking the first one was just defective from the factory. Amazon was good at replacing them promptly.
I think the unit is good for hearing protection against outside loud sounds or perhaps as a MP3 only listening device (I hadn't tried that) and, though tight on the head, it fits around ears well(a little tight) and is fairly comfortable. But, as a digital AM/FM radio, it is the poorest radio I've ever owned. I've seen similar comments from others hear.
I have a similar digital AM/FM (with an input jack) headphone radio that I purchased about 10 years ago from Radio Shack that is three (3) times better for listening to AM/FM stations while working. I wanted to replace it because the outside noise wasn't being blocked enough when I cut my grass or worked in the woodshop and the earmuff part of the headphone was getting pretty ragged. I like the digital tuning part of the radio.
I owned a "dial-type" tuner AM/FM headphone radio once that kept getting knocked off station every time you bumped the radio's tuner dial. This would happen while bending your head and the radio touching your shoulder, or your forearm touches the dial while working-I'll never buy the dial-type one again for listening while working.
I have the same local AM and FM stations that I can pickup very well with my table top radios, the Radio Shack AM/FM headphone radio, and an undercounter radio, that this radio picks up either poorly or not at all. The local FM station (~15-20 miles away) sounds good unless you turn your head. It starts to fade into other FM stations. The only way to then get the signal back is to either turn your head back where it was or put your hand on it's whip antenna. This shouldn't happen on a FM channel. There is definitely something wrong with the FM antenna system (probably AM, too) on this radio.
The AM station's reception is similar to my Radio Shack unit. You face one direction, you get the station. You face another direction, the signal goes away. The only difference with the Worktunes, compared to my Radio Shack radio, is that the Worktunes won't even pickup, at all, a station about 30 miles away.
This radio has antenna, perhaps internal radio circuitry problems. I expected more from a Peltor radio. I tried to find information on the Net about these reception problems, from the company that makes the radio, without luck.
I returned my last Worktunes to Amazon within the 30 days and am awaiting a full refund.
I'll keep an eye out for another company making a digital AM/FM headphone radio, or for Peltor to come out with a redesigned digital AM/FM headphone radio before buying one again.
Hope this helps others decide on their purchase of this radio.
85 of 93 found the following review helpful:
Listening to music while you work Apr 02, 2008
I bought this for my husband. For years and years, he has worn protector headsets while working outside and in his workshop with NO listening to music. Now, he was truly excited to listen to music/talk radio while he works.
I set up the radio stations. 5 AM and 5 FM stations for preset. The enclosed instructions on this were vague. But following the instructions and pressing the menu button I knew the radio station had done the preset. The digital screen would show the preset as m1, m2, m3, m4,or m5. There is a right/left arrow button to search between radio stations. Then the AM/FM dial. There is a place for a stereo jack for your players. The screen will indicate when the batteries are low.
One thing, one radio station would not preset. A local station, too. It could not pick up a strong signal and therefore could not preset. But I succeeded with the rest. He says, "reception is great". We live in rural Oregon.
My husband did say the headset fit better than any other he had used.
He nows takes it back and forth from work as he is a heavy machine operator. He says Peltor is a well known brand.
June 24, Update
I have been using this headset while I vaccum. I can hear my stations just fine. Once in a while when I bend over I will hear static for a second or two. I still hear the vaccum, but it sounds like it is far away and muffled.
24 of 25 found the following review helpful:
Not the quality I expected Jun 09, 2008
I had high hopes for this item, but it fell quite short. The tuner is digital, but it is not accurate. For example, if you want to tune to 860AM you might have to try 850 or 870. The FM tuner had the same problem. Secondly the reception is very poor. I live very close to a major city and I receive AM at my house very well on all types of radios. This unit would barely pull in the local AM stations, and then only if you turned your head a certain direction. Not very convenient. Lastly, the sound quality on the stations I could pick up was very poor. Reminded me of two cans on a string. Overall, very disappointing, and the item was returned for a refund.
27 of 29 found the following review helpful:
Better ways to spend your money... Jul 25, 2008
By T. Buckingham
I'd love to make this a positive review. Truly, I would. But this is an inferior product, and I think you should know that before you throw away your money as I have.
Other reviewers have mentioned the poor quality of the FM reception. They're telling the truth. Not only is the reception of nearby stations poor, this tuner is incapable of screening out the other stations of similar frequencies. So, not only can't you properly follow the story you're so desperate to hear on NPR, you've got to contend with country western music overlaying said story. And the "reception" (I'm being generous) changes depending on how you're holding your head and on your position on the globe. If you can hear the radio where you're standing, walk ten feet in any direction and all bets are off. Needless to say, wearing them while mowing the yard can be an amazingly frustrating experience.
So, perhaps you're thinking this won't really bother you, since you're planning to use the handy included cord to listen to your MP3 player. Sorry. Plugging in a high quality audio source [I use my iPhone or iPod] only serves to accentuate the extraordinarily poor quality of the other audio components in these headphones/hearing protectors. Really, you'd be amazed how lame they truly are. In fact, the distortion at the modest and modulated levels allowed by the electronics is so bad you might not even recognize a favorite song when it comes along.
I purchased these when my earlier version of the WorkTunes headphones (Peltor WorkTunes AM/FM Radio Headset with 22 dB Reduction Hearing Protector #90545) expired. Overall, I was happy with them, but one channel mysteriously quit working, and I was intrigued with the prospect of listening to an iPod with the new version. I should have kept my money. Don't make the same mistake I have. Benefit from my misfortune. Here's what you should do:
Buy ANY other reasonably priced over-the-ear hearing protector on Amazon and use them over a pair of Apple earbuds (Apple Earbud Headphones (White)) or another high quality pair of in-ear headphones (Apple In-Ear Headphones- M9394G/C). Your ears will thank you and your wallet will, too.
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