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Otto noizebarrier Micro

The ongoing civil unrest in many cities has led to a dramatic reevaluation of gear.  Such scrutiny has been urgent and widespread among peace officers ( think laser-safe eyewear and solutions for hearing protection) but is increasingly common across the entire spectrum of gun owners. Recently Chris Tran (seasoned LEO and Mag Life contributor) shared his thoughts about the Otto Noizebarrier Micro hearing protection in just this context. 

Let’s quickscope it. 

Otto Noizebarrier Earpro

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Otto Engineering I wear their Range SAs on my helmet at work, and I’ve been T&Eing their Noizebarrier Micros as a possible solution for our bike officers that are working the protests and riots in the area. – muffs won’t work under their bike helmets, and earplugs are a no-go as they lose situational awareness.

Thus far, the Micros have performed very well on the range, indoors, against NFDDs [Noise Flash Diversionary Device, aka “flashbangs”], and in fight exposures. The biggest issue so far is individual officer ear canal depth and finding a comfortable ear-tip.

Otto Noizebarrier electronic earpro

One of the big concerns I had was losing an earbud during a fight, hard takedown, or resistive arrest. The Micros come [and combat such issues] with a thin, strong, unobtrusive lanyard. That, in conjunction with this, a dual acoustic tube attachment, is money.

Not only can you hook the Micro earbuds up directly to your acoustic tube(s) but they add another level of earbud retention. I thread the lanyard through the acoustic tube coils and attach it to the drag handle of my carrier – so if an earbud happens to get knocked out during a fight, there is a much better chance of retaining the earbud as it’s tethered by a lanyard and an acoustic tube as well.

Tran says the Otto Noizebarrier Micros have “…new earpiece kits, officers can plug their acoustic audio tube directly into the micros, allowing for clear comms and the same 360° active hearing protection we need to maintain situational awareness and active hearing protection as well.”

 

electronic earpro from Otto, earbuds closeup

The Otto Noizebarrier Micro has proprietary triple-flange earplugs that attach the Micros to the acoustic tubes. You insert them like you would standard foamies. Get a good seal, and then turn the Micros on. Comms get pumped through the earplugs via a separate pipe incorporated into the plug. 

Otto noizebarrier micro

Tactical headset by Otto Communications: Otto Range SA

If you’re curious, Tran advises the Otto Range SA headset he wears on his helmet “blew his MSAs out of the water”, relegating his Sordins to backup. He says his only (negative) critique of the Range SA style is that they autogate with wind noise. 

Tactical headset - Chris Tran

Keep up with more like this via Tran’s social media, @christranfiveoh. Find Otto’s earpro online.

If Tran publishes a formal review here or elsewhere we’ll update this article. 

Otto Communications - Chris Tran comms

Chris Tran, @christranfive0h — so hot right now!

 

 

 

 

Noizebarrier Micro Specs and details

The Otto Noizebarrier Micro is described by the manufacturer as, “…high-definition and rechargeable electronic earplugs offer unsurpassed situational awareness and clear communication while providing hearing protection from loud noises. The dual-mode NoizeBarrier earplugs offer active hearing protection as well as hearing enhancement for extremely effective sound localization and detection.”

 

Otto Noizebarrier Micro case

NRR:  28 dB(Foam Tips); 23 dB (3-Flange Tips)

Frequency Response:  40Hz – 16kHz

Transducers:  Balanced armature receivers (speakers), Wide bandwidth, low-noise MEMS microphones

Battery Performance:

Earplugs:  Up to 16 hours

Charge Station:  20 earplug charge cycles

Additional specs:

  • Up to 40 dB of impulse noise protection
  • Up to 15 dB adaptive noise attenuation
  • Hearing enhancement-mode – amplifies soft sounds up to 5X
  • Natural hearing for safe sounds
  • Accu-Technology® high-definition sound quality
  • One-button touchpad, 2-mode operation
  • Rechargeable with up to 16 hours of continuous use
  • Earpiece and case IP67 water-resistant
  • Charging status LCD panel

otto earpro earbud close-up

Noizebarriers case

David Reeder’s Wu Tang name is Lucky Prophet. He is a retired AF veteran, former Peace Officer, and current Tier 2.5 writer-operator. Over the course of his career, he has worked a variety of military and lE billets, served as an Observer-Controller at the National Homeland Security Training Center, a MOUT instructor, and an MTT tracking instructor – all of which sounds much cooler than it really was. Although he only updates his website once in a very great while, he can absolutely be relied upon to post to social media (@reederwrites) at least once a month. -Ish.