The Bottom Line
While background sounds are amplified higher than desired, the comfort and reduction of loud noises make these a viable option to traditional hearing protection.
- Comfortable over-the-ear noise-suppression hearing protection with >25dB active noise reduction
- Quick-response technology protects against sudden, loud noises
- Weather resistant
- 2-year warranty
- Input audio from external source is barely loud enough to be heard when source is maxed out
- Picks up and amplifies background sounds (like ceiling fan noise) as much as desired sounds (voices)
- Operated by a 4-volt Lithium-Ion cell, with external charger included.
- Electronic noise suppression reduces the maximum noise level to 82 decibels.
- Has a built-in 1/8" audio jack that allows any headphone level audio source to be connected to the headphones.
Guide Review - Ryobi Tek4 Audio Plus Noise Suppression Headphones
After giving these Ryobi noise suppression headphones, I wanted a second opinion, so I asked a drummer who plays a lot of very loud music to give them a try. He typically wears foam ear plugs when he plays to protect his ears. However, after trying these headphones, he was very excited, because it gave him the opportunity to mix his iPod music and the live drums (that were picked up by the small microphones in the noise suppression headphones) in a way that protected his hearing but allowed him to play along with whatever music he chose on his iPod. While they certainly don't rival some of the audiophile-level noise suppression headphones available, he felt they were great for protecting his ears and giving him the ability to hear both his music and the drums.
At the suggested retail price point of $69.95, that makes them a pretty good value.