Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with the comfort of this headset. I think the comfort is due in large part to the material and softness of the ear sealing cups. We have tried other brands and found that the ear cups would cause discomfort within a short period of time, especially when wearing eye protection. Overall, we found this product to be of the best quality out of all the products we tried.
The headset fit comfortably under our tac helmets. Team members had no issues with comfort level or fit. The audio performance far met my expectations. The device was tested next to a busy highway and the headset worked flawlessly. The noise cancellation and radio traffic clarity met and exceeded my expectations. I was able to determine the direction of sounds without any issues, but it does take some getting used to in order to set the volume to the correct level so it is not overpowering. The headset was easy to set up and use. The ptt and headset connected without any issues which would make the equipment easy to setup up in a hurry. I expected the headset to be much heavier, but it seemed to be the perfect size and weight. It did not feel cumbersome while wearing the product. I have used other products with ptt and bone mic technology, but this product surpassed my expectations. The size weight and overall sturdy build of the product made it practical for use in tactical situations. The noise cancellation and audio feedback surpassed my expectations. The clarity of the headset was top notch.
We utilized the Hi-Threat headset for the duration of a training cycle using both the stand alone headband and the helmet mounting system. The headset was coupled with a TEA Dual-com U94 PTT connected to 2 x Harris AN/PRC-152A radios for detachment communications and ground-to-air communications. The detachment found that the headset had unprecedented hear-through capability as well as exceptional sound quality for external noise and radio traffic. Ground-to-air communications typically use Amplitude Modulation (AM) based frequencies, which can induce static feedback in some headsets. The Hi-Threat system did not emit feedback to the user enhancing data transmission and accuracy. The system utilizes a ruggedized boom microphone, which provides exceptional value added to the headset via background noise cancelling capability and robust design. The boom microphone is the most significant point of failure for competitor’s headset systems. The detachment did not find any failures in the equipment during the duration of the exercise. The enhanced capabilities of the headset provided the detachment exceptional situational awareness and increased speed and accuracy for data transmission.
The headset was comfortable, and I actually prefer the TEA MARK helmet rail adapters vs the standard peltor adapters that I used to run. Very impressed with the headset in regards to audio performance. Maybe it’s because it’s newish, but I could tell a huge difference from my old dual peltors. I would rate the audio performance above all others.