See these tiny shiny little buds here? Well they promise that whatever loud environment you get into (like huge, kick-ass parties, or at the beginning of RWY 14L, or on the deck of USS Nimitz), from now on, it will make your life so much less noisy, less trouble for your hearing, and a lot more enjoyable for you.
Sara was kind enough to send us a couple of Ear Peace plugs, so we can have a look at them. Thanks Sara.
What Are They Supposed To Do?
You put them in your ear (obviously) and, using very advanced alien-like technology, supported by years of study and research in the field of sound and hearing and perception and what not, it attenuates only the higher sound levels, while still keeping up its quality and still allowing you to hear yourself and hear others that might try to talk to you.
What Will You Get
Besides the plugs (you get 3 of them), you also get a high-quality aluminum key chain recipient to store them, printed instructions and explanations, and a set of three, red plastic pieces, which change your plugs from low to medium hearing protection.
The nice thing is that you get 3 of everything! Just in case you are crazier and lose one or whatever. So instead of getting 4 plugs, we ended up with 6 of them, which means a third person could use one extra from each one of us.
How Do They Work?
This is the active piece in the buds, the one which does everything. Those are interchangeable, meaning that if for whatever reason your environment requires better protection, you just take out the skin tone-tinted one, and swap it for a red one. It’s not rocket science, but you do have to be careful where you do it – otherwise… it’s just very tiny and it goes on the floor. More on this should be on the Ear Peace website.
The Keychain Recipient
The keychain is actually what really got us. It’s high-quality, shiny and very fashionable. It’s a very stylish 3-piece aluminum casing that screws off and lets you store your buds in it.
The cool part is that you don’t really need the longer centerpiece. You can just leave it off and screw the other two parts together. Enough room in there two fit a pair of Ear Peace ear plugs.
The opposite of course is also possible. Actually, we’ve tried combining them in several ways, and it’s pretty cool.
Pricey or… Not Really
Well, depending on where you get them, they shouldn’t be more than $13 for a pair plus the shipping.
You can buy them in tan, light or black skin variants. And the shiny casing comes in dark, silver or pink colors.
Do They Really Work?
Just to make sure we’re getting them reviewed properly, we actually went to a party and tried them out. So here is our experience.
There are a couple of things to bear in mind. One is that you need special instructions on how to insert them to make sure you enjoy full hearing protection and that they don’t come off. You’re supposed to stretch the ear canal, insert them, and push them in a little gently until they seem comfortable. You do get instructions on how to do this properly.
Secondly, the first two minutes after you put them in are a little bit unusual. Everything you hear is going to sound much more distant, much less intense, seemingly further away from you. Then, your own voice is going to seem muffed. All this is usual, but you are going to get used to it pretty quickly.
Your friends still need to raise their voice; otherwise you won’t hear them well.
As to how they look, yes, they might look a little weird but only if you look closely, and from a side. Please say hello to our friend Obi. :)
We got up very close to the decks, and where the speakers were. Music is still loud upfront, banging hard; the bass line is still pounding hard and still makes your shirt move, but after 15 minutes of straight dancing and drinking, just the atmosphere will start to seem… not loud enough?
So at one point I even said hell; it’s just not loud enough for me as it is, I’m taking one bud off. That’s the moment when I discovered what these ear buds do. So at that point, the sound was sooooo freakin’ loud, so intense… very harassing. Took me a few seconds to get the bud back in correctly but I was like whoa man! The right ear was ringing from loudness, on top of the sound. It is an unpleasant experience.
I didn’t pay much attention to the sound quality though. In my opinion, it doesn’t matter. Even without the buds, at that high sound level all you can hear is garbage if you’re that close to the speakers. Whether the buds keep it up or not, they can’t enhance anything. The best they do is normalizing the sound and keep it low to protect your hearing. Which is good. Kudos to Ear Peace.
If you’re a careless guy, or you rarely go to any parties at all, then you don’t need them.
But if you do go to parties regularly, and you do enjoy music, and you love to sit front-row on the fence and shout and be crazy and dance, your experience is going to be a whole lot better with the Ear Peace ear plugs.
So go here, get a pair and try them out. Truth is you really don’t know how good they are unless you actually try them out yourself!