For the past three weeks, I have been deliberately muting the sound that I hear. Testing earplugs isn’t particularly complicated – after all, you just put them in and then carry about your normal business – but these earplugs in particular claim to have an ace up their sleeve.
You see, the Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs are designed to reduce as much as 22 dB of sound while allowing certain frequencies to pass through to your ear. The intended result for motorcycle riders is a safer audible experience while still allowing you the benefit of enjoying your intercom system.
wBW has reviewed many sets of earplugs over the years, but none have made the same claims as Vibes.
Hot off the heels of my Neotec II review, the Vibes were tested in conjunction with the Neotec II and, more specifically, with the Sena SRL intercom system.
So, let’s dig into the Vibes and see if they do what they claim.
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In the Package
Inside the box you’ll find the Vibes with three sets of tips. There’s also a small plastic carrying case which fits the entire lot, including the Vibes themselves.
What Makes the Vibes Special?
Earplugs typically come in two varieties: off the shelf, and custom made. Most are made of foam, though a moldable putty is also a common material choice.
In all cases, earplugs work by blocking the ear canal and reducing the intensity of the sound waves that pass through them. The end effect is that sounds are quieter and your hearing is safer. …read more