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    Bluetooth hearing protection

    So a while back I was looking for hearing protection that also has bluetooth built in for listening to music while mowing. My Howard Leight ear muffs came with a 4' cord for connecting an mp3 player or phone, but I was a little tired of tree limbs catching the cable or catching it on the steering levers getting off the mower. Only ones I could find were in the $400+ range and still didn't support music via bluetooth. So I improvised...

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    I found this little guy for $18 and also bought a 6" 3.5mm male to male stereo patch cable off amazon.
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    adapter
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    cable
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    It's got its own amplifier, so it's actually a little louder than connecting my phone directly. You charge it via a USB cable, which last for several hours. The sound quality is a bit lacking, but acceptable.
    Darren

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    interesting...

    Literally two days ago the same type of gizmo from thinkgeek.com (link here) showed up in my mailbox, but at over twice the price.

    If you really were to use it in a car, as shown in that photo, I wonder how quickly the removal + charging would become an annoyance...

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    Cool. That's a slick idea.

    BTW, thanks for pointing me to the Howard Leight ear muffs a couple of years ago. Everyone that has tried mine (including a number of people in my shooting club) has raved about them and declared they were going to buy a pair.
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    Why not just use the ear buds that came with the original device?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    Why not just use the ear buds that came with the original device?
    My Howard Leight ear muffs came with a 4' cord for connecting an mp3 player or phone, but (((((I was a little tired of tree limbs catching the cable or catching it on the steering levers getting off the mower.)))))
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    I used to use use buds under my passive muffs too, but same problem with it getting caught on stuff. Mostly what prompted me was the fact my phone had gotten yanked from my pocket and laid on the mower deck for about 10 minutes before noticing it.
    Darren

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    I just use the buds and drop the player down the front of my shirt, keeps the cord manageable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    I just use the buds and drop the player down the front of my shirt, keeps the cord manageable.
    That would work too, but what if I go topless?
    Darren

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    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

    Rule of thumb is if you don’t know what tool to buy next, then you probably don’t need it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    That would work too, but what if I go topless?
    Just slip it in your Speedo.
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