I thought about doing this as a product review, but it doesn’t fit the mold considering it isn’t a woodworking tool at all. I like to listen to podcasts and music while I work the wood. Maybe it is a younger generation thing, but I always like to have tunes/news/podcasts/lectures around.
Previously I had setup speakers, which didn’t work with hearing protection. I have hearing protection that lets you plug in an audio cable, so if I was just sanding I could cord myself up. That didn’t work when i was doing anything more dangerous than that though. I didn’t like the idea of an MP3 player because the cord would be dangerous dangling around. I eventually settled on a pair of bluetooth earbud headphones.
I have an older generation tablet in the shop. It is mostly sealed, so sawdust isn’t an issue. Having access to email, music, spreadsheets, notes, calculators, and being able to look things up online is nice. The bluetooth function lets me stream my music, youtube, or whatever to my headphones while I work.
If you have a laptop/tablet with bluetooth, this is perfect! The ear buds do a decent job of blocking out some noise from tools. For example, drilling is often quiet enough to not need further hearing protection. If you do need more, I find that ear muffs fit right over buds with out disturbing anything. I can run my nosiest tools and still hear my music, even on low volume. It is very comfortable around your neck, and they never come off. I haven’t had any issues with them being a safety issues, your face shouldn’t be that close to the saw for any reason. Lastly, the range is good enough to hear everywhere in my 2 car wood shop, and battery life is good enough to get me through an all day shop session.
If you want to buy some amazon has them for about 50 bucks.
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