Monday, 4 February 2013
Overt V Covert Earpieces
A lot of people user the acoustic style covert earpieces all the time simply because they look a bit more Ally, but are they really as comfortable and do they offer the same level of audio performance as there non covert alternatives?
Covert earpieces are normally a clear acoustic tube which loops over the ear and runs down the back of the neck to a hidden transducer. You can also get the wireless covert ear pieces which are a lot more expensive and consist of a small wireless receiver and speaker in a bud about the size of a baked bean which can we inserted into the ear canal. Wireless earpieces are more covert but will set you back at least £100, normally more like £250 inc a PTT switch and mic etc. The acoustic tube style is only going to set you back less than £20.
The covert tube style earpieces normally come in two styles, with or without PTT mic. Without the PTT & Mic (which should only cost about a tenner) you can plug it into a chest mic, now although this kind of defeats the "Covert" element of the earpiece I have seen a lot of operators do it based on the fact they prefer the light weight comfort and fit of the acoustic tube and in ear bud (or gel insert) over the overt G and D shape earpieces. The downside can be a loss of sound quality over the D and G Shape Earpieces, esp with the use of the in ear bud which fully blocks the ear canal, however I have found that by investing in a good quality product there is no loss of volume or clarity with a covert acoustic tube and a definite increase in comfort.
The third type of covert earpiece is an alternative approach, rather than trying to hide the earpiece, try and disguise it! These earpieces are designed to look like commercial headphones for MP3 players or Ipods. They might come in white, or another funky colour allowing the wearer to "hide in plain site".