Best DJ Earplugs For The Club - DJ TechTools


Best DJ Earplugs For The Club For DJs, one of the most important and irreplaceable tools that we all have is our hearing. One of the biggest on-the-job dangers is loud sound exposure, hearing loss, and potentially tinnitus – so what are the best musician / DJ earplugs that allow you to spend lots of time in high-volume environments? Today we review some of our favorite options on the market. DJ Earplugs: Testing Notes I’ve tested a wide array of these earplugs for almost a whole year now in various environments, from small festivals like Desert Hearts and Sunset Campout, rough conditions and massive soundsystems at Burning Man, and in front of fantastic and powerful club systems like at Public Works in San Francisco. The truth is that it’s next-to-impossible to DJ with earplugs in – if you need to have hearing protection while DJing, we recommend getting in-ear headphones like the Westone UM Pro 20s and combining them with a Subpac M2 – this will let you feel the sound without blowing out your ears via crappy monitors. But DJs need to spend plenty of time on the other side of the soundsystems in clubs and at festivals – which is why we’ve reviewed these six sets of earplugs in a variety of styles. 3M Classic Foam Earplugs Price: Inexpensive – purchased two sets for $1 at Mezzanine in San Francisco DB reduction: 29dB What rocks: These guys are cheap, and as a result many clubs sell them all over the place, Dancesafe and other organizations give them out for free at many festivals. One size really does fit all – just squish it up and it’s smaller What Isn’t as Great: They’re not musician’s earplugs – sounds are blocked out equally making it more difficult to hear the frequencies that you want to hear in the club. They start to become pretty uncomfortable about 5-10 minutes in your ears, make it nearly impossible to hear what people right next to you are saying. These are the low-end standard in earplugs, and you’ll find them in factories and construction sites around the world as they’re made first and foremost to prevent hearing damage. There’s no consideration for conserving different parts of the audio spectrum, and they aren’t especially comfortable to squish into your ear (the foam presses out against your ear canal when inserted – as foam always tries to return to it’s original shape. For the price, these earplugs are good, powerful (29dB!) protection if you’ve forgotten to bring a nicer set with you to a club or festival. But they’re mostly viewed as disposable earplugs, which makes sense as they’re very easy to lose, and get pretty disgusting after just a few uses.Even wiping them down with isopropyl alcohol doesn’t seem to clean them up very well. Earlove Classic / ETY•Plugs Price: $13 on Earlove DB reduction: approximately 20 dB across all frequencies What rocks: Solid cross-frequency reduction that allows music and conversations to come through clear and enjoyable. Carrying case is very easy to add to a set of keys – ensuring you don’t ever forget them. What Isn’t as Great: The three-layer design works very well for a great cross-frequency reduction, but can feel a bit odd in the ear canal. This design also tends to accumulate ear wax easier than others. Historically, this style of earplugs has been one of the most popular designs on the market. Made by Etyomic, and cross-branded as Earlove, these plugs are solid for use in a club because they have such a well-designed reduction evenly across frequencies. Personally, I’m not a big fan of this three-layer earplug design because they often feel odd in the ear canal. Sometimes they take a bit of twisting to insert and make sure that you’ve got each of the three layers properly seated in your ear. But it’s worth it, as that same design is what allows these earplugs to boast a powerful 20dB average reduction across all frequencies. They come in two sizes, Standard and Large – and based on their own research, Standard size fits most ears. The back ends of the Earloves do stick out of your ear a bit, which might get some weird looks on the dancefloor, but in general they’re a great workhorse set of earplugs. Worth noting – Earlove has a new design, Earlove-XO, with a more discreet profile and included strap – we haven’t had a chance to test them for this article. V-Moda VIP Faders Price: $19 on DJTT’s store DB reduction: up to 20 dB What Rocks: Strap and case make for easy around-the-neck carrying. Incredibly comfortable over long periods of time. Sound great. What Isn’t as Great: Easy to accidentally lose the case when the plugs are in-use. The V-Moda VIP Faders are probably the most-used set of earplugs in my growing ear protection arsenal, for two main reasons: they’re incredibly easy to have on-hand at all times, and they’re incredibly comfortable to wear for long periods. When the plastic case is around the earplugs, the attached strap sticks out from the case, allowing the earplugs to easily be wo…

We review some of the best DJ earplugs available on the market for use in club and festival environments.

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