Safe & Sound: Earplugs Reviewed at SXSWArticle by: Art Gimbel
Fri May 02, 2014 | 00:00 AM
When your ears are left ringing for hours after a live concert, it's time to take necessary measures to protect your hearing for the future. We road-tested four low-cost earplugs at some of SXSW's showcase events to find out what gives you the most (muffled) bang for your buck.
Downbeats + Snoop Dogg at Guitar Center's Austin Rooftop Showcase
"Drop it like it's hot."
Decibel Rating: 18dB
Comfort: Excellent, cozy, and low profile
Overall: My personal favorite. Good sound, low profile, and a sweet case make Downbeats a winner.
Etymotic Research ETY ER20 + Cashmere Cat at Hype Hotel
"Wedding bells (but no honeymoon)."
Decibel Rating: 12dB NRR
Overall: Excellent sound, but long stems feel awkward. Best sound, but found myself not using them.
Hearos High Fidelity Earplugs + Lady Gaga at the Doritos Bold Stage, Stubbs
Decibel Rating: 20dB NRR
Overall: Decent and comfortable set of plugs, the music was not a clean as the ETY20's
Hearos Ultimate Softness + Phantogram at Guitar Center's Austin Rooftop
"Black out days."
Price: $6.99 for 20 pairs
Decibel Rating: 32dB NRR
Overall: Very comfortable with great noise reduction, nice to extras give to friends