The 3M Peltor FM-Radio Headset (model number HRXS7A-01) combines a pair of high-quality ear defenders with a built-in FM radio. These ear defenders let you listen to the radio while protecting your hearing and blocking out loud sounds.
Radio ear defenders can be useful for people who work long hours in noisy environments, as they reduce background noise while giving you something interesting to listen to.
The 3M Peltor FM-Radio Headset is made by respected brand 3M, and is popular among farmers, foresters, landscapers and factory workers. Find out more about what it can do and how it performs in this review.
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Pros and cons
These ear defenders have a foam ear cushions and a padded headband that is designed to distribute weight evenly, making the ear defenders more comfortable for extended use.
The built-in radio is FM-only, so there’s no DAB or AM radio. However, there is a 3.5 mm stereo jack so you can connect an MP3 player, phone or other audio source.
The 3M Peltor FM-Radio Headset should withstand light rain and showers, though it’s best to keep them dry if possible.
The manufacturer states that the batteries last 140 hours and this seems fairly accurate. You can listen to the radio for weeks without needing to replace the batteries, which is great.
The radio often needs retuning which can be irritating. It would be good if the radio automatically retuned itself like the radio on the Nordstrand Ear Defenders. Another issue is that there is sometimes interference from the radio when you listen to music via the aux input, for example from your phone.
The 3M Peltor FM-Radio Headset would be a good choice for listening to the radio while doing a variety of jobs including driving a tractor, cutting grass. You could also use them for listening to commentary at sporting events like races. They’re comfortable and have excellent battery life, though they’re quite expensive and sometimes suffer from interference.
3M have released a newer alternative to these ear defenders, the 3M PELTOR WorkTunes Pro FM Radio Headset.
One pair of radio ear defenders that won’t suffer from the same interference problem as the 3M Peltor FM-Radio Headset is the ION Audio Tough Sounds Headphones. They have Bluetooth so you can wirelessly stream audio from your phone, which is very convenient.
For some more options see our roundup of the best radio ear defenders in the UK.