Increasing Headphone Safety

Slotted earcup baffles add to the durability and longevity. 2nd installment of a series on headphones and headsets.

Whether for a language learning exercise or a differentiated group read-along for beginning readers, if the headphone or headset isn’t working properly, then everyone loses. Lost time from down equipment can be frustrating, costly, and can even delay the timetable of scheduled learning activities. Before the buy decision is made, one detail to consider that will reduce the chance of a broken headphone are protective slotted earcup baffles.

Listening First earcup baffles 3066 earcup baffles

Califone offers this feature on most of its wired headphones and headsets, lightweight or heavy-duty, wireless, monaural or stereo.

Students of any age have a knack for fiddling with equipment as if they were toys or items designed for relieving stress instead of audio gear. That is why the smaller 2800 and 2810 Listening First™ series of stereo headphones have these slotted baffles to prevent speaker access from prying fingers, jammed paper clips or foreign objects into the earcups, causing irreversible damage. The larger monaural 2924AV series and stereo series of headphones come equipped with the slotted baffles to prevent access to the internal speaker so that the speaker cone does not get punctured. The same feature is also found on the 2964 deluxe monaural headset (used CardMaster™ Card Readers), the 2985PG Sound Alert™ monaural headphone, the 3066 headset series and even on the wireless CLS series

By deterring accidental puncturing of the internal speaker, the slotted baffles help learners stay focused on the task at hand and reduces the need for earlier than planned replacement, saving money.

Click here to read the first article, which focuses on other factors to consider when purchasing a headphone such as the cord and plug construction. To read the third article in the series click here.


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