You are about to enter a wonderful new world of peace and quiet, whether your noise problems are coming from your family, your neighbors, your co-workers, the traffic outside your home or the love of your life who snores all night.
Our Personal Isolation System(TM) is the only system of its kind available anywhere and it comes as close as you can get to providing perfect isolation against any kind of noise. The system includes two components: 1) a set of in-ear isolation earphones and 2) a source of masking sounds.
WARNING: Using a Personal Isolation System(TM) at a volume that exceeds safe levels can damage your hearing. A Personal Isolation System(TM) is capable of masking emergency alarms, crying children and other sounds you may want or need to be able to hear, and with the system in place, ordinary alarm clocks may not be loud enough to wake you.
Build your personal isolation system in three steps:
1. Consider what you need from your Personal Isolation System.
2. Choose your earphones
3. Choose your Sound Generator Machine
Consider what you need from your Personal Isolation System:
Will you use your system when you are awake, during sleep, or both? If
during sleep, you will need to choose the custom molded Challenger S earphones
which are the only phones comfortable enough to lie on and wear all night or all
day as needed. If you will be using the system just during your waking hours,
you will have more choices of earphones that will work. All the earphones we
recommend are made to block a significant amount of sound which is critical in
achieving the level of isolation from noise that you are seeking.
Will you use your system where radios and music players are not allowed?
Though most of the sound generator machines we recommend do not play music, the
Sound Oasis Deluxe does include AM/FM radio functions which may not be permitted
in some workplaces. Where music is permitted, however, the Sound Oasis Deluxe is
a great choice. It features 120 sounds, AM/FM radio, rich full stereo sound plus
a subwoofer for a strong low-end, and it has an input port for hooking it to
your ipod giving you the ability to fill your room or just your ears, via
earphones, with any sound you like.
Will you use your system when you travel? All of the earphones we
recommend will make flying more comfortable and all of them can be plugged into
an ipod or the intercom so you can listen to music while flying. If you want to
use your masking sound generator during travel, we recommend the S-850 machine
because it is small, and doubles as a sound generatior with 18 built-in sounds,
and as a dual zone programmable alarm clock. The S-850 will work anywhere. It
comes equipped with adapters to plug into any kind of power grid in the World,
and also can be battery powered for use during trips.
Will you need to move around when using your Personal Isolation System?
We suggest our 12' headphone extension cord in all our wired systems, but if you
want more freedom than that, we suggest our Wireless BlueTooth Headset which
gives you a range of up to 30 feet (unblocked line of sight) in which you can
move without being encumbered by a headphone wire. As a bonus, our Wireless
BlueTooth Headset can be used with ipods, TV sets and any other music source,
for true High Fidelity sound without the wires or the electronic interference
you can often get with other kinds of wireless systems.
Choose your earphones:
Do you prefer ear muff style headphones or in-ear style phones? To get
adequate noise reduction, muff style headphones need to offer active noise
canceling capabilities or at least 15 dB of passive noise reduction, so most
headphones will not give satisfactory performance. Similarly, in-earphones must
be the type with foam or multi-flanged silicone tips to provide enough noise
reduction to do the job. Regular earbuds and canal phones with synthetic rubber
tips do not block enough sound to give you the noise isolation you need. Beyond
their noise blocking performance, the earphones also need to be comfortable, and
this factor becomes more important, the more you plan to use them. Muff style
phones muss your hair and they can become hot and uncomfortable if you wear them
for over an hour at a time. In-earphones are cooler and lighter to wear, as
well as being less conspicuous, and these also tend to offer overall better
performance, but you do have to plug them securely into your ear canals, and
some folks do not like that. With these thoughts in mine, we recommend the
following earphones as one of the critical elements in our personal isolation
Our LX18 active noise canceling earphones offer both active noise canceling
and passive noise reduction, with pretty good quality sound. In addition to
using these with your Personal Isolation System, they are a real treat when
flying, whether you use them to just reduce the noise, which they do very well,
or to listen to the movie or music during your travels.
Our Wireless BlueTooth Headset, though not quite as good a noise reducer as
the LX18, offers very good passive noise reduction and true High Fidelity sound
quality, with no wires! They are more expensive, but for many, the freedom of
movement is worth it.
Invented specifically to protect the hearing of NASCAR
racing fans while they listen to their radios or scanners, RaceQuiet Earphones
feature Comply brand foam tips and a noise reduction rating of 20 dB. These
inexpensive in-earphones are very small and have pretty good, though not high
Our in-ear MicroBuds include triple flange silicone rubber as well as soft
foam tips for maximum comfort and the highest noise reduction available in any
tip. These tiny little earphones have good, but not high fidelity, sound quality
and a really great price.
Our Challenger S full custom molded in-earphones are the most comfortable
and effective in-earphones you can buy at any price, and these are our top
recommendation for both waking and sleeping applications. We include a free
impression kit so you can get full custom molded earpieces without the
traditional visit to the audiologist. It is a little more of a hassle, but we
guarantee the fit and in the end, you will find the effort well worth the
Do you plan to use your earphones for listening to music as well as using
them as part of your Personal Isolation System? Although offering very good
sound quality, neither the LX18, nor the MicroBuds provide true high fidelity
sound. If you want truly excellent sound, we recommend the full custom molded Challenger S for in-ear and our Wireless
BlueTooth Headset for an over the ear style High Fidelity earphone.
Choose your Sound Generator Machine:
White noise machine, as these devices are usually called, does not do justice
to these ultra modern sound generating marvels. All of the machines listed below
offer a variety of masking sounds, an onboard speaker and a headphone jack so
you can use the machine with or without your earphones as you wish. In general,
the more features, the better the sound quality and the more sounds you can get,
the higher the price, but even the lowest priced unit here will do a great job
as the heart of your Personal Isolation System. The machines we recommend
include the following:
Sound Oasis S550. The large speaker provides good sound,
and the six built in sounds plus 4 optional plug-in sound cards for a total of
up to 30 different sounds, and automatic shutoff, make this a very good machine.
Sound Oasis S650. A high quality speaker, 12 sounds, plus
additional optional sounds via sound card technology, plus alarm clock and small
footprint make this our top pick for most office and bedroom applications.
Sound Oasis Travel S850. Smallest of the machines, with
dual time zone clock and alarm, plus 19 built in sounds and auto shutoff timer
means this machine packs a ton of functionality into its small size. Ideal for
the frequent traveler...works great at home too.
Sound Oasis Deluxe S3000. True stereo speakers, plus a
sub-woofer for complete, rich sound, 120 built in sounds, AM/FM radio, sound
mixing function, sound recording function, sound input from your ipod, TV,
Stereo, or other source, and alarm clock functions make this one of the best sound
machines you can buy today at any price.
Congratulations! You are about to enter a wonderful new world free of annoying noise!