WESTWOOD, Mass. (November 29, 2021) – Launched over a decade ago, the lightweight, slim and comfortable Howard LeightTM ImpactTM Sport electronic earmuff has delivered consistent and reliable performance, great value, and proven longevity, earning the trust and loyalty of legions of shooting sports enthusiasts from around the globe.
For 2021, engineers in the Honeywell product development team have taken this legendary performer and applied additional technologies to produce the next generation of Howard Leight over-the-ear electronic hearing protection. Building on over 30 years of continuous technological innovation, the NEW Howard Leight Impact Sport Bluetooth® electronic earmuff retains everything customers love about Impact Sport Classic, while offering new levels of performance and functionality.
The magic starts inside with the addition of Bluetooth 5.0 technology – the latest version of the Bluetooth wireless communication standard. Bluetooth 5.0 allows wearers to stream music or other audio content into Impact Sport Bluetooth from their Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and computers. Bluetooth 5.0 incorporates Bluetooth Low Energy, which translates to reduced power usage and longer battery life.
Easy-to-use Bluetooth controls are integrated right into the headset, and there are separate volume controls for both Bluetooth audio and the ambient sound entering the headphone via the external omni-directional microphones. That means wearers can stream Bluetooth audio into the headphones while also being able to hear what’s going on around them; both adjustable audio signals are controlled independently.=
Wearers of the new Impact Sport Bluetooth will enjoy the same comfortable fit, slim-profile earcups, four-hour auto shutoff feature, automatic attenuation of potentially dangerous noise over 82dB, and up to 4X amplification of ambient sound delivered by Impact Sport Classic. But the advantages don’t end with Bluetooth technology.
Impact Sport Bluetooth also delivers faster Sound-Activated Compression. A 0.5 millisecond reaction time means a more natural acoustic experience at the shooting range, or anytime attenuation of loud sounds over 82dB occurs.
Impact Sport Bluetooth features a powerful new, rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, which can be recharged in two hours and offers excellent life for a Bluetooth device – up to 20 hours of operation per charge, depending on the use of the headset’s features. Like all Howard Leight electronic earmuffs, Impact Sport Bluetooth comes with a four-hour auto-shutoff feature that remembers to turn your muffs off to preserve battery life when you forget.=
Individuality has always been a big part of the original Impact Sport’s appeal, and new Impact Sport Bluetooth recognizes this with a variety of all-new colors, a highly favored existing color, and two size options to serve the varying needs and tastes of any shooting sports enthusiast. “Growth within the shooting sports is increasingly diverse,” says Nancy Kufferman, Senior Offering Manager – Howard Leight. “We’re offering additional sizes and color choices across many of our lines to better serve the needs and preferences of these new participants, while also expanding options for seasoned participants,” Kufferman continues. “From women and youth to more specific applications such as hunting and tactical, Howard Leight is delivering more styles, more sizes, and more aesthetic choices in reliable, high-quality hearing protection.”
Medium/Large size Impact Sport Bluetooth electronic earmuffs are available in four colors, including an all-new Brushed Bronze earcup color with a unique, distressed brown headband; an all-new highly patriotic 2nd Amendment pattern; a stealthy new Flat Dark Earth color; and Howard Leight customer-favorite OD Green.