Wednesday, May 7, 2014

ACS Pro 17 Custom Molded Hearing Protection

When it comes to sound, it is easy to think of high quality speakers, head phones and good music. But it is easy to forget about protecting our hearing. After all, hearing protection should be even more important. ACS makes some amazing custom molded in-ear-monitors. Many may not realize that they make some excellent custom molded ear plugs.  Up for review today is the ACS Pro 17 Custom Molded Hearing  Protection.

Features and specs:
Tailor made for you
The PRO-17 is custom-made using soft medical-grade silicone so you get the very best in isolation and fit allowing you to wear them for hours at a time without fatigue or discomfort. Each earpiece is manufactured to the highest standards ensuring you get a comfortable, discreet and effective hearing protector that can be fitted quickly, easily and securely every time.
Build Material40 Shore Silicone with SteriTouch
Mold TypeCanal Mold
Standard ColorClear
Items included...
  • Carry Pouch
  • Wax Pick
  • Comfort Cream
  • Care and Instruction Booklet
Optional extra's...
  • Grips to aid removal 
  • Cording - $10.00
  • Color (see chart below*) - $10.00
  • Laser Etching - up to 10 characters - Available soon in the US!
The custom ear plugs came in a small box. Opening the box revealed the owner’s manual, wax loop, and a small zippered leather carry case. Opening the case showed the two small custom ear plugs. I loved the soft medical grade silicon that they are made out of. Quality of materials used was excellent as was the quality of construction. 

Having previously reviewed the ACS Tl IEM, I was already familiar with their quality.  How well did they work? Perfectly! Providing -17db of noise reduction, they are not designed to block out all noise. They were just designed to significantly reduce it. And they are designed to provide a flat response across the entire frequency spectrum.  Not only that, their vented design reduces occlusion, so vocals sound more natural. But reducing noise level is only part of the equation. Wearing them in your ears, and at times for extended periods of time. So having them be comfortable is also a huge piece of the puzzle. This was achieved in spades. The ACS performed perfectly as designed. They significantly reduced noise, was built well to provide years of use, and they were comfortable to wear, even for extended periods of time.

An additional nice feature is they are future customizable.  The included filter of this model provides -17db of noise reduction, but you can use different filters.  Depending on the loudness of your environment, you can easily swap out the filter for a more robust filter to further reduce noise.  So there is no need to have more than one molded ear plug, just get different filters.

Bottom line, I would easily recommend the ACS Pro 17! They performed just as advertised. And I loved the soft silicone which made them comfortable to wear, even for long periods of time. I even forgot that I was wearing them! With an MSRP of $185, they are worth every penny for the protection they provide.  Based on their design, features, quality and performance, they have earned our Editor's Choice Award. For more info, check out their website at