OTTO NoizeBarrier earpro same as new Etymotic Elites....

mrtoyz

Online Training Member
#1
Sorry I know we have quite a few earpro threads active right now. The post below was posted by @GearScout in another thread here and I thought it warranted its own thread.

I'm wondering if we can get anymore info about if this Otto product (link below) will indeed be the same as the Etymotic Elites when they are released. If so I'm going to jump on them. Not too interested in waiting till summer if the same product is already out under another manufacturer.

Hello gents- There seems to be a licensing deal at play between OTTO and Etymotic. I just got a set of OTTO NoizeBarrier earpro today that appear identical to the Etymotic GunSport Elite earpro I saw at NRA last year. Same rechargeable case, two modes, grills over the mics, soft touch controls on the earbuds themselves. MSRP is $380. The inside of the box actually has an Etymotic logo on it. I'm not sure how they differ from the Elites, but I wouldn't be surprised to find they are identical with the only change being the branding; OTTO may have inked a deal with Etymotic for the rights to sell into the .mil space. I've yet to shoot with them, but as soon as I do I'll get something up on RECOILweb.
 

Xander3Zero

Sergeant of the Hide
#7
Hmm.. tagging in here to keep updated. I currently use Surefire in-ear plugs (the ones rated to 31 NRR) and they work great for when I am alone at the range shooting un-braked 223 and 308, however when others are around with braked rifles the concussion is uncomfortable. In these cases I just slip a cheap pair of over-ear muffs over my plugs and all is good again, but I would like to move to a more capable ear pro system. Preferably in-ear plugs because I like their convenience when wearing eye pro and hats as I frequently shoot in cold temps.

Have been reading up about the Etymotic, 3M Peltor, and Walker's in-ear plugs and it seems the Etymotic is the most preferred choice. I would definitely be looking to get the newer model with the rechargeable batteries and charging case. Can anyone confirm that these will provide ample NRR? Do I understand it correctly that while the plugs are off, the NRR is approximately 25db, and when turned on, it will reach a max NRR of 40db during a excessive sound event?
 
#8
Hmm.. tagging in here to keep updated. I currently use Surefire in-ear plugs (the ones rated to 31 NRR) and they work great for when I am alone at the range shooting un-braked 223 and 308, however when others are around with braked rifles the concussion is uncomfortable. In these cases I just slip a cheap pair of over-ear muffs over my plugs and all is good again, but I would like to move to a more capable ear pro system. Preferably in-ear plugs because I like their convenience when wearing eye pro and hats as I frequently shoot in cold temps.

Have been reading up about the Etymotic, 3M Peltor, and Walker's in-ear plugs and it seems the Etymotic is the most preferred choice. I would definitely be looking to get the newer model with the rechargeable batteries and charging case. Can anyone confirm that these will provide ample NRR? Do I understand it correctly that while the plugs are off, the NRR is approximately 25db, and when turned on, it will reach a max NRR of 40db during a excessive sound event?
That's a big yes to your last question/statement.
 
#9
I too am interested in this. I have grown tired of waiting for the Etymotic Elites to hit the market. They seem to check all the boxes of what I want so if these OTTOs are the same then great.
 

mrtoyz

Online Training Member
#12
Found some time today to call OTTO and Etymotic. As I suspected OTTO knew nothing about where they were made or really anything about them.
I spoke with a gentleman named Rich at Etymotic and he didn’t know anything about the OTTO product either. He said to his knowledge they were not OEMing the Elites but that did not mean that it wasn’t happening. He suggested emailing their sales and marketing department. He did confirm second-quarter release.
Bummer
 
#13
Yes to them providing adequate ear protection for outdoor rifle ranges with multiple braked rifles nearby? Or yes to how the NRR while off/on changes?
yes to both. I shoot PRS matches and have never had issues with multiple braked rifles on the line firing a stage of fire or firing my rifle from a tube, enclosure, SUV, etc.
 

Xander3Zero

Sergeant of the Hide
#14
yes to both. I shoot PRS matches and have never had issues with multiple braked rifles on the line firing a stage of fire or firing my rifle from a tube, enclosure, SUV, etc.
Thank you. I will definitely consider picking up a pair of these when they release the new GSE version.
 
#15
They are the same. The only difference between the two is the color of the battery/charging case. The OTTO version is meant solely for the Mil/LE market and comes with a tan case.
 

mrtoyz

Online Training Member
#16
@GearScout , any idea why Etymotic would allow Otto to release these before Etymotic does?
I would have made the assumption they would leave a feature or 2 different if they they did.
Please let us know what you think of the Otto’s!
 
#17
Well, Etymotic never called back. I called Otto and no one can confirm What @GearScout said, although I have no reason to doubt him. So i ordered a pair direct from Otto. I wont post it here but know that its available, there is a FED LE and MIL discount available.

The lady i spoke with over the phone is also going to confirm for me if these are compatible with custom molded ear pieces.
 
#18
Well, Etymotic never called back. I called Otto and no one can confirm What @GearScout said, although I have no reason to doubt him. So i ordered a pair direct from Otto. I wont post it here but know that its available, there is a FED LE and MIL discount available.

The lady i spoke with over the phone is also going to confirm for me if these are compatible with custom molded ear pieces.
I know for a fact that they are compatible with custom ear molds. Seen it at SHOT Show plus Etymotic works with a company that does it for them in Illinois. So any other company that does the ear molds should be able to do it too.
 
#19
@GearScout , any idea why Etymotic would allow Otto to release these before Etymotic does?/QUOTE]
From what I understand, It’s actually OTTO’s product and Ety is making them as an supplier. There’s a lot of Ety DNA in them, and so I bet there’s a licensing deal that allows Ety to sell these on the commercial market instead of getting paid outright, or something. Just a guess.
 
#20
Came home from a trip to find these on my desk. Really liking them. Obviously i havent shot with them yet but i wore for about an hour around the house on low and they are very comfortable. will definitely invest in custom ear molds.

Couple things right off the bat, the 40 db reduction is blast and impulse protection. using the foam inserts you get 26 db and using the 3 flange inserts you get 25 db reduction. No clue what you would get with custom molds, but id imagine it would be better than foam or at least the same.

Case is pretty solid although I think the latch is a bit weak.

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#21
Tacticaldillhole,

I, like others I’m sure, are keen to hear your range report on these. I am keen to replace my MSA Sordin electronic Earpro with an in ear option. These will be quite expensive in australia by the time you convert the dollar and add postage so I want to make sure they are a good alternative. Your real experience v advertised specs will help inform that decision. Thanks for being a pioneer.
 
#22
Tacticaldillhole,

I, like others I’m sure, are keen to hear your range report on these. I am keen to replace my MSA Sordin electronic Earpro with an in ear option. These will be quite expensive in australia by the time you convert the dollar and add postage so I want to make sure they are a good alternative. Your real experience v advertised specs will help inform that decision. Thanks for being a pioneer.
give me a good month so i can give some feedback. i have at least 2 range trips in the weeks ahead.