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Amplified Stereo Listener With 3-Band Equalizer

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33-1097

 | Catalog #: 33-1097
Price:
$39.99
$39.99
 

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Product Summary

Listen up!

Just add headphones and use this amplified listener to boost the sounds around you. It's ideal for places where you have difficulty hearing the speaker, such as large lecture halls and church. Or you can use it to watch TV without disturbing others. The three-position equalizer control lets you choose the amplification you need for your particular listening environment. Includes a convenient neck lanyard.

  • Ideal for church, TV or anytime you want to hear sounds louder without disturbing others
  • Includes stereo headphone jack, so you can add headphones to boost the sounds around you
  • Features a 3-position equalizer control so you can choose the amplification you need

You'll also need

  • Stereo headphones with 1/8" plug
  • AAA battery (2)
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What's in the box

  • Amplified listener
  • Neck cord
  • Owner's manual
 

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Manufacturer Warranty

  • Parts: 90 days
  • Labor: 90 days
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Date added Document
January 09, 2009 Amplified Stereo Listener With 3-Band Equalizer (Gu°a Del Usuario)
January 09, 2009 Amplified Stereo Listener With 3-Band Equalizer (User's Guide)

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RadioShackAmplified Stereo Listener With 3-Band Equalizer
 
3.9

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (17)
  • Compact (15)
  • Lightweight (14)
  • Effective (11)
  • Easy storage (10)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Elderly (16)
  • Daily use (10)
  • Emergency (3)
  • Travel (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Budget shopper (6), Caregiver (6), Average health (5), Elderly (4), Quality oriented (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (16)

Reviewed by 35 customers

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

S/N not great

By CEL

from CA

About Me Elderly

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Safe

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Elderly

    Comments about RadioShack Amplified Stereo Listener With 3-Band Equalizer:

    I works as describe the S/N ratio is pretty poor. I always can hear some background noise. Also the volume control in the minimum setting is a little louder than not using the device. This depends on the ear plugs or headset you will be using.

    I want this to test how my hearing would be after boosting the 8K range where my hearing is down more than 10db. It work great for this purpose.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great product and good price

    By Senior Jared the Gymnastic Diver

    from Beaverton, Oregon

    About Me Athletic, Caregiver, Gymnastic Diver, Hiker, Swimmer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Amplifies Low Frequencies
    • Comfortable
    • Easy Storage
    • Good Quality Hifi Type So
    • Lightweight
    • Sturdy

    Cons

    • Needs A Loud Noise Cutoff

    Best Uses

    • Amplifies Low Frequencies
    • Bird Listening
    • Disabled
    • Elderly
    • Emergency
    • Helps Stop Tinnitis Effec
    • Listening To Music And Tv

    Comments about RadioShack Amplified Stereo Listener With 3-Band Equalizer:

    Amplifies sounds much lower than specified 150 hertz...I tested it down to 30 hertz! I have both high and low frequency tinnitus; loud low frequency buzzing sound and ringing that is stopped when I place this listing device on. I boost the Bass to max and very low frequencies are amplified, not drowning tinnitus out, invisibly stopping the tinnitis buzz without adding annoying sounds. I swim and gymnastic somersault off cliffs, etc., so ears are often 'clogged'. This listner makes sounds and music normal sounding and enjoyable again.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Great for hearing aid users

    By Mark the pianoman

    from Grand Rapids, MI

    About Me Average Health, Hubby Of Hearing Aid User

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy Storage
    • Lightweight
    • Wide Frequency Range

    Cons

    • Low Quality Controls

    Best Uses

    • Elderly
    • Utility Hearing Aid

    Comments about RadioShack Amplified Stereo Listener With 3-Band Equalizer:

    My wife has a moderate hearing loss and wears aids. She doesn't want to wear her aids in bed while we watch TV, because she doesn't want to fall asleep with her aids in. I got her one of these and CHEAP earbuds and she is happy with it. Expensive earbuds are just a waste of money given the frequency range. The EQ and balance lets her adjust them to her loss. Her GOOD $3000 hearing aids have a frequency range of 200-6000, so music DOES sound better with them for her. NO, that is NOT audiophile grade, but it is better than all but the VERY best hearing aids! CONS: The controls are too low in quality if you adjust them much. They began to be scratchy right away, but it is still usable. You should turn it on THEN put on the headset. I have normal hearing and it IS restricted in the high end, but again MOST hearing aid users should have NO issue with it. It doesn't have the processing digital hearing aids have to clarify speech and suppress noises, so it isn't REALLY a hearing aid replacement. HOWEVER it can still be a useful tool for the hearing impaired and it is relatively inexpensive.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    not good for music, noisey when moved

    By Starstrip 4

    from Iowa-California

    About Me Average Health, Caregiver

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easy Storage
    • Good For Close Listening
    • Lightweight
    • Safe
    • Sturdy

    Cons

    • Frequency Only 150-10000

    Best Uses

    • Close Conversation
    • Elderly

    Comments about RadioShack Amplified Stereo Listener With 3-Band Equalizer:

    The unit has a good working equalizer and balance, but the 150-10,000 Hz response in no good for music listening. it sounds like a cheap clock radio, a good unit would have at least 20-18,000 Hz which would give you deeper bass and higher highs. It's also only good for close conversation if there is 5 feet of distance between the unit and the person or T.V. the volume fades very rapidly and you have to turn it up and then the unit makes a loud scratching sound every time it slides across your clothing, and if some one comes up to you and talks it will blast your ears off. other than that it does amplify sound very well just wish it was better quality.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Thought it would be better

    By Still yelling...

    from Wausau, WI

    About Me Caregiver

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Allowed My Dad To Hear

    Cons

    • Feedback
    • Onoff Did Not Work

    Best Uses

    • Elderly

    Comments about RadioShack Amplified Stereo Listener With 3-Band Equalizer:

    Bought it for my Dad per another's recommendation. When he first put it on, he liked it. That lasted less than one day. And it did not turn off - the switch was broke. I troubleshoot electronics for a living and the switch, if it ever did work, was cheap. He is also an electronics technician and thought it was very cheap. Wish it worked.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    ok

    By Jen

    from Huntington, WV

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Elderly

        Comments about RadioShack Amplified Stereo Listener With 3-Band Equalizer:

        I bought this for my Mom who is elderly and hard of hearing. I think the equalizer is worth the extra cost, since it help suppress extraneous racket. This is being used with Sony model MDRW08L headphones, very lightweight, cheap and easy to use.
        Unfortunately any slight movement of the earphone wire is picked up and is very distracting, but I guess that is the nature of the beast. Wrapping up extra wire with tie-tie helps cut down movement.

        The volume adjustment is poorly located on top, too close the headphone jack and hard to move. It should be on the side with a larger wheel or slider. Another future improvement should be auto-shut off to save battery. I'd much rather 'reset' to turn it back on than run out of batteries, because my Mom forgets to turn it off.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (24 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Generally very good, but...

        By Nicabod

        from Waltham, Mass.

        About Me Elderly

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy Storage
        • Lightweight
        • Safe
        • Sturdy

        Cons

        • Much too shock-sensitive

        Best Uses

        • Elderly

        Comments about RadioShack Amplified Stereo Listener With 3-Band Equalizer:

        On the whole, it's a major blessing. It's well-made; not cheap junk. Bought and tried tho mono version, and room reverb. was really extreme. Hated it! Stereo helps really a lot more than one would expect, even though the microphones are close together.Equalizer controls seem to be both boost and cut; instruction sheet is misleading. (All the way down, live music sounds quite bad.) Try the centered positions, by all means, for a start!Internal noise is totally inaudible (I'm partly deaf). Lots of acoustical gain available (can hear all bird calls again!)Unfortunately, even though the microphones are shock-mounted, it's hideously sensitive to mechanical shock. Even gently tapping the headphone cable against the housing makes a plainly audible click. Shirt buttons, or anything hard can be quite annoying. (Try a shirt pocket, if you're wearing a thin summer fabric that doesn't absorb sound.)Haven't tried it as a contact microphone (for, say, a guitar, or even a harp), but wouldn't be at all surprised if it works nicely.I use the neck cord. Unfortunately, it's much too easy for the device to turn around so its back faces forward, if you use most of (or the full length of) the cord. One could attach tiny hooks, spaced apart, to the back, so the two strands of the cord are separated.I use it only occasionally, so battery life hasn't been a problem, but if it is, do yourself a favor and buy four (or six) AAA rechargeables and a decent recharger (Radio Shack has them.) Unfortunately, Ni metal-hydride batteries discharge quickly when not installed or power is off, so you need to use freshly-charged batteries (maybe charged within the past 2 or 3 days). Ideally, get a charger that keeps them on trickle charge.Stereo separation in live music concerts just isn't there; the microphones are facing the same way, and are too close together to have differing pickups. I tried using my hand to separate; minimal luck. Nevertheless, compared to unaided hearing, it's MUCH better. (Again, try setting the equalizers at mid-position.)As to cost, it's justified; the insides are complex, with considerable skilled hand assembly (in mine). I'm still trying to find out, but fully medically-qualified, professional-grade hearing aids seem to be so expensive that they're a serious ripoff. (Find out about replacement cost if you lose a new one! They are not taking a huge loss, there.)These microphones face forward, so a person you're conversing with, face-to-face, is directly in the pickup patterns of the microphones; that works really well.Ear-mounted hearing-aid microphones don't face forward, as far as I know, but this difference might not matter as much as I think.There are headphones with long cords, (and extension cables) so you can place this device close to a sound source -- like having remote ears!Definitely not for the inexperienced, but a friend modified mine (without my permission) so the microphones face sidewise; will be interesting to see how well that works.Modification is incomplete, innards exposed, for now. Conceivable that he or I will makes side openings for the mics. so it looks decent and innards are protected.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Alternative to hearing aids

        By clarkp10

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        About Me Average Health, Elderly

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy Storage
        • Lightweight
        • Safe

        Cons

        • Better contol design

        Best Uses

        • Elderly

        Comments about RadioShack Amplified Stereo Listener With 3-Band Equalizer:

        One of my hearing aids was going out and I couldn't afford to replace it. I tried this and it works better than the Expensive Hearing Aids. The 3 band equalizer easily adjusts to different situations. The volume control lets me increase or decrease sound level for different talkers locations in classroom situations. I am still using the original batteries after three months of intermittent use. And I recommend in-the-ear type ear buds.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        amplified stereo listener

        By lonewolf

        from los angeles, calif

        About Me Caregiver

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy Storage
        • Lightweight
        • Safe
        • Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Elderly

          Comments about RadioShack Amplified Stereo Listener With 3-Band Equalizer:

          item improved hearing for elderly woman

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          tv listening

          By Richard

          from Midlothian, Va.

          About Me Average Health

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Safe

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Elderly

            Comments about RadioShack Amplified Stereo Listener With 3-Band Equalizer:

            My dad is hard of hearing. I taped this unit to the tv front, wired it up to a wall wart & ran headphone extension cord to my dad's recliner & handed him a pair of headphones. He loves it! He even uses it to hear conversations better in the room. He is 91. Now the rest of us can listen to tv at normal volume.

            Richard A.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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