Tactical Headset Review-Threat4 SNIPER scored a 4.57/5 by NTOA.

Tactical Headset Review – SNIPER (65000)Series Bone Conduction Headset has been tested and recommended by the members of the National Tactical Officers Association. The overall score was a 4.57.

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Tester 1 of 4
Tested by a member from Canada

Design 4.75
Performance 4.75
Ease of Use 4.75
Size 4
Quality 5
Durability 5
Storage 4.25
Versatility 4.6
Convenience 4.75
Application 5
Comfort 4.75
Accuracy 5
Cleaning & Maintenance 5
Individual Score 4.76

Mechanically, this headset’s performance was exceptional. The bone conductive transducers provided clear and articulate communication, even in a whisper mode. The comfort of the headset made it possible to wear for the entirety of the shift without any pinching or discomfort associated with prolonged wear. The noise reduction speaker mic provided clear and static free speech without the irritation of listening to ambient background noises. The Bluetooth transmitter was a welcome addition which can be attached to a long gun platform or strapped to a finger for covert or surreptitious transmission. The only drawback I found with this headset was the bulkiness of the head harness and the mic. Even though the headset was compatible for gas mask and helmet usage, it will take some deliberate juggling and adjustment to have the headset fit properly to maximize comfort. The speaker mic was quite robust in size and does have the tendency to catch on the wire or other articles when turning one’s head; unless the mic was pressed against the lips. Overall, the Threat 4 headset was functionally comfortable while providing great clarity in both transmission and receiving mode. Best of all, the bone conductive technology allowed for full audio acuity by leaving both ears open for auditory situational awareness.


65000_SERIES-5T with wpttTester 2 of 4
Tested by a member from Wisconsin

Design 4.5
Performance 4.5
Ease of Use 4.5
Size 4
Quality 4.5
Durability 5
Storage 4.5
Versatility 4.5
Convenience 5
Application 5
Comfort 5
Cleaning & Maintenance 4.5
Individual Score 4.67
This reviewer tested the SNIPER (65000) Series Bone Conduction Headset made by Threat4. The unit consisted of three components; the headset with two bone conduction speakers/transducers, boom mic, and adjustable wire frame/net head piece; a connector piece which went from the portable radio to a seven pin socket connector with the headset, outfitted with an inline PTT switch; and a wireless mini-PTT switch. The testing was conducted using a Motorola APX 6000 portable radio with a standard eight inch antenna, operating using P25 VHF in both digital and analog. Testing was in 11 to 16 MPH winds and after completely submerging the unit in water for 30 minutes. The headset was light weight (less than six ounces) and comfortable. The adjustable mesh head net could use a bit more Velcro on top to fully adjust it for all sized heads. The sound quality was excellent, both in volume and clarity. The conduction speakers were noticeably loud when standing next to the user in moderately quiet ambient background noise levels. The boom microphone transmitted a clear and undistorted sound and was not greatly impacted by wind and background noise. The headset could be used with ear plugs or moderately-sized muffs and was comfortable under both standard and high-cut ballistic helmets. Water seemed to have no effect on performance. The radio connection was solid and the Velcro detachable PTT switch made for a very convenient and customizable upfitted. The socket connection held fast when the cables were tugged on, though I found that extra attention was needed when initially seating the connection to ensure a gap-proof fit. The wireless remote PTT switch performed flawlessly. This small unit (less than 2 “x 1.25 “) could be conveniently placed on a finger, Picatinny rail or clothing. This option is worth considering. I found this unit to be rugged and it delivered a high quality sound. If you are in the market for a new headset, I would recommend obtaining a set for evaluation.


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Tester 3 of 4
Tested by a member from Wisconsin

 

Design 4.5
Performance 4.5
Ease of Use 4.75
Size 4.25
Quality 4
Durability 4.5
Storage 3.75
Versatility 4
Convenience 4.25
Application 4
Comfort 4.5
Accuracy 4.25
Cleaning & Maintenance 4.5
Individual Score 4.23
Over approximately the last 40 days, I have been able to evaluate the Threat4 SNIPER (65000) Series Bone Conduction Headset. One of the many features I liked about this headset was the fact that it fit firmly to the operator’s head, through the adjustment of the back and top strap (as well as the slight adjustments available in the bone conduction transducers.) This was a big advantage, especially with the use of the ballistic helmet. The connector between the headset and the PTT is simple to apply and can only be used in the predetermined manner. The PTT is easy to use and locate due to its enlarged size and is protected from accidental operation by way of being depressed. The PTT also comes equipped with a rotating clip attached by hook and loop which allows the operator to virtually clip the PTT in any manner they may want. The sound quality and communication between operators is clear, even with the microphone positioned away from the operator’s mouth. However, the few limitations of this headset which prevent it from receiving a higher rating are that there is no hearing protection offered with respect to this headset. It is advertised as being able to perform very well with the installation of ear plugs, which is true. However, the operator would then loose situational awareness. Also when the headset is in operation and the volume is set to a higher setting, the communications between operators may be heard by anyone in the general vicinity of the headset.


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Tester 4 of 4
Tested by a member from Canada

Design 4.6
Performance 4.6
Ease of Use 4.8
Size 4
Quality 4.8
Durability 4.8
Storage 4.25
Versatility 4.75
Convenience 4.75
Application 4.9
Comfort 4.5
Cleaning & Maintenance 4.6
Individual Score 4.64
The SNIPER(65000) Series Bone Conduction Headset was very comfortable on its own but did pinch a bit when worn under a helmet. The sound quality was excellent with clear and concise reception. The noise reducing microphone was also instrumental in clear and articulate transmissions. The headset performed as well as I had anticipated and my only small complaint was the size of the mic and the arm. The oversized arm had a tendency to catch on to articles of clothing and on occasion, the wire for the PTT button. Overall, it was a great item and I definitely recommend it for use by the tactical officer.

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