ComTac is a much newer, and advanced, designed than the Sound Trap in many respects.
Similar to the Sound Trap, it provides hearing protection ( 25db, much better than Sound Trap's 19db ). It also amplifies ambient sound with true stereo reception, so the user has a sense of direction where the sound comes from.
The ComTac, however, has improved electronics for longer battery life, uses 2 AA batteries instead of 4 AAA batteries, auto shut-off when left unused, low power notification, external battery compartment for easy change of batteries while wearing the headset, protected switches for better waterproof operation, low profile for fitting under a ballistic helmet...etc.
The ComTac can be purchased as a headset only. This version offers hearing protection and ambient sound amplification just like the Sound Trap.
The ComTac can also be used as a two-way communication headset, when the users can actually talk back and forth. In order to do this, there are three other components to be used with the ComTac. Please refer to http://www.precision-sports.com/qpeltor.htm#talk
One, you must have a two-way radio, such as Motorola Sabre ( or any other make and model of two-way radios ).
Two, you must purchase an adapter cable to connect the ComTac to the radio. There is an in-line push-to-talk switch on this adapter cable, so the user will not have to reach for the radio itself. This cable is radio specific, so you must specify, when ordering, what make and model radio the user will be using the ComTac with. For example, a cable for Motorola Sabre radio will not fit into a Motorola HT1000 radio, and vice versa.
Three, you must purchase the communication kit, which includes a boom microphone and split cables for hooking up the headset and the PTT adapter cable. This kit goes between the headset and the adapter cable, and can easily be installed or removed by the user without any special tools.
Once you have all four components ( the ComTac, the communication kit, the adapter cable, and the radio ), you can plug them in together and start wireless communication.
You can at any time switch off the two-way radio and the ComTac returns to its regular function as a hearing protector and an ambient sound amplifier, just like the Sound Trap. You can either swing the boom mic away from the user's face, or even remove it from the headset when it is no longer needed.
On the other hand, even if the batteries in the ComTac run out, you can still receive radio signals and have hearing protection.
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