Reviewed by: Blair05/27/2013 04:43PM
Product ownership: I do not own this productNot purchased from: PitStopUSA.com
My first race I stood in line for the better part of an hour at REI (their system was down) for a pre-programmed used 3000 with an extra set of batteries that I almost needed. The headphones were tight, but not uncomfortable even after four straight hours. They had the extra bar in back that helps keep them from flying off if you jump up or something. I walked around a lot, no problems with the headset moving or anything. The plug was another matter. Like all headphone plugs I've ever known they become loose and cut out occasionally if you're not perfectly still. The plug also came out entirely a number of times. I ended up clipping the scanner to my belt and running the cord through a belt loop. The headphones blocked the sound adequately and still allowed the trackside announcer to come through. The scanned radio signals were also clear and audible. The name of the driver and the frequency display on the scanner when they speak, and sometimes when they don't... The broadcast was useful while I was waiting in line. The problem with this whole system is it's a pretty expensive way to listen to the radio if you use the broadcast, and you generally can't tell who's talking unless you know their voices or you're watching the scanner. It's pretty hard to watch the race and the scanner too. It's also hard to see what they're talking about. Often what you hear is the spotter saying, "right, right, still there, clear," meaning a car that's trying to pass, but most of the time you can't see this at the same time. I did get some inside stuff, like one team that apparently had to pit before the race even started because they forgot to put fuel in the car and one of the women drivers complaining that it wasn't even worth it because she spent all of her time just getting out of people's way. Once when a driver spun out and stalled the owner came up on the jumbotron and his voice came up on the scanner saying, "What's up?" If you go to a lot of races I would buy one of these. Ten rentals would cost more and you have to wait in line before and after each race.
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