DUBS Vs Etymotic Noise Cancelling Earplugs

If you enjoy listening to music, whether it’s at a concert, nightclub or any other music venue, then you’ve probably noticed that it can get pretty loud.

Over time, attending many music events will cause you to be sound sensitive and can even damage your hearing. One way to avoid this from happening is by wearing some hearing protection. 

There is a wide choice of earplugs and earphones on the market, which can protect your hearing from loud and dangerous noise levels. But, at the same time, they will still allow you to hear a person speaking or music playing very clearly.

Concert, Sports, Travel and Noise Pollution in Cities

While some people may think earplugs look odd and ask why they should wear them. Well, the simple answer is to look around you and listen. The amount of noise we accept into our daily lives damages our hearing, and I prefer to retain the level of hearing I have. 

It took me a long time to realize how important my hearing is, something we all take for granted until we realize we have a hearing problem and take action.

Live music events can subject your ears to over 120dB. The record for a noise generated by the crowd at a sports game is 137dB. A plane during its take-off procedure can produce 110dB of noise. 

DUBS vs Etymotic

DUBS was created by sound engineers, musicians, industrial designers and a few creative minds looking for a new superior option to offer adequate hearing protection. 

After lots of consultation, improvements to the original design, and some acoustical innovation, DUBS Acoustic Filters were ready to be unveiled to the world.

DUBS allow me to go louder and for longer, reducing the levels of volume that may cause damage to my ears while still allowing me to have that optimal listening experience that I crave.

Etymotic is a company based in Illinois, the USA, that does research, development, and manufacturing in-ear products.

It is known for its pioneering work in being one of the first and at the forefront of the industry in producing canal phones for its consumers. Other producers at that time were only producing similar products for musicians and not their listeners.

Etymotic is a Greek word and means ‘true to the ear.’ the research company was founded in 1983 and had patents for 89 of its products, with another 61 awaiting their patent being awarded.

The products are aimed at various markets or individuals, including musicians, audiophiles, scientists and individuals like myself that have some form of hearing impairment. As well as earbuds, they produce earsets for cellular phones, microphones and hearing aids.

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dubs noise cancelling music ear plugs

Dubs can be used anywhere; I like to wear them while walking or cycling around in my local city, when I watch a sports game, at a concert, when clubbing away until the early hours or when I have to travel somewhere on a plane or train. 

They offer me comfort for my listening experience wherever I am or whatever I am doing. They also offer me adequate protection against the noises around me, and of course, they are fully reusable.

Traditional styles of earplugs block all the surrounding noise. However, DUBS are designed differently in that they are pre-tuned to filter out specific frequencies. This way, I can hear the world around me in a way that offers the least amount of damage to my ears.

Today’s world is full of busy cities full of noises that can harm my or your hearing. For example, daily, the sounds of busy city traffic, construction sites, music in stores while shopping, music while eating or relaxing during a sociable evening, not to mention the noise levels of a nightclub or rock concert.

All these sounds have become acceptable to you and I, our ears do not adapt so easily, and there is now a rise in noise-induced hearing loss. All Dubs systems come complete with a 12-decibel NRR or noise reduction rating to help with protecting our ears.

Designed Differently With Advanced Filters & Built To Last

DUBS uses a system known as Dynamic Attenuation, a mechanical yet intricate process that filters the sounds muffled and distorted by traditional earplugs.

They are built to last using durable plastic strong enough to last the pressure of today’s fast-paced world. In addition, they contain stainless steel, silicones and polymer foam, a durable product you or I can wear day after day, again and again.

They sit comfortably, flush against the ear and have a convenient portable case so I can take them with me wherever I go.

One important point we should mention is that a few customer reviews noticed that the glue that holds together the rubber pad/seal and the earplug could wear off and fall out.

This is something to watch out for, and we hope to see improvements in the design soon. That’s why we’re turning to Etymotic as an alternative.

Etymotic Vs. DUBS

Etymotic has a range of products that are well known and aimed at professional use for musicians and others that are constantly in a loud working environment.

The products they produce and are aimed at the consumer market include their line of highly successful in-ear canal phones.

The two products I like the best are the Etymotic ER20XS earplugs and MK5 Isolator earphones. Each of their canal phones operates using the closed-canal system.

The full range of musician’s earplugs they produce also use the signature of Etymotic. They are designed to offer protection to a musician’s hearing while providing attenuation on all frequencies or, to put it another way, offer a softer version to the musician’s ear.

These are low-profile and very discreet earplugs that most people around you won’t notice you wearing.

You can use them when you’re attending a music concert, sporting event, riding a motorcycle with the quietest full face helmet, or working with some noisy machinery.

They are ideal for music fans because they’ll reduce the harmful loud sounds while still preserving the sound quality and clarity of the music.

The ear tips are interchangeable, so you can replace them with new ones every 3-6 months if you use them frequently. This makes them cost-effective as well.

Since they have a low-profile design, you can wear them under hats or helmets without worrying that they’ll fall off. In addition to the Etymotic ER20XS earplugs, you’re also getting a neck cord and carrying case. Also, check out Eargasm vs Etymotic earplugs.

The Etymotic Research MK5 Isolator especially blocks out environmental noises enabling you to listen to your favorite music at a lower volume and reducing the risk of hearing damage.

They provide 98% noise isolation (35-42dB), allowing you to hear clearly only your favorite music without any background noise. In addition, they have a low-profile design and can fit comfortably with hats and helmets. This makes them great for sports, travel, commuting or noise cancelling earplugs for work. 

The Etymotic MK5 has a cable and will fit any device with a 3.5mm stereo phone plug. So you can listen to music from your iPhone or MP3 player; just double-check that the plug matches your device.


The DUBS Noise Cancelling earplugs look stylish and are reasonably priced; however, after reading the reviews, a few customers noticed that they could wear off and have a glue failure. 

Etymotic, on the other hand, has a wide range of high-quality products to choose from. Our favorite product for music fans is the Etymotic Research ER20XS High-Fidelity Earplugs. They provide hearing protection from loud noise levels while maintaining the sound quality and clarity of the music.

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