After two (2) years of development, field testing and user feedback refinements, xacore announces today the release of its second generation in-ear digital radio headset called the x-62000 series which is part of its Threat4 product line. This headset simultaneously incorporates the three (3) functional requirements of the US Army's Tactical Communication and Protective Systems (TCAPS) program: hearing protection; talk-thru/hear-thru; and radio communications. In practice, while wearing the x-62000 officers can protect their ears from gunfire, explosions and loud engine noise, but still have a face-to-face conversation while maintaining radio communications.
The x-62000 is what xacere calls a hybrid headset, melding the best features of an in-ear headset design with the best features of a typical over-the-ear muff style headset. This design ensures that problems with traditional in-ear headsets, such as poor radio transmission in high vibration environments (i.e. helicopters, tracked vehcles) and high noise or whispering envirornments, are avoided by using a mechanicalty isolated boom microphone, which always ensures clear radio transmit (TX). Conversely, the typical lower noise reduction rating (NRR) and the cumbersome, hot and sweaty feel of a muff style is avoided by using a low profile in-ear plug which boasts a certified 32dB to 39dB NRR. By designing the x-62C000 to be more like a headset than a set of MP3 style earbuds, Xacore is able to mount four (4) mics for its talk-thru/hear thru system to greatly improve sound localization (ability to tell where sounds come from), use robust wires for increased durability, ensure earplugs are always in the officer's ear as well as mount all electronics in the headgear for easy integration to other brand PTTs and C4 systems.
The x-62000 is compatible with most commercial and military radios on the market including but not limited to the XTS, PRC-148, PRC-152, PRC-117, PSC-5, VIC, LVIS, PRC-68, PRC-77, PRC-113, PRC-137, PRC-139, PRC-119, VRX-12, LST-5B/C, IISR, 700P, 5300P, F50/F60, TK480, VX800/820.