Review + Giveaway: Flare Isolate Pro

My experience

 

Enough about the marketing blabla. I’ve been wanting to do an article on hearing protection for a very long time already and this was the perfect occasion to do so. I use hearing protection all the time and I have several different types of them:

I don’t carry my hearing protection with me at all times so when I’m on-the-go and need some silence I tend to use my custom inear monitors for that. I just unplug the cable and enjoy the -26dB “isolation”. While ciems can do the job, I don’t recommend using them like this. They’re a lot more expensive than custom hearing protection and losing one would be a costly affair, and on top of that you would have mono sound. The monitors featured below are the CustomArt 8.2.

CustomArt 8_2

The ones I use for going to concerts and parties are my custom hearing protectors from Variphone which reduce sound with -25dB. These are softer then my acryl ciem ones and therefor offer even better comfort. The good thing of these is that they don’t block out sound but they reduce the level, leaving you with a good musical experience. That’s exactly what Flare is saying with the Isolate.

Variphone

When I’m out and there is an a lot of noise I didn’t expect there to be I turn to my Vision Ears protection which I got from VE for free with my Vision Ears VE5. They’re always in my wife’s purse and these serve as my back up pair. I have to admit I don’t really like using this type of protection but it for sure is a lot better than no protection. Comfort wise however these aren’t the best.

VE buds

A long time ago when I was a twenty something I, like so many, used the regular harder foam plugs which you have to roll and put in your ears. These are the kind they often give away fro free at festivals. The good thing of these buds is that they – when used correctly – protect your ears very well. The downside of these plugs is that they just block out sound making music sound muffled and wrong.

Cheap

Half a decade ago, when I was still renting a house, I lived right next to a busy road with a lot of trucks passing just a few meters from my bedroom. I would wake up at night because of traffic and so I started using the softer Howard Leigh Max Lite. These are designed for people with smaller ear canals and they’re extremely comfortable. But these, like the harder ones, simply block sound. Another downside of these is that you can only use them once. I still use these when I’m staying in hotels and I buy these in boxes of two hundred sets. All of the above protectors don’t work when I’m riding my bike/wearing a helmet and I use these for that as well as they are smaller and stay in place when putting on my helmet.

Howard Leigh

And now there’s the Flare Isolate Pro that was added to my collection which brings us to the next chapter.

Using the Flare Isolate Pro

Basically the Isolate is a piece of aluminum/titanium with a foam tip stuck on it. They look a lot like the typical Comply tips but Flare calls it Earfoam and there’s no hole on top of the foam. Extra tips will be available shortly and I hope they’ll be affordable as I can’t really see myself using one pair for a very long time. Up to now I’ve managed to clean them with a wet piece of kitchen towel and that seems to work.

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With the Earfoam tips supplied I had to use the smallest tips and really push them in my ears. I have small canals and I’m not the biggest fan of this kind of tips but once they’re in, they stay in (which is great). Putting on on the foam tip was very easy and you can start using the Isolate immediately, just make sure you push the tip down all the way. The pre-production Isolate sets we received came in a simple pouch with a manual but this won’t be the package the regular customers will receive. I do hope there will be a small box in stead of a pouch, one that has a compartment for extra tips.

Not taking into account my ciems, the Flare Isolate for sure is the prettiest ear protector I have. For what they need to do hearing protection doesn’t need to be pretty but it’s always nice to have a pretty product. The finish on these is real good and the titanium compound simply looks sexy. Sexy hearing protection, you heard it here first. For the price they’re going for you do get quality in return.

Comfort wise the Isolate Pro scores pretty good. They weigh practically nothing but they do stick a bit out of your ear. The Isolate are more visible than the foam or custom protectors and they to me are not as comfortable as my light foam ones or certainly my customs but the Isolate works, looks good (it has a perfect finish) and stays in your ears, which is most important.

Sound wise these kind of surprised me. I have to say I was quite skeptic about the concept of plugging a foam tip on a piece of metal  into my ears. It seemed to me that it would just block the sound like the cheap foam plugs do, but for some magical reason (it’s all explained on their websites) it doesn’t do that. The Isolate simply turns the volume down but still lets you experience and enjoy the sound or music around you without it being too loud and harmful. You keep feeling a good sense of the bass and the music in general and there isn’t too much quality launch.

Flare Isolate Pro Foam

Is the Isolate the best hearing protection I have? No, not to me. The sound quality with my custom plugs and -25dB filter works even better, leveling out the sound more resulting in better quality sound while being fully protected. The Flare Isolate Pro does come right behind the Audionova plugs though. Price quality-wise the Flare does score best. These don’t even cost half what I paid for my customs.

I fully recommend the Flare Isolate Pro to protect your hearing. Your ears are so extremely important and protecting them is an absolute must. The Flare Isolate Pro does the job, they’re well built and very affordable. I can fully understand why the Kickstarter blew up like that and those people haven’t even heard them yet. Once these are on the market I think a lot more people will order them, so I suggest you get them now before the wait gets too long.

Nice job, Flare!

Feeling lucky? Then join our free giveaway (worldwide) and maybe one set of these Isolate Pro Titanium will be yours! EDIT: THE GIVEAWAY IS OVER

Flare was so nice to send out an extra pair for our readers. If you do care about protecting your hearing and want a shot at winning a set of Free Titanium Isolate Pro, then join the free giveaway on the next page. Click HERE

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Lieven is living in Europe and he's the leader of the gang. He's running Headfonia as a side project next to his full time day job in Digital Marketing & Consultancy. He's a big fan of tube amps and custom inear monitors and has published hundreds of product reviews over the years.

59 Comments

  • Reply August 21, 2016

    Joe Liew

    Feeling lucky!!

  • Reply August 21, 2016

    Joshua Loke

    Always looking forward to Flare Audio products. Own an R2pro – great uiem!

  • Reply August 21, 2016

    remy

    Feeling even more lucky !

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    aditya mada prahasta

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  • Reply August 21, 2016

    Zoltan K.

    Comment left 🙂

    • Reply August 21, 2016

      Lieven

      Very original as well 😉

  • Reply August 21, 2016

    José Núñez

    Nice giveaway!

  • Reply August 21, 2016

    Thom van Oijen

    Fingers crossed.

    I wonder how they compare to the Etymotic Research ER-20 Earplugs. These were pretty cheap on mass drop and they pleasantly surprised me in terms of sound quality. Much better than the alpine music pro’s. They don’t block a lot of sound though. So it doesn’t offer the best protection in loud concerts.

    You didn’t say anything about how much sound was blocked. Is it a good amount?

    • Reply August 21, 2016

      Lieven

      It’s a pretty good amount yes, but I bet it depends on how your ear canals are shaped to put the Isolate in. I could barely get them in but the reduction in level was quite a bit, which is normal with a tight fit.

  • Reply August 21, 2016

    Edward Swann

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    Gareth Hailes

    Interesting

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    Michael Parfenov

    Really want to try in on a plane.

  • Reply August 21, 2016

    Anderson Yamamoto

    Here we go!

  • Reply August 21, 2016

    Jesper Mikkelsen

    My ear needs a pair these – urgently????

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    i am a lucky person :))))

  • Reply August 21, 2016

    Brent S

    I’ve been intrigued by these ever since I saw them – it would be great to try them

  • Reply August 21, 2016

    Kenny Lim

    already kickstarted a titanium one. hope I will win another pair for the missus

  • Reply August 21, 2016

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  • Reply August 21, 2016

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    Phillip Houseknecht

    I could sure use something to save what little hearing I have left!

  • Reply August 21, 2016

    Thuan T.

    Thank you for your generosity !

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    i’m in!

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    I’m in

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    Jonathan Kurniawan

    Nice giveaway!

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    Kenneth Z.

    Nice giveaway guys

  • Reply August 22, 2016

    Agung Haskara

    I have Flareon on Pokemon GO, then I shall have Flare-IN ear isolator

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    Tim

    Nice giveaways

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    Harrison Paul

    This is a great opportunity. I am a musician who has seen the effect of hearing loss on individuals and how it profoundly effects their ability to enjoy and make music.

  • Reply August 22, 2016

    Davi Dias de Souza

    This one is mine!

  • Reply August 22, 2016

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    Exelent giveaway !

  • Reply August 22, 2016

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    Lemme have it!

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    Dickson Chan

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  • Reply August 22, 2016

    Ross Denton

    Excellent comp – in it to win it! 😉

  • Reply August 23, 2016

    Edder Vega

    Waiting to win one day

  • Reply August 23, 2016

    Kei

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  • Reply August 23, 2016

    Aleksandar

    Excellent!

  • Reply August 24, 2016

    Gideon Lim

    Nice IEM, hope can get it 😀

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    Duy Khanh Tran

    Way to go Headfonia!

  • Reply August 24, 2016

    Denny

    This needs an unicorn tears audiophile version :p

  • Reply August 24, 2016

    Dan

    Thanks for the contest!

  • Reply August 24, 2016

    WEIX

    Thanks for the contest 🙂

  • Reply August 24, 2016

    Mariano Garcia

    Very nice.

  • Reply August 24, 2016

    John Banerjee

    These look amazing. I’d love to win a pair of Flare Isolate Pro’s

  • Reply August 24, 2016

    iani martinez

    goodluck!

  • Reply August 24, 2016

    John Vincent Romero

    I use public transport a lot for work and have tried using regular hard foam to block out the noise; bad idea, really dangerous as it muffles everything. Hopefully the Flare does the trick for 😀

  • Reply August 24, 2016

    Marc filip hora

    My 1st iem on this brand

  • Reply August 25, 2016

    Tim

    feeling lucky!

  • Reply August 26, 2016

    James Bashkin

    Lucky is what I am feeling.

  • Reply August 26, 2016

    David E. S.

    My little brother will like them a lot.

  • Reply August 27, 2016

    jeff

    feeling lucky 🙂

  • Reply August 27, 2016

    Luigi

    i am not gonna win haha

  • Reply August 27, 2016

    Olav Geurts

    Love ‘m, they ‘ve got flair!

  • Reply August 27, 2016

    Ilkin Jafarli

    Woud love to win one

  • Reply August 27, 2016

    Ilkin Jafarli

    Would love to win one. I hope I am the lucky one.

  • Reply August 27, 2016

    Justin

    Great review. Hope I win.

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