On May 31, 2020, 3M announced they are discontinuing the 3M Peltor LiteCom BRS Headsets, effective June 1, 2020.  The LiteCom BRS Headset has now been replaced with the LiteCom FRS Headset. The new headset offers more channels.

The FRS is an advanced hearing protector equipped with built-in analog two-way radio communication and programmed to operate on all 22 FRS channels. The new model was designed around the needs of industrial, manufacturing, and construction personnel.

New 3M Peltor LiteCom FRS Features:

  • Protective communication solution for hands-free, clear communication in noisy environments
  • Helps provide hearing protection when exposed to hazardous noise
  • Analog two-way communication radio with 22 pre-programmed FRS channels
  • Noise-cancelling microphone for clear speech transmission in noisy environments
  • Push-to-talk (PTT) or hands-free Voice Operated (VOX) transmit options.
  • Operates on AA batteries or rechargeable NiMH battery pack
  • Voice guided headset menu for easy operation
  • Built tough for the working professional
  • Comfortable for all day wearability

Affected Products and Recommended Replacements:

BRS (Discontinued)

Product Number

Description

MT53H7A4600-NA

3M PELTOR LiteCom BRS Headset, Headband

MT53H7B4600-NA

3M PELTOR LiteCom BRS Headset, Neckband

MT53H7P3E4600-NA

3M PELTOR LiteCom BRS Headset, Hard Hat Attached

 

FRS (New Model)

Product Number

Description

MT53H7A4602-NA

3M PELTOR LiteCom FRS Headset, Headband

MT53H7B4602-NA

3M PELTOR LiteCom FRS Headset, Neckband

MT53H7P3E4602-NA

3M PELTOR LiteCom FRS Headset, Hard Hat Attached

 

What are the differences between the BRS and FRS headsets?

The FRS and the BRS are equipped with essentially identical features. The only difference between the two are the pre-programmed channels/frequencies – the FRS has 22 UHF FRS frequencies, as opposed to the 8 UHF BRS frequencies for the BRS headset.

Does the FRS Support Backwards Compatibility with the BRS?

No. The BRS and the FRS use different two-way frequencies, so the headsets are not backwards compatible and will not communicate with each other.

What Headset is Recommended if I do Require Backwards Compatibility with the BRS?

If you want to upgrade but still require backwards compatibility with the BRS, the recommended upgrade is the 3M Peltor LiteCom Plus Headset. The Plus headset has the 8 BRS frequencies with 23-30 channels, making it backwards compatible. You may find that it is slightly more expensive, but the headset does offer the popular environmental listening technology. See the table below for specific models:

3M Peltor LiteCom Plus

Product Number

Description

MT7H7A4610-NA

3M PELTOR LiteCom Plus Headset, Headband

MT7H7B4610-NA

3M PELTOR LiteCom Plus Headset, Neckband

MT7H7P3E4610-NA

3M PELTOR LiteCom Plus Headset, Hard Hat Attached

 

You might also consider the 3M WS LiteCom Pro III headset which can be programmed to operate with 8 BRS frequencies.

3M Peltor is the top hearing protection brand in the world, and the LiteCom FRS is yet another product that incorporates the most advanced technologies into a durable yet comfortable unit that keeps you protected all day. The headset is built around maximum safety, as it was specifically designed for the most dangerous and busy industries, fitting the needs of construction workers, miners, manufacturers, and crane operations.

Interested in purchasing the new 3M Peltor headsets? First Source Wireless now offers the FRS headset and many other headsets from the 3M Peltor product line. Our staff are available to answer any questions you may have and assist with ordering. Order your improved headset today.

 

3M has also discontinued the ComTac III headset and replaced it with the new ComTac V. Read about what improvements were made, here.

 

About the Author

Taylor Thomas is a Marketing Manager at First Source Wireless. With her experience, she has helped improve the critical communications industry with the help of 3M Peltor headsets. Taylor has also attended many conferences including International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO), and International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE).

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