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 LiteComf 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



3M PELTOR LiteCom BRS Headset, Headband


3M PELTOR LiteCom BRS Headset, Neckband


3M PELTOR LiteCom BRS Headset, Hard Hat Attached


FRS (New Model)

Product Number



3M PELTOR LiteCom FRS Headset, Headband


3M PELTOR LiteCom FRS Headset, Neckband


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



3M PELTOR LiteCom Plus Headset, Headband


3M PELTOR LiteCom Plus Headset, Neckband


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.

TAYLOR THOMAS is a Marketing Manager at First Source Wireless. With her experience in critical communications, she helped public safety professionals enhance their communication through the help of two-way radios and headsets.

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