The 1st generation ComTac headset was introduced 20 years ago and so far over 750,000 headsets have been delivered and used in more than 40 countries worldwide. In continuing the trend, 3M Peltor will soon be releasing an all new ComTac VI headset.
The 3M™ PELTOR™ ComTac™ VI has new omni-directional microphones and high fidelity speakers with greater sensitivity to help replicate sound more clearly and accurately. The new digital signal processing circuitry and transmit microphone are designed to help improve speech intelligibility and the environmental listening function’s ability to detect and locate sound from previous generations of the platform. The transmit microphone has been redesigned and embedded with patented 3M close cell foam and delivers improved noise cancelling transmission in high noise and wind while also improving dust and water ingress protection.
The ComTac VI NIB has several other new and improved features, such as:
- NIB – Natural interaction Behavior
- MAP- Mission Audio Profile
- MI – Magnetic induction Input
- Software driven electronics
- Voice guide menu
Natural Interaction Behaviour (NIB)
NIB enables short-range, headset-to-headset communication in high noise environments, without the use of an external communications radio. The NIB function allows for 4 team members to speak simultaneously, and over 60 people within a 10 meter radius to listen at any given time. Audio transmit is activated by either a voice activated switch (VOX) for hands free operations or by push-to-talk. The VOX switch is adaptive, meaning the threshold to activate will adjust automatically to the noise environment. To help reduce user burden, a tactile button has been added to the left ear cup that allows the user to easily turn on or off the function / and switch from VOX to PTT settings.
Mission Audio Profiles (MAP)
The 3M™ PELTOR™ ComTac™ VI offers a new way to adjust the auditory settings of your headset for your mission. Traditionally, a headset has a set frequency response, and the operator can only increase or decrease the volume. The MAP function provides new advanced ambient listening modes that allow access to a variety of gain settings, but with frequency shaping, to enhance auditory performance in five conditions. The MAP Profiles have been designed with a variety of combat and combat support operations in mind.