APX37x DECT7, Bluetooth, And Electronic Headsets

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APX37xDECT7, Bluetooth, and Electronic HeadsetsManual

Table of ContentsOverviewModel MatrixReplacement PartsContents in BoxAccessories (not included)FeaturesCommon Features, All ModelsCommon Features, Communication HeadsetsWireless DECT7 CommunicationsConfiguring the HeadsetHeadband RemovalHeadband InstallationBehind Head Headstrap InstallationReplacing the RuggedizerConnecting a Two-Way RadioFittingOverhead FitmentBehind Head FitmentFitment WarningsChargingBattery ReplacementLED IndicationsSettings & OperationButtonsAdvanced MenuWireless Bluetooth Wireless DECT7DECT Signal StrengthQuick LaunchPC ProgrammingLocating the USB PortInstallation of Sonetics Configurator Software for WindowsCare and MaintenanceMic Muff ReplacementEar Seal ReplacementTroubleshootingService Contact:General Connection IssuesWired AuxiliaryWireless BluetoothWireless atoryBluetooth SpecificationsDECT SpecificationsImportant Safety InformationGeneral Warning for Sensitive Electronic DevicesGeneral Communication Privacy NoticeIndustry Canada (I.C.) Notice (APX375, APX377 and APX379)FCC Part 15 Information (APX375, APX377 and APX379)FCC/IC RF Exposure WarningRechargeable Battery InformationImportant NRR InformationSonetics Standard Limited Warranty171818181919202020202121212223

OverviewContents in BoxThe Sonetics APX37x Electronic Headset protects you from dangerous noise whilekeeping other audio at a comfortable listening level. It protects your hearingwithout sacrificing your safety or situational awareness. You can hear alarms, music,or even have a face-to-face conversation while still being protected. Simultaneousintegration with two-way radios, cell phones, and MP3 players is available via wiredand optional Bluetooth inputs. DECT7 models extend conference-call-like teamcommunication up to 1,600 feet (line of sight). The rugged and comfortable designensures this headset is ready for tough work environments.HeadsetManual and Reference1 ea x Quick Reference Guide1 ea x Manual (online at: www.soneticscorp.com)1 ea x FCC / IC / NRR compliance sheet1 ea x Warranty Card1 ea x Accessory SheetModel MatrixAPX372Boom MicrophoneListen ThroughDosimeterWired AUXWireless BluetoothWireless DECT7 APX373 APX375 APX377 ChargingAPX379 1 ea x AC Wall Adaptor1 ea x DC Cigarette Lighter AdaptorAccessories1 pair x High Visibility Yellow Ruggedizers (Installed)1 pair x ComLeather Earseals1 ea x USB CableTools Included Not AvailableReplacement Parts1 ea x Apex Headset1 ea x Headband/Battery Removal Tool(Sonetics Screw Driver)Accessories (not included)Silicone RuggedizersHard Hat AdaptorsEarsealsAuxiliary PR Radio Interface - Connect to any portable two-way radio andmany other devicesMic MuffsSilicone Ruggedizers in a variety of colors to meet your team’s needsHead Bands and Head StrapsEarseals to enhance comfortBatteriesWorldwide Power AdaptorSpeaker CoversHeavy Duty DC Charging Cable1 Pa g e

FeaturesLight WeightCommon Features, All ModelsThrough the use of the latest weight saving technologies, Sonetics is able to delivera wireless headset that is lighter than many wired headsets.Adjustable Volume ControlThe Headset has a user adjustable volume control. For convenience, the Headsetwill remember the last setting each time it is turned on.Automatic Loud Noise SuppressionThe Headset will limit high impulse sounds, such as gun shots, from beingtransmitted to the user when using the Stereo Listen Through.Convertible HeadbandThe Headset is user configurable for overhead, behind-head, or hard hat (with hardhat accessory). This gives the user the ability to change the way they use theHeadset over time without needing to invest in a new one.Listen Through Situational AwarenessThe Headset has two listen through microphones to give the user stereo situationalawareness. The microphones are placed on the forward edge of the headset to givethe user the perception of sounds in the front versus from the rear. The listenthrough has a programmable volume level and limits all sounds the user hears to82dB.Long Battery LifeWith over 24 hours of battery life on DECT7 Headsets, and 44 hours of battery lifeon those without, the Headset works whenever the user needs it.Multimode Auto ShutdownMulti-Color RuggedizersThe ruggedizers offer additional abrasion and impact protection. They are availablein many colors (sold separately) to give the user the ability to define teams, roles, orenhance safety.To extend the life of the batteries, the Headset will automatically shut down.Bluetooth and DECT7 Wireless Shutdown: If a DECT wireless connection has beenestablished, the Headset will power down after 5 minutes if the connection is lost.Non-Activity Shutdown: Headsets shut down after 1 hour if not used.Extreme Environmental DesignThe headset will announce when it is about to shut down. Shutdown may becancelled by pressing any button.The Headset has an IP-66 dust and water egress rating. Even when worn in heavyrain, the Headset will still be useable. Operation has been verified to -22F / -30C forextreme cold weather environments.Flexible ChargingAn AC adaptor and DC automotive charging cable are included to allow charging inmost environments.Hearing ProtectionThe Headset conforms to many hearing protection standards, keeping the user safefrom harmful noise.In Headset ChargingSound DosimeterThe Headset measures the sound level inside the ear cup cavity over a period of upto 24 hours to ensure noise exposure limits are being followed. The headset willremember the TWA (Time Weighted Average) even when turned off (the memorywill reset after being turned off for 6 hours). The average is kept continuously forthe previous 24 hour period. Programmable audio alerts notify you of the previous24 hours of exposure. The system automatically adjusts the various inputs (listenthrough, AUX, Bluetooth, DECT, and side tone) to ensure compliance to hearingprotection standards.Two Stage Low Battery AlertThe Headset has charging circuitry built in allowing it to be charged from multiplesources. These include the supplied AC wall adaptor and multiple DC chargingoptions from a variety of sources including most cars, trucks, and aircraft. Refer tospecification for charging voltages and power requirements.The Electronic Headset has a two-stage low battery alert system to notify the userof a depleted battery before communications are lost.USB ProgrammableUsing their USB port, Headsets can be configured using a Windows PC. Many of thefeatures may be customized and saved. Refer to the Sonetics Headset Software fordetails.2 Pa g e

User Replaceable BatteryThe Electronic Headset uses a replaceable battery. This allows the user to replacethe battery at end-of-life and have spares in the field for extended operation times.Only Sonetics batteries should be used.Voice PromptsVoice prompts allows the user to make all adjustments without removing theheadset. There is no need to look for lights, text, or knob positions. The voiceprompts automatically adjust volume to ensure intelligibility in changingenvironments.Wired Line-inThe wired line-in is used to interface with cell phones and hand held radios. Thisgives the user more flexibility in their communication needs. The wired connectionfeatures a mono input and mono PTT output. See your Sonetics dealer foraccessories to match your equipment.Wireless Bluetooth TechnologyAvailable on the APX379 & APX375 headsets.Bluetooth enabled Wireless Headsets can connect with other wireless Bluetoothenabled devices. This lets you connect an additional audio or communicationsdevice. Cell phones, mp3 players, mobile radios, computers, etc. expand yourcommunications potential.A2DP Audio StreamingThe Headset features integrated A2DP streaming audio functionality, so you canlisten to music or podcasts, and hear turn-by-turn direction information from a GPSapplication on your phone. You can also use this feature to stream audio from aBluetooth-enabled computer to the headset.Common Features, Communication HeadsetsNot available on the APX372 headset.Auto-Leveling MicrophoneThe Headset automatically detects the voice of the user against noise in thebackground. This gives the headset an automatic VOX (noise gate or squelch) thatneeds no adjustment when transitioning from areas of differing noise levels.Noise Cancelling MicrophoneNoise cancelling microphones remove background noise right at the mic element.This lets listeners hear the person talking and not the background noise.Radio PTTThe Headset interfaces with any two-way portable radio using the wired AUX inputor wireless DECT connection. When there is a wireless DECT connection, the PTTsignal is passed to the wireless DECT7 Wireless Base Station and onto the DigitalIntercom. Otherwise, the PTT signal is passed to the wired AUX input.3 Pa g e

Wireless DECT7 CommunicationsProximity PairingTo enhance security, the Wireless Base Station will only pair to wireless DECT7 unitsin close proximity. This adds another layer of protection for users.Available on the APX379 & APX377 headsetsThe Sonetics Wireless DECT7 Headsets enable full duplex, conference-call-likecommunications to others on the same channel. The Headsets will connect to standalone Sonetics Wireless Base Stations or Sonetics IP-DECT7 wireless systems. ADECT7 network gives up to 1600ft of range (line of sight) from its wireless base withinterference free, digitally encrypted communications.Backwards CompatibilitySonetics Wireless Headsets are backwards compatible with Sonetics first generationwireless DECT, and DECT6 Wireless Base Stations with minimal loss in functionality.Broadcast ModeSignal Strength ReportingThe Headset may be placed into a field diagnostic mode to detect signal strength atThe Headset. This can be used to optimize placement of Comhubs or Base Stations.Wide Band AudioWireless DECT7 communications are transmitted in a high definition wide bandaudio format. This gives better sound quality, greater intelligibility, and improveswith voice activated control systems. The Headset can also be used in narrow bandif necessary.The Headset may be paired into a listen only mode of operation, reducing powerconsumption considerably. This also allows many more headsets to be connected toa Wireless Base Station simultaneously. Pressing the Radio PTT button allows theheadset to momentarily talk on any available slot. A tone will let the user knowwhen they can talk. After talking, there will be a slight delay when other userscannot be heard. Refer to the Wireless Base Station manual for details.Dual Dome Antenna DesignEach dome has a separate DECT7 antenna using diversity switching to lock onto thebest signal. The user never needs to worry about head position relative to thewireless base. The best possible connection is delivered at all times.Radio PTT or Intercom Only SelectionThe Headset may be configured to send a transmit signal to radios connected via aDECT7 Wireless Base Station or Intercom. The user can transmit over multipleradios depending on the configuration.Multi-Channel SystemDepending on the wireless DECT7 Wireless Base Station or IP-DECT7 system, theuser may have access to multiple channels. This allows large teams to have separatechannels for different activities and enables users to change channels and becomeone communication team. Refer to the Wireless Base Station manual forconfiguration details.Out of Range WarningThe user is notified when DECT7 signal is weak, or when it goes out of range.4 Pa g e

Configuring the HeadsetHeadband InstallationTools Required: NoneThe Sonetics Electronic Headset may be set up for use in overhead, under-helmet,or hard hat (sold separately) configurations. Different headbands are attachedthrough a secure snap joint on the side of the ear domes. It keeps the ear domecorrectly oriented while providing full freedom of movement, allowing the dome toseat comfortably against the users head.1.OverHeadHeadband RemovalTools Required: Sonetics Screwdriver1.Align the headband with the domes as shown.Place the handle of your Sonetics Screwdriver between the headband and thedome. Make sure the handle is behind the notch on the inside of theheadband.BehindHead2.Use one hand to hold the dome on a flat surface2.3.3.Gently push with the headband with the other hand.4.Route the headband cable through the headband as shown.5 Pa g ePlace the Dome onto a flat surface.Press Down on the headband until the ball joint snaps into place.

Behind Head Headstrap InstallationConnecting a Two-Way Radio1.2.1.2.Remove the left dome ruggedizer. (with the microphone boom attached)Cut the along the groove on the underside of the ruggedizer.3.4.Replace the ruggedizer.Open the Radio Cover and plug in the Sonetics PR Radio Adaptor.5.Screw the adaptor into place.6.Connect the Sonetics PR Radio Adaptor to the Radio.Tools Required: NoneInsert the strap at dome opening.Affix the strap using the hook and loop.Tools Required: Scissors, Sonetics screwdriverReplacing the Ruggedizer1.2.3.Remove the headbandPeel back the ruggedizerReplace the ruggedizer. Note the left and right.6 Pa g e

FittingBehind Head FitmentProper fitment is required to achieve the rated hearing protection levels.Overhead Fitment1.2.InspectExpandEnsure no damage tothe earseals or theHeadset1.InspectEnsure no damage to theearseals or the Headset2.ExpandOpen headband tofull widthOpen headband tofull width3.3.PlacePlaceAdjust headband to sitgently behind your head(UHW headsets are fixed)4.5.Position microphone no morethan 1/8” from lipsPlace cups over ears,without sitting on anypart of the earPosition microphone nomore than 1/8” from lips4.Place cups over ears, withoutsitting on any part of the earAdjustAdjust headband to sitgently on top of yourheadSealTest seal by pressingagainst your headand listening for achange in sound level5.7 Pa g eAdjustSealTest seal by pressing aga