It will be said over and over that in any situation that involves a group effort, communication will make or break you. I have seen far too many times where peoples communication equipment completely shits the bed which ultimately leads to failing at their objectives. This article is more dedicated to all of the simulators out there (airsoft, paintball, militia, etc...) so if you have no interest in any of the aforementioned, its probably best to move along. Im going to start off with a quick wiki on what a Throat Microphone is for those who don't know.
Picture this (as it has probably happened to you before), you've waited all year for the big scenario game and you've managed to move your squad to a forward position that gives you a huge advantage on your enemy. You radio back to command and hear nothing, not so much as a radio crackle. You spend your hard earned dollars on the headset from your local paintball shop and as you reach for your radio you realize that the cable has completely fallen apart as a result of some tall grass. Shit! they just spotted you rustling around in the bush, you're toast now. If only your headset worked the way it should have, you would have just made the game for your team and the rest of your side. Lets face it, this happens way more often that it should but the cycle never seems to break. Lets change that with some information on a headset that is such a game changer that even police, military and PDC's are using it. You may be thinking "this sounds expensive" but communication is a more powerful weapon than your gun, marker or any other tool, so in comparison to what it can do for you, this is the best money you will ever spend.
A throat microphone, also laryngophone, is a type of microphone that picks up sound directly through sensors in contact with the neck. Because of this design, it is able to pick up speech in loud environments, such as on a motorcycle or in a night club, where other types of microphones would not function well because the speech would be drowned out by background noise. This type of microphone is also able to pick up whispers and works well in an environment where one has to keep quiet while communicating with others at a distance, such as during a covert military operation. Throat microphones were also extensively used in World War II-era aircraft, and by German tank crews.[Source]
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