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CONTROL UNIT The Silynx Clarus control unit is the electronic "heart" of the system - it is within it that the processing of sound signals takes place, lowering noise to safe levels (both impulsive and constant noise), boosting the sound of conversation, and controlling radio traffic when radios are used. The software algorithms used in Clarus result in "compression" of dangerous sounds, rather than cutting them off above dangerous levels. The lightweight aluminum alloy skeleton has been coated with a resistant polymer to increase durability against hard use. The case itself is turtle shell- shaped and, like the aforementioned shell, is armored. Looking clockwise from the top, on the unit we find: headphone jack, PTT control button B, "+" button to raise the sound level, radio cable, "-" button, AAA battery compartment along with a sealed cover and PTT control button A. The PTT buttons are made of hard plastic and rubber, which solves the problem of potential wear and tear. A sturdy metal clip has been placed on the back of the case for clipping Clarus to the plate carrier, belt or MOLLE webbing. The Clarus can also be wirelessly paired with finger-, palm- or rifle-mounted PTT switches. Accessories also include a car key-like PTT button for use in covert operations, and an enlarged PTT for use with thick CBRN gloves. Clarus is very compact (about 55 mm x 50 mm and about 30 mm thick) and weighs less than 120 g (without batteries). The single AAA battery provides a maximum operating time of up to 40-48 hours. Optionally, the Clarus can operate in "parasitic" mode and draw power for operation directly from the radio station The Silynx Clarus is fully sealed and meets the requirements of MIL-STD-810G and IP68, so it can be submerged in water for up to 20 meters for six hours and will still work. HEADSET In-ear headset with up to 1 m water resistance plug into the top socket of the control unit (although an adapter can be plugged in to allow the use of Peltor Comtac or MSA/Sordin headsets for users who prefer classic over-the- ear muffs). The headset ear plugs are inserted directly into the ear canal, which serves two specific purposes - it seals, protecting against dangerous sounds and noise, and collects vibrations from the ear canal, allowing free radio communication, without interference. The sounds are collected by a microphone that is an integral part of the ear plug, so the classic boom mike is not required. However, it is possible to attach an external microphone on the headband if the user has such requirements, a special microphone for use with Avon FM50/FM53/FM54 gas masks, or a throat microphone. The headset have interchangeable foam tips of different sizes (and colors, for quick identification), allowing a comfortable fit for a given ear and providing a protection

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