Ans: The microphone for most communication systems is based on traditional acoustic induction from sound waves in the air. The throat mic separates the environmental noise from voice via a non-traditional method of sound induction through the vibrations of the throat. The microphone transponders picks up the voice signals from the vibrations in the users' necks, rather than from the air. The result is clear communication direct from the throat to the microphone without the utilization of air as a medium of induction perfect for boats, convertibles and noisy environments.
2. How does the noise get cancelled?
Ans: One common method for two way radios is that it "filters" (takes out) frequencies that are outside the range of the human voice. This results in reduced noise but does not truly cancel out background noise. Any sound (noise) that is in the same frequency of the human voice would be heard as well. However, the Stryker line of throat mics do not cancel noise because it does not pick it up. Due to the voice coming from the vibrations in the neck and not from the air, there is no extraneous background noise for the microphone to pick up.
3. How can I optimize the performance of the Throat mics?
Ans: While we suggest placing the transponder about
0.5 - 1 inch on either side of your larynx/voice box, the
optimal position on the neck to place the transponder will
vary between individual users. Therefore, each user is encouraged
to find his or her own optimal position. Moving the transponder
closer to the voice box increases volume but may result
with higher distortion. Conversely, positioning the transponder
away from the voice box and closer to below the ear will
result in a more natural sound. However, moving too far
away from voice box, the volume will be compromised.
4. Are these throat mics compatible with my phone?
Ans: Not at this time.
5. Can I use the Stryker headset with my FRS radio?
Ans: The Stryker is compatible with FRS and GMRS radios. Currently, the Stryker is compatible with FRS radios that use:
- the standard two-pin, two step (one black ring) plugs, such as Cobra and Panasonic.
- two-pin plugs, three step (two black rings) plugs, such as Kenwood.
one pin (long pin) Motorola Talkabouts.
6. Will it work with my FRS radio on vox mode?
Ans: Regular headsets have problems picking up sound
with the FRS radio on VOX mode if there is excessive background
noise (ie if the user is riding motorcycle). The background
noise is either so loud that speech cannot be picked up
or the noise is constantly being picked up by the headset
which means the headset is continually in transmit mode.
The Throat mics solves this problem as it picks up sound
vibrations directly from the throat. It doesn't have a microphone.
Therefore, it does not cancel out background noise; it never
picks the noise up. Users should be reminded that they should
adjust the vox settings on the FRS radio to find the best
level of sensitivity.
7. Why doesn't my voice activation function work with the Throat mic?
Ans: The throat mics work effectively with the voice
activation functions of many cellular phone. However, users
must first re-record the voice tag using throat mic. The
phone's software will not match the user's voice when using
the throat mic with a tag recorded under normal conditions.
Further, users are reminded to wait for the signal from
the phone first before speaking to activate the voice tag.
8. Does it fit everyone?
Ans: The neckband is flexible but it works best
for neck sizes between 15-17 inches. The band should fit
flush against the back of the person's neck. Throat mics
also perform better for people with less adipose tissue
on their necks.
9. Does it really work?
Ans: Each Stryker Headset, Stryker lite and Tork
MAX, has been subject to stringent quality control checks.
Clearercom stands behind its product. We offer a one-year
10. Will it break easily?
Ans: Clearer Communications uses high quality materials to produce the Throat mics. However, the transponder is highly sensitive to force (ie vibrations from the larynx), in order carry the voice signals. Therefore, it will be more susceptible to damage than other parts of the throat mic. Users should not apply force by pressing in that area.
11. There is a very loud beep sound when I use the Throat mic with my FRS radio. How can I get rid of this?
Ans: Press the (+) button while turning on your
FRS will remove this loud sound.
12. As soon as I plug it into my radio, the radio goes into VOX transmit mode and never exits.
Ans: Power the radio off and back on again. Or turn
the radio off, plug in the headset and then turn the power
13. Is the Tork MAX compatible with the Chatterbox system or the Nady system?
Ans: Unfortunately we have yet to test the headset
with the Chatterbox system or the Nady. We will update this
page as we continue our research and development.
14. Can I return anything?
Ans: You may return all headsets within 14 days
of the original invoice date.
15. My item is unopened and unused, can I return it?
Ans: Unopened and unused products returned for credit
to your credit card will be subject to a 10% restocking
fee. Merchandise must be returned complete with all the
original manufacturer's packaging, manual(s), blank warranty
cards, miscellaneous parts and accessories. Incomplete returns
will be subject to additional charges at our discretion.
Unopened and unused products returned for in-store credit
(issued in the form of a gift certificate) will not be subject
to the 10% restocking fee. However, merchandise must still
be returned complete with all the original manufacturer's
packaging, manual(s), blank warranty cards, miscellaneous
parts and accessories. Incomplete returns will be subject
to additional charges at our discretion.
16. What about open or used items?
Ans: Open or used products returned to Clearercom.com
will be subject to a restocking fee to be determined upon
receipt by us. This restocking fee will vary depending on
the condition of the returned merchandise. Merchandise that
has been used and/or shows signs of wear and tear will be
subject to a 5-80% restocking fee. Use is defined as any
attempts to install, fire, wear, wash, or ride. Please call
(877)-801-6984 for return authorization number.
17. What is your policy when the customer receives the wrong item?
Ans: If you have received the wrong item and wish to return it for credit, we will credit you the full amount paid for the item and the return shipping. We cannot send out call labels.