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Which ADC Stethoscope Is Right for Me?

Written By: 
Marc Blitstein / President & CEO

I’m excited to post my very first contribution to the ADC blog – well, excluding my brief welcome to launch our blogging effort. From time to time, I will take a crack at solving the major issues of our time. OK, maybe not earth shattering global problems – or even life altering challenges. But I will try to take on and discuss a variety of topics relevant to the products we manufacture - subjects that I think and hope are important to you.

One of the most common, if not THE most common question we get is how to choose THE stethoscope that’s’ right for you. In general there is NO ONE scope that’s “right” for any particular healthcare professional. It’s more of a well choreographed dance – one that balances performance, comfort, technology, budget, and style.

Not everyone needs a top-of-the line electronic or cardiology scope. And even those who COULD use the enhanced acoustic performance, versatility, or feature set of our finest scopes might not be able to justify the premium price. Some professionals are particularly sensitive to a scope's weight, while others have a specific design they prefer.

I wish I could say there is a single right answer, but it really comes down to personal choice. In the end, we always suggest you test drive a few scopes and choose the model that provides the performance you need; that is comfortable for you to use and wear, and within a budget that makes sense for YOU.

ADC scopes carry an MSRP from about $250 for our top-of-the-line ADSCOPE 657 Electronic Model, to under $2 for a single patient use disposable scope, made entirely of plastics. With dozens of models to choose from, there’s bound to be an ADC scope that’s right for you.

We’ve taken two approaches to our recommendations. The first is a list based on your profession or the environment in which it will be used. The second is a list based on popular groupings.

Without further ado, here then is guide we've developed based on our nearly three decades of delivering the most comprehensive line of stethoscopes in the world.


Recommended Models
Anesthesiologist 600601, 606615603608
Cardiologist 657600601, 606615
Emergency Physician 657600601606615, 612603608
EMT/EMS 657600601606615, 612603641, 647655
Family Practitioner 600601606, 615612603609
Hospital 603608609660662670675676665664
Internist 600, 601, 606, 615, 612603608
Medical Assistant 600601606615, 612603609
Medical Student 600601606615612603608641
Nurse 601606615612603608609641647655
Nursing Home 660, 662670665664
Nursing Student 606615612603608609641647
Pediatrician 657601604605614618, 641
Physician 601606615612603608
Physician Assistant 600601606615, 612603608609
Respiratory Therapist 657600601606615
Teacher/Professor/Instructor 657600601606615612603608613671
Veterinarian 657601603608604605609641
*Bold selections are the most popular.
**Click on the model number to go to that scope's page


If you want.....

....then look at these models
Cardiology style (for unsurpassed acoustic performance - mechanical) 600601606
AFD (multi-frequency) Technology 600601612615614, 618
Convertible (for versatility) 601641647
Ultra-light weight for maximum comfort 606609
Stainless Steel for maximum durability 600601603, 604605
Unusual appearance (to express your style) 600GP600ST601ST603COP609ST, 615ST, 618645655
All Black (tactical) 600ST 601ST603ST609ST615ST
Gold Plated (makes ideal gift) 600GP645
Sprague Design (for traditional performance and versatility) 641647
Top-of-the-line (for unsurpassed acoustic performance – mechanical or electronic) 657600601606
Mid-priced (balances acoustics/weight/and price) 606615612603
Entry level (emphasis on value) 609641647
Budget (for institutional buyers) 660662670
Single Patient Use (disposable) 664665


Good luck with your purchase. We’d love to hear from you on the product YOU selected.