Key Differences: Littmann Classic III and the Cardiology IV

The difference between the Littmann Classic iii and the Cardiology iv is that the Cardiology iv has an improved sound quality. The Cardiology iv also has a better design that makes it more comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. Additionally, the Cardiology iv comes with a carrying case, while the Littmann Classic iii does not. Finally, the Cardiology iv is a bit more expensive than the Littmann Classic iii.

Littman Classic 3 is used in more general use environments such as a general ward, OBGYN, and pediatrics while the Littman Cardiology 4 is used more in critical care environments such as the ICU, CCU, and ER. The Cardiology 4 has an overall better design and improved sound quality.

Littman Classic 3 has a 5-year warranty while the Littman Cardiology 4 has a 7-year warranty.

Classic 3 can detect abnormal or normal sounds and rhythms while Cardiology 4 can detect sounds and rhythms but can also hear subtle changes in patient status.

Table Comparison of Littmann Classic III and the Cardiology IV

Littmann Classic III Littmann Cardiology IV
Good sound qualityImproved and sharper sound quality, better than Classic 3
Good designBetter and improved design making it more comfortable to wear it for extended periods of time compared to Classic 3
Does not come with a carrying caseComes with a carrying case
Use is general environments such as OBGYN or general ward in a hospitalUse in more critical care environments such as ICU, CCU where accuracy and superior sound quality is important to obtain
It has a 5-year warrantyIt has a 7-year warranty
Can be used by nurses, EMTs, or med studentsMostly used by doctors
Costs about $120It cost more than Classic 3 by about $30 to $50. Cardiology IV retails for $150 to $180 on Amazon
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