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Re: headsets

Postby mennis » Mon May 24, 2010 10:13 am

I bought a pair of Sennheiser HMEC 300 (-40db / 10 oz /600 USD) back about five years ago and they have served me well. I don't use the ANR module much as it needs batteries and the DA-20's I fly are quiet enough with just the gels. I bought a set of David Clark H10-13.4 (-23 db / 13.4 oz / 300 USD) for my wife and people who ride with me. We flew a long cross country (6hrs) from KAHN to KDRD last fall. By the time we were there the weight of the DC's had gotten to be annoying for my wife, while the Sennheisers were ok for me. I know; apples to oranges but that's what I've got.

If I had it to do over I'd probably have gotten a set of DC to start with and then bought something in the Sennheiser range when I started my commercial. As a side note the 300's were discontinued and the 350's have added 3 oz so they now weight the same as my DC's.

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Re: headsets

Postby TheChartLady » Sun May 30, 2010 11:23 pm

This is great information on the various types of headsets available.

I am the pilot supplies volunteer for the Wings of Carolina Flying Club at TTA (Raleigh Executive Jetport @ Sanford NC- don't ya jus' love the name! But that's another story).

I have discussed headsets with many of our 280 members to try to find a line of headsets to sell at the club that are cost-effective and comfortable.
I haven't found the ideal brand yet, but I do have these observations:

The most comfortable headset has everything to do with the shape of your outer ears.
People with relatively small ears (and relatively well-heeled) like BOSE
People with somewhat larger ears (no judgement, just talking facts here, folks) like Lightspeed.
People with ears that are fairly flat to their head like David Clark or Senheiser.

Granted, these are HUGE generalizations.
I plan on continuing my search among the vendors at Oshkosh this year.


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Re: headsets

Postby DJTorrente » Mon May 31, 2010 11:20 pm

TheChartLady wrote:Jack- how many more days until Airventure??? :-)
Jan


Jan,

Look down there ↓

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Re: headsets

Postby plutocrat03 » Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:25 pm

My headset comes from Pilot USA it is an active noise canceling unit, with a 50 hr rechargeable battery in one of the cups.

Almost half the price of the Bose with technical specifications comparable to the original.

Worth consideration especially since it is made in the USA.

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Re: headsets

Postby BudgetFreePilot » Sat Oct 30, 2010 1:54 am

I already had Bose headphones when I discovered the UflyMike headset adapter http://www.uflymike.com/ It can be used with my Bose Quiet comfort 15 headphones or the earlier QC2 model. Works like a charm! It's the same active noise reduction technology featured in the Bose aviation headsets but lighter in weight and probably less fatiguing. I stumbled upon several endorsements by Airline Pilots for this combination while researching headsets and wondered if they would work while flying smaller and louder piston engined aircraft and I'm pleased so far. I can still use my Bose QC 15 headphones outside of aviation with the regular adapter.

They are a good temporary solution until I determine what aviation headset best suits me.

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Re: headsets

Postby champguy » Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:53 pm

http://www.clarityaloft.com/

Simple light quiet and comfortable, try them!

And no, I don't get a kickback.
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Re: headsets

Postby BudgetFreePilot » Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:46 pm

champguy wrote:http://www.clarityaloft.com/

Simple light quiet and comfortable, try them!

And no, I don't get a kickback.


Clarity aloft is a great product, especially for one of my mentors, a private pilot who sweats in the dead of winter. He swears by them. He can't bear wearing even the lightest cup headset. Personally, it would bug me to have anything inserted in my ears. I have unusually small earholes. I can't even wear IPOD earbuds :lol:
Oh, and for the record, I have no affiliation whatsoever with http://www.uflymike.com.

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Re: headsets

Postby champguy » Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:54 pm

The ClarityAloft ear pieces come in three sizes. The small might work for you. They do get a bit sticky with ear wax but are inexpensive, come in multipacs, and are easy to switch out and discard. On the plus side, no one wants to borrow or try your headset. win/win
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Re: headsets

Postby InvertedCast » Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:21 pm

For somebody who makes his living flying, I have to have a comfortable, quality headset. For me that was the Lightspeed Zulu. I have had several DC's, a Peltor or 2, the Bose Aviation X, and I have a Sennheiser PNR that I use as a backup/pax headset. The Bose is overpriced for what it provides. I had more problems with my Aviation X's that anyone should have. My Lightspeed Zulu's have been amazing. Well worth the 850 price tag. Passive headsets would clamp too hard on my head, and on flights lasting more than an hour I would get bad headaches. I have taken my Zulu in over 30 aircraft, from Pitts to Pilatus it cuts the noise perfectly. Plus I connect my phone via bluetooth to it and listen to music while I fly. Its awesome. I realize a lot of these headsets are expensive and out of budget of most students, but consider your hearing and comfort, and if you can afford it, I recommend an ANR headset.
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Re: headsets

Postby Paulie_P » Sun Apr 22, 2012 3:44 pm

I purchased my Bose X headset the day of my first solo. I believe it sped up my understanding of ATC. I've never had a problem with them and they aren't as bad as people say when you forget to bring spare batteries. Sometimes I forget to turn them on.
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