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Re: Headset Reviews

Postby n3833v » Wed May 12, 2021 2:59 pm

I put power connectors beside the headset plugs and no worries about batteries. Still do what we always wanted.

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Re: Headset Reviews

Postby Jim Collins » Wed May 12, 2021 3:42 pm

Back in the early 80's I did not work for Bose but I worked for another acoustic company and while there, I designed a human model piece of test equipment that Bose used to develop the ANR technology. As a result, during the R&D phase, there was a lot of back and forth consulting work between myself and the engineers at Bose. So, in a kind of round about way, I helped co-develop the ANR algorithms that makes Bose ANR work. A couple years later when Bose was in production of these headsets, I gave them a call and pointed out that I am a pilot and could I please buy a set at cost. They told me no. Ever since I have been a little upset with them.

Anyway, I wanted to point out that if your radio/intercom has enough output power (and most newer ones do), then to get the best noise reduction all you have to do is to put some foam earplugs in your ears and then using a headset that seals around the ear, turn the volume up. You will get about 5dB or more noise reduction than is physically possible with any ANR headset no matter who builds it.

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Re: Headset Reviews

Postby cessna170bdriver » Wed May 12, 2021 4:23 pm

I bought Karen a Lightspeed Zulu 3 headset for her birthday back in March, and since there was a $100 discount if you bought two, I got one for myself.:lol: Many of the reviews I read said the ANR performance was comparable to the Bose A20, but the passive performance (in case of dead batteries) of the Zulu 3 surpasses that of the A20. With about 25 hours on them I’ll say I’m quite pleased, especially the notable decrease in fatigue after the nearly 10-hour day getting to SnF. So far both headsets are still working on the off-brand AA batteries that came with them. I did use the Bluetooth feature to listen to music from my iPad on one leg, but, while quite enjoyable, I don’t see myself using it on a regular basis due to the decrease in battery life and the fact that I haven’t yet figured out how to get them to pair automatically.
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Re: Headset Reviews

Postby ghostflyer » Wed May 12, 2021 10:07 pm

Most of my aviation life I have owned David Clark’s [all different models] due to their robust build. but at Oshkosh ,my wife won a sennheiser S1 head set as a lucky door prize . Battery life is about 50 hours but I find them the best all round headset . I have found Bose just too hot to wear in our climate . The same with light speed also. Plus the ear pads do not last that long and fall apart. Unfortunately Sennheiser has left the aviation market which is unfortunate as they made a good product. One thing I didn’t appreciate from Bose is that they had their own quick attach fitting and when jumping into another aircraft you would find only the standard 2 prong fitting and the Bose headset was useless.
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Re: Headset Reviews

Postby IA DPE » Thu May 13, 2021 12:20 am

We use Bose A20s in our 170. I'm willing to spend the money to save our hearing.

I use DC Pro x2s in my day job and they are great for a loud jet (which is still quieter than a 170). I've used them in GA flying and they're "ok."

I used Telex Airman 8 ANRs in a quiet jet and they were great for that. Not so much for anything else.
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Re: Headset Reviews

Postby 4583C » Thu May 13, 2021 3:43 am

My bride does not like over the ear headsets. She will start out with it on and I’ll say something ...no answer ...I’ll look over and the headset is in her lap! I got her one of the Halo headsets and she actually likes it. So far she has worn it thru the whole flight every time and usually answers when I speak. I tried hers one day when she wasn’t around and promptly picked up a used one from flea-bay and really like the lack of weight, lack of clamp, lack of sweaty ears and the sound quality. Not quite ANR quiet but surprisingly quiet.
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Re: Headset Reviews

Postby darhymes » Thu May 13, 2021 4:23 am

I purchased a “U Fly Mike” kit a few years ago. Since I already owned Bose QC25 headsets, it was a cheaper way to try something different than the usual David Clark’s, Lightspeed, etc. Turned out to be a happy accident. They are amazing. The headsets are lighter and more comfortable than any other ANR (or passive) headsets I have owned. Last year, I found some QC25s on eBay for 80 bucks. Ordered them and a new U Fly Mike kit and now I have a matching pair for the front seats. My trusty, 20 year old David Clark H10s are still on board for back seat pax.

The U Fly Mike setup works very well, but you have to know what they sound like when the battery dies. In my plane, the ANR feature goes away and the ATC volume drops considerably. I’m spring-loaded to turn up the radio volume and then grab a fresh AAA from my door pocket for a quick change. The ANR feature works pretty well (albeit not as well as higher-end ANRs) in the high noise environment of the 170 but it struggles a bit during takeoff. Once airborne, the noise reduction becomes normal again. They are also non-TSOd but that doesn’t bother me.
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Re: Headset Reviews

Postby GAHorn » Thu May 13, 2021 6:42 am

4583C wrote:My bride does not like over the ear headsets. She will start out with it on and I’ll say something ...no answer ...I’ll look over and the headset is in her lap! I got her one of the Halo headsets and she actually likes it. So far she has worn it thru the whole flight every time and usually answers when I speak. I tried hers one day when she wasn’t around and promptly picked up a used one from flea-bay and really like the lack of weight, lack of clamp, lack of sweaty ears and the sound quality. Not quite ANR quiet but surprisingly quiet.


Maybe you should get Debra to wear them around the house? :twisted:
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Re: Headset Reviews

Postby cessna170bdriver » Fri May 14, 2021 2:03 pm

ghostflyer wrote:… One thing I didn’t appreciate from Bose is that they had their own quick attach fitting and when jumping into another aircraft you would find only the standard 2 prong fitting and the Bose headset was useless.


I believe you’re talking about a LEMO plug, the advantage of which is that it allows the headset to operated on ship’s power instead of batteries. There are adapters that will allow the headset to be used in aircraft equipped with standard mic and phone jacks, as well as adapters to allow standard headsets to be used in LEMO-equipped airplanes.
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Re: Headset Reviews

Postby bgiesbrecht » Fri May 21, 2021 9:19 pm

I flew with DC 13.4 for many years when I was younger - eventually bought a set of used Bose X ANRs and loved them. Tried the A20, really actually didn't like it so I resold it shortly after buying it. Ditto Lightspeed. Back to the Bose X for awhile, until I tried the QT Halos. I really actually love them - it takes a bit more effort to find a good fit, but once you do, they're super light and comfortable. I love that I can wear hat/glasses and no interference with a headset. They are just as quiet as ANR to me if not moreso, no batteries to deal with, and crisp/clear audio. The newer version has a more robust cable to it as well and the price is great.

I have never tried Clarity Alofts though, and would probably like them even more than the Halos. For me, once you try in-ear there's no turning back. My wife also ended up stealing my set of Halos so I had to order another pair.
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Re: Headset Reviews

Postby Ryan Smith » Fri May 21, 2021 11:08 pm

I’m ashamed to admit how many Bose headsets I own, but suffice to say, my family is covered with A20s and I use the Pro Flights for my day job.

Don’t dislike Lightspeed, rather I really love their cord and their passive reduction is better than Bose, I’ve just hitched my wagon to their horse.
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