Whats the best headset to get

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Re: Whats the best headset to get

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Re: Whats the best headset to get

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Re: Whats the best headset to get

Post by RedAndWhiteBaron » Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:19 pm

I'm resurrecting a (slightly) old thread here, sorry.

I'm in the market for a headset - mostly because after 20 years of smoking, I do have a slight cough from time to time, and borrowing headsets would just be rude. My local pilot shop has the Bose A20s listed for $1400, the David Clark H10-13.4's at $430 (CDN), and the Zulu Lightspeeds at $1045. But alas, I have no idea what the difference is between a $400 set and a $1400 set. I did a fam flight with the Bose set, and they were awesome - but what I don't know is whether or not a $400 set would suit my needs sufficiently. I have no issues with my hearing.

I'm fine with dropping coin on a good set, I just want to know it's worth it. I'm looking at training full time for at least a year before finding work, in a variety of aircraft. There's no guarantee that every craft will have wireless headset capability I assume? I've worked in noisy enough environments that both earplugs and muffs were required.. Doing that for hours at a time is... not comfy.

And if the answer is "get the $1500 set, it's peanuts compared to the cost of flight training, and it's worth it", then, cool.
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Re: Whats the best headset to get

Post by C-GGGQ » Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:29 pm

Your $400 set is just “passive” ear protection. Clamps on your head and blocks sound. Your $1000+ headsets have some form of electronic noise cancelling. Will be much quieter not clamp your head so hard (they don't have to) but will require batteries. They may have extra features like Bluetooth etc. A20 is one of the most popular for a reason it's good. The DC10-13.4 was the majority of us pilots first headset great value good all round and indestructible. My grandfather still has his and now plugs it into his stereo at home after retirement. DC also makes the One-x a $1200 noise cancelling like the Bose. It's my current headset and I quite like it. Lighter more comfortable and significantly quieter with the noise cancelling on (almost as quiet as the 10-13.4 with the noise cancelling off. Something most noise cancelling headsets don't do well so I was surprised) best bet is to try a few on for comfort if you can. You can't get your ears back so yes most on here will advocate "just pick one of the $1500 ones." Which brand is going to be personal preference most likely
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Re: Whats the best headset to get

Post by jakeandelwood » Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:20 pm

I wonder how those Sigtronics noise cancelling headsets are? They are only $700. I have a cheap Sigtronics for passengers in my plane and it's worked great for years.
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Re: Whats the best headset to get

Post by flyguy73 » Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:06 am

RedAndWhiteBaron wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:19 pm
"get the $1500 set, it's peanuts compared to the cost of flight training, and it's worth it"
I had the David Clark H10-13.4 for training. They were good and still are. I now have a older Bose X and a Lightspeed Zulu and wouldn't want to go back to PNR. Look for used Bose or Lightspeeds on eBay or kijiji. You can get used ones for less than the price of a new DC. Replacement muffs and mics are cheap.
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Re: Whats the best headset to get

Post by 2Shoes » Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:02 pm

I love my Clarity Aloft. No vice on the head, in fact nothing over your head at all. You can wear a hat, glasses, or anything you want without affecting the noise reduction. And no batteries to replace.
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Re: Whats the best headset to get

Post by RedAndWhiteBaron » Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:52 pm

2Shoes wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:02 pm
I love my Clarity Aloft. No vice on the head, in fact nothing over your head at all. You can wear a hat, glasses, or anything you want without affecting the noise reduction. And no batteries to replace.
If something like that existed but over-the-ear instead of earbuds, I'd be all over it. I really hate earbuds for extended periods.
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Re: Whats the best headset to get

Post by Pilotdaddy » Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:44 am

I went with the Bose A20s. I was able to try both the A20s and the Lightspeed Zulus and actually found that the Zulus sounded better, but the A20s fit more comfortably. This is directly opposite to what others have experienced and have told me... Best way is to get some hours on both and see what you prefer. From what I've been reading, you can't really go wrong with either.

IMO, if you're doing this full time, I really don't think you should consider anything but ANR headsets. Save the PNRs for your passengers 😀
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