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Aviation Headsets - Recommendations?  
User currently offlineAabFlyer From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 27 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 5 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4633 times:

Would appreciate any recommendations from private pilots of good headsets before I go and fork out a wad of cash on some. I have a great set of Sennheisers that I love as hi-fi headphones, and was thinking of getting a similar style for flying (much more comfortable than the massive things at the flying school), but not sure whether they're suitable for purpose i.e. flying a Cessna. I think they may have been designed more for pro pilots in the quieter cockpits of 747s etc. Anyone tried these? Sennheiser HMEC 25-KA. Thanks a lot for any advice.

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Sennheiser HMEC 25-KA


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User currently offlineRyanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4620 times:

Hello there, I think I have helped you out before on your PPL questions in the past.

Quoting AabFlyer (Thread starter):
(much more comfortable than the massive things at the flying school)

Haha I know exactly the ones you mean! They wouldn't be green in colour by any chance would they?  Silly

To be honest Sennheiser are a much respected brand, but I think they are more renowned for use in quiet flight deck environments (737s, 320s etc.) not in a noisy GA aircraft. Most PPL's stick with the David Clark head sets, they are cheaper. However the headset you mentioned can be used in GA aircraft it seems from its synopsis.

"Sennheiser's HMEC 25-KA active noise headset is designed for use in a jet flight-deck environment, providing up to 26dB active noise cancelling with 11dB of passive. This light headset is ideal for small aircraft use also. Weighing in at only 170g, and featuring an electret noise cancelling microphone, fold-back earpiece for single-ear use, and a split headband."

It seems from that it can be used in a GA aircraft.

Give us a shout if you need any more help.

Regards


User currently offlineCptSpeaking From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 639 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4618 times:

Clarity Aloft is what I use all the time. When you have a traditional headset, it really starts to hurt your head after a couple hours. The Claritys are in-ear, so you can wear them virtually forever and they don't hurt. In fact, you barely even know they are there...they weigh an ounce! I have heard of some people that don't like the band on the claritys though (the band wraps around the back of your head...think sunglasses on backwards) and prefer the Lightspeed Mach 1. Check out this guy's blog...he is a 767 pilot for AA... www.kentwien.com

He is the one that doesn't like the Clarity, but looking at the picture, he's wearing it wrong, so I don't blame him haha

I owned a pair of David Clarks for years, and loved them...until I tried the lighter in-ears...can't go back now.

Your CptSpeaking



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User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2185 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4609 times:

I'm planning on buying a headset next week for the duration of my PPL training and, having seen the specifications, I'm torn between the David Clark H10-13.4 and the Pilot PA21-60.

I'm heading down to ESH on tuesday to wear both and purchase one, so I'll let you know how they are, seeing as I have a flying lesson straight after to try it out  Silly

Tom Big grin



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User currently offlineJamesbaldwyn From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4608 times:

Bose are a very good make. The only problem is $$$.

User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7643 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4594 times:

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 3):
I'm planning on buying a headset next week for the duration of my PPL training and, having seen the specifications, I'm torn between the David Clark H10-13.4

Buy the DC's, much better. I've been using my H10's for about 10 years now and don't regret the purchase one bit.

Quoting AabFlyer (Thread starter):

You have to be very careful when purchasing headsets, you need to ask yourself what kind of environment are you using them for such as piston, turboprop, jet or helicopter. Each cockpit has different noise levels and sources, so you need to base your purchase decision accordingly. Me for example, when I did my private, or am flying around in a prop driven airplane or my uncle's Bell 407, I always use my David Clarks because they block the exterior noise quiet well. When I'm flying around in my uncle's Citation, I'll put on headsets similar to the Sennheisers you've pictured (don't know what brand he has though) because the cockpit is much quieter and thus the ear muffs don't have to be that big.



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User currently offlineATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2308 posts, RR: 38
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 4585 times:

Personally,

Theres nothing else but Green. I love my H10-30's (real basic, but they get the job done)

Id suggest the new David Clark X11

http://www.davidclark.com/X11/index.html



ATCT



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User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 4585 times:

David Clarke is the name brand, but you $$ for them. I am using a Sigtronics headset, and it has been good for me, and was fairly priced.

User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2185 posts, RR: 28
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4536 times:

Quoting AabFlyer (Thread starter):
Sennheiser HMEC 25-KA

Having seen that headset yesterday I'd advise you not to buy that, your ears would never fit fully into them to get sufficcient noice-cancelling.

I tried on the David Clark H10-13.4, and I have to say I'll definately be buying this headset, extremley comfortable! You can find it on the net for just £160.

Tom Big grin



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User currently offlineN215AZ From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4504 times:

I am a green person as well.

But as far as ANC (Active Noise Canceling) goes, the Bose X cannot be beat. I have had a chance to use both the DC-11X and the Bose X, and the Bose beats the DC, that is if you have the cash to pony up for one.

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I am a proud owner of a DC 13.4 and I love it, light, comfy, and affordable for the quality and durability. I would go DC if I were you. But that's just me.

N215AZ



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User currently offlineAabFlyer From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4434 times:

Quoting Ryanair737 (Reply 1):
Hello there, I think I have helped you out before on your PPL questions in the past.

Quoting AabFlyer (Thread starter) Sadmuch more comfortable than the massive things at the flying school)
Haha I know exactly the ones you mean! They wouldn't be green in colour by any chance would they?  

Yes, you did help me out. You did me a good turn. I haven't progressed very far on the PPL, but I'm on my way and that's the main thing, isn't it?

You're right on the button there about the headphones. But I see some people swear by the green things. Maybe the ones made after 1066 are less like baking bowls. Actually now I'm really confused, but thanks a lot for the advice everyone, I won't get those Sennheisers I don't think.

Been on holiday. If you're ever near Lake Albano (about 15 mins from Rome's Ciampino airport) you can watch the fire department doing circuits over the lake, most of the time flying underneath you. Very entertaining, spectacular stuff.

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Lago di Albano


Excuse the crap picture. Not going to make an Airliners photographer obviously.

Here's a better one someone else took on the site:
http://www.airliners.net/open.file/0839924/M/


User currently offlineUnknownUser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4422 times:

Bose is the way to go. It is a good investment. We had a window open in flight and the noise cancelling helped a lot. My instructor however could barely hear anything...

User currently offlineBrianb10 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4282 times:

I had a set of the Bose, but sold them and went back to my trusty David Clark. The thing I did not like about the Bose was that the ANR was so good that I could not hear the subtle changes and sounds from the engine. I will say that they were mighty comfy though.

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