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I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?  
User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2175 times:

Hi...I am looking for a GOOD pair of headsets. (I fly a 172SP if it matters..) The headsets I use from my flightschool sometimes are in bad condition, don't work good, mouthpiece is loose, etc... Like today, only the right ear speaker worked, and the mouthpiece was all torn up. So...my CFI recommended that I get a pair of good headsets for myself that I can use for a long time. Do any of you have any recommendations? I'm willing to spend some money for a good pair. I know the bose ones are probably the best, but I'm not interested in paying a grand for a pair of headsets. I need something comfortable, good quality, comfortable, durable, comfortable, crisp sound, and..did I mention comfortable?? Oh yeah, and I like to hear myself clearly, so something with a good mouthpiece.

Anyways, any advice?
thanks,
-FSPilot747

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User currently offlineTurbineBeaver From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2145 times:

David Clark HS10-13.4 (or something like that!)

TB


User currently offlineAlaskaairlines From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2054 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2137 times:

I have David Clark H10-30's. I love them. They cost only $250.

I really recommend them, make sure you get the ones with gel ear seals! The foam ones will make your head really sore.

Let us know what you get.

I fly in Alaska, C150/152/172/172R/172SP.

-Dmitry


User currently offlineExusair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 684 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2133 times:

I've got a base pair of David Clarks....HS10-10 I think. I've had them for over 10 years, they still work. The mike picks up a llot of background noise though when plugged into an intercom or when I turn my head.

I've got a friend of mine who is also a pilot and he has a pair of Sigtronics S-40's. Had them for several years (they were originally grey). I've used them and they are quite comfortable and eliminate a lot of noise.

I suggest looking at a Sporty's catalog before buying from your flight school for price comparisons.


User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2129 times:

Those are the green ones right? Yeah my flight school has a coupla those. I figure if I'm gonna go buy some for myself, I'll get something exciting! Anyways, I'll look into the Clarks, I'm looking through Sporys.com.

Thanks, keep em coming,
-FSPilot747


User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2125 times:

Hmm...I'll look up the signtronics at Sportys. Just out of curiosity, does anyone know if it is worth spending a grand on Bose Headsets?

-FSPilot747


User currently offlineExusair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 684 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2123 times:

A grand for a pair of headsets?????

Have you heard music on a BOSE radio before. Have you heard music from a pioneer radio? They both play music but one is several hundred dollars cheaper than the other.

I'd rather get a $200 DOLLAR HEADSET AND BLOW THE OTHER $800 ON FLIGHT TIME.


User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2118 times:

lol, yeah I know, sounds rediculous.

The bose headsets have a special noise reduction system. They have something like that on Lufthansa first class. I flew during the millenium and the 744 was empty, so we were upgraded to first, and honestly, with those headsets, you can't hear a damn thing when they are on. I took them off, and everything seemed loud. But i stillwouldnt pay a grand for em!

-FSPilot747


User currently offlineNiteRider30 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2117 times:

I have had all of my instructors tell me that David Clark headsets are excellent quality. While I think they would most likely be a good choice, I wanted to also let you know of the headset that I purchased about 6 months ago. I have a Telex Air 3500, and I really enjoy the quality of it. I have flown a few cross-country trips and had the headset for over an hour at a time, at it never became uncomfortable. The headset comes with both foam and gel earseals... I personally find the gel more comfortable. I have communicated with ATC and Unicom and the mic can be kept a couple of inches from the mouth and picks up voice quite cleanly. I just thought I'd throw this one out there too. You can get these from Sporty's for around $270.  Laugh out loud

NiteRider30


User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2112 times:

Thanks for the tips guys. I'll go down to SNA, I am told there is a shop their called "windsock" or something. I'll try some on, and let you guys know what I come up with. Thanks again,

FSPilot747


User currently offlineGsoflyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1093 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2109 times:

I like my Lightspeed with Active Noise Reduction much better than any of the Sigtronics or David Clark sets I've owned.

User currently offlineCessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2094 times:

David Clark H10-13.4 for sure; look no further.

User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2095 times:

I have the David Clark H10-13.4...I love it. Wore it for over 4 hours straight last night and it still didn't feel like it was getting heavy or begin to hurt, unlike many of the headsets I've worn. Even if you think you're going to get something else, try a 13.4 on and see what you think.

User currently offlineDg_pilot From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 856 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2088 times:

I use Lightspeeds. They have ANR, which stands for active noise reduction I believe. They are very comfortable and are very quiet. You won't believe the difference when you activate the ANR. The first time I used ANR it almost scared me because you can hear everything. When I went to lower the flaps I was startled to hear the mechanisms actually moving. They are around $300 and worth every penny!

User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2061 times:

I just came back from windsock a few hours ago, and tried the DC 10-13.4 and the 10.13XL (ANR). The ANR was awesome, but its $665. I'll look into it some more, but from what I have heard, ANR is worth the money if your gonna be using em for a while and going on for an IFR rating.

-FSPilot747


User currently offlineBacardi182 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1088 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2054 times:

ANR is the way to go! I have the Denali ANR and only paid $430. They are very light weight and confertable.



BTW- I don't have the flashy yellow but the graphite blue color.


User currently offlineRacers22 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2048 times:

I have a pair of David Clark H10-13.4's. They are absolutely great. You can find some good deals for them on the internet.

User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2047 times:

I have both a pair of David Clark 10-13.4's and 13X's (the portable noise cancelling ones).

If you can afford it, get the ANR/ENC/etc ones; it's well worth it in the end.

Steve


User currently offlineBoeing747-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2044 times:

I have a Bose Headset X and its way way better then my David Clark.

User currently offlineBuddymagoo From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 31 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2041 times:

When I started flying I had the lightspeed headset with ANR and it was wonderful. However, one of my fraternity brothers sold me his DC's for 35 dollars and they have gel ears pads. With a pair of DC's like I've got I don't think I will get anything else. Also, the seal is so good with the gel ear pads that you don't even need ANR.




That'll happen!
User currently offlineBoeing747-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2043 times:

FSPilot747, I found it worth it but you have to think if you want to blow all that cash.

User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2033 times:

I have a friend who has 700+ hours in a 152, and asked him about it. Immediately, he said its 100% worth the money. He said they are great things to have, especially if your gonna keep them for a long time. I'm gonna discuss it over with my folks, and see what they say.

User currently offlineThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1662 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2030 times:

Well, I've used David Clark and Telex headsets extensively and they are both good. Pay some attention to the noise cancelling ability of the microphone, as radios in airplanes work both ways and its nice if ATC can hear you clearly. I'd have to rate the Telex best in that department (plus, the Telex has a very subtle carrier tone that makes it sound like you are calling from the flight deck of a 747).

User currently offlineKAUSpilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1963 posts, RR: 32
Reply 23, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2028 times:

David Clark H20-10's

This is david clark's lightest model, and the top of the line non-active noise cancelling headset. I've had mine for 3 or 4 months now and they've been awesome.


User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4639 posts, RR: 36
Reply 24, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2024 times:

David Clark 13.4's

I've had mine for a few months and it's awesome!

BTW, I fly a 172SP as well, what year is the one you fly? Mine's a '99 with leather seats, yeah baby!



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25 Boeing747-700 : FSPilot747, the only reget I have with my Bose is that I put the payments on AMEX and its killing me. But yes I agree the headset is worth the $999.95
26 Boeing747-700 : my 172SP is a 2001 with Leather and Autopilot with yes with A/C
27 Willfly4food : Check out PILOT INDEPENDENCE DNC XL. I have worn them on plenty of 8 and 9 hour flight days. They are more comfortable than David Clarks. You will not
28 FSPilot747 : I'll do some more research. It seems there are a lot of good companies out there. However, from what I hear, and from what my CFI and the people at wi
29 Willfly4food : I would seriously think about getting some people to loan you their headsets so you can try as many as possible before you buy. Most people who recomm
30 KAUSpilot : Just for the record I tried Lightspeeds and ANR's before I decided on DC's.
31 FlightSimFreak : Is there any truth to what my instructor is telling me? He says that David Clarks pinch your head and that you can barly feel LightSPEEDs... I kinda w
32 PW4084 : My Vote: David Clark ANR, reliable and proven design with the added benefit of ANR...and the customer service is incredible.
33 FSPilot747 : From what I hear, DC's are workhorses. They last forever, and are extremely reliable. My CFII tells me that they aren't built for comfort, but for the
34 FSPilot747 : I just checked out online the Lightspeed 25XL. It's $400 at marvgolden.com, and it is lighter than the DC's. One thing that doesn't make sense. Accord
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