Eaglekeeper101 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 272 posts, RR: 2 Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 742 times:
I made the mistake of picking up some lesser-brand (Pioneer or some such) one time...not good. I suppose it cancelled out noise fairly well, but it also made this strange whining-hum sound that drove me insane. The price I pay for being cheap and having much better-than-normal hearing, I guess.
Having spouted drivel for 3 sentences...Senns are very nice for the money.
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AC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 2 Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 731 times:
I have a set of FlightCom Denali's with the ANR (Active Noise Reduction). They are very light, and comfortable. Mine are about 4 years old now, so mine have the gel ear seals, the new ones don't, they have leather seals. None of the headsets I have ever tried do a very good job sealing around sunglasses, so that's just a dream. I would reccomend the kind I have, it's a good passive reduction system, which is fine for most one hour local flights, but then I can turn on the ANR for awesome noise reduction on a longer flight.
I have tried the Bose headsets, and they are very cool. Their passive noise reduction isn't as good as most other headsets, but the ANR works well. So just keep in mind the fact that they do need some sort of battery power for ANR, and all ANR headsets do drain the battery pretty quickly. I can get about 20 hours out of one 9 volt battery in my headset.
If you have the extra $500 for the Bose (compared to most other ANR sets) and have the intention of flying more than a couple hundered hours a year, go for it. But I do reccomend looking into other ANR sets too. David Clark's are pretty good too.
BH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 17 Reply 14, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 732 times:
I've had a pair of Bose QuietComforts for a few years. It cuts out a lot of noise, but the quality leaves a bit to be desired, especially for how much they go for. I don't use the headphones much (pretty much just when I fly which is no more than a few times a year) and the earpads are flaking off and there's an annoying rattle.
I don't know much about their sound cancelling headsets, but I have a pair of Sennheiser HD497s and they are awesome headphones and an excellent value. If I were to replace my Bose headsets, I'd take a serious look at Sennheisers.
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I cannot stand white noise. Come to think of it, I wish sometimes I couldn't hear the "white noise" that all televisions make when they are turned on, even when the volume is muted. I can hear that from better than 100 feet, through walls and houses. When I have my annual audio exam, I can sometimes hear flaws in the digital recordings. Drives the testers nuts...
Well, I have to be good at something, no?
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VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4502 posts, RR: 50 Reply 17, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 716 times:
If you're talking about aviation headsets, then the Bose headsets are very good, but remember that if you let the battery run out, you have pretty much no passive attenuation, so things can get loud. The David Clark headsets on the other hand provide decent passive attenuation, in addition to the ANR. The trade off of course is that they are a bit bulkier and heavier than the Bose ones...
If you're talking about headphones for listening to your stereo (or the IFE in an airliner), then I can highly recomend the Bose QuietComfort 2 - they are great. I have absolutely no complaints about them. Expensive, yes, but very effective, and very comfortable. The same proviso applies about letting the battery run down obviously, although in this case the whole thing will stop, and you wont be able to listen to anything until you put a new battery in (AAA).
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Zone1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1033 posts, RR: 7 Reply 18, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 712 times:
Quoting BH346 (Reply 14): the quality leaves a bit to be desired, especially for how much they go for.
That was my big problem with the Quiet Comforts. The sound quality goes down quite drastically when you put them in noise canceling mode. I have a pair of Bose TriPort headphones, and they sound so much better. I like them a lot.
Nimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3080 posts, RR: 9 Reply 20, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 702 times:
Quoting Eaglekeeper101 (Reply 11): I made the mistake of picking up some lesser-brand (Pioneer or some such) one time...not good. I suppose it cancelled out noise fairly well, but it also made this strange whining-hum sound that drove me insane.
I chose to start with a $8 Philips (HN050) noise cancelling headset off eBay (available at that price almost every day - incl shipping). They have the white noise problem, but do a good job of noise cancellation. However I find them reducing office noise much more than airplane noise, though they did a good job on the airplane noise. The only problem I had with those is they have a "behind the head" band, which means they interfere with my pillow while trying to sleep on an airplane. I'm now thinking of buying the $40 Sony (MDR-NC6) headset - the reviews seem quite good, and they have the "above the head" band - so should not interfere with my pillow. Does anyone have any experience with the Sony MDR-NC6?
Ctbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 52 Reply 21, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 644 times:
I bought a pair of Jensen noise cancelling earphones from Amazon a couple of months ago for about $20. They seemed to work OK, but I was having problems hearing bits of dialogue of the film I was watching on the computer. The dialogue seemed at times muffled or the score was much louder than the dialogue. Anyone know if there is a fix for this?
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Lt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 22, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 619 times:
My squadron switched from Dave Clark's to Bose ANRs a last year and I (and most others) are very happy with the Bose-other than the fact they are flimsy compared to the DCs. We've had problems with cracks and such, but the hearing and noise reduction is great. Most civ aviators will not abuse them like we do so I am sure it is not a big problem. I also like the individual earpiece volume control which our DCs did not have. And yes I hear they are very expensive I think the gov't contract was like a grand apiece, but you never know with gov't contracts
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