NormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2201 times:
Nah. I'm sure that the Bose is a superior headset, but it's probably not going to be $1000 superior. If you've got something (especially an ANR something) that does the job fine, I say stick with it. You are probably just going to beat the crap out of your headset, whatever it might be, flight instructing anyway.
I'm in a similar situation. I currently own a LightSPEED 15X (ANR), which is substantially better than my old Avcomm PNRs. However, I think that once I advance on from flight instructing, I'm going to pick up a David Clark H10-13X (ENC). Who knows, my LightSPEED might even last that long.
My thought process for the LightSPEED purchase: I wanted ANR, but I didn't have $600 to blow on headsets right then.
Cancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2179 times:
i got to wear one at BOSE booth at some fair near SFO a few years ago, never really felt there was a difference. they worked just as fine as my david clarks. i really don't think that they are worth $1000, thats a bit steep for a headset. my dc's only cost a little more than half that. if you do want to upgrade, go for the green.
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JetAv8r From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2139 times:
I use them and love them. Then again I didn't buy them (the company I fly with did) and doubt I'd spend $1,000 on a pair unless I was going to be flying a loud aircraft every day. The only problem I have with them is I always forget to turn them off after we land and the batteries go dead.
Pilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3152 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2105 times:
They're nice. But I'm broke and could never justify shelling out that kind of coin unless I'm spending many hours in the cockpit every day like JetAv8r. My trusty green 10-13.4 has served me well for four years now.
I don't know if it's the case with the bose, but the DC ANR headsets really sound like crap when the battery goes dead.
Skyguy11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2003 times:
I have a $450 pair of the Pilot ANRs... think it's the Independence DNC XL or somthing; anyway my buddy had a Bose and we switched in flight... to be honest it is a TAD bit 'better', i.e. quieter but nowhere NEAR enough to justify another 550! Plus they just feel CHEAP! Anyway if you really want them I think you can get it on some kind of payment plan for like $90 a month.
5T6 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1985 times:
I've heard that they're a great headset (one of the pilots at the FBO/Flight School has a set), but worth $1K? Doubt it. I just got a set of the LightSpeed 20XLc....very comfortable despite the size, light and VERY quiet!
And best of all, just a click over $400.
If you have the chance, try out a variety of different headsets before you take the plunge and buy. Find the one that is most comfortable for YOU and then invest.
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Infiniti757 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1933 times:
I've tried many different headsets. The newer Boses do feel cheap and lightweight, the noise reduction is a bit better than most of the competing headsets. The Series one Boses were definitely worth the 1000 bucks. I suggest you go to a place you can try them all on and see which you like. I think that JA Aviation at DuPage had a avionics shop when I lived up there.
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Ralgha From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 1614 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1877 times:
Bose makes a very nice headset, but not worth $1000, especially if the battery dies. It was no quieter with the head set than without if the ANR was not turned on. They are very light and comfortable though.
Lightspeed makes very comfortable and very quiet headsets. I currently have a 25XL, and it is just as quiet, as the Bose, perhaps a bit quieter even. Hard to compare though, since my Bose experience was in an SR22, which I have not worn my Lightspeeds in.
Oh, and if I ever feel the need to have the David Clark experience, I just have a volunteer hit me in the side of the head with a boat paddle after I land. That way I can wear my preferred headset while flying, and still have the David Clark feel after I land!