TACAA320
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Noise Canceling Headsets

Sat Aug 13, 2005 7:10 am

Greetings,

I want to buy a noise canceling headsets. But before that I would like to know about your experience with them. I'm specially interested in a Bose one.

Thanks,
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RE: Noise Canceling Headsets

Sat Aug 13, 2005 7:20 am

Quoting TACAA320 (Thread starter):
But before that I would like to know about your experience with them.

Well, those in c class aboard N197UA sure worked like a charm  cloudnine , so your plan is most likely a good one anyway. Alas, I have no idea about the manufacturer of these great thingies.
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RE: Noise Canceling Headsets

Sat Aug 13, 2005 7:32 am

Quoting Aloges (Reply 1):
Well, those in c class aboard N197UA sure worked like a charm , so your plan is most likely a good one anyway.

Thanks a lot for your prompt answer!
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RE: Noise Canceling Headsets

Sat Aug 13, 2005 7:42 am

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 2):
Thanks a lot for your prompt answer!

You're most welcome, and thank you for finally explaining to me what "TACA" means.  Wink
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RE: Noise Canceling Headsets

Sat Aug 13, 2005 7:47 am

Quoting Aloges (Reply 3):
for finally explaining to me what "TACA" means.

Aside that, also means "Tragedias aereas cada ano" [Air tragedies each year]... Something like that.  Wink
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RE: Noise Canceling Headsets

Sat Aug 13, 2005 7:50 am

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 4):
Aside that, also means "Tragedias aereas cada ano" [Air tragedies each year]... Something like that. Wink

 rotfl  rotfl  rotfl  And I thought "Take A Casket Along" was too much...
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RE: Noise Canceling Headsets

Sat Aug 13, 2005 7:56 am

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 5):
"Take A Casket Along"

They are toooo heavy. TA will charge $100 for extra luggage in such case.
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RE: Noise Canceling Headsets

Sat Aug 13, 2005 7:59 am

I have a set of Sennheisers which sound excellent. You should definitly look into them as they do give Bose a run for their money.
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RE: Noise Canceling Headsets

Sat Aug 13, 2005 8:01 am

Quoting LooneyToon (Reply 7):
You should definitly look into them as they do give Bose a run for their money.

Thanks for the advise. The Bose one has good reputation but... Very expensive.
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RE: Noise Canceling Headsets

Sat Aug 13, 2005 8:02 am

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 4):
Aside that, also means "Tragedias aereas cada ano"

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 5):
And I thought "Take A Casket Along" was too much...
I'm soooooo glad I flew UAL to SJO now that I read these!

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RE: Noise Canceling Headsets

Sat Aug 13, 2005 8:09 am

Quoting Aloges (Reply 9):
I'm soooooo glad I flew UAL to SJO

So you can avoid the casket and the extra $100 for the excess baggage...
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RE: Noise Canceling Headsets

Sat Aug 13, 2005 8:56 am

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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RE: Noise Canceling Headsets

Sat Aug 13, 2005 9:11 am

Quoting Eaglekeeper101 (Reply 11):
it also made this strange whining-hum sound that drove me insane

Isn't that known as "white noise"?

Quoting Eaglekeeper101 (Reply 11):
Senns are very nice for the money

and by Senns, he means Sennheiser as I said  Wink
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RE: Noise Canceling Headsets

Sat Aug 13, 2005 9:16 am

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.
 
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RE: Noise Canceling Headsets

Sat Aug 13, 2005 9:22 am

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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RE: Noise Canceling Headsets

Sat Aug 13, 2005 9:32 am

Quoting LooneyToon (Reply 12):
Isn't that known as "white noise"?

Why yes, it is  Wink And yes, I meant to type out Sennheiser, but I was too lazy lol.

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?  Big grin
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RE: Noise Canceling Headsets

Sat Aug 13, 2005 9:36 am

Quote:
Quoting Aloges (Reply 3):
for finally explaining to me what "TACA" means.

Aside that, also means "Tragedias aereas cada ano" [Air tragedies each year]... Something like that.

I always thought it stood for "Take A Chance Airlines"  Wink

Quoting LooneyToon (Reply 7):
I have a set of Sennheisers which sound excellent. You should definitly look into them as they do give Bose a run for their money.

I have the Sennheisers, and they are a great value. Half the price of the Bose.
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RE: Noise Canceling Headsets

Sat Aug 13, 2005 10:11 am

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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RE: Noise Canceling Headsets

Sat Aug 13, 2005 10:19 am

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.
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RE: Noise Canceling Headsets

Sat Aug 13, 2005 10:45 am

Quoting AC_A340 (Reply 13):

If you have the extra $500 for the Bose

I see they cost only $300 on Amazon.com
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RE: Noise Canceling Headsets

Sat Aug 13, 2005 10:52 am

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?
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RE: Noise Canceling Headsets

Sun Aug 14, 2005 4:16 pm

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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RE: Noise Canceling Headsets

Sun Aug 14, 2005 11:34 pm

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 Big grin

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RE: Noise Canceling Headsets

Mon Aug 15, 2005 1:09 am

I like the Bose ones a lot, but as I said they are to expensive. I find someone at Sharper Image for around $50. I will start with them.

Thanks a lot for sharing your experiences!
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