fspilot747
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I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Sun Feb 17, 2002 1:54 pm

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
 
TurbineBeaver
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Sun Feb 17, 2002 1:55 pm

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

TB
 
Alaskaairlines
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Sun Feb 17, 2002 1:59 pm

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
 
exusair
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Sun Feb 17, 2002 2:03 pm

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.
 
fspilot747
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Sun Feb 17, 2002 2:03 pm

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
 
fspilot747
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Sun Feb 17, 2002 2:05 pm

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
 
exusair
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Sun Feb 17, 2002 2:07 pm

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.
 
fspilot747
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Sun Feb 17, 2002 2:12 pm

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!

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NiteRider30
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Sun Feb 17, 2002 2:16 pm

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
 
fspilot747
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Sun Feb 17, 2002 2:22 pm

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
 
gsoflyer
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendation

Sun Feb 17, 2002 2:38 pm

I like my Lightspeed with Active Noise Reduction much better than any of the Sigtronics or David Clark sets I've owned.
 
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Sun Feb 17, 2002 3:57 pm

David Clark H10-13.4 for sure; look no further.
 
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Sun Feb 17, 2002 4:57 pm

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.
 
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Sun Feb 17, 2002 5:28 pm

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!
 
fspilot747
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Tue Feb 19, 2002 9:22 am

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
 
bacardi182
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Tue Feb 19, 2002 10:05 am

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.
 
Racers22
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Tue Feb 19, 2002 10:23 am

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.
 
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Tue Feb 19, 2002 10:26 am

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
 
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Tue Feb 19, 2002 10:32 am

I have a Bose Headset X and its way way better then my David Clark.
 
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Tue Feb 19, 2002 10:32 am

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!
 
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Tue Feb 19, 2002 10:34 am

FSPilot747, I found it worth it but you have to think if you want to blow all that cash.
 
fspilot747
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Tue Feb 19, 2002 10:51 am

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.
 
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Tue Feb 19, 2002 10:59 am

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).
 
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Tue Feb 19, 2002 11:06 am

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.
 
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Tue Feb 19, 2002 11:07 am

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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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Tue Feb 19, 2002 11:17 am

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 $999.95USD or $1450.98 CDN. I have the Portable one with the 9Volt battery so that I can take it from plane to plane.
 
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Tue Feb 19, 2002 11:20 am

my 172SP is a 2001 with Leather and Autopilot with yes with A/C
 
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Tue Feb 19, 2002 11:53 am

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 regret it when you start doing long days or nights in a piston twin. The active noise reduction is a life saver for long days when the low hum of the engines starts to lull you to sleep.

I would also suggest talking to a few mechanics. I was able to order mine through the avionics department at one company I was working for at a BIG discount.
 
fspilot747
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Tue Feb 19, 2002 12:28 pm

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 windsock said, David Clark is pretty much the best out there.

By the way, I was flying a 152 for about a year and a half, but just switched to the 172SP recently. My flight school as 3 SP's, one of which we just got last week. One of them is 99, and the others are 2000 and 2001 I think. At least 2000 though. And yes, all equipped with leather, GPS, AP, the works.

Honestly, I always thought it would be fine with just a coupla instrunments, and that everything else was just......extra. Then on Saturday, when we just took off on our last pattern practice, the emergency panel flashed "volts" or "voltage." Our charger had failed, and our ammeter showed below 0. If that didn't flash, I probably wouldn't have noticed the low on the ammeter, and within 30 minutes, we could have lost radios. We just turned off any unecessary stuff, like strobes and stuff. We were in the pattern for landing anyway, so we just continued what we were doing, and came back in with a greaser.

-FSPilot747
 
willfly4food
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Tue Feb 19, 2002 1:34 pm

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 recommend David Clarks have never tried anything else. It's like a redneck telling you to get a Ford, he's never driven a BMW or a Porche.

I would not take DCs if they were free. (well I would but I would sell them to some sucker)
 
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Tue Feb 19, 2002 1:41 pm

Just for the record I tried Lightspeeds and ANR's before I decided on DC's.
 
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Tue Feb 19, 2002 2:43 pm

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 want to believe him, because the FBO he works for is a David Clark dealer, and he's truthfully telling me this. Club members at my FBO get free use of their headsets... I think they have ASA headsets. Their black with gold wings on the earcup. I can try out a David Clark pair and my instructor's 25XLs... maybe I will on the next x-country
 
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Tue Feb 19, 2002 2:44 pm

My Vote: David Clark ANR, reliable and proven design with the added benefit of ANR...and the customer service is incredible.
 
fspilot747
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Wed Feb 20, 2002 3:27 am

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 their lifespan, and reliability. He told me that once on an 8 hour flight, the people wearing DC's had headaches, but people with lightspeeds were fine. But, then again, which ones lasted longer? I don't know, I'm doing some more research, I'm just trying to decide is it worth getting an expensive ANR headset when I'm still a student pilot I plan to go on to IFR and fly for a long time, but still.

-FSPilot747
 
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RE: I Need A Good Pair Of Headsets..recommendations?

Wed Feb 20, 2002 3:50 am

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. According to a website, the DC's reduce noise of about 17 db's, and the Lightspeed's reduce upto 30 db's. Does this make sense? or am I reading something wrong. Can someone verify this please...? It looks like I'm gonna have to make a decision between the lightspeed 25xl's and the DC 10-13xl. Any more advice? This is tough.

-FSPilot747

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