4 thoughts on “Plane & Pilot 2017 Buyer’s Guide: Headsets

  1. Unfortunately, AKG seems to be exiting the aviation market. The good news is that retailers are discounting the AV100, with prices as $750, but $800 more typical.

  2. I find your inclusion of the Clarity Aloft and not the Quiet Technology Halo very surprising. I have been using the Halo for many years and have recommended them to many other pilots and they too have had great success and affection for them. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that they are about half the price of the Clarity Aloft.

  3. Just so you know, as an AKG owner, everything you say about them is absolutely true… except the part about 15 hour battery life. That’s a bit of a stretch. If I get 8 hours that’s good. Otherwise, the most comfortable headset I’ve used.

  4. Ditto on the Quiet Technology Halo… but with the caveat that you buy the Fit-Ear custom molded ear-buds (about $165 IIRC). The owner of Quiet Technology really hates them for some reason but for me, they are a must-have. I also own Lightspeed and a couple Telex ANR headsets, both are very good models but massive by comparison, and with the requisite comfort issues. They are simple, durable, and reliable. The Halo with these ear-buds are just as quiet as the Zulu or Bose without the need for batteries/power. The only negative is you don’t get a Bluetooth connection to your devices; however, there is a 3.5mm stereo jack or you could buy the BluLink. Still a bargain, and even at the same price point, I’d buy this setup over any of the much more expensive options. And, BTW, you do look a lot cooler in these, but I’m sure no pilots really care about that.

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