Plane & Pilot
Monday, March 1, 2004

Buyer's Guide: The New Headsets


Whether it’s passive or active, this year’s models offer plenty of “oomph” for your ears


lightspeedOver the last decade, headsets have become a mainstay for almost all aviators. A continuing flow of information on potentially damaging noise levels has led to greater headset use, and any doubt we may have had can be challenged by an idle conversation with an older pilot who has experienced hearing loss due to a lack of hearing protection. Cockpit noise not only can result in damage to the eardrum, but high ambient noise also can cause pilots to experience fatigue. Whatever the reason for wearing headsets, few people now argue against their merits.
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bose headsetBose Aviation Headset X
This new version of the Bose X features a smaller control module with dual thumbwheel volume controls and automatic shutoff. The nine-volt battery has been replaced with AAs, and the microphone boom has been improved for more precise mic placement on either side.
Noise Reduction Type: Active
Power Source: 2 AA batteries
Weight: 12 oz.
Warranty: 5 years
Suggested Retail Price: $995
Contact: Bose, (800) 999-2673, www.bose.com

david clark headsetDavid Clark H10-13.4
The newest David Clark Model H10-13.4 trends toward comfort. Larger earcups are made lighter with Comfort-Gel, plus the headset features "undercut" ear seals and a larger super-soft, double-foam head pad. The headset also includes an advanced noise-canceling microphone.
Noise Reduction Type: Passive
Power Source: None
Weight: 13.4 oz. with foam ear seals; 16.5 oz. with gel ear seals and other headpads
Warranty: 5 years
Suggested Retail Price: $315
Contact: David Clark, (508) 751-5800, www.davidclark.com

flightcom headsetFlightcom Denali ANR
Flightcom's Denali headset provides a near-custom fit through its canted ear domes that match the angle of the head and ear. It's made with high-impact, resilient-fiber, reinforced-nylon ABS for long-lasting durability.
Noise Reduction Type: Active
Power Source: 9-volt battery
Weight: 13.4 oz.
Warranty: 3 years
Suggested Retail Price: $559
Contact: Flightcom, (800) 432-4342, www.flightcom.net

headsets incHeadsets Incorporated EM-1
The EM-1 features an impressive four-speaker audio system. If you forget to turn the headset off after a flight, the unit's auto shutoff feature will take care of it.
Noise Reduction Type: Active
Power Source: 9-volt battery
Weight: 22 oz.
Warranty: 3 years
Suggested Retail Price: $399
Contact: Headsets Incorporated, (806) 358-6336, www.headsetsinc.com

peltor pro headsetPeltor Communications Pro GT
The Pro GT features redesigned gel ear seals, a wide headband and stainless-steel spring arms for added comfort. The noise-canceling microphone is mounted on a boom that rotates for left- or right-side placement.
Noise Reduction Type: Passive
Power Source: None
Weight: 12.8 oz.
Warranty: Lifetime
Suggested Retail Price: $299 Contact: Peltor Communications, (800) 665-2942, www.peltoraviation.com




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