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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quiet headsetsQuiet Technologies AuriComm
The AuriComm has no headband. The micro-miniature headset consists of earplugs that fit directly into the ear, making it probably the lightest headset on the market. The AuriComm features full stereo sound. Custom ear plugs are available.
Noise Reduction Type: Passive
Power Source: None
Weight: 0.4 oz.
Warranty: 1 year
Suggested Retail Price: $325
Contact: Quiet Technologies, (866) 784-3883, www.quiettechnologies.com

sennheiser headsetSennheiser HMEC25-KAP
This lightweight ANR headset offers the Sennheiser Tip-powered system, which eliminates the ANR power plug. Originally designed for airline use, the Tip-powered headset works in any aircraft configured to provide current to the microphone.
Noise Reduction Type: Active
Power Source: Microphone tip
Weight: 5.9 oz.
Warranty: 2 years
Suggested Retail Price: $729
Contact: Sennheiser, (860) 434-1759, www.sennheiserusa.com

sigtronics headsetSigtronics S-58
Built for durability and comfort, the S-58 comes with a choice of large- and small-sized headbands for a custom fit and includes long-lasting, soft-gel ear seals. Sigtronics' exclusive headset cord is highly flexible to prevent breakage.
Noise Reduction Type: Passive
Power Source: None
Weight: 11.9 oz.
Warranty: 5 years
Suggested Retail Price: $237
Contact: Sigtronics, (909) 305-9399, www.sigtronics.com

telex headsetTelex Stratus 50-D
The Telex Stratus 50-D's patented digital noise-cancellation technology creates a profile of repetitive noise, which allows the Stratus 50-D to predict and cancel the noise before it comes near the user's ear. A custom fit is provided by the patented Comfort Cam tension adjustment and slow-recovery foam ear cushions.
Noise Reduction Type:
Active
Power Source: 4 AA batteries
Weight: 18.5 oz.
Warranty: 3 years
Suggested Retail Price: $875
Contact: Telex, (952) 884-4051, www.telex.com

warren g headsetWarren Gregoire AIR-680
The AIR-680 is the least expensive headset on the market. Generous ear seals sit below a well-padded headband, and the company is so confident that the consumer will like the product, the AIR-680 comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Noise Reduction Type: Passive
Power Source: None
Weight:
12 oz.
Warranty: 1 year
Suggested Retail Price:
$59.95 Contact: Warren Gregoire, (800) 634-0094, www.warrengregoire.com



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