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Headsets: Choosing The Right Tool


Technology and individuality drive this year’s headset selection


ACTIVE NOISE REDUCTION HEADSETS 2013
MANUFACTURER MODEL TYPE WEIGHT (OZ PEAK REDUCTION CELL PHONE/ MP3 JACK WARRANTY (YEARS) MSRP COMMENTS
Avcomm AC-950 AFL ANR 13.6 24 dB No 5 $600 Platinum finish, Integrated flitelite LED lighting, flex boom, M67 condenser mic.
Aircraft Spruce SkycomII ANR 15.2 25 dB passive, 10-12 dB active Yes 2 $230 AA batteries, dual volume, auto-shutoff, black color.
Beyerdynamic HS-800 Digital ANR 14 Not available Yes 5 $800 German-made. Digital Adaptive ANR, 5-30,000 Hz freq response.
Bose A-20 ANR 12 Not available Yes 5 $1095 FAA TSO'd. Bluetooth enabled, electret condenser mic, various cable configs.
David Clark X11 ANR 12.2 17-22 dB Yes 5 $865 Re-cut gel ear-seal shape. 25-hour battery life. Stereo.
DRE 6001-T ANR 16.5 18-20 dB @200 Hz No 3 $475 Matte tan color available. Gel ear seals, 20-hour battery life.
Flightcom V90ANR Venture ANR 17.0 24 dB passive +14-18 dB active Yes 3 $499 Stereo/mono switch, condenser mic, dual input, carbon-fiber graphics.
Faro G2 ANR N/A N/A No 3 $499 Lifetime wear & tear protection,flex-boom, black color only.
Headsets Inc. DRE-6001 ANR 16.5 18 dB @20-800 Hz No 3 $399 Battery life LED, gold-plated plugs, headset bag, tan or black color.
Lightspeed Zulu.2 ANR 13.9 Not available Yes 5 $900 Dual aperture-disc mic, front-and-center stereo sound, full Bluetooth.
Mary Golden Golden Eagle ANR ANR 12.0 24-26 dB passive, 10-12 dB additional active Yes 2 $240 Dual volume, leatherette ear seals, batteries included.
Pilot USA 1779-T ANR 13.0 25 dB passive, 18-22 dB additional active @100 Hz Yes 5 $479 Self-contained charger, auto-shutoff, sheepskin head pad.
Rugged Air RA-950 ANR 19.0 24 dB passive, 11.5 dB additional active No 2 $499 Heavy-duty hardware, extra-deep ear cups, dual volume, gel ear seals.
Sigtronics S-AR ANR 17.0 19 No 3 $499 Electret mic. 9-volt battery powered. Flex-boom, ultra-deep gel ear seals, US made.
Sennheiser S1 Digital Adaptive ANR 14.5 Varies with environment Yes/Bluetooth 5 $1095 Revolutionary, real-time adaptive ANR circuitry. Boostable treble, foldable ear cups, Bluetooth.
Softcomm C-300 ANR 21.7 17 dB active, 24 dB Yes 3 $499 No batteries required. Stereo/mono switch.
Telex Stratus 50 ANR 18.0 50 dB Yes 5 $720 Patented digital signal processing, auto shut-off.




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