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Headsets: Choosing The Right Tool


Technology and individuality drive this year’s headset selection


2013 PASSIVE HEADSETS
MANUFACTURER MODEL TYPE WEIGHT (OZ PEAK REDUCTION CELL PHONE/ MP3 JACK WARRANTY (YEARS) MSRP COMMENTS
ASA AirClassics HS-1A Passive 19 23 dB No Lifetime $149 Flex-boom. Dual volume controls, gold-plated plugs.
Avcomm AC-747FL Passive 13.4 24 dB Ni 5 $299 Now with V1.5 FLITELight LED built into microphone.
Beyerdynamic HS-400 Signum Passive 11.5 30 dB Yes; separate box included 5 $499 German-made. Music auto-mute, adjustable gain mic.
Clarity Aloft Link Passive 1.5 47.5 dB Yes;wireless Bluetooth 3 $795 Integrated multi-channel Bluetooth.
Clarity Aloft Pro Passive 1.5 47.5 dB MP3 jack only 3 $695 TSO-certified, no batteries.
Comtronics 3100 Passive 16.0 34 dB No   $235 Can fit inside Comtronics helmet.
David Clark H10-13.4 Passive 16.5 23 db No 5 $330 TSO'd. In five configurations. Noise-canceling.
David Clark H10-20 Passive 21.0 24 dB No 5 $305 M-7A high-noise mic. TSO- approved. Flex-boom.
David Clark H20-10 Passive 19.0 22 dB No 5 $350 Constructed of extra-light composite materials.
DRE 1001T Passive 14.5 24 dB No Lifetime $140 Tan color, M65 mic, dual-volume control, flex-boom.
Faro G2 Passive 17.0 Not available No 3 $189 Lifetime wear and tear protection, flex-boom.
Flightcom Denali D30SP Passive 11.0 21 dB No 3 $299 New model, ComLeather ear seals, carbon-fiber look.
Flightcom Venture V70SP Passive 17.0 24 dB No 3 $209 Dual volume, stereo/mono switch, leather seals.
Lynex Pilot System Passive 13.0 Up to 110 dB MP3 jack only N/A $750 Complete helmet and headset system.
Nav-Data ND-71 Passive 14.3 26 dB No N/A $100 Dual volume, gel ear seals, flex boom, black color.
Mary Golden MG Passive 17.0 23 dB No 3 $95 Condenser mic, mono/stereo switch, flex-boom.
Pilot USA PA-2170BLU Passive 10.9 26 dB Yes 5 $400 "BluLink" Bluetooth cell phone and music adapter, lightest.
Pilot USA PA-1181T Passive 13.4 23 dB Yes 3 $195 PTT, stereo, cell phone/music adapter, all-black.
Quiet Technologies Halo In-ear Passive 1.0 30-45 dB No 30-day $359 Comes with 18 different foam tips, ultra-lightweight.
Rugged Air RA-454 Passive 14.0 24 dB Music jack 7 $50 EM-56 cup mic, gold-plated plugs, PTT.
Sennheiser S1 Passive Passive 13.8 24 dB Yes 5 $369 ActiveGard peak protection, German-made.
Sennheiser HME-110 Passive 12.4 40 dB No 10 $312 JTSO approval. Simple, clean design. Black finish.
Sigtronics S-68S Passive 11.9 24 dB No 5 $272 Gold titanium hardware. Noise cancelling M-81 condenser.
Sigtronics S-58 Passive 11.9 24 dB No 5 $240 Swappable child/adult headbands.
Softcomm C-10 Chancellor Passive 15.1 24 dB No 5 $215 M-65 RF-immune electret microphone. Extra set ear seals.
Telex Echelon 25XT Passive 13.6 25 dB Yes 5 $325 Comfort-cam adjustment, heat-sensitive, foam earpiece.




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