• Friday, December 19, 2014 1:04 PM
    Message # 3173164

    Does anybody have recommendations on headsets?

    I'm going to take Dave Ludlows advice and consider that my first headset will eventually become my spare headset.  I was looking at David Clark H10 13.4.  I don't really know what the numbers mean.  I've been using the BH spare H12-20's and they seem fine to me.

    Looking at some of the higher end headsets I see a lot of pros and cons.  The cons happen to be on the features that are making them the more expensive models so I wonder if it's even worth it.

  • Friday, December 19, 2014 1:21 PM
    Reply # 3173186 on 3173164

    Looks like the DC H10-13.4 is a good starter set.

  • Friday, December 19, 2014 1:29 PM
    Reply # 3173191 on 3173164
    BOSE A20

    You know you want em.

  • Saturday, December 20, 2014 9:57 PM
    Reply # 3173705 on 3173164
    Headsets, you don't need no stinking headsets.


  • Monday, December 22, 2014 4:40 PM
    Reply # 3174566 on 3173164
    Joseph Deaton (Administrator)

      Headsets are very personal items/ Some like DC's, some don't. I personally don't like them very much. They feel fine at first, but after an hour or so they start to hurt. Too much clamping force. That said, they are very well built and durable.

      After screwing around with several old and borrowed headsets in the Chipmunk I found a rather inexpensive set that I like very much. I don't remember the brand of them. I will let you know.  

  • Monday, December 22, 2014 4:56 PM
    Reply # 3174578 on 3173164
    Joseph Deaton (Administrator)

      The headsets in the Chipmunk are Avcomm AC 454-PNR. Very nice headsets, they don't clamp like D/C's, the sound is very good, and they see well built.

     They are passive not active noise reduction, but they are very quiet.

      I got mine from Sky Geek for $152.14 per pair.

      I have Bose A-10's in the Seminole. They are extremely comfortable and the sound is unmatched. They are, however, expensive. 

      Avcomm also makes ANR headsets by the way.  

  • Saturday, December 27, 2014 9:26 PM
    Reply # 3177342 on 3173164

    Thanks Joe!  I noticed that about the DC's I've been wearing when training with Ludlow.  We flew 2.5 hours on Sunday and they were getting pretty uncomfortable.

    However, watching on ebay and knowing my first headset will eventually be my passenger spare, I found a DC gel muff headset.  It just arrived today and has never been used.  I picked it up on eBay for $150 from a Helicopter pilot.  Somebody purchased them for him and didn't realize they wouldn't work.  They seem a little bulky but the gel padding might just keep them from being too uncomfortable.

    The Avcomm look pretty good to me and that's a great price.  So far flying around in the 172 and Warrior the noise hasn't been too loud for me to be concerned with DNR.  Now, when I get the RV-7 done, I might really look at the Bose set but that'll be a couple years out at best.

  • Wednesday, December 31, 2014 6:10 PM
    Reply # 3179005 on 3173164

    The key to success is to build up a good and sturdy set of callouses, that way the headclamps never bother you no matter how long you wear them.

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