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Old 23rd Aug 2012, 07:54   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone using EQ1 Wireless headsets vs Bose?

I'm looking at a headset, and there is the locally made EQ1 Wireless. Made by a guy in Perth I understand.

Has anyone used them and the Bose or Sennheisers, and able to compare?

I have used the EQ1 but never anything else. They used to give me sore ears when I was initially training, but that may have just been because i wasn't used to anything on my head. Several years later they are okay.

But now I need to buy my own so want to hear any experiences if you care to share please.

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Old 23rd Aug 2012, 11:07   #2 (permalink)
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No comparison, the Bose and Zulu's are much more comfortable....
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Old 23rd Aug 2012, 11:11   #3 (permalink)
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Do Bose or Sennheisers make wireless headsets ?
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Old 5th Sep 2012, 11:58   #4 (permalink)
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Sennheiser and Bose don't make wireless that I have been able to find. I wish they did.
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Old 5th Sep 2012, 22:24   #5 (permalink)
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They don't cope well in high noise cockpits and the audio is fairly average in loud conditions. I have also found that when sitting next to someone with the EQ's, that if they are listening to music it will occasionally come over the intercom faintly. (quite annoying)

I had the BoseX's and they didn't cut the mustard up front of a radial powered aircraft and have now upgraded to the Zulu 2's. I found the mic much better with the Bose, but the Zulu's have better ANR in those sort of environments.

I don't think any of the big brands have wireless as of yet and personally I'd be a bit cautious using wireless headsets in commercial ops as you're bound to drop them, be it on the cockpit floor or worse, out the door when you (or a passenger) knocks them on the way out.
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Old 7th Sep 2012, 02:13   #6 (permalink)
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A couple of Bose X and A20 for sale second hand Headsets SecondHandPilot.com.au
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Old 8th Sep 2012, 11:29   #7 (permalink)
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It's nice not having a cable drag your head, but you have to put up with the risk of the battery going flat. In that case it's not just the ANR that stops, it's the whole headset, so you no longer have the radio. And since the batteries are built in, you can't whip in a new one quickly, you need to recharge.

I'm going to Ausfly and hopefully someone will be selling S1's or Bose A20's there so I can compare.

I know EQ1's will be sold there.
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Old 8th Sep 2012, 14:40   #8 (permalink)
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I have tried side by side Bose and Zulu headsets, with and without sunglasses.

Result was the Bose were great, but the Zulu was ever so slightly better in overall performance and features, and a bit better with glasses.

I have to admit the Zulu 2 which I do not have but a few mates do, seem to be less reliable, and the Bluetooth connection is crappy by comparison. Maybe they need some dip switch changes, but, just on the face of it.

Bose or Zulu
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Old 8th Sep 2012, 15:37   #9 (permalink)
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3 of the guys in my company have Zulu's.
Every one of them have had to send them back to be repaired.

It seems the wiring in them is not that fantastic. End up with crackling, or worse, a high pitch sqwark.

The guys using the Bose headsets haven't had any issues yet.
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Old 8th Sep 2012, 15:49   #10 (permalink)
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Could be a common thread.....

If you are careful or lucky with the Zulu itis nicer to use, but maybe the Bose is a slightly tougher unit?

Who will ever know?
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Old 11th Jan 2014, 08:59   #11 (permalink)

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I think that you will find that the comfort comes from a combination of clamping pressure, ear seal material and ear seal filling.
The clamping pressure on Bose is fixed, the EQ can be stretched or squashed to suit the wearers head and uses very similar ear seal materials to that of Zulu.
As far as noise goes, the EQ handles a Beaver rather well.
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