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View Poll Results: What type of headset do you use in GA?
David Clark 13.4 574 40.39%
other David Clark 305 21.46%
Altronics 77 5.42%
all others 433 30.47%
Bose Aviation X 32 2.25%
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Old 10th Oct 2002, 00:12   #1 (permalink)
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Headset types in GA

mostly just wanted to start a poll, so here it is.

everyone seems to use David Clark 13.4's
what type of headset do you consistently use?
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Old 10th Oct 2002, 12:49   #2 (permalink)
 
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Is there some kind of useful adapter that lets you use a David Clark headset, say, in both the standard light fixed wing two plug setup, and a Jet Ranger helo single plug system; and if so, how much are they?
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Old 10th Oct 2002, 12:51   #3 (permalink)
 
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Peltor headset, very comfortable but not noise-cancelling.
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Old 11th Oct 2002, 02:21   #4 (permalink)
 
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AOTW - yes they are available, they are very small and easy to lose. A 2 into one socket. Some of the old Skywest aircraft you'll hear in your part of the world have the single plug com system, and they can be used to plug into them with new DC's.

I use a pair of DCs no idea what type, and often on long trips I will use ear plugs too. Already have a hearing loss, not planning on making it worse.
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Thanks very much CS, I thought there might have been some impedance problems or whatever, but if it's just a plug adapter that will work out well.

I think the earplugs idea is good if you can get enough volume out of the ICS; my ears have taken a bit of a caning over the years as well!
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Old 12th Oct 2002, 21:04   #6 (permalink)
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David Clark must be laughing with 60+% of the market.
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Old 13th Oct 2002, 12:26   #7 (permalink)
 
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After 10 years of DC H10-30s (which I got after the old man had had them for 10 years - and my hearing is still fine so they can't be too bad!) needing only a rewire / general service, I think they are a fine headset; however a recent trip which involved a number of 4-hour sectors convinced me the time has come to embrace the new age. I have finally decided to upgrade to ANRs (tentatively DC H10-13XL).

Anyone using 10-13XL ANRs got an opinion of them (based on experience)? Or of other ANRs?

The unfortunate truth is that headsets are like women - they are a very individual taste thing.

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Old 13th Oct 2002, 22:30   #8 (permalink)
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Have used DC 13.4 for several years now after Peltor broke and could not get spare part, Used a Bose on a trip very nice but at $2500 quite happy to go back to my DC's Cheers Q
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Old 14th Oct 2002, 06:04   #9 (permalink)
 
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David Clark 13.4

Already have a significant hearing loss from the days when head sets were unheard of in GA and I don't want it to get worse.

Only change from the original is to use a set of the cotton ear muffs which really help in the hot weather.
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Old 16th Oct 2002, 00:05   #10 (permalink)
 
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I have two 13.4s, one for me and one for my wife. Both have been modified with Oregon Aero's (passive) upgrade kits, and I've been very pleased with their performance.

If you install one of those kits - which require you to insert their foam product into the earcups - you will be very surprised at the el cheapo foam that DC puts into their headsets. Essentially, there's nothing between your ears and the outside noise except the plastic shell of the earcups.

AOTW: here is the link you need: www.davidclark.com/HeadsetPgs/plugadapters.html
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Old 17th Oct 2002, 00:05   #11 (permalink)
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Have David Clarke H10-40's 17 years old , two new mike's, two new sets of ear seals, good as new.

Cheers HH.
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Old 18th Oct 2002, 02:42   #12 (permalink)

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Had to rob a bank at the time but my H10-80s with gel seals, cotton covers and independant volume controls on each ear are looxury still 17 years on.
You can back off the vol knob a good half of what you would normally need.

The only ones that were better were Bose ANR actives, (had to sell one of the children for those), the whoooosh and then almost total silence when you powered them up was eeerie and you could turn the volume down almost to zero it was almost like having voices in your head. perfectly clear and those of the person in the other seat.

I hope the person who "borrowed" them enjoys them, a&sehole and I promise you, I will recognise them when I see them again., they have a non factory mod.
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Old 18th Oct 2002, 09:23   #13 (permalink)
 
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Thanks, MLS-12D, that's a very handy link.
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Old 19th Oct 2002, 12:14   #14 (permalink)
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13.4's for me too. They only become uncomfortable after the third hour. The backside is usually a bigger problem by then.

Had a pair of those grey Telex headsets that make you look like a Cyberman from Dr Who. Very comfy but the plastic bit that adjusts the headband width broke and neither wire or superglue has been able to rectify the situation.
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DC H10-40 for me.

They're at least 20 years old and still going strong. In '93 or '94 I sent them back to the DC factory in the USA for an overhaul.

I have no intention of purchasing another...
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MLS-12D, check your private message's mate
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Old 23rd Oct 2002, 21:15   #17 (permalink)
 
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I've got two headsets, one Avcomm AC-900, the other a Peltor 8006. Both are good - the AC-900 is slightly heavier than the 8006 but mre adjustable, and both are very comfortable. They work fine everywhere I've tried them except in one aircraft I fly, and even then it's only a problem if another person is using a set of DC's. I guess this is the infamous "headset matching" problem...

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Old 26th Oct 2002, 00:23   #18 (permalink)
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Cant beat the DCs for reliability and longevity.
Got my first 10-80's in 1987 and traded them in on 13.4's in 1999 - that's 12 years of 5 or 6 days a week service - one mike change and a broken mic plug courtesy of the Aerostar's mic jack location. You'd have to be happy with that!!!

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Old 29th Oct 2002, 08:13   #19 (permalink)
 
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Does anyone have any information on the passive upgrade kit MLS-12D alluded to? I can't get hold of him. Will the upgrade kit void the five year warranty that DC offer with their headsets?

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I now have a proud collection of 4 headsets - 2 x DC H10-30's (very good all purpose passive units); 1 x Altronics C9070 (OK for basic use - pax); and the latest, a DC H10-13XL ENR - I wish for my ears sake I had bought these 20 years ago.......do yourselves a favour, find someone with a set, borrow them and see if you are not convinced.
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