Yes, I know, another headset thread, but there hasn't been in a while, and maybe someone can help me make a decision, please! I think this is representative of some good choices for new students.
I am in PPL training, so I don't want a super-duper Bose X headset, but I don't want something of cheap quality either.
Does anyone have experience with the following headsets:
-Flightcom Denali PNR
-Avcomm AC-900 PNR
-Lightspeed 15XLC ANR
The Denali has the unique design I'm intrigued with, is it really better? The Avcomm is here as the value choice but still has lots of features, and the Lightspeed is an entry-level affordable ANR headset. Which would you prefer?
Of course, there's always the usual DC H10-13.4, but I'm looking at other options that might be better here.
The thing about such a question, is that everyone will tell you that the headset that they have is the best. Very few people will recommond a headset that a friend has, over their own. Very few people will critise their own. In reality, most people have only used 2 or 3 different headsets, and as a result don't have a lot to compair between.
I'll refrain from recommonding my own headset (which I too think is brilliant). But what I will say is this. Don't buy a cheap one thinking you'll buy a more expensive one when you get your licence. That is a waste of money. Buy the best that you can afford. A good quality headset should last you a very long time (assuming you don't abuse it), and should protect your hearing. Once you've damaged your hearing, that's it....no getting it back.
A good headset will also allow you to hear ATC more clearly making your training easier and quicker (thus saving you money), and make your flying more enjoyable.
Ask to borrow some from any friends you know, or to swap with your instructor for the lesson, to get an idea of different types.
I reckon the biggest problem with deciding on a headset is the fact that you cannot try them out under real-world conditions, at least not to my knowledge. For a purchase that can run into several hundreds of pounds, not a great situation. Haven't really got a solution for this either (other than borrowing a friend's set and trying it while flying), but is there anywhere you can test them in a sort of 'noise chamber' ?
I've got the Bose Aviation X headset which is absolutely fantastic. Saved a bundle of money by buying it in the states last year for about £400. If you were thinking of spending that much, may be worthwhile waiting until you get out there (or get a mate to do it)... Armed with cash seemed to help also.
I bought a basic Pooley's set (about £100) while training which has also proved to be really good
I'm having a sit down chat with my instructor today on the very same issue - which headset???
(I've had no end of problems with the club sets over the last 3 weeks and want my own).
Luckily..... my FI is an electonics engineer in his week job so should know what he's talking about. I know he's a David Clarke fan for his own purposes but he's also EXTREMELY conscious of the cash situation when you're learning to fly so is likely to give good sound advice to find the best deal for the budget (I'm happy to go to £300 - but I want a VERY decent entry level headset for that).
I had a DC and a couple of Peltors hanging around, but kept seeing these things called Skylite SL900's on eBay. Never heard of them, some far eastern manufacturer, but I took a gamble, bought a pair and they're actually really really good. Light, comfy, crystal clear.
£65 for a set which easily betters those at twice its price. I use them in preference to the DC's now. Oh, and most importantly I got a free bag