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Old 23rd Jul 2019, 16:09
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Very happy with my Lightspeed Zulu 2s, despite a recent $100 repair.

They are much more relaxing than passives, particularly on longer flights (behind a 912S).
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Old 4th Sep 2019, 21:29
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Back in 1992 I got a DC headset, at the time I was wondering if I had spent too much money however the headset has excellent audio qualities and the durability of a main battle tank, my guess is it has spent well over 4500 hours GA flying and apart from replacing the ear pads and the foam over the microphone the headset has had no maintenance.

Just recently for my professional flying I have got a Bose A20, the ANR is very good and the headset seems to be durable and as you would expect first class audio but I doubt it has the longevity of the DC.

From a student pilot point of view the better the headset the less likelihood of repeated lessons due to misunderstandings during training and noise fatigue effecting performance. So while a Bose or top of the range DC might seem expensive the audio quality and durability are likely to make them cheaper than budget headsets in the long run.
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Old 6th Sep 2019, 15:26
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Originally Posted by A and C View Post
Back in 1992 I got a DC headset, at the time I was wondering if I had spent too much money however the headset has excellent audio qualities and the durability of a main battle tank, my guess is it has spent well over 4500 hours GA flying and apart from replacing the ear pads and the foam over the microphone the headset has had no maintenance.

Just recently for my professional flying I have got a Bose A20, the ANR is very good and the headset seems to be durable and as you would expect first class audio but I doubt it has the longevity of the DC.

From a student pilot point of view the better the headset the less likelihood of repeated lessons due to misunderstandings during training and noise fatigue effecting performance. So while a Bose or top of the range DC might seem expensive the audio quality and durability are likely to make them cheaper than budget headsets in the long run.
As above, the Bose is far and away the best performing and comfortable ANR headset. Expensive yes, but as they say, you get what you pay for. Helped if you got them in USA sometime ago good /$, and brought them in operating as crew. I notice now standard fit in RAF Transports, and just as effective in a C182.
Definitely not as robust as a DC, but treated normally, long lasting. 5 years so far in my case, pun intended. so far I have only had a frayed cord, repaired under Warranty by Headset Supplies, and recently bought and fitted new ear cups.
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Old 28th Oct 2019, 21:43
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My first headset was the DC H10-13.4 Stereo and I then later added an ANR kit into it. Works great.
DC is long lasting for live.

Alternatively like what I did for PAX, I bought the Pilot P51 and replaced the Ear Seals with DC Gel Ear seals and the DC Headband (They fit). A lot cheaper.

As far as comfortable is concerned, there are little nuts which take a #7 or #8 spanner which you then adjust to make it comfortable.

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Old 30th Oct 2019, 22:59
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Another vote for A20's here. Worth the money in the long run!
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Old 18th Feb 2020, 11:40
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I bought myself a very lightly used set of David Clark H10-60s, to replace my instructor's spare H10-30s during my PPL. Would've stuck with the -30s as I'm only doing fixed-wing but got a great deal on eBay. Having had first-hand experience of DCs, I was happy to continue knowing they would have good resale value or be a second headset when I upgrade to ANR in the future. But first I have to finish paying for a PPL and the cost for this set = 1 hour of training.
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Old 23rd Feb 2020, 21:35
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Not quite in answer to this thread but to save starting a new one. Ive been watching Ebay for a replacement David Clark. Would a BNIB (brand new in box) DC 40493G-01 military headset for use in a C17 or C130 likely to be legit, not that I want one.
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Old 24th Feb 2020, 08:48
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Legit in which context? There is no law that prohibits you from using one, but the way I understand it, this headset will not work with other types than the C-17/C-130 it was built for. As for legalities, you can build your own headset and use that up until the point where you have an accident because you misunderstood a radio call. From that point on you can expect the authorities to have an opinion on this.
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Old 24th Feb 2020, 12:29
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Originally Posted by Jhieminga View Post
Legit in which context? There is no law that prohibits you from using one, but the way I understand it, this headset will not work with other types than the C-17/C-130 it was built for. As for legalities, you can build your own headset and use that up until the point where you have an accident because you misunderstood a radio call. From that point on you can expect the authorities to have an opinion on this.
Put another way, would aircrew buy their own military headset to use in a C17 and therefore it's legally theirs to sell or has it been pinched.
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Old 24th Feb 2020, 13:30
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When I googled the DC type you posted about I found several pilot shops selling them. Based on that I'd say that David Clark are selling it as a commercial product, so no restrictions there. You would have to check the DC website to see if it is restricted to sales within the US, I haven't done that.
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Old 25th Feb 2020, 12:39
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That's a very good question. Pilots all have hearing problems aging because of the noise in cockpits... Today, everybody recommends ANR (Active Noise reduction system). We all think it is expensive, they usually are at 1000 at least. But I found on, Brand : Pilot from Transair . co.uk website! It was 300 and works great I am very pleased with it. I recommend ANR to protect your ears on long term use...
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Old 10th Mar 2020, 22:35
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DC has been in the market longer than most other brands, but there is little difference over the years in design and comfort. It is sturdy, yet clumsy. I first went for DC but soon switched to Bose as it is much lighter and more comfortable. You don't feel squeezed on the head even after 3 hours of flight.
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Old 13th Mar 2020, 11:41
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Bose A20 for me too! The cost could not compare as to how tough this headset is!
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Old 1st Apr 2020, 10:06
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I recently purchased a set of Bose QC35 II (QuietComfort) headphones. Then I purchased a boom mike and connector set from uflymike in the US. Put the two together and you have a set of noise-cancelling headphones. Great for a quiet-ish cockpit such as a modern jet aircraft but not good enough for GA flying
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Old 2nd Apr 2020, 11:16
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Originally Posted by beaver341 View Post
I recently purchased a set of Bose QC35 II (QuietComfort) headphones. Then I purchased a boom mike and connector set from uflymike in the US. Put the two together and you have a set of noise-cancelling headphones. Great for a quiet-ish cockpit such as a modern jet aircraft but not good enough for GA flying
I find my QC35 II work beautifully in a noisy c172.
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Old 8th May 2020, 07:19
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Phonak Freecom 7100

... they are being discontinued, with Phonak pulling out of the aviation market.
If someone has been fancying them - last chance to get one set now. I'm not worrying about service issues as they were just a side show of their Serenity hearing protection aid.
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Old 29th Jun 2020, 05:39
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Lightspeed 2. I have had this headset for several years and have been very happy with it. Very comfortable, even on a three hour flight. DCs have never fitted me well and were very uncomfortable.

Two years ago, the only problem I have ever had surfaced. The boom mic started to behave like a G meter! It gradually got worse to the point of having to do something about it. However, I didn't want the hassle and expense of shipping it from Canada to the US. A week ago my hand was forced when I left the headset out in the rain!

Disassembling was easy once I had found a YouTube video on how to remove the ear cups. After that I just needed a small Phillips-head jewelers screwdriver to remove the loudspeaker/electronic assembly. Having done that, I discovered that a small Vise-Grip (Mole Wrench) was all that was needed to tighten the boom mic nut. Pictures available if required.

Once I had dried everything off, the headset worked perfectly and now I use my "seat of the pants" G meter!
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