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Old 05-29-2018, 10:20 PM
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I have 2 Bose A20's and 2 Bose X's and we are considering the Clarity Aloft as our replacement for the 2 Bose X's but I just love the A20's. I get slightly more noise wearing my sunglasses but it is hardly noticeable.

I may try one of the in ear styles for a longer trip at some point.

Like anything, you have to try them for yourself and see what works.
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Old 05-30-2018, 02:04 AM
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I have the QT Halo. As I always have problems with earbuds, I made a personal silicone earbuds with a mould of my ears and only have to do a hole to pass a tube to connect the Halo's. This is very comfortable and very cheap modification as these earbuds are the same as I use in the swimming pool for only $20 slightly modified.
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Old 05-30-2018, 06:20 AM
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This subject is very much a personal preference, more than most other things that we discuss here. Even the "performance" of each brand that is judged is all based on person preference. I have Bose A20s and Bose X, then decided to buy Halos so I could wear a baseball cap and have glasses on without issues from the headsets. I used the Halos for a while, especially during the summer due to heat in the cockpit and from the fishbowl that we fly in, but then I find myself going back to the Bose A20s for quality over comfort. Sometimes I start with the A20's on a long cross country during summer mornings and then switch to the Halos when the sun comes up and I want to wear sunglasses and a hat while flying.
Like I said, its just such a personal preference and so hard to give recommendations.

Not sure this help but good luck coming up with your own personal choice
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Old 05-30-2018, 06:22 AM
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I have the QT Halo. As I always have problems with earbuds, I made a personal silicone earbuds with a mould of my ears and only have to do a hole to pass a tube to connect the Halo's. This is very comfortable and very cheap modification as these earbuds are the same as I use in the swimming pool for only $20 slightly modified.
Can you please provide more details about this mod? where do you get the silicone earbuds? I see you are in Spain so we may not have the "store" here in the US but it would be nice to see your mod. Maybe a picture ?
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Old 05-30-2018, 07:05 AM
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Phil is kind of difficult to work with. Not the most customer friendly dude.
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Old 05-30-2018, 07:27 AM
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I hate to admit but I am a headset collector. I have try them all from the cheapest X brands to the most expensive. Halos, DC's, Bose, Lightspeed, Clarity Aloft

If you fly a very loud aircraft, there is none better than either Bose or Lightspeed. I use them with a Velcro Chin Strap to keep them tight and in place during acro flight. Of these two brands, I'll stick with the Lightspeed if music is involved but Bose is as good as it can be too.

As for the Halo vs Clarity Aloft question; You cant beat the light feeling of using any of these two headsets while flying...Both feel great. However, when I fly w/my helmet on I rather use the Clarity Aloft since the Halo make me feel like someone is talking through a tube into my ear. I dont like the ECHO feel the Halo give you... The CA also fits better with any helmets (aviation and non aviation helmets)

Yes, I have had a few (ALL SELF INDUCED) issues with my Clarity Aloft but even after warranty was expired, I've never been charged for any repairs or replacements. Definitely Clarity Aloft is my choice.
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Old 05-30-2018, 07:36 AM
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My wife and I have tried both the Clarity and Halo's. Neither come close to the noise cancelling of the Bose A20's, which is what I am using now. The microphone audio on the Halo's was terrible compared to the Bose or the Clarity. I suspect these would work well in a quite environment, but not in an RV.
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Old 05-30-2018, 09:41 AM
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Can you please provide more details about this mod? where do you get the silicone earbuds? I see you are in Spain so we may not have the "store" here in the US but it would be nice to see your mod. Maybe a picture ?
Next weekend I will take some pictures if you want. The earbuds are commercial to use for swimming. Usually it has been made from a mould of each ear of the patient. I made mine in my optical store. I don't know in USA where they can be made, but for sure there will be a lot of places. I am attaching two pictures of standard earbuds




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Old 05-30-2018, 10:45 AM
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My wife and I have tried both the Clarity and Halo's. Neither come close to the noise cancelling of the Bose A20's, which is what I am using now. The microphone audio on the Halo's was terrible compared to the Bose or the Clarity. I suspect these would work well in a quite environment, but not in an RV.
Ditto. Tried the Halo's by Phil. Tower always complained they couldn't hear me (too much background noise). Switched to A20s and am extremely happy with the improved noise cancelling and mic filtering.

As another mentioned, the mic on the Halo would never stay where I put it. I had to always hold it to my lips when transmitting so people could hear me.
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Old 05-30-2018, 12:04 PM
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As someone who works as an engineer for a company that makes in-ear monitors and headphones for pro applications, I'll just make a couple general statements.
In my experience, if you have a good seal with the right tips, the in-ear type of headset will give you good overall noise rejection similar to that of a noise cancelling over-the-ear (circumaural) headset. Second, as others have mentioned already, it's a personal thing because some people hate having the in-ears shoved in their ears for long (or even short) periods of time. If you can, try a pair (with new tips of course) and see if you like that type of headset first.

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