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Old 02-10-2017, 05:25 AM
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Default Are the $500 Noise Canceling Headsets worth it?

I'm looking for another headset for my girl friend. Myself I use a QT Halo and I'm happy with it but that's not the way she wants to go.

We are just wondering if any of the lower priced (sub $500) headsets with the Noise canceling technology are worth money?

Thanks

Tim
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Old 02-10-2017, 05:47 AM
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I found a used lightspeed zulu at an avionics shop, I believe I paid $400. I love it. May want to ask around.

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Old 02-10-2017, 06:07 AM
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Default Headsets Inc

I now own a Lightspeed Zulu, but I took my DC 13.4s and bought and upgrade kit from Headsets Inc. It was a little more than $100, and it made a huge difference. I now use it as my copilot set...
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Old 02-10-2017, 06:08 AM
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I didn't want to jump to $1000 headsets, so I went with the Lightspeed Sierra ($650) and have been very happy with them.

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Old 02-10-2017, 07:11 AM
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Buy her a nice one she would appreciate it. I always give my riders an ANR I use and myself wearing the passive. A well known brand fully refurbished will fit in your budget.
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Old 02-10-2017, 07:40 AM
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Don't go cheap, get her the best you can, it will be something she will always appreciate! I give my wife the choice of whatever she wants, so she has a Zulu II while I fly with an A-20.

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Old 02-10-2017, 07:44 AM
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Don't go cheap, get her the best you can, it will be something she will always appreciate! I give my wife the choice of whatever she wants, so she has a Zulu II while I fly with an A-20.

-Marc
Marc is correct.

IF you want her to fly with you, get her the best.

I have two A-20s in my RV-6. I like them best. ANR headsets are like underware, everyone will have a personal preference.
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Old 02-10-2017, 07:56 AM
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Without any doubts. Worth it.
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Old 02-10-2017, 08:00 AM
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Default another data point

borrow one.
turn it on. Fly.....
turn it off. go Fly.
see how you feel after an hour's flight.


since there are a LOT of users that will say Bose this and Zulu that, I always remind folks of the Flightcomm Denali

http://www.mypilotstore.com/MyPilotStore/sep/9924

Flightcom Denali D50ANR ANR Headset brand new...$350, mine are 12 years old, 100+ hrs, really like the sound, audio, mic etc.

my other set is the in-ear Halo, which I also like, and are popular with the ladies I hear!
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Old 02-10-2017, 08:39 AM
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Default DC Pro-X

I love the "underwear reference".

Ok, so not $400, but more like $699 for a new set- I own a set of David Clark Pro-X's that sit on the ear (I think $899 for the DC Pro-One, the Bose A20 competitor model).

I give them a resounding positive review. The only drawback to them has been that you need to get them centered on your ear to have them work well, but once you do, I find that they are as quiet as my Bose X's (that my wife absconded with), but they're only 7oz - much lighter than most every ANR headset, have a bulletproof DC magnesium frame, fit closer to your head (i.e. better fit under a tight canopy) and these came with a bluetooth interface.

I bought these as a demo set and paid about $500 for them; there might be a set or two out there in that range. I tried a set of Bose A20's and really liked them, but they are also $1095 for the same features.
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