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View Poll Results: The Big Headset Poll - Pick ALL that Apply
Type: Passive Headset (Pick all that apply) 74 20.16%
Type: Active Noise Cancelling ANC 243 66.21%
Price: Under $300 21 5.72%
Price: $300 t0 $750 76 20.71%
Price: $750 or more 173 47.14%
Brand: Bose 160 43.60%
Brand: LightSpeed 125 34.06%
Brand: Dave Clark 50 13.62%
Brand: Clarity Aloft 28 7.63%
Brand: Other (Pilot, Sigtronics, FlightCom, Softcomm) 66 17.98%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 367. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-27-2021, 10:24 AM
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Default The BIG Headset Poll - What Do You Use?

Poll is limited to 10 choices. You can pick more than one item, that qualify.
Any other info please post message, like why you picked this headset (price, ANR or Brand).

Poll Questions: Select all that apply in Poll Above
Type: Passive Headset (Pick all that apply)
Type: Active Noise Cancelling ANC
Price: Under $300
Price: $300 t0 $800
Price: $800 or more
Brand: Bose
Brand: Lightspeed
Brand: Dave Clark
Brand: Clarity Aloft Headset
Brand: Other (Pilot, Sigtronics, FlightCom, Softcomm)

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Price: Most expensive Brands in order: Bose (no shock), Dave Clark, Lightspeed, Clarity Aloft. All ANR except Clarity Aloft passive in the ear headset is most expensive. Dave Clark still has extensive selection of passive headsets in the $300 on up ball park. Bose and LightSpeed specialize in very expensive ANR units as high as $800 to $1000, Bose being the most expensive.

Least Expensive Brands: Pilot, FlightCom, AvComm, SoftComm, Airclassics. These are lower priced and all passive. However Sigtronics and Pilot have low cost headsets they also sell a ANR model for $500 ballpark, low for ANR headsets of the "name brands" which typically start North of $700.

Share your thoughts. There are many other brands. Any headsets or brands to recommend or not recommend? Cheers
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Old 08-27-2021, 10:36 AM
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Old (1984ish) DC units with Headsets Inc ANR upgrade.

As your poll did not have the upgrade option, I chose "Other" instead of DC.
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Old 08-27-2021, 10:41 AM
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I have tried pretty much all of the choices over the years…I keep coming back to the Bose over ear product, currently the A20…

Did not like the fit of the lightspeed, I did like the sennheiser but it was on ear, which got uncomfortable after awhile. Did not like the David Clark product; fit mostly. Tried the in ear products but don’t like them, in general…for me not comfortable but really easy to carry around. They also get kind of nasty after awhile and need to be cleaned…although I have flown with some people who apparently don’t clean them…not a pretty sight.
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Old 08-27-2021, 01:32 PM
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I fly DC One-X but recently had the chance to compare them to Bose A20 on the same flight. I personally found that the Bose ANR was significantly more effective (too effective; couldn't hear the airframe/engine much) but I just can't get over the center pivot of the Bose and find the DCs way more comfortable. Also, as I've said before I don't like supporting "The Man". haha
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Old 08-27-2021, 02:26 PM
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When I went ANR, I went with Lightspeeds because I couldn't stomach the price for Bose. This was in about 2010 and I've got two pair of them that are still going strong.

Just replaced the ear seals with freebies from their oshkosh booth this year because they were shot, but other than that, my only complaint is that the plastic on the battery pack/volume control is getting that sticky "old plastic" feel.
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Old 08-27-2021, 02:28 PM
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Definitely "Other" in your poll for me.
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Old 08-27-2021, 03:06 PM
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I fear your poll may be flawed and produce suboptimal results - too many concurrent and overlapping options - but I’ll contribute.

I fly with a $700 Lightspeed ANR when I will be in and out a lot because the in ear are a pain to get situated.

I use a $275 lightly used CA in ear when I will be in the plane longer because of its light weight and comfort with glasses and hats.
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Originally Posted by meloosifah View Post
I fear your poll may be flawed".
I beg your pardon Sir? OK. There is a limit of 10 Poll questions. YES there is overlap. That was the idea of multi choices. I wanted to know ANR or Not, Price, Range Brand pilots were drawn to. It is like three in one Polls. OTHER or anyone can make comments, just as you did. It is a conversation starter and shows trends not a "flaw". Good gosh you try to something nice.

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Old 08-27-2021, 04:49 PM
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I voted - but my answers probably didn't help the numbers much.
I use a Bose ANC headset when I fly and I own two passive DC headsets for the family. Which of course means that when I fly with family I'm the one wearing the DC and my wife commandeers the Bose.

So, I had to answer YES to a bunch of options in the poll!
Yes to ANC
Yes to Passive
Yes to 300-750
Yes to 750+
Yes to DC
Yes to Bose!
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Old 08-27-2021, 06:11 PM
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I accidentally ripped my A20s in half climbing out of my Mooney. Bose fixed them for free. Amazing service! Customer for life now.
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