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xray328
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« on: March 01, 2019, 04:11:31 PM »

I'm about to buy this for my (student pilot) daughter, seems to have good reviews but I thought I'd check here first...

https://www.amazon.com/KORE-AVIATION-KA-1-Aviation-Carrying/dp/B00Y5HLLDY

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2019, 04:24:09 PM »

I'm about to buy this for my (student pilot) daughter, seems to have good reviews but I thought I'd check here first...

https://www.amazon.com/KORE-AVIATION-KA-1-Aviation-Carrying/dp/B00Y5HLLDY

Thanks!

Never heard of KORE.  But if you need a beginner, basic headset at a good price, I do have a couple of these that I use for passengers. They work fine.

https://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/asa-airclassics-hs-1a-headset.html

As she progresses, she can upgrade one day, and keep this for her passenger.
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2019, 04:30:27 PM »

I haven't used KORE myself, but I've heard it's a good budget-buy headset. I've heard that it's not the greatest for endurance (i.e., cross-country flying...folded-ear syndrome).

I have two David Clark H10-20s that I've had since circa-2006 that still perform like new today. So it might just be worth the investment to buy the more expensive headset which will last (if taken care of) and be more comfortable on longer flights.
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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2019, 04:41:04 PM »

Seems to have good reviews, in that price range you should also look at ruggedheadsets.com

I've been happy with my RA-200
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« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2019, 04:56:55 PM »

I have the KORE AVIATION KA-1 headset. It works well. I have not used it for long durations yet. Most of my sorties have been under three hours. Sound is good. Microphone has decent pickup. noise suppression   is good also. I used it for hearing protection in a Chinook at encampment also. Worked great. Great entry level headset.
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« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2019, 05:53:16 PM »

Seems to have good reviews, in that price range you should also look at ruggedheadsets.com

I've been happy with my RA-200

I'm not sure that RA-200 isn't exactly the same as the ASA.
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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2019, 06:58:04 PM »

I bought a couple of these: https://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/sigtronics-s-20-headset.html for my occasional passengers.  They're actually quite nice.  I was very impressed given the budget price.  Sometimes I just grab one of those if I'm going to ride with someone else instead of dragging along my whole flight kit that contains my DCs.
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« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2019, 07:36:25 PM »

I bought a couple of these: https://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/sigtronics-s-20-headset.html for my occasional passengers.  They're actually quite nice.  I was very impressed given the budget price.  Sometimes I just grab one of those if I'm going to ride with someone else instead of dragging along my whole flight kit that contains my DCs.

My dad bought two of those when he first started flying more than 25 years ago. I latched onto one of them 15 years ago when I started doing aircrew stuff and it served me well for many years. I only upgraded to an ANR headset after I got my license, and my old S-20 is now back to being for passengers. The only thing we've had to replace is the little foam mic cover.
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« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2019, 02:04:05 AM »

To me, the "Gold Standard" for headsets are David Clark headsets. The bloody things are bullet proof.
Used them in the Air Force for over 25 years with very few problems.
Yes they are expensive, but you get what you pay for. And they will last you for a long, long time.
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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2019, 03:15:18 PM »

Check Gulf Coast Avionics or Pacific Coast Avionics.  They offer several different lines but more important when things break their customer service is top notch.  Years ago I bought a portable intercom and two headsets from them.  After 5 years one of the ear cups in one of the headsets quit working.  I asked Gulf Coast for the cost of repair and sent the headset in.  I got back a new unit at no cost.  Later, after about 10 years of use by students, kids, grandkids (they would raid my flight bag and use the headsets to listen to their stereos), both had problems so I sent them back.  This time Gulf Coast said those units had been discontinued and would cost more to repair than they were worth.  They then made me a very generous offer on trade on two units. 
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« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2019, 08:06:18 AM »

I bought a couple of these: https://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/sigtronics-s-20-headset.html for my occasional passengers.  They're actually quite nice.  I was very impressed given the budget price.  Sometimes I just grab one of those if I'm going to ride with someone else instead of dragging along my whole flight kit that contains my DCs.

My dad bought two of those when he first started flying more than 25 years ago. I latched onto one of them 15 years ago when I started doing aircrew stuff and it served me well for many years. I only upgraded to an ANR headset after I got my license, and my old S-20 is now back to being for passengers. The only thing we've had to replace is the little foam mic cover.

Similar here.  I got an S-20 for Christmas after I started flight lessons in 1986.  They are still going strong and they are my main passenger headset. 
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« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2019, 02:20:48 PM »

To me, the "Gold Standard" for headsets are David Clark headsets. The bloody things are bullet proof.
Used them in the Air Force for over 25 years with very few problems.
Yes they are expensive, but you get what you pay for. And they will last you for a long, long time.

Thoughts on these?

https://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/david-clark-h10-13-4-headset.html

Would you suggest mono or stereo?
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« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2019, 02:42:39 PM »

To me, the "Gold Standard" for headsets are David Clark headsets. The bloody things are bullet proof.
Used them in the Air Force for over 25 years with very few problems.
Yes they are expensive, but you get what you pay for. And they will last you for a long, long time.

Thoughts on these?

https://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/david-clark-h10-13-4-headset.html

Would you suggest mono or stereo?

Mono or Stereo depends on preference. I like the stereo b/c then it blocks out the engine noise much better from my experience.
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« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2019, 04:21:51 PM »

Mono or Stereo depends on preference. I like the stereo b/c then it blocks out the engine noise much better from my experience.

Stereo in this context doesn't mean "do I get audio in both ears"; it's whether you can get different audio in each ear. There are some advanced audio panels that can do e.g. 3D sound positioning for the different COMs in the aircraft.

I can't really think of any reason why you'd need a stereo headset for the CAP mission, and a stereo headset would normally have to be switched to mono operation in that case. If you're going to be flying another aircraft, you probably already know whether it can make use of a stereo headset.
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« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2019, 06:21:42 PM »

Stereo works best when I have my iPhone plugged into my Zulu 2, for both making calls, and most importantly for great sounding stereo music on long cross countries. :)

(Yes, it auto-mutes with radio calls.)
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« Reply #15 on: March 15, 2019, 06:31:57 PM »

I can't really think of any reason why you'd need a stereo headset for the CAP mission,

Assuming the adapter is available...

A/C radio in one ear, GT radio in the other.
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« Reply #16 on: March 15, 2019, 07:55:41 PM »

Thanks.  Iím not sure if sheíll progress to become a CAP mission Pilot.  Long term hobby or professional pilot perhaps.  So from what Iím understanding,  stereo can always revert to mono and itís nice to have stereo if the aircraft supports it in addition to listening to music etc.


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« Reply #17 on: March 15, 2019, 11:53:05 PM »

Got a couple sets of the DC's with stereo.  Other than long trips where we fired up the XM radio or had a movie on a phone playing it was totally unnecessary.  In theory it could be used for useful things, but in practice I never found it of actual benefit.
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« Reply #18 on: March 16, 2019, 11:49:27 PM »

My only recommendation is to invest in Active Noise Reduction (ANR).  It makes a huge difference and there are affordable headsets, like the DRE-4001, which relieve the fatigue of engine noise... you don't even realize how bad that noise is until you turn the ANR on/off a few times.
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« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2019, 06:27:18 PM »

My only recommendation is to invest in Active Noise Reduction (ANR).  It makes a huge difference and there are affordable headsets, like the DRE-4001, which relieve the fatigue of engine noise... you don't even realize how bad that noise is until you turn the ANR on/off a few times.

ANR is a try before you buy thing.  It's a love it or hate it and you won't know until you try it.  When I use ANR headsets I hear this really high pitched whistle that is extremely annoying, so I stick to passive.
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