Faro G2 ANR $349.00

Faro G2 ANR $349.00

From an ATCcommunication.com Survey

Number of Responders: 4

Comfort: Great! 3; Just okay: 1; Unacceptable: 0
Clarity: Great! 3; Just Okay: 1; Unacceptable: 0
Durability: Great! 3; Just Okay: 1; Unacceptable: 0

Notable Comments: “Mine has the gel ear cups and is very comfortable, even with my glasses on. When I first got the headset, I had to slightly bend the headband to relieve the clamping pressure on mine, but not my wife’s (guess I have a big head). It has been perfect ever since. I use this headset from below zero to 100+ temps and no problem with comfort, even on 5-6 hr flights.” “I have poor hearing and hearing loss. this headset has been a big step up from the DC h10 that I used before. The ANR is very effective and does not distort the audio at all. Everyone says that the transmit audio is perfect, with no background noise. Love the aux audio input that I plug my tablet into for audible alerts.” “I’ve had these for about 2 years and 150 hours. No sign of a problem.”

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From listing at Amazon.com: The new Faro G2 Active Noise Reduction (ANR) is designed for pilots who take flying seriously. Using the newest sound technology, G2 Active noticeably reduces cockpit noise up to 52 dB. So you can fly longer, more comfortably, in a quieter environment. It has everything you would want from an aviation headset.
  • Backed by FARO's World-Famous Commercial-Grade Three-Year Replacement Warranty.
  • Pilot Care Service Centers in U.S.
  • Premium Pleather Ear Protection offers up to an incredible 52db of Noise Reduction with Active noise compression technology.
  • MP3/Radio/iPod/iPad Compatible
  • Pilot Headset engineered in the United States
  • Premium Noise Cancelling Electret Microphone ensures crystal clear communication every time
   

*Note: I earn a small commission when you buy this headset using the affiliate link above. You are under no obligation to use this link, but I really appreciate it if you do. Jeff

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Ken Kranz December 9, 2015 at 12:28 am

About six months ago I bought the FARO G2 ANR active noise-canceling headset to counter, well, just getting old. While I’m not in a position to compare them to the more expensive brands, for my needs, they work great! They offer significant noise reduction and are very comfortable. Because they store the batteries in a separate box, the headset is lightweight. Aside: the (rather clunky) separate box is located about a foot from the plug, thus allowing it to be tucked into the map pocket on my 172. Not only is this a safe place for storage, it also removes any battery weight from the cable. More on the battery box later. I am not doing a head-to-head comparison but I suspect many of the other models share this weight reduction feature.

I am sort of a rusty pilot. I started flying in the 80’s but life got in the way several times. With 70 hrs under my belt, I recently came back and FINALLY finished off my PPL. During training I noticed that I was somewhat often saying to my CFI: “what did the controller just say?” I finally decided it was a combination of age, unfamiliarity with the terminology plus background noise. The FARO’s made that problem completely go away in an instant. Now that I have a better command of the terminology, I could live without them. That said I have no plans of switching back to my old headset anytime soon.

Now, about that clunky battery box… My only complaint is that the on/off switch located on the battery box sometimes gets toggled in my headset bag – thus powering the headset and causing the batteries to die. [Ed.: See photo below showing exposed switch.] Luckily the FARO’s are failsafe and continue to work with dead batteries or with the switch in the off position – I have done both without any issues. From what I can tell, they are no worse than the passive FARO’s noise wise – I’ve tried both, separate story.

Faro G2 ANR with power switch exposed to accidental activation

In general, I counter the battery switch issue by twisting the belt clip 170 degrees to help guard the switch while in the bag – I will send a photo to Jeff for future inclusion. [Ed.: See photo below for his solution.] That, plus traveling with extra batteries, has worked well to address this problem. In fact, I have not had this issue reoccur since employing the belt-clip trick. I am not sure if this is because the belt-clip works or if I am just being more cautious. Regardless, because of this one, not so insignificant issue, I dinged them 0.5 points on durability – technically design / execution issue. Otherwise, I love this headset and gave it an all around 10.

Faro G2 ANR power switch protected by belt clip

Post Script:
Inspired by this posting, I called FARO. The technician indicated he hadn’t heard of any complaints regarding the G2 switch. That said, coincidently, the new G3 has a radically reengineered switch. It now has a push on/off switch with a no-use auto shutoff feature. Hence the G3 would resolve my problem. I was informed that, if I desire, I could exchange my G2 for a G3. FARO would extend a $200 credit toward the new headset. While I declined (hard to justify the $$$ for a GA / pleasure pilot) it seemed like a fair offer. Assuming the G3 works as well as the G2 and the new switch works as advertise, I would suspect this new headset would rate a solid 10 in my book.

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