Headset Buyer’s Guide

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Research aviation headsets.

Headsets are grouped by price categories: $100 to $200; $201 to $399; $500 and above. Note: The $400 to $499 gap in the price categories represents a lack of fixed-wing, general aviation headsets in this range.

Readers are reminded to complete their own due diligence regarding a headset’s specifications and price before making a headset purchase.

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100_200
  •   Headset I.D.
  • Price
  •   Method of Noise Reduction
  •   Claimed Noise Reduction
  •   Weight in Ounces
  •   Warranty Period
  •   Onboard Volume Control
  •   Stereo/Mono Selectable
  •   MP3, iPod Compatible
  •   Wireless/Bluetooth
ASA HS1
  • ASA HS1
  • $115.00
  • Passive
  • 23 dB
  • Not Stated
  • Lifetime
  • Dual volume control
RA454Stereo$145
  • Rugged Air RA454
  • $145.00
  • Passive
  • 24 dB
  • 13.4
  • 7 Years
  • Single volume control
RA900$155
  • Rugged Air RA900
  • $165.00
  • Passive
  • 24 dB
  • 13.4
  • 7 Years
  • Dual volume control
skylite900M
  • SkyLite 900M
  • $170.00
  • Passive
  • 26 dB
  • 13.4
  • 1 Year
  • Dual volume control
FaroG2$189
  • Faro G2-PNR
  • $189.99
  • Passive
  • 26 dB
  • 13.05
  • 3 Years
  • Dual volume control

 

100_200
  •   Headset I.D.
  • Price
  •   Method of Noise Reduction
  •   Claimed Noise Reduction
  •   Weight in Ounces
  •   Warranty Period
  •   Onboard Volume Control
  •   Stereo/Mono Selectable
  •   MP3, iPod Compatible
  •   Wireless/Bluetooth
Gulf Coast Avionics ANR
  • Gulf Coast Avionics ANR
  • $249.00
  • Active
  • 24 dB + 12 to 14 dB with ANR
  • 19
  • 3 Years
  • Single volume control
RA454Stereo$145
  • David Clark H10-30
  • $280.00
  • Passive
  • 24 dB
  • 20
  • 5 Years
  • Single volume control
RA900$155
  • David Clark H10-13.4 or H10-13 S
  • $320.00 for H10-13.4 $325.00 for H10-13 S
  • Passive
  • 23 dB
  • 16.5
  • 5 Years
  • Single volume control
  • ("S" model only)
RA900$155
  • Flightcom Classic ANR
  • $345.00
  • Active
  • 24 dB + 14-18 dB with ANR
  • 17.6
  • 3 Years
  • Dual volume control
FaroG2$189
  • Faro G2 ANR
  • $349.00
  • Active
  • 23 dB + 29 dB with ANR
  • 23
  • 3 Years
  • Dual volume control
DC H10-60
  • David Clark H10-60
  • $360.00
  • Passive
  • 23 dB
  • 22
  • 3 Years
  • Dual volume control

 

100_200
  •   Headset I.D.
  • Price
  •   Method of Noise Reduction
  •   Claimed Noise Reduction
  •   Weight in Ounces
  •   Warranty Period
  •   Onboard Volume Control
  •   Stereo/Mono Selectable
  •   MP3, iPod Compatible
  •   Wireless/Bluetooth
Gulf Coast Avionics ANR
  • Clarity Aloft
  • $525.00
  • Passive
  • 29.5 dB
  • < 2
  • 3 Years
  • Built-in audio mixer
RA454Stereo$145
  • Lightspeed Sierra
  • $650.00
  • Active
  • Not Specified
  • 16
  • 5 Years
  • Single volume control with automatic auxilliary device volume lowering
David Clark Pro-X
  • David Clark Pro-X
  • $695.00
  • Active
  • Not Specified
  • 8.4
  • 5 Years
  • Single volume control with automatic mute of auxilliary devices
RA454Stereo$145
  • Lightspeed Zulu.2
  • $800.00
  • Active
  • Not Specified
  • 15.2
  • 5 Years
  • Single volume control with automatic auxilliary device volume lowering
RA900$155
  • Lightspeed Zulu PFX
  • $1050.00
  • Streaming Quiet™ Adaptive ANR continually adjusts to environment
  • Not Specified
  • 17.6
  • 5 Years
  • Customized audio with ability to save settings
DC H10-60
  • Bose A20 with Bluetooth
  • $1095.00 ($995.00 without Bluetooth)
  • Active
  • Not specified. Bose claims "30% greater active noise reduction than conventional aviation headsets."
  • 12
  • 5 Years
  • Dual volume control

Prices shown were the featured prices at Amazon.com for each headset at the time of publication. Actual prices may be different at time of purchase. The weight shown for each headset does not include the weight of the headset’s cord or other accessories. All information presented is derived from the manufacturer’s data for each headset.