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With almost 30 years experience in aviation headsets, Sennheiser knows a thing or 2 about aviation headsets. The Sennheiser HMEC 25 KA is a lightweight, robust headset that provides clear and crisp communications in even the noisiest of modern flight decks. Combining super lightweight design with superior noise-compensating microphone technology makes the Sennheiser HMEC 25 KA a fantastic choice for the modern flight deck.

Technology

Built around modern design for the 21st Century flight deck, the Sennheiser HMEC 25 KA began its design premise around weight. At an incredible 5.9 oz (170g), this headsets split, two-piece fully adjustable headband will ensure its wearers comfort even on the longest of flying days. However, the comfort of this headset is not where the story ends!

Dispite being an “On-ear” headset, it is still capable of giving impressive Passive attenuation being even activating Sennheisers world renowned ANR technology. This headsets passive attenuation clocks it at 11db, when combined with the ANR of up to 26db adds up to an incredible 37db of attenuation from this super lightweight Sennheirser HMEC 25 KA!

Finally, Sennheiser provides crystal clear transmissions with its electret noise canceling, condenser microphone with fully adjustable gain. This allows you to adjust the headset to the specific conditions of the flight deck you are working in; from super quiet airliner to the noisier environment of a light twin – the Sennheiser HMEC 25 KA will have you covered.

Design

It appears that Sennheiser have focused very heavily on reducing the weight of this headset to make it comfortable for the wearer, whilst maintaining the high quality technology to produce a product that is well and truly Sennheiser to its heart. The headsets flexibility is one of its main strong suits. The boom mike can be worn on either the left or right depending on preference by rotating through 350 degrees. In addition, the split headband opens to almost 40 degrees, making the headset comfortable for any pilot (with any head shape!).

The on ear design of the Sennheiser HMEC 25 KA removed the need for the high clamping forces that can be associated with the surround ear headsets. This set comfortably sits on your ears with minimal pressure whilst still providing astounding noise reduction capabilities. Finally, with its 5 year warranty you can be assured that if anything goes wrong with you Sennheiser HMEC 25 KA headset (however unlikely that may be!) you have piece of mind!

Specifications

Weight - 5.9oz (170g)
Total Noise Reduction - up to 37db
Headpad - Split and fully adjustable
Batteries (Life) - 2AA (12hrs)
Warranty - 5 Years

Overview

The Sennheiser HMEC 25 KA is the ultimate all-round headset – light enough to be worn for long haul commercial flying, and Noise Reducing enough for the occasional light aircraft flight. Comfort is a major factor with this set – the split headband really does reducing pressure on the top of the head as well as molding to your shape (so to speak!). My personal recommendation would be to opt for this more in a commercial context – suited more to a modern flight deck than a noise piston twin or similar – purely due to the on ear design. I personally prefer an all round ear cup in the smaller aircraft to provide better natural attenuation, however the Sennheiser would perform admirably also!

The Sennheiser HMEC 25 KA can be ordered online at Mypilotstore.com. Fear not your data is safe with this site, order with piece of mind that you are receiving the best price and quality customer service!



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Drawing on over 50 years of experience, David Clark have entered the market with the all new David Clark X11 headset. This new design from the mainstay of the aviation headset market seems set to revitalize David Clark and solidify the name as the standard in cockpit headsets. The David Clark X11 comes from years of experience in aviation as well as space exploration, designers taking everything learned to produce this ground breaking headset.

Technology

From the frame to the boom, this headset is engineered for comfort and practicality. Its ingeniously designed low force suspension assembly with dual hinging giving maximum articulation with a natural fit to ensure every wearer feels like it were tailored for them. The audio headphones are High-Fidelity with dual volume control with the option of switching from Stereo to Mono at the flick of a switch. Combined with David Clark’s bespoke ENC (Electronic Noise Canceling) technology that utilizes a dual voice coil to allow for hours of flying without the added fatigue of additional background noise.

Looking to compete with the stylish Lightspeed, David Clark have incorporated an Auxiliary input for Cell phones and Music players with all the necessary cords to cater for any device. The whole system is control through a lightweight control unit powered by 2 AA batteries, this also houses the power indicator light and enables the auto shutoff facility. Finally, the David Clark X11 headset is built with David Clark’s M-77 Noise canceling microphone, mounted on a one-touch position flex boom, Allowing for crystal clear communications.

Design

Without David Clark’s distinctive green ear cups, it would be difficult to tell that these headphones were from the same excellent breeding as the rest of the superb David Clark Range. Weighting in at a tiny 12.2 ounces (346g), designers have slashed weight by a carbon fiber lightweight headband – providing maximum strength with minimum weight addition. Combined with the vented, low profile head pad gives maximum comfort over long flights without the fear of hot-spots.

As we have come to expect from David Clark, the ear seals are very soft with fabric facing and each is contoured to the specific side (left/Right). Giving maximum comfort and a flawless seal, giving this headset not only superb Active noise reduction, but passive too. Finally, with its new modern design the David Clark X11 is compact for storage as well as looking very aesthetically pleasing to all.

Specifications

Weight   -  12.2oz (346g)
Total Noise Reduction -  22db
Cord Length  – 5ft
Head pad -  Super lightweight w/ Carbon Fiber Headband
Bag  -  Included
Batteries (Life)  – 2AA (30hrs) or Panel Version Available
Warranty  -  5 Years

Overview

Standing up to be counted, it looks like David Clark has taken note from the modern manufacturers and shaken up its design. This fantastic light headset seems to be looking to sand shoulder to shoulder with the Bose Aviation Headset X and the Zulu for dominance over the high end ANR market (even if DC call it ENC). Being a shade heavier than the Bose X and not having the Blue-tooth connection of the Zulu may be off putting for some, however the pedigree alone of David Clark should be enough to sway most. Performing well in all aircraft from PA28 up to airliners, as well as being available in battery and panel powered, the David Clark X11 is definitely a headset worth a look!

The all new David Clark X11 can be ordered on line at Jakes Flying Shop. Fear not, your date is safe with this site, utilizing the industry standard in SSL as well as being a Verified Merchant at Authorize.net!

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After reviewing both the Bose® Aviation Headset X® and the Lightspeed Aviation Zulu Headset, I stumbled across this fantastic video by the guys at Airport Pilot Shop.com which compares and contrasts the pros and cons of each headset and shows how each works. Hope you find this of interest!

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