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I'm looking into investing in my first headset. I have a job this summer with a float company and plan on staying there for a few years before heading to something like bearskin or perimeter then onto bigger airlines. I'm just wondering what companies, if any, supply headsets. Or how long I might actually need my own headset. I just don't want to spend $1000 on a headset if I will only be using it for a year or two while on floats.

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1.)Every small place that I've worked expected you to have your own headset - I'm sure that Bearskin and Perimeter are no different.
2.) What's your hearing worth to you?
3.) Aren't they tax-deductible?
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So you think the noise cancelling and quality of Lightspeed or Bose is worth the price over something like David Clark H10's?
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For a floatplane I would get a Bose A20 or Telex Stratus 50D. Well worth every penny.
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Congratulations on the first job.

Without a doubt I would get a Telex Stratus 50D again in a heartbeat. I flew metros and it was by far the quietest thing going. Second worth every penny.

http://www.telex.com/m/#line/aviation/p ... %20Digital
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Invest in the headset. I am at Jazz, and while we are provided a company headset, I still use my old Bose. I can't stand the headset they give us.

Use the search function here. There was another thread not long ago about headset advice.

My biggest piece of advice is to try each one on before you buy it. Every one of them fits differently. What is comfortable for some, isn't for others.
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I've got a Lightspeed Zulu 2 and love it.
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Don't forget that lots of noise cancelling sets need power and you will probably not have that in a floatplane.
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The Bose struggled to keep up with the Otter. I'd suggest starting with a DC and then once you've made some money I highly recommend the Bose A20
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xsbank wrote:Don't forget that lots of noise cancelling sets need power and you will probably not have that in a floatplane.
Only if you are using LEMO powered. Otherwise, batteries are the key to ANR.
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Sennheiser S1 - Best headset I've tried. And I've pretty much tried them all.
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Do spend the $$! And, try them on with glasses.
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xsbank wrote:Don't forget that lots of noise cancelling sets need power and you will probably not have that in a floatplane.
No they all run on batteries.
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I've had my Lightspeed Zulu for over 5 years now, no issues so far. Noise-cancelling and comfort should be things to look for so a little investment is good.

Anyone have any experience with the cordless version of the Zulu?
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7ECA wrote:
xsbank wrote:Don't forget that lots of noise cancelling sets need power and you will probably not have that in a floatplane.
Only if you are using LEMO powered. Otherwise, batteries are the key to ANR.
Yep, always have an extra pair of AA's with me.
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Try a bunch on your head if you can get to a place that stocks them. I wasn't happy with the Lightspeed I own, so I tried on the Bose A20 at Oshkosh last year....It was like heaven compared to mine. I was able to do a direct comparison as I'd just picked mine up from repair at the other booth.
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MrAviator19 wrote:I've had my Lightspeed Zulu for over 5 years now, no issues so far. Noise-cancelling and comfort should be things to look for so a little investment is good.

Anyone have any experience with the cordless version of the Zulu?

I've got a couple sets of the Tangos in my helicopter. I like them but I don't fly for a living, so I'm not wearing them all day. Same problem like all noise cancelling head sets when wearing glasses, you need to get them seated. I'm quite happy with them, and the fact that there are no cords hanging around the cockpit.
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You can't ever go wrong with David Clark. I've had a pair of the X11s for around 10 years and love them still. Buy once, cry once.
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Bose A20 hands down, best headset and wish I would have bought one when I started flying turbo props, I used it on the A320 and now on the EMJ. I was able to write mine off as well. Money well spent!
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One piece of advice if you end up with an ANR headset: If there's ever a time you'll be leaving it unused for a while, remove the batteries. If they start leaking green death all over your electronics you'll be an unhappy person.
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We've tried DCs and Bose ANR but by far , the lightspeed Zulu is the best..and in the little Grumman you need a lot of protection. More so in the BIG Grumman HU-16A

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Pardon me??? What???

Invest in a noise cancelling headset... if you don't need it 4 or 5 years down the road, sell it and get half what you paid for it... what's 500 bucks over 5 years? I liked the Lightspeed because it fit around your ears as opposed to over them like the Bose does.

Old men will tell you there's nothing better than DC's. Politely smile and buy something else.
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