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Kevin Slezewski
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#1 Posted: 8/28/2009 12:28:10

I am interested in the "earplug" type headsets such as the Clarity Aloft, but am afraid to part with $500 without having tried them in the real world, or at least knowing someone who uses them.  I've tried them on at Airventure and do like the level of comfort.

Is there anyone out there that has them or has tried them?  Do they block out the noise enough?  How do they compare to a typical headset (non-ANR)?

Any input is appreciated!



Kevin Slezewski aka "SLEZ" www.crispycedars.com
Michael Crowder
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#2 Posted: 8/28/2009 14:40:19

I've been flying my Sonex with the Quiet Technologies Halo headsets....

 

http://www.quiettechnologies.com/

 

I have been very happy with them.  The are just as good as my Flightcom 5DX with ANR addition.  They are loads more comfortable.  The main reason I switched was to headroom concerns in my airplane, but not that I've flown with them for awhile, I am really happy!  I would have no problems recommending the QT Halo's, and my guess is that the Clarity Aloft will give similar performance.

 

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Michael



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Dennis Glaeser
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#3 Posted: 8/28/2009 14:53:49

I use a HALO headset and love it. (and it's only $350)

I found earplugs that are even more effective than the ones that come with the unit - http://earplugstore.stores.yahoo.net/holemaxuffop.html

I pull the tube out of the earplugs that come with the headset.  Then  poke a hole through the center with a hot wire and insert the tube.  Those earplugs are extremely effective, and my headset is quieter than a Bose or Lightspeed (I've tried them both).

Dennis Glaeser



Richard Holcombe
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#4 Posted: 8/28/2009 20:39:38

I have the Clarity Aloft and love them. I can wear them all day and prefer the passive sound protection to the ANR units I have tried which only lower certain frequencies, ie. engine rumble, but not wind noise in my Champ

Carry spare ear pieces because after time they get dirty and go soft.



Adam Smith
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#5 Posted: 8/28/2009 20:50:40

If anyone's interested in saving money by building a set for yourself, there's been a long-running "how-to" thread on Vans Air Force - - - http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=20917



Michael Crowder
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#6 Posted: 8/29/2009 13:01:01

 

I've been using the Comply Tips -

http://earplugstore.stores.yahoo.net/cofotipeco1p.html

and like their comfort and noise blocking ability.

 

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Michael

Dennis Glaeser wrote:

 

I use a HALO headset and love it. (and it's only $350)

I found earplugs that are even more effective than the ones that come with the unit - http://earplugstore.stores.yahoo.net/holemaxuffop.html

I pull the tube out of the earplugs that come with the headset.  Then  poke a hole through the center with a hot wire and insert the tube.  Those earplugs are extremely effective, and my headset is quieter than a Bose or Lightspeed (I've tried them both).

Dennis Glaeser

 



Michael Crowder Sonex N293SX TriGear, Dual-Controls, Jabiru 3300
Kevin Slezewski
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#7 Posted: 8/29/2009 15:54:18

Thank you all for your input!  Now I REALLY want a set!



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Steve Fabiszak
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#8 Posted: 8/29/2009 16:26:58

I've been using my Clarity Aloft headsets over 2 years. Nothing else compares. Well worth the $500.

 



Nolan Wehr
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#9 Posted: 8/29/2009 21:24:11

I second the Clarity Aloft. Great headset all around. Works well with glasses as well... Fitting around the ear can cause some annoyance, but spend some time bending the metal and it fits like a glove. I use them in King Airs to Ercoupes and haven't seen any down side. Although not quite as quiet as some ANRs are... But, my ol' ANR Dave Clarks have now been relegated as a backup.

 

-Nolan



Jim Hann
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#10 Posted: 8/30/2009 00:35:16

Another vote for Clarity Aloft, been wearing them for five years at work.

Jim



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John Flanagan
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#11 Posted: 9/3/2009 18:39:43

Purchased the Clarity Aloft headset at OSH. 07 and love them. I use them in my open cockpit Acro Sport and they work fine, I took the David Clarks out of my leather helmet and use it that way to keep my glasses on.

John Flanagan WWW.jflanaga@stny.rr.com



#12 Posted: 9/3/2009 22:30:44

For what is worth. I do not own a Clarity Loft. However, I have looked them over extensively. Feedback from others has been very positive. I do know that I own and  have used Comply Foam's NR-10 (similar setup ear to Clarity's) ear buds in my very loud dragonfly. They are better than my Bose II ANR and about the same as my Sennheiser ANRs. I find them wonderfully comfortable to wear.

I own so many headsets (6 I think), so I haven't bought the Clarity Aloft yet. Visiting their booth at Oshkosh, I was impressed by both the company and the product. I think it is the greatest innovation since the headset was introduced.  You'll probably be a convert.

However, it won't hurt to ask if they'd let you have a 1 week trial.

Hope it helps a little.



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#13 Posted: 9/4/2009 06:03:26

And yet another vote for Clarity Aloft headsets--no hot spots, great sound attenuation, work great with glasses, will lay very flat in a bag or brief case and much lighter and smaller than my old ANR Dave Clarks or the Bose ANR. Sound quality is superb and volume control is easy.

Another plus, is the TSA doesn't exhibit near as much paranoia and curiosity about them compared to the Dave Clarks or Bose ANR's either.

 I use them in everything from Cubs to Stearmans, helicopters to turboprops and Gulfstreams to Global Express's worldwide--I simply won't use anything else.

 The $500 seemed high at first, but then my hearing and comfort are worth more than that.----Echomike, Cessna 170, building AviPro Bearhawk.  Enjoy...



David Kewley
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#14 Posted: 9/4/2009 13:03:38

My wife and I both use Halo headsets and like them very much, I think you will like ear plug headsets if you are use to wearing ear plugs.  If not may take a little while to get use to them.

Dave K



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#15 Posted: 9/4/2009 14:33:52

 I have long used Shure (or other like Etymotic) 'earplugs' under a Pilot DNC XL.  Great/quiet combination for a recording engineer paraniod about cutting my career short w/ noise damage.  Also ups the intelligibility about 10x.  I recently made a mic boom similar to what's described in #5 and now use that w/ the Shure SE530 .  The 530's are a bit expensive for this application but sound great & I am able to use them for other business and personal cutting out yet more stuff lying around.  Shure makes many models in all price ranges and most sound pretty good.  This combo gives very good NR - somewhere betw 30-36 whether using the stock Shure or COMPLY tips and I no longer use the Pilot's over the top for more isolation & the boom mic.  Don't forget that if you intend to listen to music, you'll also need a modern intercom that probably has a stereo Aux (music or 'iPod'/cell) input and stereo outputs - this combination and XM Sat Radio will definitely any boredom factor during a long flight.  Pretty easy to put something together in the $75-$150 range with a minimum of soldering, etc.

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Bruce Cameron  bcameron@earthlink.net  N3804X based KDXR, CT



Peter Morssink
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#16 Posted: 9/7/2009 11:51:12

I received my Halo earplug headset this week and have been amazed how well they work. very comfortable and clear. another thing I noticed, due the large size of my head
goggles the microphone was not directly in front of my mouth but more on the side and my transmissions are clear.

 

I can not compare them against Clarity headsets but they work great and are ~$150 less expensive

 

Pieter



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#17 Posted: 9/7/2009 13:49:36

I've been flying with the Clarity Aloft headset for a couple of years and I love it.  My RV-6 is a pretty high noise environment.  I tried both it and the QP Halo, and while both had pluses and minuses, the CA won out.  Both of them have, or at least had, a 30 day risk free trial, so you can try both of them and keep the one that you like.

One important consideration with any earplug type headset- proper technique must be used to insert the earplug, or the headset will not work nearly as well as it could.  Simply rolling the tip up and stuffing it in your ear will not cut it.  You have to lift up on the top of your ear and manipulate your ear in a particular way while inserting it.  It's not as hard as it sounds, but you really need someone to show you the technique.  I suspect that some reports of less then stellar performance with this type of headset are a result of this issue.



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#18 Posted: 9/8/2009 19:29:46

Check out J H Audio headsets at www.jerryharveyaudio.com  I have a set and they are without a doubt the best sound quality I have ever tried. Each ear piece is custom fit to YOUR EAR not some piece of foam stuffed into your ear, what a difference......They cost more but pilots think nothing of spending money on GPS, XM Weather, Avionics etc. but when it comes to being able to communicate with the control tower, other aircraft or center they scrimp.....I don't get it.

Just my two cents.



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#19 Posted: 10/4/2009 01:38:03 Modified: 10/4/2009 01:40:46

  I have a pair of Lightspeed ANR's (full cup type) that I like a lot for their full-range reproduction of music. Because of a small canopy on my experimental, I'm having to consider ear-plug types. Have you heard any that have good low-end frequency response?

 



Nate Weinsaft
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#20 Posted: 10/9/2009 20:40:49

I also tried the Clarity Aloft headset at OSH this year, and decided to buy them a few weeks ago.  I now own more models of headset than I would like to admit including both versions of DC ANR and the Bose ANR.  I've had only one flight in a Warrior with the Clarity Aloft, and was able to immediately compare them to my Bose.  The Bose sounded very slightly more quiet than the Clarity Aloft, but not by much.  I will enjoy the improved comfort, and less headset in the flight bag.

I am somewhat concerned about the physical strength of the headset.  I'm hoping some of the long term owners will comment if the Clarity Aloft need to be carried in the headset case, and how they will stand up to being tossed about in day to day use.



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