Best David Clark Headsets – Typically, aviation headsets are worn for extended periods of time. For this reason, comfort is a major factor in how much you will like a particular headset. Models that are too tight can quickly cause a pounding compression headache, while models that are too loose won’t be very effective at reducing outside noises. The best way to ensure that an aviation headset will fit you well is to choose a model that allows for a lot of adjustment. The more adjustment the headband allows, the easier it will be to position the earcups comfortably, while ensuring they create a nice seal at the same time.
You should also consider microphone boom adjustability. Some models have a fully adjustable boom that allows for precise placement, some may just have a hinge or two that let you move the mic closer or further from your mouth, and some may not be adjustable at all.
Another nice feature some models have is a boom that swings all the way around. This allows you to wear the mic on the left or right side to suit your preference. As with headband adjustability, the more adjustable its microphone boom is, the more likely that aviation headset is to fit you comfortably.back to menu ↑
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Styles of Headsets
Aviation headsets come in two styles: in-ear and on-ear. As the names sound, an in-ear model is designed with earbud speakers that fit into your ears. On-ear headsets fit over your ears like ear muffs.
On-ear headsets are more common. They have the advantage of fitting almost everyone and having a wide range of products to choose from.
While a less popular choice, in-ear headsets are comfortably light-weight and low-profile. This is an advantage for long flights. A well-fitting in-ear headset is very comfortable, but the fit varies from person to person. Know that you may have to shop around a bit before finding a set that works well for you.back to menu ↑
If you are simply using your headset for communication purposes, a mono set will work just fine. It provides the same auditory input in each ear. Most radios are designed to work with mono signal headsets.
If you plan to listen to music or connect to your phone, you may want to upgrade to stereo. A stereo headset feeds a slightly different signal to each ear. This allows music to sound richer. Most stereo headsets can switch between stereo and mono as desired.back to menu ↑
Noise Reduction Type
All aviation headsets are designed to reduce noise and protect a pilot’s hearing. There are four types of noise reduction. Each works differently and results in varying levels of noise reduction (measured in decibels).
From least effective to most effective, the four types of noise reduction are:
Passive noise reduction (PNR)
Headsets using passive noise reduction reduce ambient noise by physically insulating your ears using foam or a similar material.
Active noise reduction (ANR)
Active noise reduction is accomplished by the emission of a second sound which is designed to cancel out the ambient noise.
Dynamic noise reduction (DNR)
A dynamic noise reduction headset is a similar, but more advanced version of an ANR headset. The DNR uses digital techniques to reduce noise and it performs slightly better than an ANR set.
Electronic noise reduction (ENR)
A hybrid option that isn’t as common as the others is electronic noise reduction. This type of headset works with standard ANR techniques plus an added automatic gain control (AGC) to optimize performance in high-noise environments.back to menu ↑
Wouldn’t it be nice if all aircraft were built with the same types of plugs? Unfortunately, right now that is not the case. Before you purchase your headset, know which type of plug your aircraft has.
The standard types of plugs you may have are:
- Dual plug (PJs)
- Helicopter plug (U174)
- 6-pin plug (LEMO)
- Airbus plug (XLR)
If you are flying GA aircraft, you can expect to be using dual plugs. All but one of our recommended headsets already come with dual plugs. If the headset you want to purchase comes with a different type of plug, you can buy an adapter to convert it.back to menu ↑
For long flights, lighter-weight headsets are generally more comfortable, although design is also important. A well-padded heavier headset can still have fewer pressure points and be more comfortable than a lower-grade lightweight model. The lightest models on our list weigh less than half a pound and the heaviest comes in at about 2 and a half pounds.
Pro Tip: Passive noise reduction (PNR) headsets are usually heavier because they rely on foam in the earcups to reduce noise. In-ear styles tend to be lightest because they are made with small earbuds instead of large ear cups.back to menu ↑
If you spend any amount of time in the cockpit of an airplane or helicopter, you’ll probably want to pick up a pair of these aviation headsets. They are designed to sit on your head for hours at a time without causing discomfort, while blocking the persistent hum of the engines in your ears and enabling you to communicate clearly with the tower and your fellow pilot or passengers.