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I've run a thread search for headsets but I didn't see what I was looking for. So I am here to ask present and former ERJ pilots what they used for headsets. I've been using my own old school DC's and the time has come to downsize. What I want is something like this:

http://www.headsetsetc.com/mach1headset.html

Can anyone recommend some good headsets like this? That ERJ is noisy and I'd like the new headsets to cut out as much of that wind noise as possible. I'd also like the ability to hook my ipod in directly.
 

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I haven't seen too many people rolling around in those type of headsets above in the ERJ. I'm using the bose, it hurts for 12 months with the payments but whatever. It is a vast improvement over the DC vise grip.
 

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I'm using the Bose, and have no complaints. They are quiet as can be, just make sure to shut off your hot mic (and hope the capt. does as well) and all you'll hear is the sweet sound of silence. They are also good at getting rid of the annoying PPG window crackling noise in the XR's:)
 

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tjsatter said:
Is the IPOD approved for cockpit use by your company?

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No, but then again neither are all of the books and magazines the Captains read. What's your point?
 

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Master Shake said:
No, but then again neither are all of the books and magazines the Captains read. What's your point?
Really? I have no knowledge of such a thing. The Captains at my company never read unnapproved materials in flight nor do they use IPODS or other entertainement systems. When flying their full undivided attention is addressed to the plane and systems. When not flying they monitor the radios and navigation systems. There is never any irrelevant conversation below 10k. The point is I do not know how or if an IPOD can be connected to any headset in flight. What outfit are you at?

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An ipod or other media device can be connected to the headset that is linked in my original post. I've also heard from several other captains that other headsets like this exist. My primary concern is good sound quality and cockpit noise dampening. The ipod thing is a bonus at this point.
 

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Master Shake said:
What's your point?
The point is to think about what that last few minutes of the CVR would sound like to your family and passenger's loved ones.

On the headset question....Telex 5X5 Pro III with custom earmolds and 6 filters with the gain properly adjusted.

And just recently an FO showed me a trick using rubber pencil grips sliced into rings that gives probably an extra 5-10 dB in noise reduction all in the frequency generated by the shock wave above your head.
 

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Captain X said:
The point is to think about what that last few minutes of the CVR would sound like to your family and passenger's loved ones.
Thanks for the feedback. My music has never made it onto the CVR as I use ear buds. The headset I linked to indicates that your music is piped in your headset only. That's what I want. I would not want to use any device that pipes it into the CVR for the very reason you stated.
 

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tjsatter said:
Is the IPOD approved for cockpit use by your company?

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Trans States is where I got my first adapter. Many a Capt. had one and used them all the time. Wasn't anything is the manual about not using it then, don't know about now.

Guess people just know not to bring theirs out around you.

Guess all those AM radio stations on the ADF are so much different. Nobody listens to those.......
 
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Why would you even want to hook in your iPOD when you could have the soothing sounds of Radio Disney?!!
 

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I just bought the Mach 1 in the link above. It is supposed to arrive in a couple of days. The lightSPEED Mach 1 headset provides 29dB of noise reduction. The David Clarks that my company provides are only 23dB. My old Telex ANR 500 was only 24db when I have a good battery in the module. So you should have plenty of noise reduction. It only weighs 1 ounce. I don’t see how you can go wrong with this headset. Sounds like a winner to me. I will try to reply again in a week or two when I get a chance to use mine in the ERJ.

I used to have the Telex ANR 500. It worked great in the CRJ. Most of the time we took our headsets off out of FL180 anyway.
The problem in the ERJ is that the Telex 500 picks up a LOT of the wind noise through the mic when the intercom is selected on. I have tried other headsets and most of them did not relay this loud noise when the hot mic was on.

Captain X said:
The point is to think about what that last few minutes of the CVR would sound like to your family and passenger's loved ones.
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s far as the music thing in the cockpit, some people on here are just too simple minded. The "cable" that people speak of started out as a cable that allowed you to hook up your music listening device to the intercom and listen to a little elevator music during cruise. BIG deal. But then the CVR issue arouse so many decided to opt for the new "cable" that allows you to listen to your crappy elevator music ONLY on YOUR headset and NOTHING is heard by the other pilot or the CVR. The MACH 1 allows you to plug your cell phone or music device directly into the headset without this “cable” so that you can have a little peaceful music on in the back ground to drown out some of that god awful wind noise the ERJ on those 3 hour legs. If something very important comes up I am sure the person would then turn the music off and deal with the problem, at least I would. If you were listening to the "big game" over the ADF and had an emergency would you just leave it on all the way down or turn it off and deal with the problem?

I don't see why listening to a little music during non sterile times is a problem. These new headsets allow you to hook your CD player or MP3 player directly to the headset for that reason and the cable that allows you to hook up your players to the older headsets, that do not have this built in, are sold at many pilot shops. I bought mine from Sporty's.
 
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As far as the music thing in the cockpit, some people on here are just too simple minded.
Well, you have to understand that 100% of the guys that I have flown with that wanted to listen to music in the FD did not have the set up where it only went into their headset, it went throught the ICS and into both headsets and CVR. So I go with what I know.

If one wants to listen to music, fine. But I don't want it recorded on the CVR or distracting me from reading my um........manuals :D .

But the second one starts missing radio calls or reading back clearances incorrectly, then "professionalism" and "general attitude" begin to come into question regardless of whether anything is recorded on the CVR or not.
 

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I've got lightspeeds and the interface box has a small cable that goes to an IPOD or cell phone or any other distracting device. Traffic on the radios or intercom mutes the music. This is nice but an FO who hums shuts off your music ;-)
 

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I use the Telex Airman 750 with earplugs. Much more comfortable than the DCs for those 3 1/2 hour "regional" legs we do.
 

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SayAgain! said:
I just bought the Mach 1 in the link above. It is supposed to arrive in a couple of days....Sounds like a winner to me. I will try to reply again in a week or two when I get a chance to use mine in the ERJ.
Please post how it works. I've been very interested in this headset. If it works well for you in the ERJ, it might be a nice early X-Mas present for me. Thanks.
 

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I will, but it may be a couple weeks. I bought it 3 weeks ago but LightSPEED has not shipped them off to the the stores yet. I was told it should ship from Sporty's some time this coming week.
 

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Lightspeed Mach 1

I just received the Lightspeed Mach 1 in the mail today. They were just released. I will have a chance to try them in the next day or two and will advise my findings. They are the lightest out there that I have found.....even compared to the "Clarity Aloft." If the sound quality is what they claim, it should be a good unit.
 
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