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Webinar: how to find the right aviation headset

May 18, 2017

Buying a headset can be confusing. Do you need ANR? How does Bluetooth music input work? Which brands are the most popular? Join Sporty's for a guided tour of the aviation headset market in this fast-paced webinar recording. From the technology behind the products to some real world advice on making the right choice, you'll get the information you need to make a good decision.

 

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5 Comments | Posted in PIREPs Headsets By Doug Ranly

4 reasons to love the Bose A20 headset

Apr 19, 2017

Bose practically invented Active Noise Reduction (ANR) headsets in the 1990s, and since then they have remained the top-selling ANR headset brand in aviation. What makes their headsets so popular? In a word, balance. We just finished about three months of flight testing with the latest version of the A20, and found a satisfying mix of quiet, comfort, clarity and features. Here's our pilot report.

 

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2 Comments | Posted in PIREPs Headsets By John Zimmerman

Flying with the new Lightspeed Zulu 3 headset

Feb 7, 2017

The original Zulu headset sparked a wave of innovation in aviation headsets when it was introduced a decade ago, and established Lightspeed as a major player in the premium headset market. Active noise reduction (ANR) headsets were not new at the time, but never before had they been available with so many features at such an attractive price. A lot has changed since then, but Lightspeed is not one to rest on their laurels. They recently released the latest generation, Zulu 3, and as always we went flying to see how it performed.

 

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7 Comments | Posted in PIREPs Headsets By John Zimmerman

First look at the new Faro headsets

Jan 19, 2017

There have never been better options for premium aviation headsets, as companies like Bose, Lightspeed, David Clark and AKG battle to make the quietest, most comfortable headset on the market. The only problem is that most of these headsets cost $800 or even $1000. For pilots looking to spend less, there's an exciting new option from Faro. Their new Stealth headsets offer high performance without the high price, and are available in passive and active noise reduction models. We sent these headsets up for some test flights with our 24 flight instructors to see how they perform.

 

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3 Comments | Posted in PIREPs Headsets By John Zimmerman

How the Lightspeed Trade Up Program works

Jan 3, 2017

Tired of your uncomfortable old headset? Now you can trade in that old headset toward a new Lightspeed headset and save up to $350. Make your next flight more enjoyable - here's how it works.

 

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Comments | Posted in Headsets By John Zimmerman

10 ways Sporty's makes it easy to buy the perfect headset

Nov 10, 2016

A headset is one of the most important investments a pilot will ever make, and not simply because of the expense. A quality aviation headset can protect your hearing, reduce fatigue and even improve flight safety. That's why Sporty's offers a variety of tools and resources to make your next headset purchase fast, easy and affordable. We are proud to be the #1 headset retailer in aviation. 

 

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Comments | Posted in Headsets By John Zimmerman

Choosing the right headset

Nov 2, 2015

Tips from the pilots at Sporty's

Buying an aviation headset is a surprisingly personal decision. There is no “right answer” for every pilot – it depends on the type of flying you do, what airplane you fly most often and your personal preferences. Here are a few things to consider as you compare models.

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Comments | Posted in Headsets By John Zimmerman

Enhanced Bose A20 Headset

Oct 19, 2015

The new features that matter

Bose announced improved features to the popular A20 headset in the summer of 2015. The new enhancements take advantage of some new technology and give pilots more options for customizations. Here's the executive summary.

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Comments | Posted in Headsets By Doug Ranly

Headset Plugs

Oct 8, 2015

How to choose the right connector 

Buying a headset can be tricky but we're here to help. Sporty's has been selling headsets for over 50 years and in that time we've become the world's largest aviation headset dealer. We're pilots and we regularly fly with every brand we sell. Often times we get the question, "What's the difference between twin plugs and 6-pin connectors?" Or "Do I need a battery powered or aircraft powered headset?" I'm going to take you through differences of each connector so that when you select a headset you're confident that you chose the right type.  

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1 Comments | Posted in Headsets By J.C. Mayerle

Aviation Headset Terminology

Oct 8, 2015

What does it all mean?

Aviation loves acronyms and long words, and unfortunately headsets are no different. Here are some of the most common terms you'll encounter when shopping for a headset. Understanding what they mean can help you make the best decision.

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2 Comments | Posted in Headsets By John Zimmerman
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