David Clark DC ONE-X Headset

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The DC ONE-X headsets provide advanced comfort and technology features in a sleek, low profile design. You’ll have the sound performance and durability you need, with the comfort you demand.

The DC ONE-X has hybrid ENC technology t...

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New from David Clark

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The DC ONE-X headsets provide advanced comfort and technology features in a sleek, low profile design. You’ll have the sound performance and durability you need, with the comfort you demand.

The DC ONE-X has hybrid ENC technology to provide best-in-class active noise reduction. External microphone on dome picks up noise from the outside, before reaching the ear canal for superior noise attenuation. Features Bluetooth® technology for inflight calls and music. The full size leatherette ear seals provide maximum comfort for long flights. Over the ear design envelopes the ears for enhanced ANR performance while reducing heat buildup. The M-55 electret microphone offers enhanced noise reduction for crystal clear voice transmission. The DC ONE-X is built with a lightweight alloy headband for an ergonomic design and rugged build. The design allows for compact storage when collapsed. Includes a David Clark headset case. Uses 2 AA batteries. 

Features:

  • Hybrid Electronic Noise Cancellation - Provides best- in-class active noise cancellation
  • Bluetooth® Wireless Technology – Seamless integration for connection to cell phones, MP3, tablets or other personal devices
  • Fail-Safe Operation - Ensures full communication in the event of battery loss or system failure
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Technology - Provides high fidelity audio for superior communications and music listening
  • Audio Mute - Reduces auxiliary audio volume and prevents missed communications

Additional Resources

Read the DC One-X Pilot's Guide
Read our DC One-X Flight Review

Doug Ranly

Catalog Manager—Sporty’s Pilot Shop

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Reviews
4.8 / 5.0
36 Reviews
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Durability
4.7 / 5
Reliability
4.7 / 5
Performance
4.7 / 5
Ease Of Use
4.7 / 5
Value
4.6 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes (21)
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Great headset
Great performance, very lightweight. Perfect for long cross-country trips! Recommend for frequent flyers.
August 15, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Well worth the cost.
Comfortable and efficient.
July 28, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Phenomenal
I’ve only had this headset for a couple weeks but it has far exceeded my expectation. Noise cancelling is phenomenal. Headset is light and comfortable. Mic boom stays where it’s put and is very adjustable. Battery pack is not too large, easy to find a place for it. Overall amazing headset. Can’t need David Clark quality
July 25, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Good sound, and noise cancelling. Fragile
Issues.
1. The ear cups fall off easily and are very difficult to put back on. DC customer service recommended buying the replacement Gel Cups but didn't give me any assurance that they are more durable.
There was a rectangle shaped piece inside the earcups that I always put back when it fell out until I lost them both. I can't hear any difference with that piece missing.

2. In the G1000 C182 there was intermittently a very loud squealing in the intercom system that everyone in the aircraft could hear and that prevented any communications. After cancelling a flight because I couldn't find the cause of the squealing I found out it was the headset. DC customer service was sure it wasn't the headset and wasn't interested in the issue.
I have since found that it can be stopped by: unplugging the DC One X microphone, using a different headset, or turning down the G1100 intercom volume.

When I was able to compare this headset to a Bose on the same flight, I found that it was a least equal in comfort, noise cancelling, and sound quality.
July 22, 2018
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
1 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
3 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Great, but...
Let me preface this by the fact that my experience may not be standard. I really like the headset, it's light with great noise cancelling and excellent audio clarity. The reason for three stars are issues with the ANR and reliability. The headset was purchased in 2016, and three months later the ANR started going out. Sent it back to DC who did warranty work on it and sent it back. July, 2018 the headset again went out. This time the ANR again began failing and was creating a horrible feedback between the ANR and headset audio system. So had to send it back to DC again for warranty repair where it now sits. Overall, DC customer service has been fantastic; however, if I am spending close to $900 on a piece of equipment I don't want to have to be continually sending it back to the manufacturer for weeks at a time for repairs. Hopefully the ANR system is fixed or it's just an issue with my unit.
July 15, 2018
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Still made in USA, still D-C durable
I've used Bose X, A20, Zulu's 1 2 and 3, the D-C PRO-X and now the ONE-X. I like the ONE-X a lot and place it on par with the A20 and Zulu.3 in terms of noise cancelling, sound quality, and features. For me, it's near impossible to split the top-tier headsets on any factor other than price and your personal comfort, but so far the ONE-X stands out to me for the following reasons: Small size when folded up and stored in it's carry bag. 2 AA batteries last a long time even with BT streaming in constant use, noticeably longer than the Zulu.2. Made in USA as far as I know. The only negative I have on the headset is the button-press sequence to do some of the advanced functions is not intuitive, although D-C does include a Quick-Reference guide which fits in the carry bag and gets right to the point on how to change the settings you want. Example: You can turn the flashing LED lights completely off on this unit in case you find them annoying, but to do it the first few times, you will need the quick ref guide. Beyond that, everything is straightforward on this headset and it's controls. Once your phone or tablet has been paired to the headset, they will stay friends through On/Off cycles and battery changes. I'm happy with my purchase.
July 2, 2018
Purchased
5 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Compact, comfortable and the noise reduction is as good or better than my Lightspeed.
June 16, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Better than Bose
I have about 900 hours on these. I tested them side by side with Bose. The noise cancellation is the same, however, if the batteries die in the Bose, I found it hard to hear anything. With that being said, the passive noise cancellation from the snug fit of the David Clarks makes hearing yourself and coms very manageable. There have been a few times I've forgotten to turn the noise cancellation on.
Not quite sure about complaints from people on fatigued heads and necks. I've never had that issue even with cheap headsets. I can only surmise those people's heads and necks are made of cheap parts from cadavers.
May 25, 2018
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Love it!
The ANR works great. Love the Bluetooth, although somewhat tempermental to get connected initially. Can’t beat DC quality. Made in USA!
February 12, 2018
Purchased
7 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Comparing to Bose X
I've used Bose X for years and decided I wanted to try newer technology. I tried Lightspeed wireless Tango and hated them. They were comfortable but taking them out of plane after every flight to charge was a hassle. Unpredictable battery outage was frustrating. I flew to Sporty's on a mission to find the best headset to replace the Tango. I highly recommend the trip. I was able to try every model. I wanted Clarity Aloft but got the experience what not having ANR is like so that saved me a bad purchase. I then tried all other ANR models and settled on the DC ONE-X. My wife and I immediately went on a 2 hr flight and swapped headphones with each other throughout the flight, she starting out with our old Bose X. What we both realized is that the DC was lighter and more comfortable but did not sound any better than the Bose X. We considered them equal. So if you want new, buy the DC. If you don't mind used, the Bose X can be found on ebay.
December 30, 2017
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What does DSP do ? My problem is not noise but fuzzy audio.
William A on Aug 2, 2016
Will this work with the David Clark K10 helmet?
Brett N on Jul 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately it will not fit directly into the helmet. That being said it is only the headset earcup shape that prevents this from happening. If you are handy I don't believe it would be very difficult to add enough material such that the One-X would fit into the helmet.

I have a One-X that I love, and I keep a H10-13X in my K10 helmet for flights I need the helmet.
Would you recommend this over the Zulu 2/Bose A20?
A shopper on Jul 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Depends on what you are looking for. The David Clark DC One-X uses the same electronics pkg as the David Clark DC Pro. I have around 8,500hrs of flight time and currently fly as captain on a Legacy 600. I came to the corporate side after 8yrs of flying at the regionals. Build quality and comfort are the top two things I look for. The noise canceling is excellent and the BQ/comfort is great. Youc an't go wrong.
Can it be ordered with a helicopter plug? Does anyone have any experience with the DC ones in a helicopter?
Bill J on Sep 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It can be ordered with a U-174 helicopter plug. I have used my standard GA dual-plug version in helicopters with an adapter and I had no problems.
what is the weight of the DC one-X ?
Bonnie on Oct 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The weight is 12.3 ounces.
How much does it weigh?
A shopper on Jul 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 12.3 ounces, without the cord.
Does this set have passive protection as well as active. In other words if the headset has no power will your hearing be protected?
John B on Aug 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. I sometimes forget to power up the unit but I still get passive reduction similar to my old DC H-10 headset.
If you're listening to music through Bluetooth, if you get a radio transmission, does it automatically mute the music?
JBenz on Mar 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It defaults to the music muting with a radio or intercom transmission but you can easily choose the setting where the music DOES NOT mute for any transmission. Great headset! I would highly recommend it.
Does it over the whole ear like Bose?
A shopper on Jul 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is a full coverage headset that goes around the ear.
Without cellphone interface can you talk on your cellphone via blue tooth?
Ken C on Nov 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: That is what I use the bluetooth for. And the co pilot or passenger can't hear my conversation while I'm on bluetooth. I have to get off of the call to get back on the intercom.
I have tried a few headsets purchased the H10-13.4 due to it's ability to fit over my big head and ears. Are the ear cups the same size? Are they interchangeable with the 13.4?
A shopper on Jun 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: These ear cups are different but still made to fit entire ear inside. Headband is highly adjustable, should fit anyone. I too went from H10-13.4 to these. I like these very much. I built a RV10 with that big IO-540 up front and decided I had to go for the active noise reduction. 13.4’s are now for the backseaters.
if you have 2 headsets, does each headset pair individually with a seperate cell phone?
A shopper on May 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, each headset would pair to a separate cell phone or tablet.
If you buy this headset with GA plugs, are there adapters or wiring kits to make this headset work with LEMO or XLR plugs for Airbus or modern Boeings?
Marcus N on Feb 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, We have adapters that convert from GA to LEMO and from GA to XLR
I am searching for a headset under a lb. such as 11 oz or so?
Patty B on Mar 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Most of the DC headsets are around a pound. I do not have a specific weight for this headset.
Is this the same as the dc one x enc?
David C on Dec 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the enc stands for Electronic Noise Cancelling. It may also be referred to as Active Noise Reduction.
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