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David Clark vs Bose vs Zulu

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Since in a previous review, you compared the: Zulu vs Bose Headsets.  Would you now please compare them with the David Clark X11 ANR Headset? Thanks, CC

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  1. JamesCFI on Nov 29, 2011

    For a ANR I’d go with Bose or LightSpeed
    For passive I’d go with DC
     DC just doesnt stack up aganst Bose or LightSpeed when it comes to ANR, this is IMHO as well as most pilot forums
     FYI, I have been running my Zulus for a few years now and really am impressed with them (and customer service), for my backup/personal pax headset I have a pair of DC 10-56s with all the Oregon Aero goodies on them.

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  2. Abdel Shabazz on Nov 30, 2011

    Lightspeed also has awesome customer service and support. They once fixed one of my headsets at no charge, even though it was a few years out of warranty. Something to also consider.

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  3. JamesCFI on Nov 30, 2011

    David Clark has EXCELLENT customer service, many people have sent headsets in that are older then I am for service, received them back with little to NO bill.
     Still…the aren’t the good choice for ANR

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  4. C.K. on Dec 08, 2011

    I’ve used Bose and David Clark, but not Lightspeed. I personally like Bose (and they’re better than DC’s at ANR), but I had a student not more than a week ago who said he thought the Bose were uncomfortable compared to DC. I was a little shocked, because I like Bose for comfort more, but it should serve as a reminder that comfort should be part of the decision in what to get – and everyone is different (I feel like I say that too much). I would recommend trying headsets on before committing to one, and then once you have it narrowed down and ranked for what is more comfortable then decide which one is better for ANR (I hate headaches in flight – both from noise and discomfort!). 
    On a sidenote…I’ve heard great things about Lightspeed, but of course have not tried them before.

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  5. Rick Ingram CFII on Dec 09, 2011

    I have both the Bose and the Zulu. I think the ANR is better on the ZULU, but the Bose is the more comfortable.

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  6. Franz on Dec 20, 2011

    I love my A20s! They just feel so much better on my head. I have a head the size of a trash can, the Zulus just hurt too much for me.

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  7. Charles on Jan 05, 2012

    also check out http://bestaviationheadsets.com for a comparison and comments.  If you can get your hands on them before purchase would be best. Lightspeed can be a little bulky but still comfortable; bose are light, DC’s  classic passive ANR look.

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