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Reviews Categories | Headphones & Boom-microphone Headsets | David Clark H13-4S Help

Reviews Summary for David Clark H13-4S
David Clark H13-4S Reviews: 3 Average rating: 3.7/5 MSRP: $310.00
Description: The best there is in aviation headsets, weighing in at only 13.4 ounces, provides 23dB of hearing protection. Headset comes standard with the Exclusive M-7A electret, the most advanced noise-cancelling microphone available, gel filled ear seals, and a super-soft pillow top head pad.
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N2VBQ Rating: 5/5 Jan 27, 2003 16:02 Send this review to a friend
Superb  Time owned: more than 12 months
One prior reviewer mentioned the high clamping force. These headsets are designed for the high noise aircraft environment, and clamping force is part of the noise attenuation design. All pilots worth their salt know to simply grap the headset and give it a good stretch to loosen it up a bit before first using it. Some like 'em tight, some like 'em loose. They come tight. Loosen it up if it's not comfy! I have literally 10,000 hours of wearing mine as a professional pilot and you cannot kill these. Like a Rolex watch, they are the standard by which *all* others are meausured. BTW, they work great hooked up to a 2 meter HT airborne, you haven't worked 2 meters until you've worked it from 35,000 feet!

73, N2VBQ
KF5JQ Rating: 1/5 Feb 1, 2002 13:53 Send this review to a friend
OUCH!!  Time owned: months
This may be the best aviation headset but it is the most uncomfortable headset I have ever worn. Within a few minutes of wear I started to get an awfull headache. At first I thought it was the QRM getting to be but when I removed the headset I got almost immediate relief. I have come to know these headsets by their other naem, David Clamps!
N2VU Rating: 5/5 May 10, 2001 10:07 Send this review to a friend
Superior headset  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
This headset is not only the best there is if your having to work in a noisy environment but also superior to the “average headset” sold for communications.

Though the look is a little bulky compared to say the Heils and its competitors, at only 13.4 oz’s and with a snug fit, they are at least as comfortable if not more. As far as the audio quality, here is where they stand apart! The headphones are rated 20 – 20k and though not designed for audiophiles do offer pretty good sound if you want to use them for listening to your favorite tunes – let alone clear communications. BTW, note that there are two versions, the 13.4 and the 13.4S, which means Stereo (stereo/mono switch in the cable). The M7A amplified, noise-canceling mic delivers crisp, clear, solid audio with extremely effective noise canceling. The advantage here is that for those who would use them for Amateur Radio contesting, you can crank up that processing and not worry about bringing up the sound of your environment and getting any feedback into the headphones. I feel safe in assuming that the audio from this headset is outstanding since I’m so used to having people ask what I’m using to get such effective processing and clear audio.

NOTE: The mic element requires 8 – 16 volts, so depending on your radio, you might have to build something to accommodate it. Also, have an adapter or new plug of your choice/needs because the standard mic plug on all aviation headsets are the TT (tiny telephone) Bantam plugs. The customer service at David Clark is outstanding and they offer the best guarantee I’ve seen for this kind of product – 5 years!

·Extremely lightweight - only 13.4 oz.
·Certified Noise Reduction Rating - 23 dB
·Reduced headband force
·New Soft Air-Flow Pillow Headpad
·Flo-Fit Gel Ear Seals
·Universal Flex Boom for perfect microphone placement
·Exclusive M-7A, the most advanced noise-canceling microphone available
·Low-profile volume control knobs with detent settings
·Molded cord assembly made to exceptional pull and flex standards.

So they cost a little more than what's commonly found in the HAM radio catalogs and stores - but this is truly an example of “you get what you pay for”.

73’s de N2VU
Donald James

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