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Reviews Categories | Headphones & Boom-microphone Headsets | Heil BM-10 Help

Reviews Summary for Heil BM-10
Heil BM-10 Reviews: 22 Average rating: 4.1/5 MSRP: $89.00
Description: Headset/boom mike
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TF3JB Rating: 5/5 May 20, 2017 15:44 Send this review to a friend
I like the Heil BM-10 headset.  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I bought an HEIL BM-10-iC headset for use in the CQ WW SSB Contest (2016) and was pleased with the outcome.

The BM-10 is comfortable to wear, light weight and it does not put too much pressure on the ears. The ear pads are made of foam and are thus comfortable to wear.

The headset is so light that at first I felt it was a bit loose, but once I had figured out the tension adjustments it was most comfortable. As a matter of fact after a few QSOs I had forgotten that I had the headset on.

The microphone boom is easy to adjust and very light so it does not put strain on the left side of the headset. I did extensive tests using the BM-10-iC both with my ICOM IC-7600 and IC-7410 transceivers and audio results are most satisfactory both for DX work and rag chewing.

Originally I had wanted to get the HEIL PRO-7 headphones. However, after having had an opportunity to try them out, I felt they were not comfortable enough for me (despite the thick gel foam ear pads). In this context I need to mention that I have rather a large head which may have contributed to this feeling.

Recently I compared the BM-10 to my Sennheiser PXC-250-II travel headphones that I have used with the IC-7410 when operating at the summer house. I was somewhat amazed at the outcome. The BM-10 is noticeably clearer when copying weak signals.

Conclusion: The Heil BM-10-iC is a great product and I would most certainly buy it again.

AA4LR Rating: 4/5 Mar 15, 2016 12:19 Send this review to a friend
Not a bad headset for a bargain price.  Time owned: more than 12 months
I purchased a BM-10 with the HC-4 element back in the early 1990s, and it gave me good service until 2007 when the HC-4 element abruptly went dead.

The HC-4 elements, which always gave me great audio reports, is no longer available from Heil, and I've had to replace the microphone element with a cheap electret element.

I hope to get many years of good service from this headset.

While I prefer the Heil Proset, the BM-10 is a good compromise between comfort and price. It is lightweight, reasonably durable, and sounds great. I would not recommend this headset for noisier environments.
K0JEG Rating: 3/5 Jun 14, 2015 12:25 Send this review to a friend
Better than stock, could be better than average  Time owned: more than 12 months
I like that the headphones don't block out room sound, but I also don't have a lot of noise in my shack. The main reason I started looking for a headset was because of the poor audio reports I got from the stock Icom microphone. The mic seems to do a good job on the air, at least that's what people tell me, and I can usually get through in a pileup. Construction is fair, with the cable running to the right earpiece held down with zip ties. The in-line PTT button sticks sometimes. It would also be nice if the headphone wires were set up to be the same length as the total length of the mic and PTT cables with the radio adapter (which is required in order to use the microphone), so that they all could be tied together in a nice neat bundle instead of a single cable with an odd length. And getting rid of the 1/4" PTT jack, moving to a mini or sub-mini connector (like the microphones that came with the old cassette recorders), would be fantastic. We're paying for a premium product, it would be nice if some thought were put into it.
DAVER Rating: 4/5 Dec 18, 2013 17:39 Send this review to a friend
Good for me!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Audio out using the newer IC version seams to be great. I think response is flat (in good way!) with some higher end boost perhaps. Seams to get me through better than the stock mic for whatever that counts for.

On receive these are really good. I very much enjoy these on every mode!

I prefer this style headphones over closed ones because it lets out a little high end sound and allows me to not completely tune out the outside world if needed. Can pop one side off ear for example without discomfort.

They are very light and comfortable!

The PTT button works great as well. I'm afraid of it being a point of failure down the road, but we'll see. Of course you can use whatever PTT method you want, but it's good to have the backup button right on the chord for when you're traveling light for example. I pretty much use it all the time though (why not, it's there).

If I'm ever using a speaker for some weird reason I drop the phones down on my neck and adjust the mic arm and it works perfect. Good for sitting back in the chair relaxing.

Wouldn't want to rough these up to much though. These are not made to withstand crazy abuse. They are my primary ssb tool for when traveling or at home.

Dave / KD2AKC

KD7CAO Rating: 5/5 Nov 1, 2010 13:06 Send this review to a friend
Great Design  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
After trying out several different headsets, I ended up getting the Heil BM-10. I call it a traveler, for me it works much better than their other Traveler types. This unit is lightweight, easy to use, and simple to repair if something goes wrong. I was a little surprised to see zip ties holding the wire on top, but hey if it works for cheaper then go for it.

Incredibly good sound out of my IC-718 and with the foot switch it makes a perfect combination. Even running a switch so I can monitor my Dual-Bander in one ear and HF in the other. Great unit!
DL9RDM Rating: 1/5 Aug 22, 2009 14:02 Send this review to a friend
ugly construction 3/10  Time owned: more than 12 months
mechanically bad
is not worth the money
sound is o.k

I will make my Reatings in the category XX/10 now

KE7FPM Rating: 3/5 Mar 6, 2008 16:56 Send this review to a friend
modular plug needs to be redisigned for yaesu 897  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I bought the bm 10 headset for my yaesu 897 about 4 months ago and the modular plug on the adaptor chord is so sloppy already it wont key the radio anymore..I called Heil to see if they had a solution, and the lady said maybe I could stick a piece of shrink tube in to tighten it up. (I guess I was expecting a more intellegent solution from a company like Heil,but they obviously dont have one at all..) I really did like the headset itself, but if it wont stay plugged into my radio, what good is it? This adaptor chord costed about $35.00,but if I had my money back I would just buy one of Yaesus chords and make my own.
K1JAN Rating: 5/5 May 22, 2005 22:58 Send this review to a friend
Great  Time owned: more than 12 months
I realize everyone has an opinion (and at least one other thing) but I have had my BM-10 for 20+ years, and have literally worn out several radios, with it still going fine. I have never had a bad report with my HC-4. And that's through a lot of talking! I have replaced the foam (radio shack has some that fit great!) about a hundred times.
Don't know about the new ones, but my original goes in my will! (IF I decide I like anyone that well!)
Paul Andreasen, K1JAN
ARRL Technical Advisor, Southwestern Division
N3JBH Rating: 4/5 May 4, 2005 05:11 Send this review to a friend
heil bm-10-4  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
My personal impression of my BM-10-4 headset is wonderful sound speakers in the headset. But the microphone section seems kind of to heavy for the headset. As it seems
To pull the headset off your head. ((And trust be I have big head)) so spring tension should be tight.

As far a microphone sounds well the 4 element is somewhat higher pitched but not unpleasant. I give the headset 4 out of 5
N4SRT Rating: 5/5 May 31, 2004 23:05 Send this review to a friend
Lots o' bang for the buck  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I never really liked the look of the Heil BM-10 headset, and for years -- despite wanting and needing to have hands-free operation at times -- I resisted buying one. Finally, I picked up a used headset on eBay, figuring I could sell it once I tried it.

After using it in contests since last fall, I can say that this is an excellent headset. It won't block out room noise very well, but that's not a problem at my QTH. In fact, since I have young children in the house, it's actually good to be able to hear some of what's going on elsewhere in the house. The headset isn't indestructible, but given reasonable care you'll get many, many QSOs out of it.

I bought a Heil Proset sometime after buying the BM-10, but frankly I prefer the BM-10 because of its lighter weight. The earphone audio quality is still quite good, and the mic provides plenty of drive for either my Kenwood or Yaesu rigs.
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