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Reviews Categories | Headphones & Boom-mic 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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WA0TTN Rating: 5/5 Feb 21, 2004 02:55 Send this review to a friend
Almost forgot...  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
One of my concerns was the earphone quality. Bob Heil assured me that even though the earpiece is an open foam-cushoned system, the audio would be very good. I've bought so many cheap headphones with foam cushons that were tinny and made my ears hurt, that I was concerned about this.

I have to add to my previous review that I am very pleased with the audio quality. Although it's not the same as a full muff, I don't like wearing muffs. This is the best non-muff earpiece, and integrated with a boom microphone, I've ever used.
WA0TTN Rating: 5/5 Feb 21, 2004 02:41 Send this review to a friend
I like it so far  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I recently had a really great experience with a Heil product (see my review of the HS-706) that I bought a BM-5-5 headset. I hate the full earmuffs, like the Pro's, and like the lightweight headsets. In talking with Bob Heil himself, he recommended the BM-5-5.

I received mine just last night so I've had only two days of use. But I love it so far! The first evening I used it I worked four stations, three of which were using Heil-5 elements. We had a great time comparing our (most excellent) audio. This evening (my second night) I've been working DX with excellent audio reports on every QSO.

I realize that two days is not worth a high vote on this product, so I'll probably have more to say after I've used it for a while. I do have concerns about the durability of the foam earpiece and the lightweight construction. But the reason I wanted this headset was because of the lightweight. And from my past experience, I believe that Bob Heil has great integrity in backing up his products should customers have problems under normal use.
W7CO Rating: 2/5 May 22, 2003 19:07 Send this review to a friend
poor  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Just received my new BM-5-5 (single ear piece) headset. When I tried to use the unit I got poor drive on the FT920 ALC. Spoke with the dealer and they shipped me another unit. Had same problem until I started wiggling the connections. Finally got it to work part-time. My dealer spoke with Heil and they admitted that the connector (AD-1Y) had some problems. End result is that the dealer is taking all of my unit back and sending it as well as their defective AD-Y's back to Heil. Ihe getting the desk mic instead. A lot of money for junk.
N3ZKP Rating: 5/5 Jan 20, 2003 22:00 Send this review to a friend
Great Value!  Time owned: more than 12 months
A BM-10 was my requested Christmas present last year (2001) and I am not sorry. I use it with an Alinco DX-70TH as my portable/travel/drag-along rig. It folds up nicely to fit in the case with the radio, tuner and power supply.

While I prefer my big Pro-Set, the BM-10 is ideal for my travels. It may well be one of the best bargains around. Thanks, Bob, for bringing it back!
W2PA Rating: 5/5 Jan 20, 2003 21:13 Send this review to a friend
Great product, responsive company  Time owned: more than 12 months
Well, here's my Heil story...
I've been using the BM-10-5 for the past two years or so without a problem. The microphone is excellent with my FT-1000D. The headset is quite comfortable - I didn't want one that covered my ears so for me, this one is ideal.
This past month the boom attachment came loose and could not be tightened. I couldn't figure out how to take it apart to see if something inside needed tightening. Before sending it in for service, I figured I'd try to contact Heil directly first. I sent an email off to the company's "info" email address (the one listed on their web site) asking about it, hoping it was something simple that I could do myself.
That same day I was surprised to receive an email back from Bob Heil saying it was a simple fix. He explained how to remove the earphone using a small screwdriver to release the plastic catches that held it in place. It was then a simple matter of tightening the internal screw.
What a great experience. I'll probably never buy a microphone from another company.
N2ERN Rating: 5/5 Mar 20, 2002 19:14 Send this review to a friend
The Best!  Time owned: more than 12 months
What can I say! This is absolutely the greatest. Lightweight with foam pads, you don't even realize you're wearing it.

Mine turned into a basket case, and Heil "rebuilt" it for a song!
K4PDM Rating: 5/5 Jun 7, 2001 08:27 Send this review to a friend
classic quality  Time owned: more than 12 months
On most rigs, the BM-10 will provide an audio improvement. Some radios respond predictably to microphones and some don't, in my experience. Neither of my BM-10s (one with a HC4, the other with a HC5) sounded good on my ICOM rigs, but both perform as expected on the Kenwoods I've had. Heil's mistake is claiming that the elements will perform similarly across-the-board, because they perform somewhat differently on different rigs. In my case, I am very satisfied with the receive audio and transmit audio on my Kenwood. The BM-10, although not really heavy-duty, holds up well. And what's this trent toward all this bass response nowadays? Give me clear, crisp INTELLIGIBILITY!
ZC4BS Rating: 5/5 Jun 7, 2001 05:10 Send this review to a friend
Old but gold !!!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought one of the original BM10's from an outlet in England, I have made approximately 100,000 (yes one hundred thousand) QSO's using this microphone and it has performed flawlessly.

The only changes I have made to it is to remove the Kenwood jack and replace it with a Yaesu after changing a TS940 to an MP Mark 5.

Maybe one day I will move up to the later version - but for the moment everything is super.

Steve B ZC4BS (also G4KIV/ZD8SB/N5ZFR)
N2JF Rating: 2/5 Jun 7, 2001 01:58 Send this review to a friend
forget it  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought the BM-10i at Dayton will a promise from Bob Heil Himself that it would markedly improve my Icom 746. Despite Heil's instructions that I had adjusted the compression improperly (he says it works backwards), it still doesn't drive the transmitter nearly as well as my sm-8 desk mic. A/B on air tests revealed nice audio reports..but better reports with the desk mic I'd owned for years. It's OK for handsfree use (It doesnot have a PTT switch built in line, you have to add one or use vox) but don't expect it to work miracles the way Heil claims
K3AN Rating: 4/5 Mar 24, 2001 22:25 Send this review to a friend
It's Baaaack!  Time owned: more than 12 months
See my earlier review. I just saw in April 2001 QST that Heil is bringing the BM-10 back. This is a great, lightweight, comfortable headset. You can wear it for hours.

As previously pointed out, it doesn't block out ambient noise very much. But that's not always a bad thing.

I hope Heil uses cables with better shielding than in the original BM-10. I had problems using the BM-10 with my TS-850 and had to change out the mic cable to RG-174.
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