There’s a brand new aviation headset that’s just recently been released. It’s made by the David Clark company, and it’s called the DC Pro-X. Actually, there are two types of these headsets – an active noise reduction model and a passive noise reduction model. This article will be reviewing the active noise reduction model.
The David Clark DC Pro-X headset is a different type of headset for the company, in that it’s extremely light. Most pilot headsets weigh between 12 and 17 ounces, but this new headset weighs only 7.5 ounces. This can really make a difference in comfort, especially on longer flights.
Another feature that pilots like is the Bluetooth connectivity. A cell phone or an ipod can be connected wirelessly to the headset. This is very convenient for pilots when they need to make a quick call while still on the ground and don’t want to go through the hassle of donning their headset and adjusting it all over again.
It’s also a nice feature to be able to listen to music while flying a long cross country trip. It can help make the time pass more quickly.
The style of the ear cups is known as “rest-on-ear”. The idea is that the ear cups don’t completely envelope the ear and cause discomfort to the pilot’s ears. Sometimes the squeezing effect can cause some real pain after several hours.
The active noise reduction (ANR) technology works well to cancel out surrounding noises in the cockpit. This technology requires batteries, but the DC Pro-X has dual-coil drivers in their mics so communication won’t be lost in the event of battery loss.
Here’s a summary of the pros and cons of the David Clark DC Pro-X:
- Extremely lightweight, good for long flights
- Easy to use
- Has Bluetooth connectivity
- Collapses easily to fit into flight bag
- Well made – they feel like they’ll last
- 5 year warranty
- Excellent customer service
- Affordable – Priced at $637.00, they’re less than comparable headsets
- Some pilots complain that they don’t block out noise adequately
- There were also some complaints that the headset didn’t fit over their sunglasses
Because the DC Pro-X was only released a few months ago, it’s difficult to find a lot of reviews, but so far pilots who have purchased them have been quite happy with this newest headset from David Clark. This company has been around a long time and has been producing great aviation products since 1941.