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I need information on Sigtronics headsets. How do they compare with David Clarks as far as performance and durability? They are signficantly less expensive and I am wondering if they are worth the savings.
I can't tell you about Sigtronics headsets, but I've got a couple of pairs of FlightComm 5DX's and they work just fine. One of my plane's co-owners recently got a couple of sets of FlightComm Denali's with DNC and they work impressively.
For my head and ears, the FlightComm's were more comfortable than the DCs I used to wear all the time in a JetRanger. After a couple of hours, my ears were a bit sore with the DCs. I can go at least another hour with the FCs, but that's all adjustable. The point being you should try to borrow a pair of whatever you plan to buy and wear them for at least as long as your aircraft can be in the air.
I think the David Clark's will withstand more use/abuse than most and their magazine ads seem to imply that they will fix them after just about anything goes wrong.
Whether they're worth the extra $$ is your call to make.
I've flown with several "old tech" (i.e. not ANR headphones) over the years, including two sizes of Telex, David-Clark H-10???, and I found my cheapo Sigtronics (blue shells - quasi David-Clark design) to be as reliable and comfortable as the higher end products. They didn't do the head-in-vice thing that the D-Cs handed out after an hour or two. One proviso, get a softer (cloth) head-pad to replace the plastic padded unit that comes with the Sigtronic set. Various replacement pads are on the market for about US$20.
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