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#1665359
I looked them up Sean,

But didn't do a company check Seanxair

Assume they're re-branded FE imports. Nothing against that but actually their non blue-tooth equivalent is a really good price. Be nice to have access to comparative sound performance curves.

mike hallam - with ageing Sennheissers
#1665424
I've got a set of SA-400AC equivalents bought and imported direct from the factory in FE. Only ground tested at the moment as the aeroplane they are for isn't airworthy yet. Audio quality seems good but no background noise.

Build quality is pretty good although the ANR battery box could be a bit nicer. I'll know better about performance when I fly with them, but that won't be for a couple of months.

If they perform as expected they will be good value, especially at the price paid, but each importer probably covers the warranties.

Same as the SEHT variants.
#1665444
There are also these on Afors which seem too cheap possibly?

https://afors.com/aircraftView/45305

Considering some over ears again to use intermittently with the in-ears which I like but are a faff. Been in touch with ANR man but his prices for converted sets are not much different to new and I would like bluetooth if possible and light weight hence wavering towards carbon fibre which the ones above aren't...

Incidentally where or what is FE??
#1665482
https://www.seht.co.uk/product/sh40-80-carbon-fibre-anr-bluetooth-headset - these state a Noise Reduction Rating of 48dB and retail at £499.95

https://www.smoothaviation.com/product/sa-400bt/ - these a NRR of 30dB on a an offer at £349.99

https://afors.com/_r/images/user/originals/7323_210_ANR%20HEADSET.jpg - these a NRR of 29dB. These are not bluetooth or carbon though on sale at £240 but were offering the first buyer a set at £125.00
#1665488
Depending how the dB'averages' are compiled 18 dB difference is rather a lot.
Considering, as far as I recall, dB is on a logarithmic scale that means the cheaper set lets a lot more noise through, whether passive or electronic protection is the main factor.
With my once expensive Sennheissers, passive alone is excellent and are normally active which reduces the low er frequency engine noise inside a noisy 912 powered & rattly old Rans. However I understand they no longer support or sell the a/c products, whilst the other 'big two' in this market are even more expensive.
Any newcomer is worth studying.

mike hallam.
#1665840
ak7274 wrote:I have a pair of the Smooth headsets. They work well and the bluetooth is good too.
A mate has the equivalent Sent and I have used them too. Both seem very similar, almost to the point of being badge differences only.
Not being a technophile that's all I can help with.


Thanks for that @ak7274

What are the head clamping forces like and have you used the cabled auxiliary input at all?