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Telex Stratus 30XT ANR Headset

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Telex Stratus 30XT ANR Headset

The Stratus 30XT power management system allows you to power the headset from the aircraft panel, standard alkaline batteries, or rechargeable batteries. The Stratus 30XT offers a built-in battery recharger that recharges when plugged into a wall socket, the aircraft panel power or even your car's 12-volt power outlet. The Stratus 30XT automatically senses the type of battery you've inserted so you can't make a mistake. Our exclusive microprocessor-control battery management system ensures more than 50 hours of battery life — one of the longest on the market.

Customize your headset for a comfortable fit
Telex's patented ComfortCam(TM) system allows you to fine tune headband tension to eliminate clamping. Comfort is enhanced by a unique headband construction that distributes weight evenly for a perfect fit, plus thick foam headband pad and newly designed, more comfortable cushions.

Audio device management made simple
Also included is Telex's innovative cell phone/MP3 adapter which allows you to attach your cell phone and MP3 player at the same time-- no more switching cords! Plus you can mute both devices with the flick of a switch.

Total Noise Reduction 30 dB ANR protection.

Flexible Power Management System
Use standard alkaline or rechargeable batteries with a built-in battery recharger. Recharger works off the aircraft's panel power or any 12-volt power outline. Automatically senses battery type. Battery box power indicator shows you when the unit is on or off, when the battery power is low, when it's recharging - it even indicates the power status of your cell phone and or other accessories plugged into the headset.

Battery Management System
Ensures more than 50 hours of battery life- one of the longest on the market.

Auto Shut Off
Automatically senses when the headset is not in use and powers down to conserve batteries.

Customize Your Headset for a Comfortable Fit
Telex's patented ComfortCam(TM) system allows you to adjust your headset for a custom fit. ComfortCam eliminates clamping, no matter how long you wear the headset.

Cell Phone/Audio Adaptor
Unique dual cell phone/audio device interface. No more switching cords! Plus you can mute both devices at the flick of a switch.

Advanced Microphone Technology
The Stratus 30XT features a high-quality, noise-canceling electret microphone to ensure the clearest possible transmission.

Low Profile, Adjustable Headband
Low profile headband provides even distribution of weight without pressure points. Detented sliders adjust the headband for a custom fit. Plus our plush, soft headband cushion helps to eliminate hot spots.

Impact-Resistant Headband Design
You don't need to sacrifice comfort for durability. The Stratus 30XT utilizes impact-resistant headband design with stainless steel reinforced stress points for durability and light weight.

Seal Out Sound. Seal In Comfort.
New heat-sensitive, slow-recovery foam earpiece cushions form a secure, but comfortable fit - even around sun glasses. Created from a unique material, our cushions have the luxurious feel of lambskin leather but are much easier to keep clean.

Total Control Means Superior Sound
Dual volume controls allow you to adjust each speaker for your unique hearing needs. Switchable stereo and mono controls ensure the best possible signal.

Boom Microphone
Enables smooth, precise adjustment. Easy converts to a left or right side orientation - exactly position the microphone for superior transmission clarity and it stays there.

Flight Bag
Stylish, durable flight bag protects your investment.

18 oz./ 510 grams

5 Year Warranty
Compete limited warranty coverage for parts, labor and return shipping. Plus we'll upgrade all the firmware, replace warn headbands and ear cushions, and completely retest the headset. We don't just repair headsets; we try to make them as good as new.

3 Year Warranty

OPTIONAL:  Enable wireless streaming Bluetooth music and/or cell phone to this headset with our Bluetooth Aviation Headset Streamer.





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Customer Reviews For Telex Stratus 30XT ANR Headset:
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Good, but not great
by Capt Kerosene from Tucson, AZ 

Pros: Comfortable, good adjustment options
Cons: ANR and sound clarity could be better, flimsy battery case
Review: Been using these for about 2 years, finally replacing my ancient Telex ANR's I first acquired in the 1990's. The noise reduction in the new Stratus is adequate, but not outstanding. Perhaps the lack of the speakers' clarity contributes to this reduced ANR effect as the sound isn't as clear and distinct as it should. My non-ANR David Clark's are much better in sound clarity in low ambient noise situations.
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Monday, August 29, 2016
Excelent headsets
by Ruben from Douglas AZ USA 

Review: They're very confortable, real good sound, not heavy
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Saturday, August 06, 2016
Great ANR, Poor Ear Seals
by Carl from Denver, CO 

Pros: Comfortable - good performance
Cons: Regular replacement of ear seals that cost more every year. And even Telex won't tell you if the 30 model thin foam/gel seals are a replacement for these thick pads
Review: If you use these a lot, be prepared to spend $30 to $75 for replacement ear seals at least every two years or sooner. The plastic coating on the fabric head band will deteriorate in about five years.
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Monday, March 09, 2015
by Vincent from Chicago IL USA 

Pros: Too many to list
Cons: Would like to have fabric covers for ears.
Review: I have wanted a Telex for as long as I have been flying. After finishing my PPL I saved my pennies and got the set that I have been wanting. Well worth the wait, I doubt that I will ever have the need for another pair.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Wonderful Headset
by David from North Port FL USA 

Review: I have been using this headset in several small aircraft over the past month and and love it. The noise reduction is amazing and it is comfortable on semi long flights (longest I have worn it is about 3 hours). I rated it at four stars for one small fact. While it does come with rechargeable batteries, the batteries do not charge with the cord provided. I have rechargeable batteries of my own and already had the charger needed so not a big deal. I have been using these batteries for about 50 flight hours and they are still going strong. Overall great headset.
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Saturday, January 04, 2014
amazing for the price
by Marco Canela from Belo Horizonte Brazil 

Review: Very confortable, excelent noise reduction, excellent cost benefit, I recomend.
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Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Telex Headset
by Vaughan from New Orleans LA USA 

Review: Bit bulky but they work as advertised. Great bang for the buck.
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Thursday, February 21, 2013
I would buy this headset again
by Paul from Morganton NC USA 

Pros: good fit, very good noise cancelling, active and passive.
Cons: A little large but not to bad
Review: I think this is a great headset for the money. I would buy it again. I'm a student pilot and was having trouble hearing the tower with my instructors spare headset. With these I hear everything 100% better even when I forget to turn on the active noise cancelling. The earcups fit great even over my sunglasses which also was very important to me.
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Monday, August 13, 2012
After 3 years: An updated Review
by Bryan from Liberty, MO 

Pros: They're great when they work
Cons: Replaced once. Back for repair twice in 3 years.
Review: I still stand by much of my Sept 2009 review where I called this headset a good value for the feature set. The one thing I can say is that when it works I love it however, after 3 years of owning this product it has had some issues that have diminished my opinion of them.

As I write this I'm waiting on an RMA from Telex to send this particular set in for repair for the second time. As noted in my first review, the first set I received was defective right out of the box with only one side of the ANR working. mypilotstore sent me this set as a replacement immediately at no charge. I assumed that was a fluke.

After about a month of use the ear seals had ripped completely out. Telex support sent me another set but they didn't last long either. During the first year of use I had to replace the ear seals 2 more times. Now I have to say that I am a working pilot and fly 600-700 hours per year so I'm definitely putting more wear n tear on these than a weekend warrior but they are well cared for and not abused by any stretch of the word.

At about the one year mark I began having the ANR fail and a super loud high pitched squeal would just rip my head off. I could recycle the power and they would be fine for a while then the squeal and ANR failure would happen again. I sent the set in to Telex for repair. They were returned in like new condition with even the earseals replaced with new.

After the 2nd year I started having an issue where the ANR would shut off when I keyed the mic - but only if I had something plugged into the audio. It was annoying but not worth sending them back in since I fly just about every day for work and can not easily go without them for 2 weeks.

For the last 6 months or so the audio input has been cutting out until eventually it completely quit. I connect the XM radio from my Garmin 496 into the input but I am careful not to put any extraordinary strain on the connector. So now it's going back in to repair again.

On the upside, they still have 2 years to go on a 5 year warranty and their repair personnel have always been very friendly and helpful but still I'll have to rent a headset again waiting for these to be returned.

My feeling after 3 years of ownership is that this is still a headset with nice features when it works however, I'm not sure I'd recommend it for a working pilot who flies a lot. It seems to be a little too delicate and unreliable in some areas. Since it seems from reading the other reviews that these problems are not widespread I will chalk some of it up to a combination of my bad luck and the fact that I fly a lot more than the average Joe but I probably won't buy another Telex headset.

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Monday, October 31, 2011
by Lawrence from Brooklyn NY 
Review: Relatively comfortable headset, with excellent ANR and sound clarity. My only grouse with the headset is it's bulk (not weight), which can be annoying in smaller cabins.
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Wednesday, June 01, 2011
good value
by Paul from Spring Hill FL USA 

Pros: price, rechargeable batteries
Cons: none that I can think of
Review: I bought this one and a new Bose an20 at the same time. The Bose is a little better but not by much so I bought two more 30xt's. Very satisfied with them.
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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Quiet, comfortable headset!
by Steve from Bellevue, NE 

Pros: Quiet without blocking important sounds, very comfortable
Cons: Cord between headset and control box is very long
Review: This headset is great. It is very quiet even with the ANR turned off, and with it on the noise drops quite nicely to a dull hum. It does not block out important sounds such as the stall warning or the ability to hear the engine RPM in the 172, which is the main reason I got these instead of the Telex 50Ds. The speakers are very clear and the mic seems to get the job done, I haven't heard anything bad about it.

Some people call this headset massive, but comparing it to my Dave Clarks, it's not that much larger (and noticeably lighter). Most of the size comes from the large padding on the ears and headband, it's not too different than DCs with the Oregon aero pads. There is literally zero pinching force that I can feel, the sizing works great.

This headset comes with a set of rechargeable AA batteries and will charge them for you, the only downside I found was the documentation doesn't say if it will automatically stop charging when they're full. Also comes with multiple outlet converters for worldwide use.
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Friday, March 04, 2011
Good purchase, good product
by Dasun from Clarinda VIC Australia 

Pros: less expensive, comfortable to wear and good ARN feature
Cons: size is bigger than other headsets.
Review: Telex Stratus 30XT headset is great. It is working perfect up to my expectations. ANR feature is great and you can hear very clear voice over the headset. It is really worth for buying. Value for money at this price.

The only negative thing is I still could not figure out how to adjust head band pressure properly. Apart from that it is very comfortable to wear.

And also happy to deal with Reliable seller.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011
Great Product at a Great Price
by A Customer from USA 

Pros: Great noise cancelling and features.
Cons: A little uncomfortable after about 6-10 hours.
Review: As previously stated the headsets are a little large. Not really noticable when they are on your head. The MP3/Phone function is great and works well. From an 85db noise environment these headsets do a great job of cancelling both passively and actively. If the headset is is slightly broken the noise can be a little annoying, but you should adjust them and there are no issues. The active cancelling is extremely noticable and has greatly reduced my noise fatigue. I will typically be airborne for 8 - 12 hours. Not your typical aviation use. After about 6 - 10 hours they do get a little uncomfortable, but slight adjustments to their placement helps. Again, not your typical flight profile. I would definitely recommend these headsets and as far as value, they have been invaluable to me.
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
AS good as it gets
by Joseph M from Akron OH USA 

Review: It was as good or better than I thought it would be. All the features work as anticipated .Noise cancelling works great and comfort is muck better than the David Clark headset it replaced
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Monday, August 16, 2010
Very good, minor irritations
by John from Marietta GA USA 

Pros: Good noise reduction, very comfortable
Cons: Cord too long, a little wide around the head
Review: This headset is very comfortable, no problems wearing it on a hot day for three hours. Very soft ear cushions. The weight does not bother me at all because it is so comfortable. The ANR completely removes the low frequency rumble of the engine, making ATC communications clear and easier to listen to than a normal headset. The cord is longer than expected, leaving excess cord near my feet that I have to find a place to stow. Additionally the rather large control module on the cable where the batteries are stored is quite far from the headset, resulting in it lying low in use or flopping around in your lap. It does not have a nice clip to fasten the cord to your lapel like the David Clarks do, although it does have a rudimentary clip that can be used for that purpose. Not a problem though. It stands out rather far from your head, resulting in it getting caught on a 152's seatbelt when you turn your head to the left to scan for traffic. This means that you have to lean to the right to complete a left rear scan that is not possible if you have a passenger in the 152. Not a problem on the newer 172's or 182's as the seatbelt comes from the other side. I love it in spite of the minor irritations, it performs very well.
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Would do it again
by jayson from grand junction CO USA 

Pros: The headset is so comfortable it like wearing rolls royce
Cons: None
Review: This headset was a great value for the money. Extremely high quality
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Tuesday, March 09, 2010
I would highly recommend the Stratus 30XT headset

Pros: Fair price great features
Cons: poor documentation
Review: Does everything it says and then some. Very quiet, long battery life. Confortable. A real plus having extra inputs for cell phone and audio! Audio transmit quality very good also.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Does the job
by A Customer from Roanoke VA USA 

Pros: Sound Clarity
Cons: Bulky
Review: A bit heavy and bulky, yet comfortable. Works fine in both passive and active modes.
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Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Expected just a bit more based on the description
by Adik from Peterborough ON Canada 

Review: Quite nice product for the right price.
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Tuesday, September 08, 2009
A good value for the features
by Bryan from Liberty MO USA 

Pros: Comfortable for it's size, Less expensive and more features than other ANR headsets.
Cons: Inconvenient placement of the hand control, Bigger/heavier than other brands

I had to get past an initial little glitch with this headset - The first one I received was defective in that the right side noise reduction was not functional. MPS asked that I call Telex support to confirm the defect and then MPS immediately sent me another set. That whole process was handled very well.

Now on to the review -
Appearance - This is a nice looking headset. Black with gray accents. The earcup and head pads are large making the headset look rather large compared to other ANR headsets.
Comfort - As large as this headset is, it really is incredibly comfortable. In fact, the size issue is really only noticeable when trying to pack it in the flightbag. The earcup pads are the "around the ear" type as opposed to the on the ear type. They are covered in a very soft leather and the foam seems to conform nicely to the sides of the head. The head pad is the same way and I literally don't even feel it after flying for 3-4 hours straight. There are little cams on each side that allow you to adjust the clamp force. There is definitely an increase in noise as you loosen the clamp force but I keep it on a medium setting and it is very comfortable.
Performance - This is my first headset with active noise reduction so I have little reference between other ANR sets, but I have to wonder how I've damaged my hearing by flying with a passive headset all these years. When you first start up the engine it seems pretty quiet but then turn on the noise reductions and WOW - it sounds like half of all noise and 80 percent of the low rumble simply disappear.
Features - The reason I chose this headset was the great combination of features. There is a hand control that houses the two rechargeable AA batteries and has the power on/off button and music/cell input mute button. There are separate inputs for music and cell phone and both work as expected. I have a Garmin 496 w XM radio and I plug that into the music input. You can quickly mute any cell/music with the press of the mute button. You also have a power input so that you may either run/charge batteries from aircraft cig lighter power(with supplied cable) or charge the batteries at home with the supplied wall charger. I couldn't find another headset with all these features standard and it is hundreds of dollars less than other brands that may have slightly better noise reduction specs but few or none of these other features.

There's not much bad news here - but there is some. The hand control is positioned too far toward the jacks. The result is a lot of unnecessary cable length between the hand control and the headset while the hand control cannot be placed just anywhere. If I want to hang onto it in order to use the mute button, I have to use my left hand because there's not enough cable length from the jacks to place it on my right side or even in my lap. It would be nice if the mute function were automatic, eliminating the need for the manual mute, then the position of the hand control would be irrelevant. I will likely have an extension cable made to accommodate . Also - when there is a dramatic change in pressure, such as when you are doing a quick descent in an unpressurized bird, it sounds like the noise reduction is kicking on and off rapidly. I'm not sure what is causing that and it is a minor issue but I thought it was worth mentioning.

In summary, this headset is an amazing value if you are looking for this feature set.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009
Good Purchase. Good Product.
by A Customer from Phoenix AZ USA 

Pros: excellent noise reduction, battery charging feature is great
Cons: a bit bulky, noise reduction reduced when glasses are worn
Review: I am a flight instructor that flies approx 6 hours every day. The headset works very well, and is very sturdy. My only problem is that the noise reduction gets reduced when I wear my sunglasses. This occurs because the glasses break the seal of the ear cup, and allows excess noise to enter. Still a fantastic product for the price.
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Friday, May 01, 2009
did not work
by A Customer from utah 

Pros: features and price
Cons: not compatiable with all audio panels
Review: After a lot of research I bought the telex 30xt. The reasons were it had all the features i wanted for the price i wanted, and the reviews were great. Was very excited to use the headset. However when I recieved the headset it would not transmit over the intercom. Talked with another pilot in the company that bought them and had the same problem. Had to send them back. Looking now to buy a TSO'd headset so that it will work with the audio panels in the company aircraft.
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Tuesday, January 06, 2009
by Charles from Kentucky 
Review: Great headset. Very quiet and comfortable.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Comfortable, excellent choice
by A Customer from Sacramento CA USA 

Review: Comfortable and not bulky while using, despite a slightly larger appearence. The 3-way tesion adjusters work surprisingly well to minimize excessive clamping pressure. The ANR system is effective, although the included rechargeable battery would not hold a charge. Easy to replace however. Very impressed with the microphone. Excellent clarity and attenuation. A great headset and a good alternative to higher priced units.
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Monday, October 13, 2008
Really high quality for the money. Great product
by Santiago from Capital Buenos Aires Argentina 

Pros: great comfort and noise reduction.
Review: Really met my expectations. Is the quality product I was looking for.
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Monday, October 13, 2008
Great headset... Very quiet.
by Charles from Fulton KY USA 

Pros: Quiet... Easy to use
Cons: A bit heavy
Review: Love the quietness... A bit heavy...
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Wednesday, March 12, 2008
by J P from Houston TX USA 
Pros: Comfort, Independent volume control, Light weight,Rechargeable Battery
Review: This product exceeded my expectations...The headset is easily adjustable for a comfortable fit. I like the independent volume control for each ear..The ear cushions do not interfere with my sunglasses, yet are still snug to cancel out the outside noise. The head set is light weight.And you cant beat the 5 year warranty and the headset came with the rechargeable batterys..Good investment for any pilot.
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Thursday, November 29, 2007
Great for Car Rally
by A Customer from Larkspur CA USA 

Pros: high quality - great noise reduction
Review: We used on a 4 day car rally in a loud race car environment that did not involve helmuts. The active noise reduction made the event extremely comfortable for my wife and myself as we could talk comfortably, take phone calls and listen to music.
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Friday, October 26, 2007
by Peter from Pasadena, CA 
Review: They are SO much more comfortable then the Lightspeed thrity-3g's. The Lightspeeds were way to tight on my head. Telex sounds more quiet in the passive mode, along with the ANR turned on. I love how they come with rechargable energizer batteries and a car charger, along with European outlet adapters in case I travel. The head set feels more solid than the Lightspeeds AND they are made in the USA. If I had the money, however, I would definitley go with the Lightspeed ZULU's. Those are amazing.... But for this price range, the Telex 30xt's are the BEST!!! :) So is
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Friday, July 13, 2007
by Ben from AZ 

Review: great ANR , very cheap ..... I enjoy flying with it !!!
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Monday, July 02, 2007
It's OK to not be GREEN
by Woodeye of the Sky from Chelsea Michigan 

Pros: Great quality and easy fit for the price.. feels great.
Cons: Wish I had ordered both of these from
Review: I am totally satisfied with this headset. It is a snap to adjust the headset to fit my head. I wanted a good headset without spending the huge bucks. The other headsets might be just a touch smaller but for the flying I do this headset is perfect. This is actually the second one of these that I bought. The first one was for me and this one is for my wife.
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Previous Customer Questions For Telex Stratus 30XT ANR Headset:
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On Monday, February 06, 2017 a customer asked:
Hi im wondering if this headset will come default dual plug for fixed wing aircraft, im currently flying a Piper warrior III and want to make sure this will work. Also it comes with all the rechargeable cords correct? Finally im wondering what doesnt it come with that you could purchase, thanks.
A: Yes, this has the standard dual plugs that will work in all general aviation airplanes.  It also includes the batteries and the charger.  There really isn't anything you need to purchase, it's ready to go flying right when it's delivered.

On Monday, July 21, 2014 a customer asked:
Will this headset still be usable as a passive headset if the battery dies?
A: Yes, the Stratus 30XT will continue to operate as a Passive headset even after the batteries that power the ANR function die.



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