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Sennheiser HMEC-46-BV-K ANR Headset

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Sennheiser HMEC-46-BV-K ANR Headset

These aviation headsets combine the latest audio technology with superb comfort. The NoiseGard active noise compensation reduces cockpit noise by approx. 15 dB - so you don't need to have the radio as loud. The HMEC 46 headsets incorporate peak level protection which safeguards your ears from volume peaks in the headphones above 110 dB.


  • Stereo / mono operation
  • Invididual left and right volume controls
  • Cell phone and cell phone and audio (iPod, MP3 players) connectors built-in
  • Noise reduction of approx. 15 dB - consequently the radio volume can be decreased
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Superb comfort due to the patented two-piece automatic headband and soft ear pads
  • "Flip-away" headphone allows single-sided listening
  • Flexible microphone boom, can be worn on either left or right-hand side
  • Noise-compensating condenser microphone ensures excellent speech transmission
  • Volume peaks in the headphones above 110 dB are eliminated
  • Single-sided cable, easy to replace
  • ETSO/TSO approval C57a/C58a
  • 5 year warranty

The Sennheiser HMEC-46 series headset is available in a number of configurations to suit your individual requirements and needs:

  • Sennheiser HMEC-46-B-K (mono, uses the standard dual plugs (PJ-055 / PJ-068) found on most commercial aircraft)
  • Sennheiser HMEC-46-BV-K (stereo/mono, dual volume controls, cell phone and audio inputs, uses the standard dual plugs (PJ-055 / PJ-068) found on most commercial aircraft)
  • Sennheiser HMEC-46-KP (microphone tip powered for ANR - aircraft must be specially wired to be utilized)
  • Sennheiser HMEC-46-CP (uses a 5-pin XLR for microphone, headphone, and power. Aircraft must be 12-35 volt electrical system and specifically wired with an XLR connector)
  • Sennheiser HMEC-46-B-CP (uses a 5-pin XLR for microphone, headphone, and power. Can also be powered by AA batteries.  For aircraft power aircraft must be 12-35 volt electrical system and specifically wired with an XLR connector)
  • Sennheiser HMEC-46-V-RP (uses a 6-pin Redel connector for microphone, headphone, and power. Aircraft must be specifically wired with a Redel connector)

Sennheiser HMEC46-1-BV-K, item number 500477

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 Sennheiser HMEC-46-BV-K ANR Headset:
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Monday, August 11, 2014
Not Very Good
by Scott from Indianapolis 

Pros: None
Cons: ANR does not work, Uncomfortable
Review: I used the previous model, HMEC-45, for 15 years in both the B-737 and A-320 and it was excellent. This version however is not very good. The ANR does not work very well, the ANR produces an exceptionally loud "hiss", the audio quality is not good, and the headset is uncomfortable. I can barely hear the other pilot speak, and on landing the reversers totally drown out the radio. On the previous version, I set the volume at less than half the level than someone using a standard headset, with this model, I set the radio volume at about the same level.
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Monday, March 03, 2014
I would not buy this headset again
by A Customer from Palm Beach Gardens FL USA 

Pros: It works
Cons: Noise canceling sometimes cuts out.
Review: Not as good as my earlier Sennheiser. The cables are too stiff. It gets hot on my ears at times. Need to turn up volume more .
Not really happy and wish I could get my old one to working again.
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Saturday, December 28, 2013
by Mark Mallon from New York NY USA 
Review: Best headset ever.
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Monday, November 25, 2013
I would buy this product again
by Francisco-Javier from Newark DE USA 

Pros: One of the few that occupies the light weight-noise reduction niche
Cons: Little too expensive
Review: Absolutely met or even exceed expectations. Good noise reduction and very very comfortable to wear. Excellent sound quality.
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Monday, September 30, 2013
Perks and downsides.
by Alexis from Brussels, Belgium 

Pros: Decent ANR, very clear transmissions, ultra light.
Cons: Looks fragile, linkage with the cable, music shutting function always on.
Review: The headset is very good itself, I use it on the 737 which is a fairly noisy aircraft and I'm quite satisified with the noise cancellation (A little more wouldn't hurt but hey, there's the HMEC-26 for that).

It looks fairly fragile though and I have some issues with the linkage between the headset and the cable. (I can hear some cracks when the ANR is on and the cable moves too much) I think it's only a defect and will have it fixed. I would also have appreciated the possibility to choose if the music you play stays on the whole time or if it shuts down during radio comms. It's stuck on that setting and it becomes REALLY obnoxious sometimes.
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Friday, December 07, 2012
Don't buy these....
by chris from chardon OH USA 

Review: I've owned a few headsets in my career and found this to be the least performing. Noise cancellation is poor at best and comfort is not good past an hour and it consumes battery's at an alarming rate. I replace the battery in my light speed once a year whether it needs it or not and these every 4hrs. I would have returned them but my 30 days were up.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Good product and functional
by Chuck S. from Taoyuan 

Review: ATC RT read clearly.  Music funtion is the best but hope can reactive faster to reduce music volume while ATC tranmit.  Noise reduction perfect . Weight is suitable to use.
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Friday, January 13, 2012
Comfortable but not reliable
by A Customer from Louisville, KY 

Pros: Comfortable for long flights, good build, good noise reduction
Cons: Low reliability, soft case, slow service
Review: I liked the wide ear pads and headband that fit nicely without discomfort for 4-5 hours. For an open headset, the noise reduction works well reducing mostly the lows, and the overall noise. AA Battery life is good. On the negative side, a speaker would stop working intermittently after about a year of use. Very slow warranty service took several months to work on it, only to return it with the problem still there. The supplied soft case will not protect the headset except from dust. It has no convenient place to put extra batteries.
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Friday, December 11, 2009
Poor reliability..
by A Customer from Georgia 

Pros: Lasts a long time on 2 AA batteries
Cons: Reliability very poor, Sennheiser service department very slow..
Review: the headset is great when it works.. I've had it for two years and have had it repaired by Sennheiser twice for the control module failing/shorting.. Today it quit for the third time.. The headset has been treated very delicately to no avail.. the whole control module was just replaced in August.. I will not buy another Sennheiser product..
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Thursday, October 02, 2008
very good!
by Dirk from Philadelphia PA USA 

Pros: ANR is a dream! Strong frame!
Review: I was using the Telex Airman before (B737) - this is now a BIG difference! Even with the switch to off, the sound is very clear, but with the ANR enabled it is really quiet! But: get used to it: the typical sound of the aircraft has changed! Beside this, wearing sunglasses is a little uncomfortable.
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Monday, July 07, 2008
It's ok , but could be better.
by A Customer from Virginia Beach VA USA 

Pros: audio player blanking during radios calls, independent volume controls
Cons: Below avg ANR. Bulky battery container. poor cord design. needs rigid container
Review: Not so good 1. With such a tight fit on the head, I would have thought that the ANR would have been better in a B-737. 2. The battery container is bulky. Recommend redesign for AAA-sized power box. 3. The cord gets easily twisted. 4. The headset container needs to be more rigid. Good features 1. Audio player auto blanking during radio (in & out) calls- very responsive. 2. Independent earpad controls- good feature
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Saturday, March 29, 2008
A lovely headset!!
by A Customer from Istanbul, Turkey 

Pros: It's light, comfortable with great sound.
Cons: ANR not powerful enough and it could have folded flat.
Review: It's a lovely headset. It's light and extremely comfortable which means wearing for 6 hours straight is easy. It's user friendly and the sound is great. BUT it could have been better. The ear phones do not fold flat and the ANR just isn't powerful enough. These are minor gripes, but I really would have liked the headset to take up slightly less space in my flightcase and paying so much for an ANR headset I would have liked it to cancel more noise than it actually does. I think the next model Sennheiser produce could be perfect, but i don't think i will be upgrading in a hurry. As I say this is almost perfect and hopefully will last a good few years so not needing to upgrade in a hurry.
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Thursday, December 13, 2007
Great Headset !
by James from Magnolia TX USA 

Pros: Audio is very clear, no high pitch squeals anymore, COOL!
Cons: ANR could be a little more powerful
Review: Headset is very comfortable and light weight. The audio quality is great. The quality so far is great. Everything works as advertised. A higher Db drop would be nice with the ANR on. The annoying high pitch squeals from step ons is a thing of the past, NICE! Overall a great product.
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On Monday, August 20, 2012 a customer asked:
does it exist an adapter, from headset 5 pins, into aircraft 2 pins? I understand that if I buy directly the 2 pins headset, I will loose the capability to power it from the aircraft if I will fly with a powered 5 pin aicraft - thanks

If you want to use it both on the Airbus with the 5-pin XLR and in aircraft with the standard dual plugs, you can do two different things.  You can purchase this HMEC-46-BV-K headset along with a Fixed Wing Headset to Airbus Adapter that will convert the dual plugs to a 5 pin XLR.  However, you will still need to power the headset with batteries as you noted.   The other thing that you can do is purchase this headset along with the Sennheiser BV-CP cable.  Then, when you fly in the Airbus, you just unscrew three small screws and swap out the entire cable assembly.  The BV-CP cable assembly has the 5 pin XLR and it will get power from the aircraft so that batteries are not needed.

On Thursday, March 01, 2012 a customer asked:
What is the warranty offered with purchase for these headsets?
A: This headset has a five-year manufacturer warranty.

On Monday, November 07, 2011 a customer asked:
If I buy the 46-bv-k series and I fly airplanes that uses airbus 5 pin plug: could I just use it with an adapter? would all the features work fine trough the adapter?
A: Yes, if you get this Sennheiser HMEC-46-BV-K headset that has the standard dual plugs and then add the Fixed Wing to Airbus Adapter you would be able to use it just fine in the Airbus as well as any aircraft that has the standard dual female jacks.  Of course, you will need to use the batteries in this headset instead of getting power through the Airbus that you would get with the HMEC-26-CP headset.

On Monday, September 26, 2011 a customer asked:
Can you plug an iPhone directly into the headsets control box for audio or do you need a special connecter. I'm more interested in music than in using it to make calls!
A: Yes, absolutely.  You can plug your iPhone directly into the battery box to get stereo music through the headset. 

On Saturday, January 29, 2011 a customer asked:
Can you confirm it has an Airbus Plug 5 Pin?
A: No, this has the standard dual plugs (PJ-055 and PJ-068).  For the 5-pin XLR, you would instead want to get the Sennheiser HMEC46-CP headset.

On Monday, December 13, 2010 a customer asked:
Can I use this in GA prop aircraft?

Technically, yes, but it would not be recommended.  This headset is intended for quieter jet cockpits and would not provide sufficient noise reduction in a single or multi-engine prop plane.  If you are looking for something really lightweight for use in a prop aircraft, we would suggest the Clarity Aloft or the LightSPEED Mach 1 instead.

On Monday, August 09, 2010 a customer asked:
What is the cable length between the battery pack and headset...also battery pack and end jacks?

The length from the battery box to the plugs for the aircraft is 12" and the length from the battery box to the headset is 60".

On Tuesday, November 03, 2009 a customer asked:
does the hmec-46-bv-k come with a mic muff
A: Yes it does.

On Monday, May 25, 2009 a customer asked:
does it include the cable that goes fromthe headset to the jacks of the airplane? is this one of the best you have for commercial aviation? thank you
A: Yes it does include everything necessary to connect to standard aviation jacks found in all commercial jets except the Airbus (we have a different headset for that). Yes, this is a top of the line Sennheiser Pro aviation headset.



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