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Sennheiser HMEC-461 ANR Headset

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Sennheiser HMEC-461 ANR Headset

New in the Sennheiser HMEC-461:

  • Built in music (MP3, DVD, iPOD) and cell phone interface. The audio will automatically fade when there is a transmission.
  • The set can also be used as standard headphones - one can just switch off the NoiseGard feature and enjoy!
  • The ultra-cushioned headband has 30% less caliper pressure than its predecessor, meaning the set will rest more comfortably around your head.
  • The new extremely soft leatherette earpads add to the comfy feel
  • The new silver-brushed surface gives the set a sleeker, more exclusive look.
  • Individual volume controls for each ear.
  • 10 Year Warranty

The HMEC-461 is the exact same as the Sennheiser HMEC-460 except that it does NOT have the XLR-3 connector for panel power.  Unless you own an aircraft with a built-in XLR connector instead of the standard dual plugs, we recommend this HMEC-461.  The HMEC-461 has the standard dual plugs that allow it to be used in virtually all civilian fixed wing aircraft.

Experience excellent noise attenuation over the entire frequency range. The HMEC 461 NoiseGard(TM) ensures superior speech intelligibility and voice transmission - even in the loudest of surroundings. The Sennheiser HMEC 461 is a wonderful lightweight addition to the class of Active Noise Canceling Headsets. Utilizing Sennheisers state of the art fidelity speakers and microphone, the HMEC 461 creates an extremely comfortable flying experience with the ultimate in hearing protection and comfort. The HMEC 461 also carries an unbelievable 10 year warranty! The HMEC 461 can achieve up to 40db of total hearing protection. You have to try them to believe it. The HMEC 461 weighs in at just 14.4 oz!

This lightweight headset is fitted with a volume control for the headphones, flexible boom microphone, collapsible leatherette cushioned headband, leatherette ear seals, mono/stereo switch and the on/off switch for NoiseGard(TM) circuitry. With ease of use and optimum comfort in mind.


  • Built in music (MP3, DVD, iPOD) and cell phone interface. The audio will automatically fade when there is a transmission.
  • Constant attenuation of up to 40 dB throughout the entire audio range
  • Advanced transducer design ensures excellent speech intelligibility
  • Electronics fully integrated into headphone capsules
  • Can be used as conventional headphones when supply voltage is switched off
  • Noise-compensated boom microphone for superior speech transmissions
  • Volume control
  • Mono/stereo switch
  • Alkaline battery holder included (Holds 2 "AA" batteries-not included)
  • Flexible boom microphone for right or left side use
  • High-quality carrying bag
  • Leatherette ear seals
  • Leatherette headpad
  • 10 Year Warranty!

Technical Data - Headphones
Transducer: dynamic, closed, circumaural
Frequency response: 45 - 15,000 Hz
Nominal impedance active/passive:  160/150 ohms mono 320/300 ohms per system, stereo
Attenuation (active and passive): > 25 - 40 dB
Max. SPL: 118 dB linear
Caliper pressure approx.: 10 N

Technical Data - Microphone with Preamplifier
Type: MKE 45-1
Transducer: electret, noise-compensated
Frequency response: 300 - 5,000 Hz
Max. SPL: 120 dB (distortion < 5 %)
Output voltage: 400 mV +- 3 dB at 114 dB/SPL (as per RTCA/DO-214)
Min. terminating impedance: 150 ohms
Operating voltage:  typ. 16 V DC (8-16 V DC, 8-25 mA) as per RTCA/DO-214





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Thursday, May 08, 2014
Great investment
by Fred from  

Pros: Very comfortable
Cons: Can't think of any right now
Review: So far I've made only one flight with my HMEC 461, and it performed great. I used to wear the flight school David Clark entry level headset and there is no comparison in terms of comfort. I sits very well in my head and does not feel loose. The ANR works very well too, but this is my first ANR headset, so I don't have much basis for comparison. Anyway, I am really happy with this acquisition.
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Sunday, February 23, 2014
by Jeffrey from Bishop, GA 
Review: This headset is an exceptional value for the money. I would give it five starts but there was in intermittent short in the headset cable which did not present itself until after the exchange period expired, so I had to send it off for service.
Sennheiser service was excellent. Due to the intermittent nature of the problem it was not at first obvious the problem was a wire shortage. I was able to communicate directly with the service tech the whole way through the process. The repaired headset was back to me in less than two weeks better than new.
The headset is comfortable, it sounds great and the mic works well. Well worth it. As a newly minted private pilot, I'm very happy with this headset at a fraction of the price of many other ANC sets.
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Saturday, February 01, 2014
by Kaj from Grand portage MN USA 
Pros: Light ok for noise cancelling. Good fidelity when working
Cons: Break down quickly like older VW Jettas
Review: This headset broke down within six months. The audiomstop working. I was using the cellphone input with an adapter tforma while but thats very awkward.
Imsee its out of warranty now somImgues si get stuck paying for the repairs looks like.
Piece of sh*t. Buy David Clarks.
They have better warranty coverage and service
The batteries run out in anout a week usually. My David clark 10 40 i installed a kit in is better but the mike is shot and the y lead intermittent
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Monday, January 20, 2014
Jury is Out
by Jeff from Bishop GA USA 

Pros: Solid construction, comfortable, good fidelity and noise cancelling
Review: The headset plug will not make a connection at all in some jacks. In others, it takes several attempts to form a connection. Yet with some jacks it works all the time. I've tried it in at least four planes and with a portable radio with mixed results. When it does make a connection, the connection stays solid until the plug is removed. This is not a loose wire issue. Performance is great when it works. It took me a little more than 30 days to isolate the problem to the headset so I'm just outside the return policy window. Waiting for a response to my RMA exchange request with I loathe the idea of having to send a brand new headset for repair and running the risk of getting a refurbished unit in return.
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Monday, December 09, 2013
Sennheiser headset
by David from Tucson AZ USA 

Review: Excellent sound, comfortable to wear, easy to adjust. It's an excellent product for a competitive price.
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Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Nice quality and comfort.
by John from Conway AR USA 

Pros: Quality, comfort, feel.
Cons: Too loose
Review: These headsets feel very good, they look good, and easy to operate. The battery holder and volume selector sems bulky and gets in the way, however, I guess that happens with most all ANR headsets.
As mentoned before, they do not fit tight enough to give the best noise reduction. If they had slightly more spring pressure, they would work as well as Bose A20... which I've worn several times.
Over all, a good buy for the money in my opinion.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Nice for the price
by New Student Pilot in AZ from Phoenix AZ USA 

Pros: ANR for under 1K
Cons: Non Bluetooth
Review: This is a comfortable ANR headset that wont set you back over a thousand bucks. It is not a bluetooth device, but you can utilize a phone and/or an ipod while in flight with the included apaptor cables.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
by Rene from Vernon Hills IL USA 

Pros: Everything
Cons: A stronger clip to hold control center
Review: Exceeded my expectations, comfortable, light, great controls!
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Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Good headset bit more inexpensive than Bose
by A Customer from Thunder Bay Ontario 

Review: Good headset. Even without the anr it's fairly quiet. Battery lasts a reasonable time. They are easy to stow the way they fold. Very good fidelity when you pipe in music etc. Two hundred dollars cheaper than Lightspeed Zulu2 or Bose A20.
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Wednesday, February 01, 2012
best bang for your buck
by A Customer from Pullman WA USA 

Pros: very comfortable, great electronics
Cons: slightly larger than other brands
Review: I am a student pilot and decided to purchase my own headset. My instructor let me try several different brands during one of our flights. I ended up purchasing the sennheiser for a couple reasons. First they may be slightly larger than the competitors but I felt they were the most comfortable. Second the electronics performed along side the Bose A20 yet they were a couple hundred dollars cheaper. Overall I am very happy with my purchase.
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Wednesday, September 08, 2010
The best ANR headset I have ever owned.
by Michael from Marrara NT Australia 

Pros: Looks good, comfortable, affordable, light
Cons: microphone is sometimes a little sensitive and from time to time picks up cockpit noise and feeds it into the intercom system. Nothing to loud just a light hash in the background on occasion. Battery life not as good as the Bose but better than the X11
Review: I have owned an X11 for four years now and have had it sent back and replaced with new ones 4 times, so I decided to try a new brand. After trying collages Bose and Lightspeed Zulu headsets I decided to go for the Sennheiser. I have been very very pleased with the head set for the three month I have had it now. It is comfortable and the ANR is as good as any of the others.
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Thursday, August 12, 2010
Excellent headset
by A Customer from Sunnyvale CA USA 

Pros: Very good noise cancellation quality
Review: Extremely comfortable, I have used other passive headsets and this is a big improvement in terms of the whole flying experience. Earlier I used to get fatigued using my passive headset. Now I can fly longer without any problems. As soon as I turn the ANR on, I feel a remarkable difference in the noise cancellation. The headset fits snugly, and is very comfortable. It has a stereo/mono option, however, I use just mono. The volume control works great. The battery life is satisfactory too. I have no complaints at all.
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Tuesday, April 06, 2010
by Zach from Traverse City, MI 
Review: If you're looking for a headset with amazing sound quality...this is the one for you. Unfortunately, everything else is simply mediocre. As far as comfort, it felt like I was wearing two pressure cups and had to continually release the pressure by opening the cups with any change in altitude. Also, the headband has minimal padding and would leave a pressure spot all along the top of my head. I attempted to contact Sennheiser directly with a question about my headset and got no answer and no reply...not the customer service I was expecting for $750. All in all, I was petty unsatisfied and ended up trading it in for a different headset.
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Monday, December 07, 2009
My first (and probably only) headset.
by Simon from Philadelphia PA USA 

Pros: Good voice quality, noise reduction, high quality cable
Cons: Free mail-in bluetooth headset has not arrived yet.
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] Being a student pilot I was not familiar to the companies producing aviation headsets but I own a set of Sennheiser earplugs and they are the best I ever had. The headset is much the same way: Works perfectly. The noise reduction is impressive. Obviously, some effort was put into the development. My instructor is a bit jealous. When your plane is not equipped with an XLR power supply you need to use two AA batteries to fuel the ANR. Use the automatic switch-off function (tiny switch in the battery compartment) to make sure you don't drain the battery unnecessary! (Happened to me once.) The offer contained a free bluetooth headset that could be requested via a mail-in voucher. This has not arrived yet. However, this is not related to the product itself.
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Friday, November 13, 2009
Great headset
by Mat from san francisco CA USA 

Pros: Sound reduction. Lightweight. No headache.
Cons: none.
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] I bought this headset just before a trip to Africa. It was delivered on time in SF bay area, just a few days, which was great.  Later I flew 60 hours in a PA28 from Paris to Dakar and back.   Headset was working very well and ANR was very nice feature.  Clamping was light but perfect. Could turn head around with no ANR loss. Could wear the headset for some 8 hours-flight days without headache.   Battery life was good, at least 20 hours before running out.  I would recommend this headset.
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Wednesday, November 04, 2009
All The Right Features
by Michael from Geelong, Victoria 

Pros: Comfortable and quiet
Cons: Shipped with the plug in charger cable
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] I bought this headset for my Son, who is currently undergoing pilot training. He was amazed how comfortable and quiet the HMEC 460 is. He is very particular when it comes to comfort. He often comments, following a long flight, how great he feels. The only down side was that it shipped with the plug in charger cable intact. Few of the smaller cessnas have the charging plug option. Michael Conte
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Monday, October 26, 2009
Carry a spare headset if you intend to use this product
by C210 Pilot from Edmond OK USA 

Pros: So far I've discovered none.
Cons: Inflight failure Xs 2. Battery compartment is awkward at best.
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] On two trips with this product I was forced to revert back to my David Clark headset (without noise reduction). After less than two hours (fresh batteries) I found I could no longer communicate with ATC. Only a marginal improvement on noise reduction over my David Clark headest. Battery compartment is very clumsy. Always seemed to be in the way and ready to snag, drag or catch on something. Even if I buy and install cord so aircraft supplies power, I'm still stuck with awkward battery box hanging uncomfortably to snag on knee board or pull connector plugs from the panel.
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Saturday, September 12, 2009
problems in its use on my airplane
by A Customer from Perkasie PA USA 

Pros: Good listening
Cons: Cables not fit for KA
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] Had to change the thick cables because they would get stuck between the arm rest of the pilot's seat and the plugs in my King Air 300. Battery doesn't last very long. Otherwise it is great for transmitting and receiving.
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Monday, July 27, 2009
great product
by pedro martins from lisboa, portugal 

Pros: ligth, comfortable,very good sound even when you plug your ipod, noise reduction system
Cons: batteries dont last very long, volume when folded
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] Im a Captain flying the Embraer 145 for Air Portugal, this aircraft is very noisy either at low and high speeds. The Sennheiser HMEC-460 brought me quality of life on my work environment, they are light, comfortable, and the noise reduction system works really well , I am able to hear clearly, the only problem are the batteries , they dont last very long.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Very happy with purchase!
by Mike from Alpharetta GA USA 

Pros: Fantastic headset overall, great battery life, great sound.
Cons: the powerpack on the cord is a bit heavy and could get in the way
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] Its comfortable, superb noise reduction and looks great too. Have not used any of the more advanced features like line-in yet, but everything I have used in day to day flying has been great. Highly recommend this headset. I looked at bose and lighspeed and ended up with this on a recommendation - saved a lot of money and got fantastic value! Only nitpick is the battery pack on the cord where you control volume, on off etc.. its kind of bulky and in some airplane types the pack could/did get in the way.
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Sunday, June 14, 2009
Very high performance ANR headset.
by Robert from Freedom, WY USA 

Pros: ANR, looks, durability, and price. New slim style control is better.
Cons: Slightly bulky (wide),
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] Have 2 now and I am pleased with both.  The other is a HMEC 450. I fly the Pitts S2B and TC Baron, both requiring superior ANR.
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Friday, March 27, 2009
Great headset.
by Gabriel from Pembroke Pines FL USA 

Pros: Great ANR, Sound quality, Comfort
Cons: Tightness over head during long flights, cable length
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] Product fulfiled all my expectations. I just started as a student pilot, so I dont have much other headset experience, but everything is working properly. Cable length between jacks and battery box could be longer, especially for the C152. Great noise reduction! Might be a little tight over the head if worn over many hours at the time. However it would only be a matter of adaption. Very good for music as well. 5 stars.
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Thursday, December 04, 2008
by Christa from Philadelphia PA USA 
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] It lacked being totally untouched - it must have been a return and repacked which of course for a gift wasn't all that nice. The product is excellent and I would buy it again.
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Thursday, November 20, 2008
by Mindy from Puyallup WA USA 
Pros: Very quiet, omfortable and light. Great sound on the ipod and it blanks out completely when radio calls or intercom are activated.
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] I am very happy with these headphones. I had tried several others and found these to be excellent. Extremely quiet, comfortable and light. The external feature for ipods works extremely well. This product was everything I hoped it would be.
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Tuesday, November 04, 2008
by Jakub from Czech Republic 
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] Was actually hard choice, BoseX, Zulu, or HMEC460 All products are great. Only my friend had his Zulu once for repair. Bose is a lot more expensive for too similar features. have used these HMEC 460 now for some months and can recommend to everyone who wants superb noise suppression.  Disadvantages: a bit too large, when turn head seal comes a bit away and ANR is not as good. Advantages: excellent suppression active and passive, reliable, great sound if used at home for music.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Stop your search for a headset!
by Robert from Sioux Falls SD USA 

Pros: comfortable, excellent sound, quiet, compact
Cons: none
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] This is the finest headset. If you are serious about flying or just beginning this is the only headset you will ever need to own. The ANR is superb and the sound is excellent. Every word in your ear is sharp. The music and cell phone features are also very useful. Why spend more when this is it. I've used the top DC model and the Bose and the sound quality is far superior to both. It also folds up very small for storage. This headset is also very comfortable. Even after 3 hours of flight I hardly notice it on my head.
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Thursday, July 17, 2008
Sennheiser HMEC 460 ANR headset
by Henry Hallam Piper cherokee from Cambridge MA USA 

Pros: Plug and play. Does the job well and is comfortable.
Cons: Cost, but there you go !
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] This was bought on a Transatlantic phone with deadline for a birthday delivery in the USA ..A few days later I got a text from my son saying "I am 6000 ft over Utah,headset works really well,thank you so much".  He then used it 5 days across USA ...........Item appears to be eminently satisfactory and comfortable; and well tuned to piston acoustics.. ...........Delivery was quick and accurate
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Sunday, June 22, 2008
Excellent Headset
by Jeffrey from Fairfax IA USA 

Pros: High quality, effective
Cons: Moderately Expensive
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] Love this headset. Great features, outstanding ANR, comfortable. High quality components. I have not had any problems with the strength of the clamp, I never break the seal during taxi, runup or flight. Overall worth the cost.
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Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Great product at decent price
by Etienne from Oxford Great Britain 

Pros: Excellent noise supression, comfortable, lightweight
Cons: none
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] It performed as expected - I love it
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Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Big Bang for the Buck
by Yvonne from Lapeer MI USA 

Pros: Exceptional sound quality and comfort.
Cons: I haven't found any yet.
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] The active noise reduction is outstanding, as is the sound quality. Its light weight makes it very comfortable to wear. The ear cups are soft and flexible even in cold weather - important features in Michigan. I appreciate that it doesn't slide off my head or give me a headache, unlike a few other brands I've worn. The HMEC-460 has exceeded my expectations.
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Monday, January 21, 2008
Excellent Headset
by Isabella from Vienna . Austria 

Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] I love this headset! It's light, soft, perfect + easy in handling... you get your money worth.
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Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Not Bad
by Brian from Las Cruces NM USA 

Pros: Nice comfortable headset
Cons: Cell phone interface does not work. Only reason i purchase it rather than the Bose was for this feature
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] Comfortable to wear for long periods. cant seem to get the phone interface to work.
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Thursday, September 20, 2007
I found out that you get what you pay for!
by Butch from Mountain Home , Idaho 

Pros: input for Ipod and cell phone, Very comfortable for long periods of time
Cons: The power cord for the remote power supply is cumbersome
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] I was having ( what I thought was radio problems with the Xmitting portion of my new Icom radio) when I borrowed a set of my friends older model Sennheiser headsets. I found out that it was only my cheap headsets that weren't transmitting thru the mic well enough. AS soon as I used the Sennheiser I was sold! The radio not only worked but I actually had side tone that was understandable and with the ANR activated I was able to actually enjoy flying without the noise. I tossed my other headsets and purchased the HMEC-460 ANR and have been useing them ever since.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Only one con...
by MTSU CFI from Murfreesboro, TN 

Pros: Great ANR, The most features, Cheaper than Bose, Hardly any clamping force...
Cons: which may lead to reduced ANR performance
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] The HMEC-460 and the Bose Aviation X are clearly the leaders in the ANR market. After trying both, I don't see much difference in the ANR or the comfort. This headset has a few added features such as the cellphone/iPod interface and the power cord adapter (which can be annoying but is easily forgotton). As you know, this headset is also $250 less than the Bose.

My one complaint with this headset is one that you see often: the light clamping force does not provide enough of a seal for the ANR to work properly. Slight turns or bumps disrupt the ANR, and this can (and will) get very annoying. They say that different people like different headsets, and I know that this is not a problem for everyone. My advice is to buy this headset, fly with it on a few different flights, and if possible compare it to the Bose, Lightspeed, or any other ANR that you wish. You may love it...if not, you always have the 30 day return policy. The price and features alone make it worth the trial.

FYI - I flew with this in a PA-28, PA-44, and a DA-40
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Friday, August 31, 2007
Streamline and Simple Design
by Sean the Geography Pilot from Auburn, CA 

Pros: Light, compact, quiet
Cons: dangling cigarette XLR plug
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] I decided to upgrade from the passive headsets to the ANR 460 because I like the excellent transmission clarity, comfort and simplicity from Sennheiser. The simple control unit rests on my lap or in the side pocket, which is not too heavy or bulky. The cord length is just right. The fit is perfect, even for a small head, with light cupping pressure. I wear tight fitting sunglasses to assure proper cupping, and the ANR really cut out lower frequencies on take-off, leaving higher frequencies, such as conversation. In fact, I could now discern poor transmission in the pattern, assuring a safer flight. When on the ground, they fit nicely in my flight bag's side pocket.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007
by David from Friday Harbor, WA 
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] My overall impression with the Sennheiser HMEC-460 ANR headset is very good. The sound clarity is particularly outstanding. The cans while large feel comfortable on the head. I like the adjustable microphone to work from either the left or right side. I haven't tried the other inputs for cell phone or iPod. My only negtive is that the volume control needs to be set to max along with my intercom volume set to max in order to get decent volume from the headphones, but this could be function on my plane's audio setup.
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Saturday, June 23, 2007
I have used their audio headphones for years.......
by Mike Cozart from Bryant, Arkansas 

Pros: very comforatble, light for all it does, neat fetures for phone and portable audio, iPod, etc., very clear audio!
Cons: because of the light clamping force a quick turn of the head will
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] This new headset is very comfortable because of the lack of clamping force against the head, which seems to be the trend with newer headsets. What sets this headset apart is that rather than utilizing clamping force to "mold" a headset to fit the wearers head, it's orientation relative to the wearer can be set for a perfect seal of the cushions where it the headset "holds" this geometry without hardly any presuure at all. The electronics are good enough to give good noise attenuation without depending on accoustic attenuation through thick ear-seals and more pressure on the head. Nice Product!
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Thursday, June 14, 2007
by Chad the runway pig from Little Rock, AR 
Pros: Features
Cons: Seals
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] As one of the pilots for an insurance company, our company does quite a bit of flying. I currently own and use a headset that isn’t ANR. I have used some ANR headsets before, and I am also personally shopping for one. My boss has recently purchased the Sennheiser HMEC-460 and asked me to evaluate them. The first thing I enjoyed about the headset was all the features that it gave a pilot. The dual controls were very nice as well as all the other features that one can read about on the website. The overall experience was pleasant and I would give them a 9 in ranking. The only problem I had with them was that the ear seals were difficult to seal. I was wearing sunglasses, like every pilot should, and the seals would not complete themselves to allow the ANR to work appropriately. Taking the glasses off, the cups sealed and the headset performed excellent. The Sennheiser 460 would be a very wise investment for anyone interested in an ANR headset; in fact I am presently looking into them a little harder after the test flight!
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Tuesday, May 08, 2007
A new generation.......
by Jeff from Denver, Colorado 

Pros: Excellent flying and music headset in one. Long warranty period.
Cons: I noticed some intermittent earcup seal to skin gapping during taxi, which reduces the effectiveness of the ANR, but it wasn't annoying because I knew what caused it. A tighter clamping force would probably eliminate it, but then I'd have a vise on my head....
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] I tried this headset because there aren't many (any?) other headsets with the music interface feature. The reviews I read were mixed, so I talked with a salesman who has this headset, and he indicated there were some early production problems with the headset that had been fixed. With the 30 day trial in mind, I took the plunge and purchased one. I am pleasantly surprised at how much I like this product. I fly 757s, which have a pretty high cockpit noise level due to the air conditioning system, and you can hardly hear yourself think in some of our planes. I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to hear normal cockpit conversation with the headset on, but that worry was unfounded. You can have the radio volume set so low because of the noise reduction that there is no problem in hearing normal cockpit conversation. I brought an IPod on my trip, and discovered that with ATC volume set below music volume, there was no reduction of music volume when ATC transmitted. With ATC volume set close to music volume, music volume was cut to a low level during the ATC or other aircraft transmission. I think this is a great feature in that you can listen to music without missing radio calls, or you can take a break from radio calls and listen to music by simply turning the radio volume down. The headsets work very well as a music headset. I have regular Duracell Coppertop AA batteries in the headset right now, and they're still good with about 10 hours on them. Overall, I'm very happy with this headset.
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Tuesday, February 27, 2007
by Neil Dunn from Queensland Australia 
Pros: Comfortable, very clear R/T, good volume and controls
Cons: Phone input not working, wind noise, attenuation could be better.
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] My co-pilot and I both bought a set and have mixed concerns about their performance. We fly a radial engined Yak 18T. The comfort, speech clarity and intellegibilty is exceptional but the attenuation on the engine is only just adequate. Worse, is there appears to be a sound of wind noise which I did not expect. Clamping force is perhaps a little too light! The biggest disappointment is that the cell phone input does not function, which is the item that most attracted us to this product. There is only a loud squealing noise and we have tried it on the ground with engine off as well!! No troubleshooting section or how to use section in the handbook refers to the phone use. I have a very ordinary Nokia 2600, but absolutly useless. Maybe Australian cell phones only work with 'smoke & mirrors'. Hav'nt tried the music input as yet, but hope it works!! Anybody offer advice??
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Thursday, February 08, 2007
by Corey from Aurora, CO 
Pros: Everything - it's great.
Cons: None
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] I've tried many passive and ANR headsets in the past from David Clark, Bose, Lightspeed, Flightcom, and others. I have yet to find one that even comes close to the HMEC460 from Sennheiser. It's lightweight, super comfortable, and has crystal clear sound qualities. The ANR is hands down better than the Bose, DC, and Lightspped that I've used in the past. Quiet, comfortable, and crystal clear. I'm a fan.
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Saturday, January 13, 2007
by Erik, Bonanza M-35 from So Cal 
Pros: Extremely Comfortable/ Lightweight, Good passive for such little clamping force
Cons: ANR not up to par with Bose/Lightspeed
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] By far the most comfortable headset I've ever worn, even better than Bose X, but there seem to be some quality control issues. I was eager to try them out but was dissapointd when the ANR did not even work in the right earcup and the loud poping noise in the left actually amplified engine noise. Needless to say my first flight with them was right back to the pilot shop without ANR which actually wasn't that bad. Now on my second set and not very impressed, they are probably going back again. On the gound the ANR is absolutely non-existant, and in a climb/decent, it keeps going in and out. In cruise flight with a complete earcup seal, which is difficult with such little clamping force, the ANR cuts nearly all of the engine noise but wind noise is a big problem, and with any turn of my head or even light turbulence, noise reduction is completely lost. Even a slight push on the earcups greatly improves the sound quality, so maybe sealing is the problem. I have worn both the Bose X and Light speed 30 3G on the same flight, and they are far superior to the Sennheiser as far as ANR goes.
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Saturday, January 13, 2007
Worth the Wait!
by docardio from Tri-Cities, TN 

Pros: Superb ATC clarity and hearing protection coupled with great comfort and fit
Cons: None but be aware that engine noise is filtered greatly thus altering what you are used to hearing during rpm changes, stalls and the like.
Review: [This review was written for the HMEC-460] Received it just after Christmas as they were on back order from Germany. Nonetheless, worth the wait!! Great headset! Very comfortable (no headache or ear pain even with several hours of consecutive wear) with superb noice cancellation and clarity. ANC can be powered from the plane with proper connection or batteries. Very simple. Interfaces easily with a cell phone and MP3 (very good music headset). Very competitively priced (couple of hundred $$ less expensive than Bose)
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