Reviews for Telex Airman 850 Lightweight ANR Headset

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Don't expect great audio clarity.

  • By Scott J from North Hampton NH USA on Thursday, September 04, 2014
  • Pros: Lightweight. Powered by ship, so no batteries to change.
  • Cons: Audio quality marginal. Needs a small pad, especially for bald heads to be comfortable.
  • Review: Decent light weight headset. It's weakness is it's lack of crisp clear audio. I fly several different 737NG models, all of them loud. The noise canceling feature is barely adequate. I didn't want to lug around a larger heavier headset so the 850 works well there. I cannot find a pad for the head band which would make a huge difference in comfort.
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pretty good but...

  • By Paco from San Carlos, CA on Monday, April 30, 2007
  • Pros: noise reduction
  • Cons: comfort
  • Review: After 10 yrs on the 757, I went from a Telex, ear-bud to the 850. I like the noise cancellation but I don't like the:
    -It’s funny, but you don’t really hear yourself when you speak. So it affects cockpit communications. I find myself pulling my left cup off my ear half the time to hear the captain; which defeats the purpose.
    -Lack of good side tone when I transmit.
    -Lack of padding on the hear brace. It gets annoying after a few hours.
    -The ear cups are too small and hurt after a few hours.
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Do not buy for long flight

  • By Totof from KSAT on Wednesday, August 17, 2016
  • Pros: Good for doing the job and lightweight with no need of batteries
  • Cons: Not comfortable
  • Review: Good product for short flights! Standard on all Gulfstream!
    However it hurts after outlet hours from the thin headband pressing on your head, specially if your hair is thinning!
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Marginal product

  • By A Customer from Saint Joseph MO USA on Wednesday, February 11, 2015
  • Pros: Lite and comfortable
  • Cons: Seems too flimsy. Not much noise reduction
  • Review: Not very substantial for the price. I was hoping it would cancel more noise. Some times on the MD80 it is as quite with the headest off.
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Much better than what I had, but NOT what I hoped for

  • By Wayne from Pasadena MD USA on Friday, September 24, 2010
  • Pros: Love the light-weight and low profile, very comfy
  • Cons: needs variable volume control
  • Review: I fly the EMB145, and the company issued D-Clark's are equipped with a volume control. I miss that feature because in the EMB, the intercom system can be configured to allow the aircraft audio alerts to be quieter. This is accomplished by turning the headset volume down, and then increasing the rest of the intercom channels. With my new headset, I am FORCED to wear earplugs to accomplish this same configuration, however, the earplugs take away from the clearity of the incoming radio calls from ATC and from my FO. I find myself often looking at my FO for clarification on certian clearances.
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Telex Airman 850 is good but not tough

  • By Rob on Monday, November 10, 2008
  • Pros: Light weight, self contained
  • Cons: Not robust - the Ear phone connection is prone to breaking
  • Review: A great headset if you are a professional pilot - easy to carry, doesn't take up much space, no batteries. The only issue with the Telex Headsets for me is the weak plastic pivoting connection at the earphones. A real weak point, so you cant be rough with them or leave them in an overfull flight bag.
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Not recommended.

  • By William from Gilbert AZ USA on Wednesday, October 14, 2015
  • Pros: Light weight
  • Cons: Noise reduction basically not hsppening.
  • Review: As a regular headset it works great. Noise reduction is minimal at best.
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Great headset but poor support

  • By FlyingIshmel from Portland, OR on Saturday, May 08, 2010
  • Pros: Lightweight ANR without battery pack
  • Cons: Telex repair program
  • Review: Have had this headset for 5 years and had no problems except for replacing the ear pads and mic boom foam cover with normal wear and tear. My mic boom just recently stopped working and I'm not impressed with the Telex repair time. They're estimating 3-4 weeks for repairs at a flat rate of $200 or parts and labor whichever is less. But a month without this headset will be an eternity! Most of the other headset manufacturers offer speedy repairs, so I'm considering a different brand despite the fact that I enjoy these headsets.
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Be Aware of the Telex 850...

  • By Arayan Lias from California on Thursday, May 24, 2007
  • Pros: Nice and light and doesn't take up alot of room in your bag
  • Cons: No own power source. Doesn't work on all aircraft
  • Review: Since it has no battery pack and take the ANR power source from the hotmike, it doesn't work on some of the aircraft. I fly 747 Classic and it doesn't work without the transmit switch being keyed (no passive power). Don't know how to get around this problem beside putting the radio selector on intercom and use a rubberband to hold the transmit switch down (which might damage the radio unit).

    Some sort of an alternative battery pack adapter would be nice.

    For now it's just a very expensive Telex 750.
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