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Old 06-17-2020, 02:19 AM
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Default CQ1 - Clarity Aloft Differences?

I planned to buy a Clarity Aloft in-ear headset, when I learned about the CQ1. I would be very much interested to hear of the differences and experience from someone that used both types...
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Old 06-17-2020, 07:19 PM
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My wife and I meet the Card?s at Oshkosh last year and purchased 2 of their CQ1 headset we both love them. the mike stays in position, great Quality.

That says a lot because I have been using Clarity Aloft Since 2004 Have 3 setS 2 have been replace by aloft. Have had speakerS replaced every few years the wire breaks the ear plugs are expensive and remember to Carrie a pair of tweezers so you can get the air plug out when it comes unscrewed from the speaker Then mike moves when you move your head and Constantly adjusting You just get use to it.

Every thing on the CQ1 web page is turn. Just a great headset. CQ1 is all we use now. the aloft just set in the back set for guest.

Great product and great people And made in Texas.
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Old 06-17-2020, 09:06 PM
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Scott, I'm not Guy, but I can tell you that with the Howard Leight max lite plugs squished into a flat disk, a leather punch makes a nice hole. Insert your tubing before the foam expands and apply a very strategic drop of CA glue and you've accomplished Guy's DIY ear tip. I'm pretty sure he is using 3/32 heatshrink tubing. We have some other options for that as well. In addition to a range of other ear tips we provide, we also have a little "diy" kit of tubing and fittings for those that really want to roll their own. Please shoot a note to Tanya at tanya@cardmachineworks.com and I bet we can help you on your way.

I know the Howard Leight Max Lite ear plug very well. Properly fit, their noise attenuation is on par with most others. I don't fly with them, but I sleep with them most nights. That particular ear plug is a pretty soft foam and is a slightly smaller diameter than many that you'll find. This makes them very comfortable for many people. Depth of insertion is key, as well as a "smooth roll" to avoid noise leakage. I often find that people gravitate toward too large of an ear tip. In fact, I use a small of one of our "premium" tips in my right ear and a standard yellow foamie in my left ear. Every ear is different and there are so many options.
I am surprised no one seconded your method. I have tried at least 5 different methods and had already stumbled on the disc/punch method lately. It is very fast, easy, and consistent. I do use a different plug for each ear. I found leaving a recess for the inserted tube is essential to a comfortable fit, and it seems to have no discernible attenuation to the sound level. I have not tried the 3/32" heat shrink tubing as it seemed a little flexible for the task. Given this recommendation, it will be on my experimentation list. A good pair of inserts last a surprisingly long time.
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Old 06-18-2020, 02:10 AM
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My wife and I meet the Card?s at Oshkosh last year and purchased 2 of their CQ1 headset we both love them. the mike stays in position, great Quality.

That says a lot because I have been using Clarity Aloft Since 2004 Have 3 setS 2 have been replace by aloft. Have had speakerS replaced every few years the wire breaks the ear plugs are expensive and remember to Carrie a pair of tweezers so you can get the air plug out when it comes unscrewed from the speaker Then mike moves when you move your head and Constantly adjusting You just get use to it.

Every thing on the CQ1 web page is turn. Just a great headset. CQ1 is all we use now. the aloft just set in the back set for guest.

Great product and great people And made in Texas.
Alan, thank you for sharing your experiences.
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Old 05-25-2021, 03:59 PM
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Just ordered the orange set!
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Old 05-25-2021, 04:27 PM
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Just ordered the orange set!
And we very much appreciate it Andrew. Yours is already on its way to you!
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Old 05-26-2021, 06:24 AM
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I bought one nearly a year ago after a Clarity headset came apart...again. I can say this is a very well made and thought-out headset and highly recommend it. I use it with fitted earpieces and it is dead quiet and the mike stays in place, does not have to be constantly repositioned and the sound quality is excellent.

I highly recommend it. It is MUCH better and more comfortable that any type of earcup product regardless of cost.
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Old 05-26-2021, 09:17 AM
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I currently own 1 CQ headset and 2 Quiet Technologies headsets. I also owned and used a Clarity Aloft headset for about a year.

My favorite is the CQ headset. It just seems more sturdy/durable. I fly 3-4 times per week and I can tell when the ear plugs become old because proper attenuation becomes more difficult. I really need to buy a bag of about 100 new ear plugs and just keep them in the airplane!

I recently sold a Lightspeed PFX and was planning on buying a Bose because there are times when I really need to be phone available when flying, but I just can't bring myself to pull the trigger for the Bose. I don't want to give up the ability to wear a hat or my favorite sunglasses and I really like the unencumbered feeling of NOT having the big ear cups and headband.
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Old 05-26-2021, 10:37 AM
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I recently sold a Lightspeed PFX and was planning on buying a Bose because there are times when I really need to be phone available when flying, but I just can't bring myself to pull the trigger for the Bose. I don't want to give up the ability to wear a hat or my favorite sunglasses and I really like the unencumbered feeling of NOT having the big ear cups and headband.
Don't buy the Bose. Buy a new CQ headset that now have an AUX input, connect a audio cord from your phone to the headset and you are good to go. If you have to have bluetooth, connect a $20-30 bluetooth adapter to the CQ1 and you have bluetooth functionality.

Or, save the $1,000 on the bose and invest it in a new audio panel with bluetooth functionality LOL.

Better yet, get the Cards to ramp up the development team and add bluetooth functionality in their headset.
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Old 05-26-2021, 10:51 AM
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Or, save the $1,000 on the bose and invest it in a new audio panel with bluetooth functionality LOL.
My RV6A came with a GMA245 that has BT. I did not know that I needed this in my life at the time, but I most assuredly did, it turns out. VKX requires a phone call to Potomac Approach to get a squawk and frequency before you depart when you're flying in the FRZ. Much easier with BT.
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