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Old 05-28-2021, 12:57 PM
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Default Noise in the headset

I have a 2017 RV-12 all Garmin and the Garmin 200 com
I canít use noise canceling headsets and Iíve tried several kinds because they pickup noise to the degree nothing else can be heard. On the ground the problem isnít as bad.
I have to use normal headsets that donít use noise canceling and they work fine.
Iíve flown nearly 60 years ATP, A&P etc. I consulted with many sources and even Garmin and I have not found a solution and no one seems to have come across anything like it.
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Old 05-28-2021, 01:26 PM
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Default Headset noise

Similarly, I use the built in intercom on my SL-40 with DC passive headsets. All works well, however I recently tried out a set of Lightspeed Zulu in hopes of reducing noise level. Was disappointed that these ENC headsets didnít appreciably reduce headset noise. I was expecting significant noise reduction but that wasnít the case. Am I missing something?

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Old 05-28-2021, 01:38 PM
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Iíve flown nearly 60 years ATP, A&P etc. I consulted with many sources and even Garmin and I have not found a solution and no one seems to have come across anything like it.
Question... Do you wear hearing aids in conjunction with headset?
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Old 05-28-2021, 01:39 PM
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Similarly, I use the built in intercom on my SL-40 with DC passive headsets. All works well, however I recently tried out a set of Lightspeed Zulu in hopes of reducing noise level. Was disappointed that these ENC headsets didn’t appreciably reduce headset noise. I was expecting significant noise reduction but that wasn’t the case. Am I missing something?

Jim Diehl 7A
Lock Haven, Pa
It's always a battle between noise reduction and weight. The "classic" DC passive headsets do a good job of noise reduction. But on a long flight they hurt. It's their weight. I've used both, and I'd say my $900 Light speeds are a little better, and my $600 light speeds about the same, as the DC (-40 iirc). But the DC is much heavier, and on a long flight it makes a difference in comfort.

As to the OP's issue, this is perplexing. Aside from the obvious (fresh batteries, green light comes on when turned on, etc), the only thing I can even think of is, do they pick up Blue Tooth signals, and are they getting one that is full of noise? Or do you wear a hearing aid (I think some of them have weird interactions with active headsets)?
Edit: I see someone else asked about hearing aids already.
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Old 05-28-2021, 02:16 PM
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I donít use hearing aids
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Old 05-28-2021, 02:22 PM
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I fly with other RV-12ís and no problem I might be the only one with this problem.
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Old 05-28-2021, 03:51 PM
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Larry,

Can you further characterize the noise that you hear? Is it a crackle, a hum/whine/buzz? Does it rise & fall with RPM? How about with other electrical loads in the aircraft -- strobes, nav, ldg light, fuel pumps, etc?

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Old 05-28-2021, 05:33 PM
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I fly with other RV-12ís and no problem I might be the only one with this problem.
Are you saying you use the same noise-canceling headsets in other aircraft, and they work okay? Just not in your airplane? This points to RF being picked up on the audio line to your headset, and interacting badly with the noise canceling electronics.
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Old 05-28-2021, 06:31 PM
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Well, IF you truly suspect the headset I will never miss, on purpose, the opportunity to get you to try the CQ1 headsets. I have used them all and there is always initial push back on "in the ear" sets. It has been my experience that if you take the extra 30 seconds to ensure they are seated comfortably they are by far the best. Now keep in mind I am only a sample of one as a good friend likes to remind me of often. I guess technically (sample of 2 since I own 2 of them). If you are open minded and have never really flown with an in the ear set I would encourage you to give the CQ1 headset a try. They are a VAF advertiser as well. The owners are super helpful once you have them in hand if you have any issues...at all. Hopes this gives you another way to attack your noise issue.
You can find them here on VAF or CQheadset.com
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Old 05-28-2021, 06:56 PM
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Itís like a loud hum and can get softer when you pull back power. When youíre on the ground itís not to bad.
This happens only with noise canceling headsets and These headsets work in other aircraft.
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