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A few years ago, I upgraded from the David Clark 13.4 to the Bose Aviation X. At the time, the Bose Aviation X was about £642 but I needed a headset with ANR and comfort - as I expected myself to fly many hours. With regard to comfort and noise reduction, I believed that the Bose Aviation X was a supreme product. Moreover, the fact that this headset did not leave a clamping feeling on one's head was particularly satisfying. The downsides to this item are few... among them are its high price, battery limitation, and the fact that the case didn't seem to fit properly.
I have since upgraded to the Bose A20 Headset; however, I dearly miss the Aviation X. The Aviation X had a more durable feel (particularly in the battery's housing). Moreover, the Aviation X has a greater sense of simplicity. The only feature that the Aviation X lacks to the A20 is the absence of the Auxiliary-In plug and Bluetooth capability. Nonetheless, in my opinion, when comparing the A20 to its predecessor, the Aviation X, the latter has a supremely better build - and the sound quality between the two is nearly equal. And if you can find a great deal on an Aviation X unit that is in great condition, I would greatly consider the Aviation X over the A20.
Bose pioneered active noise reducing headsets nearly 20 years ago, and pilots continue to prefer the Bose Aviation Headset X today. For nine years in a row, it's been rated #1 in Professional Pilot's annual survey, claiming 2009's top honors for comfort, clarity and technical advancement.
A rare combination of benefits helps distinguish this headset from all other pilot headsets. Most importantly, Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headset technology, pioneered by Bose, dramatically reduces the engine roar you hear in the cockpit.
Here's how it works: Small microphones in each earcup monitor ambient sound. Innovative electronics immediately identify the unwanted noise and create an opposite signal to reduce it. The result? You hear dramatically less engine noise, and more of your communications.
This advanced noise reduction technology combines with exclusive Bose headset design and active EQ to provide you with quality audio in a compact headset weighing only 12 ounces.
With lighter, more compact earcups, Aviation Headset X requires significantly less clamping force than most noise reduction headsets. Many pilots say this easy-on-the-head design makes a big difference in how they feel after a long flight
Proprietary AdaptiSense headset circuitry gives you at least 40 hours of headset use from just two AA alkaline batteries. This Bose innovation automatically adjusts the headset's need for power according to the levels of cockpit noise and radio communications.
In the box you will receive
-Portable Aviation Headset X
-Straight-cord, dual-plug cable with control module
Overall a great headset all around for everyone and anyone.
Short Attention Span summary : light, comfortable, high quality sound. On-ear design means mediocre noise isolation.
The Bose Soundtrue On-Ear Headphones come in a small and very light box, a sign of one the best plus-points for this model : comfort. They don't strike me as being long-term-durable but only time will tell; in fairness it must be impossible to create a very light pair of headphones that can also stand up to the rigours of accidents and general everyday use but like most people, I guess, I would choose lightness and comfort as a greater priority.
I'm fortunate enough to have two other pairs of headphones with which the Bose SoundTrue can be usefully compared - the similarly priced Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear, and the Klipsch Image One (Mark 1). Accordingly I have spent some time listening to a variety of music and doing A/B/C comparisons. I should add that the Klipsch Image One (Mark 1) used to carry a similar price tag to the Bose and Sennheiser but since the introduction of the Mark 2, the price has plummeted - but they more than stand their ground against the other two. In short, these are three similar quality headphones that are hard to tell apart.
But there is a pecking order. It's a fine line, but it's there.
In the end, it's the company that specialises in headphones - Sennheiser - that takes the honours here, but the Bose SoundTrue is a very close second, and it's better in sound isolation and comfort.
I started things off with Imelda May's Pulling the Rug from her album Mayhem. First impressions with the Bose 'phones was a very slightly back-from-front soundstage, as if the singer's voice was almost playing second fiddle to the many musical intruments being played. The voice wasn't right up there at the front as much as I wanted it to be. Switching to the title track Mayhem, this impression was retained, if slightly less so. A killer impression - always a big give-away - was my desire to switch to one of the other two 'phones, rather than to keep listening. With the Klipsch Image Ones, the overall vocal/music balance immediately felt better sorted, making Imelda May's voice the main focal point as it should be. The bass was a little punchier, but only slightly. One thought that wouldn't go away was that the Klipsch currently (April 2014) cost about £100 less, and I can imagine a lot of people preferring their sound.
I got a pair of these headsets when I wanted to listen to music from my laptop and MP4 in quality.
My friend mentioned that Bose were the best of the best when it came to audio devices, and after looking into them I could tell by the price I would have to pay that they probably were.
The headset fitted on the ear comfortably with its soft cushiony padding and the length was adjustable thanks to a sliding part included in the design.
Speaking of design; I feel that this headset look amazing, the shiny black gave it a futuristic and stylish look. and it seems to be built to survive a lot better than some of the cheaper skullcandy alternatives.
The sound coming from these things is amazing, if you have the money and want to splash out it's worth every penny, I bought a bose headset carry bag which helped protect them when they weren't in use and if you're willing to pay around £200 for these you'd be willing to pay a little more to protect them.
The mic included with this is of good quality when playing games, (this is the use I gave it) there was minimal feedback and picked up my words crystal clearly.