David Clark is the most trusted name in the aviation industry, and are known for designing the best PNR aviation headsets. The H10-30, H10-13.4, and H20-10 are three of the very best out there.
These three headsets are similar enough to group together rather than talk about individually with just a couple of minor differences between them. Any difference in price is also limited to $50-100.
We all probably know a pilot who has used the same David Clark headset for the past 20-30 years. It therefore comes as no surprise that the build quality of these three models are superb. You will not find a company that designs more durable headsets than David Clark.
All three headsets offer the best in-class passive noise reduction thanks to the excellent yet comfortable seal they provide.
The H10-30 has the slightly better NRR at 24 dB compared to the H10-13.4 (23 dB), and H20-10 (22 dB). Still, they all do an excellent job of significantly reducing noise in the cockpit while allowing you to hear what you need to hear.
If you’ve used both foam and gel ear seals, you know just how much difference this can make to comfort. Not just for extended wearing periods, but particularly when it comes to keeping your ears cool and sweat-free. It’s therefore good to see that all headsets use gel ear seals.
The H10-13.4 is noticeably lighter than the other headsets. This does make is marginally more comfortable. Only marginally because weight distribution is very good from all three, though. Clamping pressure and tightness is kept down a minimum, which isn’t always the easiest thing considering PNR headsets are all about the seal. Another thing that contributes to the H10-13.4’s better comfort is its head pad that is double padded.
The H10-13.4 weighs 16.5 ounces, the H20-10 19 ounces, and the H10-30 20 ounces.
No complaints when it comes to audio quality. Despite more modern and often cheaper headsets, like the ASA HS-1A, being able to take advantage of more advanced technology, none of these headsets show their age. Audio will come though very clearly.
One thing you should note about the H10-30, however, is that the microphone is overly sensitive. It can pick up a bit too much background noise. There is no such issue with the H10-13.4 or H20-10.
None of the headsets feature an audio input, and all come with single volume controls.
If you need to buy a TSO approved ANR headset, you have a few options including headsets from Bose, Lightspeed, and David Clark. However, it’s different story when it comes to PNR headsets – your options are very much limited. Thankfully, these three headsets from David Clark are all TSO Approved.
All three headsets are backed by David Clark’s standard 5-year warranty. David Clark has built up a reputation over the years for providing excellent customer support. So in the unlikely event you have an issue, David Clark will take care of you in the form of a repair of full replacement.
While you can’t go wrong with any of these headsets, if we had to rank them the H10-13.4 would come out on top, and the H20-10 would probably just edge out the H10-30 due to its better microphone.
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