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New pilot headset set to compete against other high-end models

July 26, 2011, 12:04 pm

Audio device producer Sennheiser has unveiled a new noise-canceling headset for pilots. The S1 Digital headset is expected to challenge Bose for domination of the high-end headset market, as both Sennheiser and Bose's products are in the same price range.

The new S1 Digital was designed by the BMW Group DreamWorks. It comes equipped with Bluetooth technology for cell phone use and music playback while in flight, and can be powered by the aircraft or through batteries.

One of the highlighted features of the S1 Digital is it's NoiseGard button, which when pressed adapts the anti-noise signal to the ambient sounds of the cockpit to better cancel them out. It also features a system for increasing speech articulation during cockpit communications and the attached microphone can be adjusted to the right or left earpiece. The headband itself has three different pressure settings to accommodate different head shapes, and there's a flexible soft zone near where the pilot's temple will rest for added comfort for those who wear glasses.

In 2010, there were 1,384 accidents in general aviation, resulting in 453 fatalities across 267 fatal accidents, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. As always, new technology and products like Sennheiser's S1 Digital seek to make flying safer and more comfortable for aviation enthusiasts, who already have to worry about estate planning for pilots.

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