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 Post subject: Clarity Aloft Pro Plus
PostPosted: 20 Apr 2018, 22:26 
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Hello all,

I purchased the TSO version of clarity aloft today. My first impression is good. Super comfortable fit around my ears and glasses.

I can see that the real test is the comfort of the foam ear plugs. I wore them in for about an hour in traffic home tonight. I was impressed. However I can see that for some that don’t like slight pressure in their ear canal, it would be a deal breaker.

I splurged a little with the TSO version. Not because I’m a professional pilot, but because the thicker microphone boom felt rigid and solid. Once set it doesnt move even with shaking my head solid. The case is small and practical. I’ve used A20’s exclusively for 7 years now. Really like them. My only gripe is they aren’t comfortable with Oakley sun glasses after an hour. They begin to hurt my temples. I’ll pirep these once I’ve flown with them.

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 Post subject: Re: Clarity Aloft Pros
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As a disclaimer, I was initially interested in a CA competitor. Cheaper, with good reviews.

The 2 turn offs of the CA competitor was:

1. I’ve been checking their website for 8 weeks now after 7pm. Always no stock. I became non interested.

2. I watched a video here on BT of one of our youtube stars, and he kept tapping his mike before he spoke to get the boom close to his lips

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Cheaper


Will pirep these later,

Regards,

Mj


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 Post subject: Re: Clarity Aloft Pro Plus
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I got a TSO set about four years ago and I've been a big fan- right up until recently when the microphone decided to stop working after about 200 hours of service. Trust me, I've babied these things the whole time, always put them back in the nylon case, never pulled on any of the wires the wrong way.

I have to send them in for service next week so I'll follow up with a pirep on the repair/customer service side of things.

I do like the sound quality, the noise protection (protecting my ears), and the comfort a lot. I've always put foamies in my ears when I fly so the ear pieces in these don't bother me for a ten minute flight or for a several hours long flight.


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 Post subject: Re: Clarity Aloft Pros
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As a disclaimer, I was initially interested in a CA competitor. Cheaper, with good reviews.

The 2 turn offs of the CA competitor was:

1. I’ve been checking their website for 8 weeks now after 7pm. Always no stock. I became non interested.

2. I watched a video here on BT of one of our youtube stars, and he kept tapping his mike before he spoke to get the boom close to his lips

Pros:

Cheaper


Will pirep these later,

Regards,

Mj



My guess he was holding the Halos for Sun N Fun :shrug: I went to his booth Saturday morning to let my wife try them and he had them in stock. We didn’t go to the Clarity booth after that.

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 Post subject: Re: Clarity Aloft Pro Plus
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Hello Michael,

If I had the opportunity to try a similar product for near 1/2 price, I probably would have gone the same route.

Now that being said. The clarity product works very well. The boom was solid during flight. The medium plugs fit my ears comfortably, and the speaker sound was 5/5 clear.

I noticed more background engine noise on run up than my A20’s, but not in a bad way, just different. During flight, the differences were negligeable. It felt strange flying with what felt like no headset atol.

My first impression was favorable. I do think 725$ is overpriced, but it is a novel product.

I would be curious to hear how you feel your boom performs during flight and turbulence.

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Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Clarity Aloft Pro Plus
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Overall I love my Clarity

Have flown about 600 hours with mine and no problem.

I am considering having them modified with better ear pieces, the actual transducer. There are much better sounding in ear tranducers than what they use. I listen to a lot of music while flying and they sound horrible.

Just need to get the courage up to hack up a expensive headset. LOL

I put on a set of Bose A20 the other day and what a pain to have such heavy and large headset. When you get used to the lightness of the Clarity it’s hard to go back.


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 Post subject: Re: Clarity Aloft Pro Plus
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I‘Ve had mine for a year now. Use them preferably to my light speeds. Much more comfortable. I had custom ear molds made for mine which are more comfy than the foam plugs also.


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 Post subject: Re: Clarity Aloft Pro Plus
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I‘Ve had mine for a year now. Use them preferably to my light speeds. Much more comfortable. I had custom ear molds made for mine which are more comfy than the foam plugs also.


Jeremy. Who made your ear molds? I’ve heard of people having molds at Costco made and drilling them to insert the microphone.

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 Post subject: Re: Clarity Aloft Pro Plus
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Make your own molds

https://www.howtogeek.com/57481/how-to- ... -monitors/


I have not done it yet for my Clarity set

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Make your own molds

https://www.howtogeek.com/57481/how-to- ... -monitors/


I have not done it yet for my Clarity set


Interesting. I would like to hear a pirep on someone that has done this.

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 Post subject: Re: Clarity Aloft Pro Plus
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I love mine and have had them 3 years now! I wear hats to keep the sun out of my eye's and glasses as well. I hate having something squeezing my head like a Bose,Dave Clark, or any head set that goes over my head.

They sound wonderful and you don't even feel them when you have them on.

$0.02......

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 Post subject: Re: Clarity Aloft Pro Plus
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I‘Ve had mine for a year now. Use them preferably to my light speeds. Much more comfortable. I had custom ear molds made for mine which are more comfy than the foam plugs also.


Jeremy. Who made your ear molds? I’ve heard of people having molds at Costco made and drilling them to insert the microphone.

Thanks,

Mark


My audiologist did. I have an ENT practice and audiology department. You just need to get the mold made and send the headset with it for them to make the mold screw onto the ear piece. Should not be more than $100

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I seem to recall some controversy regarding hearing protection with ANR headsets here on BT. The discussion seems to involve the idea that although anr cancels the noise , the energy of the noise is still transmitted to the middle ear ossicles , hence u could still be damaging your ears. Given this , I'm about ready to try clarity aloft. Can anyone comment on any updates on this controversy? I'd be delighted if this could be proven false and anr does protect hearing


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I have used the Clarity Aloft now for about ten years. 6year airline 4 years in Corporate. I like them for the jets I fly. I thought they were a little loud in my Bo. I use the A20 in the Bo. Maybe its time to give the CA another try. But for the Jet they are great. Though I am really looking forward to trying the new in ear Bose headsets coming out in May.

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I have not done it yet for my Clarity set


Interesting. I would like to hear a pirep on someone that has done this.

I have always used the foam inserts in my racecar ( same as the Halo's). I recently spent the money to have the custom molds made. I would not recommend this for aviation. There is simply no way that a mold can fill the ear canal as well as an expanding foam plug, and this is addressed on the Quite Technologies website.
I have both the Clarity Aloft and Halo's and, at least for me, the Halo's perform better. I attribute this to the yellow foam plugs forming a better seal than the grey plugs on the QA's. The fact that the Halo is half the cost is a huge plus also.
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