David Clark's Latest

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David Clark Co.'s new X11 Electronic Noise-Canceling aviation headset has hit the market, with "dramatically enhanced" comfort and new user-friendly features. The X11 represents the culmination of years of research and development, the company says, based on the input of dozens of commercial and GA pilots. The sleek, lightweight headset uses a low-force carbon-fiber suspension assembly and fabric-faced, contoured gel ear seals for comfort. The entire headset weights just 12 ounces and folds compactly into its own carrying case. A small control unit, powered by two AA batteries (good for about 30 hours), features inputs for your cellphone and music player. "We've asked numerous pilots to weigh in on what they wanted in an aviation headset and our engineers have responded with the X11. It's a totally unique design that is different from anything else on the market," product manager Dennis Buzzell said. Lots more details about the headset, and links to retailers, can be found online. The list price is $865 but every site we looked at was selling it for $799. A panel-mount version is currently in development, the company says.