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WhiskeyTango
05-12-2010, 10:36 AM
Hey guys, I have a question about headsets. I am interested in purchasing a headset, because good communication in skirmishes definitely helps out; but I am a little confused on what to get. I do most of my shopping on evike (http://www.airsoftpost.com ) and they have several communication options. I personally am looking for a headset, but cannot decide what to get. I do not know what the difference is between: Bowman Type, SEL Type, and Type C. I was hoping maybe some of you more experienced players could point me in the right direction.
On a side note, I think I will be attending the May 23rd event. It will be my first skirmish since I moved to Texas, so I'm pretty excited. Thanks in advance!
link to communications: http://www.airsoftpost.com/index.php?cPath=30_135

AustinWolv
05-12-2010, 11:06 AM
Check out this search link for 'headset (http://www.lonestarairsoft.com/forums/search.php?searchid=293335)'.

Whatever route you go, do not include throat mics. Listening to them is brutally annoying. Your squadmates/command will be much happier if you use a conventional boom mic.

Vert-x
05-12-2010, 11:26 AM
As usual it comes down to personal preference and what you feel is right/works for you.
That being said here are the takeaways I had from all three headsets.
Bowman
- Light weight
- Tight fit on larger heads
- Holes in ear cup allow for some of the ambient noise around you to be heard - ventilation.
SEL
- Light weight
- Tight fit on larger heads
- No holes in ear cup will decrease what you can hear around you from the left side.
- No holes means no ventilation – ears gets sweaty and uncomfortable.
Type C
- Bulky
- Allows use on larger heads
- No ventilation – ears gets sweaty and headset gets uncomfortable after some use.
- I seem to hear things better when compared to the other two – Is this due to the electronics , that both ears are covered or a combination of both – I don’t know.

In terms of build/quality they are pretty close with perhaps the Type C having a slight leg up.

Edit:

Good advice AW - Stay away from throat mics.

WhiskeyTango
05-12-2010, 09:20 PM
Thank you for the tips (I did a search and learned so more good info). I had never heard of the OTTO line, and it looks pretty good, but I think I will start off with a lower model just to get a feel, and see if it's worth shelling out some bucks. I've already dumped soo much money into this hobby with gear and replicas that I'm hesitant to spend a lot for something I have never even tested. But again, thanks for all the info, it was a big help!

CALI
05-13-2010, 07:34 AM
Thank you for the tips (I did a search and learned so more good info). I had never heard of the OTTO line, and it looks pretty good, but I think I will start off with a lower model just to get a feel, and see if it's worth shelling out some bucks. I've already dumped soo much money into this hobby with gear and replicas that I'm hesitant to spend a lot for something I have never even tested. But again, thanks for all the info, it was a big help!

I have an OTTO Breeze that I have been using for 6 years with no issues at all. If you can wait and save the money for an Icom and pair it with the OTTO Breeze. You will save more money in the long run.

HammerHead
05-13-2010, 08:43 AM
To mix your original point, WhiskeyTango, with Cali's... There are a number of eBay retailers who offer a headset very similar to the Otto Breeze for anywhere between $20 and $35 (price variances and shipping). These items are not as sturdy as the Otto product, nor do they have the endurance, but they will serve to give you an impression of the headset in general.

This item (http://cgi.ebay.com/Ultra-Light-Headset-w-Mic-Icom-IC-W32-T2A-etc-/310218143865?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item483a713879) (eBay ID#: 310218143865) is one such replica headset. It is designed to function with an ICOM radio, hence it will likely not be ideal for you. If you search eBay, though, for "lightweight headset" or "light headset" and specify your radio type you may find similar items more suitable to your immediate needs.

If you try this headset and like it, I would second Cali's point strongly. An ICOM paired with a genuine Otto Breeze is a worthwhile investment which will make you very happy. The real Breeze push to talk button is far more robust, waterproof and easier to press in the field. These replicas tend to cut corners at the PTT and offer a miniscule button which is not always easy to use when under stress.

Mir
05-13-2010, 06:58 PM
I own one of the nock-off headsets that HH suggested. It works, but does lack in some area's. The main issue I ran into was when I had my radio volume set to "high" the headset would crack due to the cheap speaker used. I purchased mine from Ebay through a Chinese dealer. You might have better luck quality wise.

jeremywills
05-14-2010, 02:17 PM
The Otto Breeze is an excellent choice, even if you choose something other than an ICOM radio to pair it with the headsets a worthy investment with any radio. I had the chance to borrow a set along with an ICOM F4 for a short while and it was really nice. When I decided it was time to get my own setup I knew it was going to be on my shopping list.

Another option I kept coming across that was being compared in quality and almost the same price to the Otto was the Pryme Patriot series. They call it a "breeze" to wear so its obvious who they were marketing these towards when they released them. These headsets are available in just about any radio connection configuration out there too. It tends to trend just a bit cheaper than the OTTO but everyone kept saying its on par quality wise with the OTTO.

I wound up eventually going this route and have been extremely pleased with the performance of it and my ICOM F4. I've since upgraded to thier modular version, same basic headset but with the large "easy" button tactical push to talk and glad I did. I hated fumbling for a tiny button. Sometimes with all your gear on in the middle of an airsoft firefight a small sized ptt button can be hard target to nail without looking down for it. Its really nice with the big easy sized button as I can keep my eyes focused on the field ahead of me where it should be at all times. Just something to eventually consider if your thinking you want to get serious about your radio setup and skirmishing frequently.

http://www.pryme.com/products/headset/SPM-1400

http://www.pryme.com/products/tacticalkit/SPM-1400T

Best of luck with your future decision making. Ultimately you will be most happy investing in a serious setup if you intend to stick around this hobby for a good while. I'm glad I finally did. It was a world of difference going from those el cheapo talkabout type units to a serious GMRS setup. Just take note, you should be obtaining an FCC license if you opt for the higher powered GMRS type radios.

Smitty
05-18-2010, 12:44 AM
I use a Pryme SPM100Remote Speaker mic...
http://www.123radios.com/Pryme-SPM-100-Series.asp
Connected to a Pryme EH1300 ear piece.
http://www.123radios.com/Pryme-EH-1300-Series.asp

I've had mine for a while, with ZERO issues. And I beat the crap outta my gear.

RevSM
05-18-2010, 08:47 AM
If you decide to go with an ICOM (which I also recommend) I would also recommend one of these if you want a cheaper option for the headset.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Medium-Duty-Ear-Hanger-Headset-w-Mic-Icom-Standard-/350350780294?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item519288a786

It's only $20 and I've been using mine for several years now with no issues. While not like the "easy button", it has a fairly large button.