ANR headsets are expensive. Most pilots with a budget of under $500 opt for a PNR headset simply because for even less than that the best PNR headsets on the market are within reach, like a David Clark model.
However, the Faro G2 is the exception, offering student pilots in particular the chance to see what the fuss about ANR headsets are all about. Sure, a couple of compromises had to be made, like no Bluetooth or carrying case, but the G2 provides good noise reduction and can be depended upon, which is all you can really ask for at this price point. It is an excellent aviation headset for student pilots.
All things considered the G2 has a pretty good battery life. The best (and most expensive) aviation headsets on the market give you 45-50 hours, so 2x AA batteries providing 30 hours of power isn’t bad at all.
The build quality of the G2 is surprisingly good. There aren’t too many plastic parts to complain about, and it should hold up to frequent use.
At 13 oz the G2 is one of the lightest headsets on the market, making it relatively comfortable. Having said that, heavier headsets aren’t always a bad thing, as this can be a non-issue with good weight distribution. Generally, though, cheaper headsets are usually unable to distribute weight well. It is therefore good to see that the G2 is so light thereby enhancing comfort.
There is some clamping, but not to an extent where it is anything to worry about. The relatively minor clamping force seems like a conscious decision by Faro in order to improve comfort at the expense of passive noise reduction. This is no bad thing, considering this is an ANR headset after all. Just note that as with all headsets, the longer you continuously wear it for, the more any clamping pressure begins to become an issue.
The G2 has pretty good active noise reduction. Of course, it can’t be compared to headsets costing hundreds of dollars more, but it’s not that much worse than something like the Lightspeed Sierra. The main question is will it keep your hearing protected while flying? The answer is yes it most definitely will.
As mentioned, its passive noise reduction isn’t great, though. So, if the batteries die on you mid-flight you’ll definitely want to keep a couple of spares nearby.
A good thing to see is an NRR given, considering that even Bose and Lightspeed don’t provide this information. The NRR stands at 26 dB.
There is no Bluetooth on the Faro G2 – you have to get into the mid-priced range like the Lightspeed Sierra to enjoy that – but there is an audio input so you can listen to music. Sure, you aren’t getting the clarity a premium headset can deliver, but audio comes through clearly enough to pose no issues.
Given the G2’s relatively low price point, it’s good to see that more than just a 1-year warranty is offered. The headset is backed by a 3-year warranty.
With the Faro G2 being an ANR headset that is targeted to pilots on a budget, Faro had to cut costs somewhere. While this means there is no Bluetooth or carrying case, for student pilots looking for an ANR headset there is nothing better. It also serves as good backup pair for experienced pilots, or even a headset that passengers can use.
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