Headsets Inc. and DRE are expected to merge soon to provide a single place for technology that relates to aviation communications.
According to a report from AMT Online, Headsets– which specializes in active noise canceling – and DRE Communications – an avionics manufacturer – will merge in 2011.
Headsets has provided active noise canceling headsets, as well as products to upgrade aviator headsets and helmets, since 1994.
Active noise reduction seeks out ambient noise and then suppresses it using a microphone, electronics and a speaker. The system reverses the noise by 180 degrees, and plays it back to cancel the noise, according to the company website.
The systems offered by the company are for military and civilian uses, AMT (News - Alert) Online said. Among those provided services are flight teams, like AeroShell or Lima Lima, AMT Online added.
The active noise reduction kits fit the headsets already available on the market – thus letting users to continue to hold onto and use their current headset, according to AMT Online. An ANR kit, which customers or a factory installs, offers a level of noise reduction better than any other manufacturer, AMT Online said.
DRE Communications Co. offers a diverse range of headsets. These include those with low-cost prices all the way to high-end models. In addition, DRE is offering an intercom line, such as the DRE-205e portable stereo intercom, AMT Online said.
According to the DRE website, the 205e features:
A redesign of the DRE 201
A two-place intercom
An option for mounting rails that lets installation take place in Ultralights and LSA
Accessory inputs for stall warning; altimeter alert; collision avoidance; and engine monitor
Auto muting with manual override
Music input for iPod, MP3 players, CD and DVD
Squelch circuits and PTT jacks
Auxiliary power input
Failsafe communication during a power loss
Stuck mic warning
Anodized aluminum case
Mil spec quality cabling
In other noise reduction news, TMCnet reported that Acoustiblok is offering a do-it-yourself sound reduction product, called Quiet Fiber.
Ed Silverstein is a TMCnet contributor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Janice McDuffee