The Quiet Technologies Halo, or QT Halo is a popular in-ear headset made by a small business that specializes in these unique headset types. The big claim to fame of the QT Halo is a combination of the comfort and ergonomics of the higher-end Clarity Aloft combined with a price point $100 less. The downside is the QT Halo headset is not certified for use in part 121 and part 135 commercial flight. However, if you are a GA pilot desiring the benefits of an in-ear headset, the QT Halo is a prime option for you along with the Faro Air and Clarity Aloft headsets.
Quiet Technologies Halo Features
The QT Halo is a fairly basic, to-the-point headset. Here are the features:
- Price (Mid-2017): $359.00
- Battery-less control box with adjustable volume for each ear.
- Aux input (also works without a battery).
- Stereo/mono mode support.
- Lapel clip.
- Removable eartips. Several types included with purchase.
- Thin, stylish carrying case included.
- 45-day money back guarantee.
QT Halo Review
When shopping for an in-ear aviation headset, you really only have three options:
Each of these headsets are very similar to each other, but each fills a certain niche. For example, the only TSO-certified headset is the Clarity Aloft. If you want to use one of these in-ear aviation headsets for professional flying, you will need to use a Clarity Aloft “pro” or “pro plus”. The QT Halo is unique in that it is reportedly the most comfortable headset of the three and is also the cheapest. The other unique feature of the QT Halo is it’s ability to fold flat, allowing you to be able to store it in incredibly small or cramped spaces (and also sit on it without damaging it).
While we think the QT Halo should be your top pick if you are going for ergonomics, it leaves a little bit to be desired in fit and finish. The control box, for example, feels very cheaply made and we’re not sure that the volume knobs or cabling will last through any significant abuse.
One unique thing about the QT Halo is how they deliver their sound. Instead of having earbuds with speaker elements hanging off of the headset by wires, the QT Halo headset uses “sound tubes” to deliver sound from the headset body to the eartips. This is a really interesting design in that it should make cleaning the eartips trivial. It should also be theoretically pretty easy to replace the entire eartip and soundtube should any damage occur. Finally, the rubber tubes are slightly more comfortable to have brushing against your face from time to time as compared to the wires other headsets use.
One other note about the QT Halo is that it can be hard to get a hold of one of these headsets. They seem to be eternally out of stock and there are no wait lists. Therefore, if you want one of these, expect to wait for a little while.
If you are looking at in-ear headsets on a budget or need a headset without GA dual-plug inputs, you should strongly consider the Faro Air headset. It offers a really compelling feature package for a great price.
You can purchase the QT Halo at quiettechnologies.com by clicking here.