Well chosen piece of equipment to include as part of the flex lineup You do indeed get what you pay for. Good equipment sells itself, this one should be a top seller.
Very much a quality product - "Life Tool" is the category I would put these headsets/boomsets into.
Just purchased their model tailored for vintage radios, which is a neat juxposition of the newest best (boomset) and the vintage best (Collins KWM-2A).
Also worth noting the Radiosport headsets are the best for a large person. I have aftermarket longer hoop pieces on my David-Clarks, my Peltor headset just makes it when fully extended, The Heils are not so nice on a big skull (think pincers - ouch), and the various Telrex/Plantor/Others also fail to fit.
For receive only there are a couple Sennheiser studio monitor line headsets that work, but they still are not as comfortable as the Radiosport.
Chris (and others),
I'm curious as to what is so much better in comparison to the Heil Pro7. To me the design looks near identical. What is the weight of the RS60CF?
I have a Heil Pro7 and I'm pretty happy with it...of course you can adjust the length of the steel headband and even bend the material to create more or less pressure on the ears. So what is the difference?
Hi Paul M0CVX
The Pro7 is an excellent set and arguably the strongest competitor to the Radiosport. I have the RC60CF and just took delivery of an RS22CR which is the classic radio version.
I'll put the RS60CF on the postal scale to check it's weight. Interestingly "in the hand" it feels a bit massive, but when worn it the experience is a noteworthy lack of awareness of the headset. I've worn the RS60CF four hours continuous only to be yanked when I got up to move having forgotten I had the headset on.
The build quality and attention to details - small but important things like gold plating contacts, having a synthetic fiber insert in the cables, the quality of the gel cushions with their covers - all things that come together well on the RS60CF.
You do have the very best that Heil offers and it should be a great headset. Whether the incremental differences to an RS60CF would be worth considering any potential change is a lot different than if you were running a standard level Heil.
Could well be into the area of personal preference being as important as any specification differences.
Back with a weight when I bring the headset in to weigh, unless someone else has the weight at hand?
I have had mine for about 4 years now and I wouldn't trade them for anything - they are quite simply the very best.
I would, however like to see a shoot out between the two. There have been lots of poor reviews of the Pro 7 on Eham deservedly or not.
I agree with Chris...
I have used both but really prefer the RadioSport over the Heil
My issue with Heil is that their quality had really diminished over the years. So much so that our Heil's never survived the abuse of the contest season at the contest station without needing repairs. We bought one RadioSport several years ago...it survived all the abuse.. so we dumped all the Heil's and replaced them with RadioSport's. Interestingly once a visiting ham uses the contest station RadioSports for one contest, they seem to immediately buy one for themselves.
Last year at Visalia I had the opportunity to take apart both a RadioSport and a Pro7 side by side.. the differences in quality of construction and components were visible with the RadioSport looking to be much higher quality.. I should have taken pictures.. maybe this year at Visalia..
I still have a couple of Heil Prosets in my junk box collection at home that I give to visitors to use but everyone always wants to use the RadioSport...
The build quality of the RS headsets is very high, while the Heil stuff has gotten noticeably cheaper (some would say "junkier", if that's a word) over the years.
I talked to the guy from Arlan last year at the ARRL South Western Division HAMCON in Torrance, and he told me their gear is their own design, and shares nothing with anybody else. I mention this because I told him they *looked* like they were based on the David Clark headsets, which are extremely high quality, and were my GOTO headsets before I bought the RS headset.
I have nothing against Heil, other than I think most of his product line is grossly overpriced for what you get.
I own a Kenwood TS-990S and was looking at the Radiosport Headset. The reason I decided against it was that there were too many extra costs to connect the Radiosport to the 990S versus one cable for the Pro-7. And to be honest I am not sorry with my decision.
Perhaps what one looks for in a headset is just the same as what one is looking for in a transceiver. I guess to summarize my comment would be this. If one likes the Radiosport great. If one likes the Pro-7 great. To each his own!
Mark Griffin, KB3Z
Well, I've got to say that I was sceptical about how much difference there was between the Heil Pro7 and the RS60CF. So in a fit of impulsiveness I bought an RS60CF...and I'm so glad I did!
Despite the very similar external appearance there are so many subtle differences in design and build: headband 'pillow' is a softer better quality vinyl, steel headband is better finished and less agricultural, headband tightening screws are completely different, earshells are slightly shallower as well as potentially different material, mic boom and mic are completely different, headset lead is thicker but marginally more pliable, ear cover gel seems softer. All in all, despite the casual visual similarity, the RS60CF is, in my opinion, a higher quality product albeit slightly heavier (523 grams for headset no leads, as opposed to 495 grams for the Heil).
Given that there is virtually no price difference here in the UK, for any European Hams considering one of the two - my recommendation would be to go for the Radiosport headset. I'll keep my Heil on my second radio for the time being, but the RS60CF is staying plugged in to the 6500 :-)
Hope this helps those that either can't do a physical comparison before buying, or like me were sceptical of the differences...