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Sennheiser HMEC 461 Aviation Headset Delivers Outstanding Sound Quality and Flexibility for Amateur Pilots and Enthusiasts

Old Lyme, Conn. – July 26, 2010: Aviation headset manufacturer Sennheiser, a sponsor of AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, introduces its HMEC 461 headset, the latest in its 460 series of headsets. Designed primarily for private pilots operating propeller and turbo-prop aircraft, the HMEC 461 features the same outstanding sound quality as its HMEC 460 cousin; it also introduces powerful connectivity options and is designed for battery operation.

Like the HMEC 460, the 461 includes powerful features such as a lightweight control unit that allows pilots to easily activate NoiseGard™, as well as the ability to select a stereo or mono signal or independently adjust right and left volume controls. Additionally, pilots can connect a mobile phone or an audio source to the unit; any time a radio signal is received, the audio source is automatically interrupted and the ATC signal is transmitted.

Sennheiser's NoiseGard™ technology reduces high-level continuous noise by about 90 percent in the cockpit, including noise from slipstream and engines. Depending on flight conditions, NoiseGard™ can be switched on or off, working much like a conventional passive headset once the power supply--in this case batteries--is deactivated.

The HMEC 461, whose battery life extends up to 30 hours, also delivers the goods when it comes to comfort and isolation. Its closed ear cups feature plush, leatherette ear pads that not only seal out cockpit noise, but that reduce contact pressure on the head--making it ideal whether they are being used on short or long flights.

"By introducing the HMEC 461 at AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, we are making our 460 series of aviation headsets even more compelling to non-commercial pilots and enthusiasts," commented Joerg Buchberger, business segment manager, professional headsets and aviation, Sennheiser. "We believe that once pilots try our aviation headsets they will be so impressed with the intelligibility, audio quality and overall comfort that they will never look back."

The HMEC 461 and other models will be on display and available for demonstration at Sennheiser's tent at AirVenture Oshkosh 2010.