November 1999 Issue

Audio Panel Shootout

On the high-end models, PSEngineering has a slight edge in audio quality but we prefer Garmin’s buttons and operability.

Not so long ago—in the days when the comm blared over a cabin speaker cranked up somewhere above the threshold of pain—no one cared about audio quality. Heck, if you could understand the words, what more did you need?

Headsets have changed that. Everyone wears them and like everyone else, we’re bothered when an airplane checks onto a busy ATC sector with scratchy or fuzzy audio. How can you tell if an airplane has a poor audio system? Listen to one with good audio.

And believe us, there’s plenty of good audio out there in the form of state-of-the-art navcomms and, recently, intense competition in the audio panels that tie all this stuff together. In days of yore, an audio panel was...

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