Sun, Jan 30, 2011
The DRE-205e Claims Hi-Fidelity Audio In A Portable Unit
For the aircraft renter who is looking for high-quality sound
from their intercom, DRE Communications has released its DRE-205e.
The unit is a complete redesign of the popular DRE model 201.
"We originally started making intercoms so that pilots could
actually hear the full range of the high quality audio our headsets
provide," says DRE's Pat Hartley. "You don't have to be an
audiophile to hear the difference. A well designed and manufactured
intercom like the 205e makes all the difference in the world."
Feedback from DRE's ongoing field testing has been exceptional.
Data on everything from mechanical issues to installation
challenges for the anodized aluminum, Mil-Spec cabled intercom has
been positive. Customers applaud the 205e's added extras, like
standard cell phone interface and music input. "Pilots aren't used
to hearing 'home stereo quality' in the cockpit. We like to have
them try our active noise reduction headset with the new 205e
stereo intercom and watch their eyes light up," said Hartley.
The new DRE-205e can be used as a portable intercom or
permanently installed in the panel. Accessory inputs allow the unit
to be connected to a suite of other devices, including engine
monitors, collision avoidance equipment and other instruments with
auditory alarms such as stall warnings and altimeter alerts.
DRE will provide optional mounting flanges allowing installation
into LSAs and ultralights. The 205e can run on ship power or two 9V
batteries. There is also an automatic failsafe allowing the pilot
to use the radio in the event of a loss of power to the
The DRE-205e stereo intercom can be configured for 2, 4 or
6-place applications. Passengers and pilots enjoy individual
squelch circuits and PTT jacks. There is a stuck mic warning (both
visual and audio) and the unit automatically mutes any cockpit
entertainment to allow communication with ATC. "We are very proud
of what our engineers have built into the new 205e," Hartley says
matter-of-factly. "For everyone who liked our original intercom, we
think they will love this one!"
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