Garmin 340 or 347 Audio Panel?

Garmin 340 or 347 Audio Panel?

I'm am about to bite the bullet and have installed a new audio panel in my Cessna 150M. The old ARC is well......you know. I am trying to decise whether to get the Garmin 340 or 347? The order of the marker beacon lights on the 340s appears to be not in a logical orde. Anyone have any experience with either of these audio panels?

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Re: Garmin 340 or 347 Audio Panel?

Aviation Consumer rated the PS Engineering 8000B as a better audio panel

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I've installed all 3 audio panels and i prefer the Garmin GMA 347. I work for an avionics shop in Lincoln, CA and the 347 is my favorite to install. It has a built in voice recorder, easy removable back shells and can be connected to a laptop  to change button usage, customize differnt audio levels, and much more. 347 is the way to go.

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I would suggest you save a few dollars...

Take a look at the PS engineering 6000 series.  it's not long in features, but it works well, and has everything you really need.

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From my visits to avionics shops all around the country, I have been told many times that after their first install of the GMA347, many shops just won't install another one.

Why?

It is exactly the PC programming that limits the flexibility of the audio panel.

For example. The PMA8000B has a front panel push button labeled Mute. This is the button that will turn on and off the muting circuit. (better known as the Karaoke mode).

With the GMA347, you have to program the unit while it is attached to the PC to mute during radio reception or not to mute during radio reception. Once set, it will always perform the same way. Think of it, never being able to turn ON the mute for the aircraft radio until you reconnect it to a PC, and then only an Avionics shop can perform such a change.

We support cellular telephones, there is a list at www.ps-engineering.com/pma8000b.shtml click on Cellular Telephone to see a list of phones that work.

Our IntelliVox works flawlessly. Since 1997, we have shipped over 66,000 systems and everyone just loves our automatic VOX.

Plus, the GMA347 uses 2 77 pin connectors. Filling up the first 77 pin connector first and then using many fewer pins on the second connector. This is awfully tight.

There is a list of comparisons at www.ps-engineering.com/compare.shtml you might want to look at that before making your final decision.

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PS Engineering, Inc.

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I second the 8000B.  I would not put anything im my airplane but a PSE box.  The features and the performance of 8000 series audio panels are second to none.

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