Lightspeed ZULU.2 (Straight Cord, Dual GA Plugs, Battery Power)
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- With patent-pending Microport VentSM technology, the new Zulu offers greater ANR consistency and performance over a deep, broad range of low frequency noise. The magnesium ear cup is superior at blocking out high frequency noise.
- Weighing in at about 13 ounces, the LightcomfortSM design includes plush ear seals, exceptional fit and 15% less side pressure.
- The new Zulu’s full-function Bluetooth connectivity provides enhanced sound quality for voice, Bluetooth-enabled phones, streaming stereo music or compatible audio devices.
- Never miss important radio communications with patented ComPriority which lowers the volume of any auxiliary device automatically during radio or intercom transmissions.
- An integrated control box auxiliary input offers an additional option for connecting a cell phone, music player or other audio device
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A distinctive new look and continuous innovation make the new Zulu the ultimate blend of design, technology and high performance. Zulu once again sets the standard by which all premium ANR headsets are measured.
Lightspeed engineers researched how pilots perceive noise at various frequencies in the cockpit, then developed technology providing focused noise attenuation over the most critical ranges. The result is a headset with the ultimate performance profile and industry-leading total noise cancellation attributes.
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The noise canceling of the LS worked great when it worked, and the blue tooth features were nice. However, quite often I heard squealing when the headset was not positioned exactly right, which caused ATC to be hard to understand at times. I also didn't like the passive noise reduction. The headset cancels the low frequency noise from the engine very well, but it doesn't attenuate the wind noise very much. I could see where this would be a big issue if the batteries went dead and I didn't have a spare set.
The David Clark has much better passive noise cancellation.
Consequently, I repaired my David Clark and went back to using it as my main headset. To my ears the DC seems to have higher sound quality and better overall noise cancellation than the LS.
Update Feb 2013:
The LightSpeed folks saw my review and told me that there must be something wrong with my headset. They asked me to send it in and I did. They covered the cost of shipping both ways and repaired it. Now, it sounds great! The squealing is totally gone. Now, it's the way it should be, and it is my primary headset again. Thanks LightSpeed!!
Open the matte black box the Zulu 2 comes in and right away the headset shows off it's quality. Lightspeed sells the Zulu 2 in a hardened Cordura nylon case. It's far nicer than the case A20 comes in but slightly bulky (I can't fit this case into the headset compartment on my Sporty's FlightGear bag!). Unzip this case and lift the lid to reveal the Zulu 2 along with it's accessory cables and clothing clips. The Zulu is a thing of beauty - all magnesium with a stainless steel headband and leather ear cups and padding. It's light and very comfortable to wear. The steel headband gives the cups an assuring fit and a good seal, even while wearing sunglasses. I initially thought that it might be a tad too tight but I wore my new Zulu for several hours listening to music and never encountered any discomfort and/or "head clamp" effect. Unlike the Bose sets, Zulus completely enclose the ears. I like this feature on a headset but will admit it makes the speaker cups bigger than the Bose models and some people, particularly women with long hair may find it less accommodating to wear than the Xs or A20s. The mike is attached to the left speaker cup via a flexible gooseneck boom. A downside to this headset is that the mike cannot be reversed or worn on the right side, so you better like your mike on the left if you're going to buy these muffs. It might do Lightspeed good to update a later version of the Zulu 2 with the capability to wear the mike on the RH; I do not know if a demand for this feature is very high, though.
The cord contains a module for the headset's batteries as well as volume and Bluetooth controls. The compartment itself is a little difficult to open, but once you get the hang of it, it's no problem. The controls are easy to use, though the Bluetooth pairing is a little cryptic, though it goes smoothly if you follow the supplied instructions. The headset also provides an aux jack plus cables so you can connect a device such as an iPhone for listening to music through. This is additionally possible using the Bluetooth pairing but I find the sound quality is less than it would be using aux cables - in addition to draining the batteries faster. Speaking if battery life, a pair of standard alkaline AA batteries will get you about 40 or so hours of standard use. I use lithium ion batteries in my Zulu 2 and consistently see about 70 hours of service life from them per battery change.
USING THE ZULU 2 HEADSET
My first flight with the Lightspeed Zulu 2 headset occurred on a blustery and overcast day out at Savannah Intl. (KSAV). After plugging the headset in and doing the usual startup procedures, I found the ANR system energized within 1-2 seconds after turning on the master avionics switch and with that - SILENCE! I was simply amazed as to just how much noise the headset really did eliminate. There is totally a night and day difference between it and my old David Clark PNR headset. It's so good you find that you have to relearn exterior engine and wind noise sounds for aircraft performance judgment. One curious sidenote was that the engine sounds of the CE-172 I was sitting in while wearing the headset with the ANR switched on were exactly identical to that of the engine noise found in the Microsoft FSX CE-172! The flight itself was great but I found myself more engaged in flying than doing any real kind of evaluation of the headset. The weather, though VFR, was overcast and blustery and the Class C airspace over KSAV was even busier than normal with controllers seeming to have to squeeze me in for pattern work between a series of regional jet arrivals and departures. I have since gone on to do several long cross country flights using the Zulu 2 headset and found it makes my flights immensely more comfortable.
All in all, this is an excellent headset. Like the A20, it's expensive, but well worth it.
Great noise cancellation.
Cable is great and does not tangle easily.
Lacks stereo bluetooth to stream audio. Bluetooth works for phone calls.
Includes 3.5mm cable to use for other devices.
Music controls on remote is a great advantage.
Cable and remote are just the right length to be in reach while flying.
Does not include a 3.5 mm jack. So will only function as bluetooth stereo headphones. Can be used for music streaming.
Includes port to charge device from aircraft power.
Lightspeed Zulu 2.0:
Can be used for bluetooth audio.
Includes 3.5mm jack to be used for other devices.
Flightlink app can be used with ipad for recording conversations.( havent used it yet).
I would have chosen sennheiser, but got the lightspeed from their site for 100$ less. If you dont need to listen to music while flying, go Bose.
If you want stereo bluetooth, voice recording Lightspeed Zulu.
Bose , lightspeed can be plugged into any 3.5 mm plug.
Sennheiser cannot be used that way.
Sennheiser's music controls on remote( play/pause/ fwd/rwd) are great. It can be charged from aircraft power.
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We have 2 Zulu 2s in our Cirrus. Both 4 years old. On one of the headsets the control box has melted into a gooey mess.Read more