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List Price: $800.00
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Lightspeed Zulu.2 Headset


The Lightspeed Zulu.2 Headset

A distinctive 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.

With patent-pending Microport Vent technology and new electronic cancellation components, the new Zulu offers improved active noise reduction (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 Lightcomfort design includes plush ear seals, exceptional fit and 15% less side pressure.

With the patent-pending Dual Aperture Disc Microphone and re-designed speakers, the new Zulu delivers unparalleled voice clarity with crisp, rich audio. Studio quality audio is delivered using an integrated Front Row Center (FRC) and stereo cross-feed technology. In addition, the new microphone design provides greater noise rejection for clearer, more intelligible communications.

FlightLink for iPad / iPhone
The first in-flight cockpit recording application for the Apple iPad and iPhone. The free FlightLink app works seamlessly with the Lightspeed Zulu.2 headsets to capture and retrieve incoming and outgoing communications. Store multiple flight recordings on your device or computer, and enjoy instant playback of Air Traffic Control transmissions. On the iPad, draw notes on the large scratchpad. Easily toggle from other apps to access recordings and notes.

A low-profile, stainless steel headband provides lightweight durability and excellent cabin clearance.

Bluetooth Connectivity
The new Zulu's full-function Bluetooth connectivity provides enhanced sound quality for voice, music or compatible audio devices.

Cell Phone/Music Connection
An integrated control box auxiliary input offers an additional option for connecting a cell phone, music player or other audio device.

Stereo or Mono
Match audio panel inputs with a quick switch to stereo or mono.

Never miss important radio communications with patented ComPriority which lowers the volume of any auxiliary device automatically during radio or intercom transmissions.

Auto Shutoff
Lightspeed's proprietary Auto Shutoff feature saves battery life by automatically shutting down the headset power when not in use.

Carrying case, cell phone/music patch cords, cord clip, 2 AA batteries, foam windscreen

Trade-Up Program

Aviation Headset Trade-In Program Trade in your old, working, headset for credit towards the purchase of the Lightspeed Zulu.2 headset!
Get the details of our Headset Trade-In Program.

Lightspeed Zulu.2 Headset Options: The Zulu.2 headset is available in the following options:

  • Option 1: Portable Fixed Wing model that uses the two standard plugs (PJ-055 and PJ-068) and a battery box
  • Option 2: Portable Helicopter model with a coil cord and a single U-174/U plug
  • Option 3: Panel Powered Straight Cord with a single LEMO Connector (your panel must be wired to use this!). Straight cord, usually used in fixed wing aircraft.
  • Option 4: Panel Powered Coiled Cord with a single LEMO Connector (your panel must be wired to use this!). Coiled cord, usually used in Helicopters.



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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
by Thomas from Gilroy CA USA 

Pros: Good
Review: Well made with quality materials.
I've used other anr headsets and always had issues with getting a good seal. Not the case with this headset. The sound clarity is exceptional.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Fragile plugs
by Jim C Mooney driver from Cincinnati 

Pros: Work well when they work.
Cons: Fragile plug connections.
Review: First use was great. Next use terrible. I guess I bent the cables too much at the plug connectionsomehow, although I was not abusive.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
by A Customer from Birmingham AL USA 
Review: This is my second LightSpeed headset and I am pleased with the purchase.
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Friday, September 23, 2016
Great Value
by A Customer from Seattle, WA 

Pros: Comfortable, affordable value
Cons: Large
Review: I bought this headset after my first Solo and have now used it for about 30 hours of flying.
It's a great headset, the noise cancellation works very well and it's comfortable to wear for hours.
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Thursday, September 08, 2016
I bought this product again, because I like to use it
by Sergey Pivovar Van's RV-10 Pilot from Lipetsk Lipetsk province Russia 

Pros: The presence of Bluetooth
Review: Reliable, comfortable, effective reduce noise, aesthetic.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Great Headset
by Jeff from Henrietta TX USA 

Pros: Noise cancelling and comfort
Cons: None
Review: More then exceeded my expectations, the noise cancelling is unbelievable.
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Thursday, July 28, 2016
Great Headset!!!
by Dane from Mascoutah IL USA 

Pros: Comfortable, Works
Cons: None so far
Review: I should have bought one of these headsets years ago. You won't just be able to hear better, but it will reduce pilot fatigue overall as well.
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Monday, July 25, 2016
Very Happy with My Purchase
by Jeff from Racine WI USA 

Pros: Excellent noise reduction. Comfortable.
Cons: Always carry an extra pair of AA batteries. Wish the carry case had a slat bottom on the hinged side so I could sit it upright in my closet between flights.
Review: Good quality product. Excellent noise reduction. Always carry an extra set of AA batteries.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
by Ross from Whakatane BOP New Zealand 
Cons: Very good fit around ears
Review: This is the second light speed headset I have purchased. I would have liked a coiled cord. (same as the first one) but I received a straight cord.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Have recommended this to others
by Jeffrey from Racine WI USA 

Review: Comfortable, good noise reduction, clear audio.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Bought 2nd set
by Ed from Mukilteo WA USA 

Pros: Clarity, comfort
Cons: Price
Review: My wife bought me a pair and I liked them so much I bought her a pair. The clarity is unbelievable
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Thursday, March 03, 2016
Overall, very satisfied.
by Dave from Westminster CO USA 

Pros: Everything
Cons: None
Review: I'm a new student and have only used this headset for 11 hours. Overall it's fantastic. Being new to aviation I can't compare it to other brands or models but I can say that everything so far has been near perfect. Comfort, design, construction, sound quality, sound cancelling... They're all 10's.

If I were on the design team and were looking for improvements for the next model I'd consider a couple things. 1. Sometimes I wish it had control on the earcup. I rarely mess with volume but I forget to turn the sound cancelling on sometimes. It's not a big deal but it would be nice not to need to dig in the pocket to pull out the control box. 2. I'd like a little cover for the back side of the mic. When the vents are blowing in my face it activates the mic and I have to find a perfect spot to get air but without it hitting the mic. These are super trivial but when you're dealing with high end equipment sometimes all you can do is split hairs.
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Thursday, January 21, 2016
by ALEJANDRO from Miami FL USA 
Pros: Very happy with the headset
Cons: Nothing so far.
Review: Good quality.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Great product
by Tom from Shreveport LA USA 

Pros: Comfort
Cons: None
Review: Was recommended to me by my instructor for comfort and quality. He was right! Very comfortable and I have not had any issues with them so far.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Better than the Boze A20
by David from Peoria AZ USA 

Pros: Quality construction, good fit and comfort
Review: Solidly built and comfortable to wear, the Lightspeed allows just enough sound to hear the engines in a twin. The Boze works well in a single, but seems too quiet for flying twins. My Boze A20 has been relegated to the right seat of my Seneca II.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Nice headset
by Hans from Scottsdale AZ USA 

Pros: comfort, quiet, long battery life, not bad passive
Cons: Seems it worth $850 for me, not $900(which I paid)... So now it's absolutely good choice.
Review: Crystal clear comm, quiet like in engine loss em'cy.
Control box is a little heavy when hang in the air, but you can use wireclip(included) and put somewhere. Control box seems not that big, compared to that of other high end ANR headsets.
Depending what kind of battery you use, this headset performs kinda differently. I recommend use 2x 1.5v lithium batts than rechargeable 1.2v Nimh ones. Lower voltage than 3v actually degrades ANR proportionally.
Bluetooth works well. Flightlink voice record feature is a little tricky for me to use, but voice quality is very good.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Excellent Product
by Sean from Arroyo Grande CA USA 

Pros: Great fit and very comfortable
Cons: None
Review: This headset is as described. Very comfortable even during long flights up to 6 hours. The noise cancellation feature works great. The only down side is it cancels so much noise the engine is harder to hear. The ear cups are very soft and comfortable, so I wonder just how long they will last. There is no wear signs after 60 hours of flight.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
A whole nuther level of cockpit Comfort & Performance
by Gene from Pearl River LA USA 

Pros: The cockpit environment is so much quieter and comfortable. I love these things !!
Cons: None !!
Review: Very comfortable, light weight, unexpected clarity, Bluetooth is awesome. I didn't realize I'd be able to easily listen to Itunes from my IPAD while using Foreflight. The telephone connection is super clear and people can't even tell I am in an airplane. The headset comes with connection cables needed. The mute for voice priority is so smooth, no hissing or popping. My first use I actually turned the headset off because I couldn't hear the engine well enough. After flying with the Zulu2 I am so much more relaxed because I don't listen to the engine. The aircraft cockpit environment is so much more habitable and comfortable. I bought a unit for my wife right away.... these are terrific !!!!

The fit is great and even comfortable with my glasses on. I also like that they work even if the batteries fail.
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Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Trade Up
by William from Woodbridge CA USA 

Pros: Excellent fit and very confortable
Cons: Nose cancellation is not markedly better than old set
Review: Purchased for better blue tooth operation. Traded up from the Lightspeed Sierra. Nose cancellation is not noticeable better, but mike works a lot better. Very comfortable, and fits nicely, much better than old.
Not sure it was worth the increase in price, even with the trade up program.
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Monday, August 31, 2015
would buy again
by joseph from Wolcott CT USA 

Pros: noise cancelling, comfortable, bluetooth
Cons: none
Review: Great product, even better customer service.  Don't hesitate to purchase this headset from this company.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
by Dennis from Moscow ID USA 
Pros: Good noise canceling
Review: I was amazed at the noise canceling effectiveness. Even waring the headset in a noisy enviroment allowed me to understand conversation, without being plugged into the aircraft, of a person standing 10 ft from me.
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Thursday, August 06, 2015
All my pilot friends own one.
by Jesse - L Bird Pilot from San Antonio, Texas 

Pros: Good price, awesome ANR, clear, and most of all, very comfortable
Cons: None Noted
Review: I borrowed a set from a friend and was totally amazed. It was very comfortable, awesome noise reduction, and the clarity was just unbelievable. I had also tried the Bose A20, but for the price, this set beats everything else out in the market. I plan on buying two - one for my wife, and one for me.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
works great. Headband pad is too small.
by DC from Fayetteville AR USA 

Review: Like everything except the headband causes two hot spots. Needs a nicer pad that is one larger piece instead of 2 smaller ones. Bose A20 is more comfortable. I can dear this one OK though and keep the extra dollars Bose costs.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Just bought my second set
by Stuart from Port Elizabeth Easter Cape South Africa 

Review: Awesome ANR, crystal clear and really comfortable even after extended use. A instructor friend ahs a set and they have never given a moments trouble in extensive hours of use.
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Monday, April 13, 2015
Amazing Customer Service
by Michael from Bouler, CO 

Pros: Customer Service
Cons: None
Review: I purchased two of the headsets about 5 years ago. Shortly after purchasing the headsets, my wife left hers in the plane in Scottsdale, AZ. The control unit melted and we called Lightspeed to see about a repair. We explained it was our fault, but they covered the repair under warranty.

I stopped flying for about a year and just started back up again. When I pulled out my headset, I discovered the insulation on the cord was badly damaged. I emailed Lightspeed and they covered the repair under warranty - after 5 years.

I will only ever buy Lightspeed headsets after these two experiences.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
great headset
by Dave from East Fremantle WA Australia 

Pros: comfortable, effective.
Cons: slightly large
Review: Last headset was a DC. This lightspeed is amazing I wish I bought it years ago. I can do 3.5 hours navs without discomfort
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Sunday, February 22, 2015
Thank goodness for an ANR that is reasonably priced
by Ric from Marion MA USA 

Pros: Great noise reduction and comfortable.
Cons: Boom only works from the left and it goes through AA batteries
Review: This is the first ANR that I have owned and all I can compare it with is a David Clark H10-13.4. I'm employed as a pilot flying turboprops for a regional carrier. I was exposed to a set of Bose A20 on another aircraft and they were very good. These are as good for a lot less money. It made long hours in the aircraft much more enjoyable.
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Thursday, December 04, 2014
comfortable headset
by A Customer from Los Altos Hills CA USA 

Pros: comfortable
Cons: not much really.
Review: This headset is really comfortable. I have a bose X, a Bose a20 and this unit, and of all I find this the most comfortable. Probably because it has a bigger cup, and so sits around my ear without touching it.

In terms of NR, it's very good, but I'd put the Bose A20 a notch above it.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Very pleased.
by William from Houston TX USA 

Review: It works well, fits well. No problems.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
by David from Cypress TX USA 
Review: I would buy this product again.
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Sunday, November 09, 2014
Great headset!
by Johnny b from Villa Hills KY USA 

Pros: Excellent noise reduction/product quality!
Cons: None rom my experience.
Review: This is my second LightSPEED Zulu.2 (older one is now my backup) and I have been very happy with it. I use this headset while flying 2-6 legs a day in the CRJ series of aircraft and it is perfect. A very durable design, I switched over from the Bose X headset which was good but kept on breaking (plastic yoke that held ear cups)The new Bose design is better than the series X but I'm sold on the Zulu! Still a more durable design for every day use. While wearing sunglasses you might have to tilt the Zulu slightly back on your head to maintain the seal around your head but NOT a issue. Great service from Mypilotstore on the trade in on my Bose X, couldn't be happier!
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Thursday, August 21, 2014
I would buy this headset again!
by Marcelo from Southport QLD Australia 

Review: Very happy with my Zulu headset. Beautiful design, very comfortable and quiet. Have tested the Bluetooth at the house but in my opinion the headset is not really design for music so it needs more bass but I did not care for this feature. I would use the Bluetooth to call tower for instance in case of comm failure whitch is a good feature to have. Just remember to carry extra batteries specially if you are using the ones that come with. My batteries went down 10 min in a 3 hour flight, not pleasant.
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Monday, June 30, 2014
Love my headset
by A Customer from Maine 

Pros: Great comfort and clarity
Cons: The power module
Review: I realize comfort is subjective but no other headset has been anywhere near as comfortable for me and that's a major factor for a CFI. I've tried the Bose A20 and think the two are virtually identical in sound quality, noise cancellation (both active and passive), but the Bose hurts my head after 1-2 hours. I would give 5 stars but the control module's easy-to-press power button turns on in my bag at the slightest bump and I hate the carrying case. But overall worth every penny, I love them, and you couldn't pay me to trade it for Bose. The best headset I've tried yet, by far.
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Monday, June 23, 2014
amazing headsets
by Diego from Brooklyn NY USA 

Pros: noise cancellation. bluetooth. and comfortable headsets
Cons: a little problem when I use sunglasses with them but is not the big deal.....
Review: I think these are the best headset in aviation the noise cancellation works excellent. I tried in my first flight and I feel very comfortable with them every communication is clear. I am really happy for having bought the zulu 2. I'd recommend to every pilot. is the best choice and these arent too expensive like boseA20.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
by navion driver from Evansville WY USA 
Review: This is my second set of lighspeeds, I passed my old set down to my passenger. I've been using these headsets for about five years now with no complaints
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Lightspeed Zulu.2
by A Customer from Oakland CA USA 

Pros: Nice noise canceling, yet engine and radios are perfectly clear.
Cons: Could be more adjustable to accommodate smaller head sizes.
Review: The Lightspeed Zulu.2 is quiet and comfortable. I use a Bose A20 headset for myself as pilot (I have a small head and the Bose fits perfectly) and love it. I have the Zulu for my passengers as I think it's more versatile for various head sizes, and my husband loves it. The Zulu may surpass the Bose in comfort, but it's just a little too large for me and slips back on my head a bit.
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Friday, April 04, 2014
Excellent product
by Timothy from Nampa ID USA 

Review: Lightweight, comfortable, great sound quality!
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Friday, April 04, 2014
Awesome Headset!
by Mitchel from West Des Moines IA USA 

Review: Great headset, noise cancellation is amazing. Battery life is great as well. Included case is perfect for inserting into my flight bag.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
I would buy this product again
by David from Gooding ID USA 

Pros: Good value for the money
Cons: Need to go on more flights to use it more
Review: Does great canceling out the noise and comfortable to wear
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Monday, March 03, 2014
The only headset you'll ever need.
by Clifferd from Prescott Valley AZ USA 

Review: Above and beyond what I expected in a headset. Light, comfortable and block outside noise really well. After a while you forget you have them on. Didn't want to start with any other headset and then feel obligated to upgrade after a year or two. I'm glad I made the right choice.
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Monday, March 03, 2014
Great headset
by Casey from Claremore OK USA 

Review: Great headset. As good if not better than the Bose headset. I currently have 2 sets and they work perfectly. The fit is very nice, light. I regularly wear these on 2+ hour flights and never get tired of it or feel that the clamping force is to great. Its just right.

I highly recommend this headset to new pilots as well as seasoned.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I would buy this product again.
by Rick from Houston TX USA 

Pros: Clarity of sound and light weight
Cons: Battery access
Review: Noise reduction and clarity are well above average. Comfort is above average. Access to battery compartment is tricky at first (a bit of a pain)
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Friday, October 04, 2013
I phone will not have enuf volume
by Ken robbers from CA 

Pros: Looks nice
Cons: Sharp edges Bluetooth can't hear
Review: The top band is sharp stainless steel looks grate but it scratches the in side of my canopy it has exposed sharp edges I have a tail dragger. The Bluetooth works grate when your not flying and the engine is off otherwise you can't hear them and thy can't hear you and the music from the i pod is the same way useless .If you use the wire it's better but still hard to hear over the engine my old anr worked better I'm returning the light speed.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Excellent quality with great features
by A Customer from New Zealand 

Pros: Excellent sound quality. Bluetooth. Flightlink. Comfort. Auto off.
Cons: No significant Cons
Review: After buying Sennheiser HMEC250 and finding them to be a poor fit I decided to go a step up to the Zulu 2s and was not disappointed.
They are feature rich, have excellent quality sound and are very comfortable.

To be very picky- If I could change anything I would make the tension a little stronger (clamping strength) and the cables thicker or of the coil type as they tend to get in the way a bit. Also the control unit could be located closer to the headset.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Not impressed
by Michael from La Fontaine IN USA 

Pros: Looks nice
Cons: Doesn't perform as well as much cheaper headsets
Review: I was disappointed with the noise reduction capability. I have an older D Clark anr headset that performs better than the ZULU. The ZULU is NOT worth the $. I really wish I had purchased the new DC headset.
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Friday, August 30, 2013
I would buy this product again
by Gait from Karana Downs QLD Australia 

Pros: good noise cancelation
Cons: the cord from the control/battery box to the headset is to long, from the control/batery box to the plugs way to short
Review: I had just been flying for about half an hour and had been using the stock standard David Clarks that seem to be found in any hired aircraft you put your butt in, and for Lightspeed that probably was lucky, because when I swapped them for the Lightspeed Zulu I I could not believe the difference. I had the feeling that I could hear the engine and prop better with most of the cockpit noise gone your can concentrate on the noise that matters
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Monday, August 19, 2013
Everything I expected.
by Carlos Pesina from Brownsville TX USA 

Pros: I love the way the look and how light they are. Bluetooth connection is very good and the Active Noise Reduction really makes a difference.
Cons: Bad points: strong vibrations may cause the headset to lose some of the isolation around the ear and, if the ANR is activated, you might get some "cavitation" phenomenon that could be uncomfortable.
Review: It met everything I expected of the product from the reviews posted on the net and the Lightspeed ads.

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Saturday, August 10, 2013
Product okay
by Mel from Motueka Tasman New Zealand 

Pros: Noise cancelling
Cons: Read above
Review: Good noise cancelling and very comfortable to wear. No headaches with a headset like this. Extremely bad passive and very little warning that the batteries are about to die. Lets in noise whenever I turn my head or look up, regardless of whether I'm wearing sunglasses or not. They fall off in aerobatics so I have to wear a headtorch to keep them on. Have tried a Bose A20 set and they are much better. I think thats the way I'll go in the future.
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Thursday, August 01, 2013
I like it
by Kathleen from Everett WA USA 

Pros: Clear, good sound, good noise cancelling
Cons: a bit big
Review: I don't have much to compare this to, as I'm new to flying, but this product sure beats the cheap rentals that are offered at the flight school! I agree with some assessments that it can be a bit loose on smaller heads (like mine), but so far that has not caused any problems, I just have to make sure they are adjusted and sitting on top of my head properly. Good noise cancelling & sound, ok price from what I have seen.
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Saturday, July 20, 2013
Love it!
by A Customer from Sammamish WA USA 

Review: Comfortable & effective.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
I love the clear sound.
by jerry from hinckley OH USA 

Pros: Louder then old set.
Cons: none yet.
Review: I expected and received what I got.
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Monday, July 01, 2013
This May Be My Last Headset
by Steve Craigle from Arlington WA USA 

Review: Comfort; 3hr cross countries with no pain at all.
Turns off automatically; Even turns ON when engine noise detected!
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Monday, June 17, 2013
So far do good
by Jason from Locust NC USA 

Pros: Very vomfortable
Cons: Expensive
Review: First headset I bought on recommendation of my instructor and have been pleased. Don't lnow what else you could ask for.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Best bang for my bucks
by A Customer from SYDNEY NSW Australia 

Cons: Ear seals do need replacing after constant use - about 300 hrs
Review: This is my second purchase of this great headset. After considering all those available at the top end of the market I didn't hesitate to purchase again. My previous set required repair which were returned and promptly completed without any issues. Great customer support convinced me to buy again.
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
good sound control
by A Customer from Midlothian TX USA 

Cons: Needs to be bluetooth to aircraft radios, one plug into the dual jack and wireless to the headset!!!!!!
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Great Headset!
by Gerry from Middletown RI USA 

Pros: Comfortable with great sound clarity.
Cons: None
Review: I find the Lightspeed Zulu.2 to be extremely comfortable to wear for several hours at a time without any problems.

The overall performance exceeded by expectations!
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Monday, May 20, 2013
Loud and Clear and Comfortable
by Nick from Bayview ID USA 

Pros: Great ANR, comfortable, cheaper than competitors of similar value
Cons: cost, cord tangles easily
Review: Awesome headset! Very comfortable. Like the bluetooth connectivity and the precise ANR. Took a little getting use to how quiet the cockpit is now, after switching from the old DC headset. Love the hardshell case. I like the slender straight cord once I'm in the pilot seat. Although, it can tangle easily when removing the headset from the case. All in all, great value for the money.
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Monday, May 20, 2013
Nice but not wonderful
by john from Downers Grove IL USA 

Pros: Cheaper than the Bose but with Bluetooth music
Cons: $200 less design and ruggedness than the Bose. Less satisfying
Review: The Zulu headset promised a lot of features, and it delivered them. If I did not already own a Bose A20, I probably would have been completely satisfied. After weeks of using it as my primary headset, I keep finding myself going back to the Bose.
The Bose has a better feel to it. It
The Zulu noise reduction sounds tinny and not as solid.
The Zulu feels floppy and less rugged than the Bose
When settling the ear cups on my ears, I can produce a high pitch squeal when manipulating them
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Monday, May 20, 2013
Highly recommend them
by Gerald from Fredericksburg VA USA 

Pros: I would buy a future product from lightspeed
Review: They work great.  Bluetooth is excellent
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Sunday, May 19, 2013
Well, my wife likes them
by Mark from Yatala Queensland Australia 

Pros: Bluetooth, ANR, battery life
Cons: PNR could be better, price
Review: Bought them for my wife. She likes the comfort and features.
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Tuesday, May 07, 2013
pricey.....but suits my needs
by sal from hillsboro MO USA 

Pros: light....comfortable
Cons: pricey
Review: I fly fairly long distance EMS flights ....tried the Bose A20 first.....the straight cord sucked for helicopter application....sold it, & got the Lightspeed with coiled cord. Very comfortable, & works well on long flights...
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Best set I have ever used
by Jim from La Quinta CA USA 

Review: Student pilot and I have used all brands and styles it seems, these are incredibly comfortable, the noise canceling is excellent. Haven't tried the blue tooth but will soon enough.
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Tuesday, April 09, 2013
very good!!! 100% happy with the product.
by Bruno from Honolulu HI USA 

Pros: great bluetooth, superb noise cancelling
Cons: size (could fit smaller heads)
Review: I am very happy with the zulu.2, it works great!!!
I have a small to average head and the only thing is that it could get smaller to fit better anyone with small head. I use mine in the smallest possible setting and it is just fine, could be just a little smaller.
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Monday, February 25, 2013
Love It
by Pete from Brisbane QLD Australia 

Pros: Easy to use, cheaper, comfortable
Cons: Only con is wearing sunglasses with this headset. If there is a gap in the seal, some sound does get in. Keep this in mind when buying sunglasses and get arms the sit flush aginst your head.
Review: I love this headset and would thoroughly recommend it! Lightweight, comfortable and easy to use. I was considering the Bose A20 headset but I don't see much, if any, difference.
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Tuesday, February 05, 2013
quiet fabulous
by david from israel 

Pros: excellent sound and comfort
Cons: none
Review: Beyond my expectations!
Excellent sound.
Very comfortable.
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Friday, February 01, 2013
Great headset!
by Antonio from Singapore 

Cons: A little bigger and chunkier than the Bose.
Review: This is a great headset. Very good noise cancelling ability and voice comms are very clear... I have used the Bose as well and I think the Zulu is a better deal, value for money.
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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Great for old ears
by Richard Attea from North Boston NY USA 

Review: Excellant for clarity

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Saturday, January 26, 2013
All it's said to be!
by Thomas from walnut CA USA 

Pros: Great price and performance
Cons: None so far
Review: This headset has exceeded my expectations. The ANR is great and it's very comfortable to wear over long periods.
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Friday, January 18, 2013
Defective out of the box, Factory repair. Okay for now.
by James from Rancho Cucamonga CA USA 

Cons: Defect on arrival
Review: First let me say it is working well and I am happy but not sure I'd go this way again. Ordered on line (11/12/13), arrived 7 days later, tried them that day without an airplane and observed noisy buzz in one ear. I thought it might be due to the fact that they were not plugged in. Wasn't the case; at next opportunity to fly same issue issue, defective right out of the box. Was told that I had to send back to Lightspeed for repair. Was sent RMA and mailing label (paid return is not usual policy). Took 5 days there, 1 day to fix and 5 days return on 1/16/13.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Nice Headset
by bigredpilot from Lake Arrowhead CA USA 

Pros: Nice fit, comfortable.
Cons: A bit heavy
Review: Met my expectations. Very comfortable, excellent noise canceling. I'm sure I'll get many years of good use out of this headset.
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Monday, December 03, 2012
Great Headset,Good PNR, Great ANR (Helicopter usage,B407)
by B407 Pilot from Mexico 

Pros: Comfortable, clear crisp sound, bluetooth ANR and PNR
Cons: Haven't found any, pricey ??? (hearing aids cost more)
Review: I am very pleased with the Zulu.2, ATC and intercom communications are as clear as they can be. Bluetooth works perfect, Sound quality is excellent. And the best part is that you have no problem hearing and distinguishing those important sounds ( Turbine,Rotor,Alarms..etc.) You fly way more comfortable, and your workload seems lower without all the noise. Your hearing feels protected.
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Friday, November 30, 2012
Awesome GA Headset!
by Jeremy from Manheim PA USA 

Pros: Everything
Cons: None
Review: This is my second Lightspeed Zulu.2. Love it just as good as my first set. Great noice cancelling and clear mic pickup.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Silent and comfortable; Bose matched at less money
by Matthias from Ueken AG Switzerland 

Review: Just a perfect ANR headset. I am an aviation professional an I got what i expected.
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Wednesday, November 07, 2012
I would recommend this headset to any1
by Reymond from Fort Pierce FL USA 

Review: Best headset ever! I had the David Clark but this is the best. I would choose this over the Bose A20 anytime. ANR works perfect, ATC is loud and clear and the feeling with it on is amazing
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Awesome headset!

Pros: Noise attenuation & Bluetooth
Cons: None so far. :)
Review: Excellent headset. I fly in noisy single piston aircraft (Diamond DA40) & the active noise attenuation was amazing. Matched that of the Bose A20's but simply fit me better (also fit better than the new Sennheiser S1). All great headsets but the Zulu 2's fit better. The Bluetooth works seamlessly & the FlightLink app for the iPad & iPhone is really cool for writing ATC clearances & verifying communications from ATC.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Why I waited
by Jim from Sarasota FL USA 

Pros: Unbelievably quiet, comfortable and easy to use, crisp, clear communications
Cons: the regular price is a tad high
Review: I waited because I simply didn't know any better would be one excuse. The simple fact is that I had a DC ENC headset and I thought it was really OK. I even tried headsets at some of the trade shows and thought, I don't really hear enough to justify the expense although some of the whistles and bells would be nice to have. I was not impressed with the Bose A20 due to the fact that several of the folks that I have flown with wanted to land when their batteries gave out. I also was not a fan of the clam-shell. The right time to make a decision finally came when my DC started having intermittent send and receive issues and the Zulu 2 went on sale. I bit the bullet, made my purchase from Mypilotstore to take advantage of the sale and free shipping. I was shocked at the difference in headset performance and now kick myself for not having made the switch sooner. The Z2 is quiet beyond belief, is crisp and clear and very comfortable to wear. I wear baseball hats to fly when not flying where a helmet is needed and the Z2 has a gap in the head piece cushions so that metal button on the hats don't indent your head. The whistles and bells? unbelievable- the bluetooth is awesome, the controls are simple, set em and forget em. Why I waited? I can say it was because I really did not know what I was missing! If there was anything I would like to have seen Lightspeed do differently, it would have been to use one of the dip switch settings to change the auto shutoff from time after no noise to just a timed shutoff for those of us parked on a ramp with open doors for awhile.
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Friday, October 12, 2012
Best Headest EVER!
by Caleb from Atlanta, Georgia 

Pros: Very comfortable, very light, extremely quiet, FlightLink app, Still quiet and comfortable with glasses
Cons: You'll now hate wearing any other headset
Review: If your questioning about a headset, look no further than the Zulu.2! I bought mine a few months ago, and I have loved it since day one. I no longer find my head "burning" after an hour of flight like my old headset- even after 7 hours of constant use! It is also the quietest I've ever heard- I no longer have to blast the volume to hear, and the noise doesn't even bother me, even in the loudest planes.

The FlightLink app is a MUST for any all pilots that are receiving flight instruction- especially for the instrument rating. It has a handy scratchpad for quick use, and you can quickly switch between apps (Foreflight, Garmin, etc) with the red banner at the top that alerts that you are recording and the timer. The app is very stable, and has all the features, but simplicity needed. Very good app to listen to what your instructor had to say, or what you need to fix with ATC calls. I really enjoy FlightLink.

I was stuck between Bose A20, Sennheiser S1, and Zulu.2. The Zulu.2 out beats them all in my opinion. The Bose just fits on your ears and squeezes, while the Zulu actually covers them, and provides AMAZING noise canceling- best I have heard. Out of the many top-notch headsets I've had, the Zulu.2 is by far my favorite in many areas. I wore the Bose and Zulu for many hours before I purchased, along with many other headsets. I wouldn't even consider another headset- I'm attached now!
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Lightspeed Zulu.2 Headset-Fixed Wing
by Gregory from Edmond OK USA 

Pros: More comfortable, less expensive, blue tooth enabled, more durable case
Cons: none
Review: I am thrilled with the headset. My first headset I purchased was a Bose A20 non blue tooth because I heard they were the best. I have since bought 3 Lightspeed zulu.2 blue tooth headsets. They are more comfortable on your ears for long flights, easy to work blue tooth and less expensive. I flew from Oklahoma City to Espanola, New Mexico to elk hunt and returned home yesterday. I used the Bose A20 on the way out and the Zulu.2 on the way back just to make sure the more expensive Bose A20 wasn't better and its not.
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Tuesday, October 09, 2012
by A Customer from mayerthorpe AB Canada 
Review: Mic boom could be longer.
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Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Very happy with the headset, does all they claim it will.
by Waz. from Coffs Harbour NSW Australia 

Pros: Very comfortable
Cons: Slightly heavy.
Review: Very comfortable and the noise cancelling is excellent.
They are a little bulky maybe but then my head is not large.

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Monday, September 24, 2012
Excellent Product
by Murray from Providence RI USA 

Pros: everything
Cons: kit should come with a backup mike foam cover
Review: Can wear all day and night; truly a first class headset
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Exellent Product
by Will from Carefree AZ USA 

Pros: Its active noise supression is excellent. Voice clerity excellent. I plug my cell phone and XM from a Garmin 496 in at times, with good results. It's comfortable or long flights.
Cons: It's expensive.
Review: I've been a satisfied Zulu user for several years and recently upgraded to the Zulu 2 based on reviews in the leterature. The Zulu 2 lives up to its excellent reputation ad my expectations completely.
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Monday, September 03, 2012
I recommend the Zulu2
by A Customer from Fort Lauderdale, FL 

Pros: Fit and noise cancelling.
Cons: None noted thus far.
Review: I tried the Bose A20's, but I liked the fit and feel of the Zulu's better. Comfort and fit are important, and for me the Zulu's were the one. The noise cancelling is good, but not so much that you can't hear the engine if it starts running rough and you can still hear the stall warning and even the lost of slipstream when nearing a stall. I am a new pilot and I found that the noise cancelling helps me hear the ATC more clearly.
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Thursday, August 23, 2012
Very very good
by Tyler from Grand Forks ND USA 

Pros: Anr, feel, looks
Cons: Mike seems to go only on the left side. You can't bend it to the other side.
Review: I love these things. Had a old pair of dc and these just blow them out of the water. I've tried the Bose A20s and I still like the Zulu 2 better. It looks better. The feeling on the head is different than the a20. The a 20s have more stiff ear muff things. Meaning it sits more than sucks to the ear. The Zulu mush more and provide better grip and noise canceling. It comes down to pref and price. The Zulu 2 is cheaper and has bluetooth rather than the a20 without Bluetooth that costs 50 bucks more and you get less.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I would recommend this headset to anyone
by Andreas from Adelaide SA Australia 

Pros: Everything about it, comfort, lightweight and no pressure around the head
Review: I have tried both the Bose A20 and the ZULU 2 and would go the Zulu 2 over the Bose any day of the week. Fits well around the head, lightweight comfortable, easy to use and hard carry case provides great protection
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Monday, August 13, 2012
Wanted the best and think I have them.
by Alan from Kent WA USA 

Pros: Cuts all of the low noise sounds out, very comfortable. Great controls
Cons: Case could be larger. Allows the 'on' button to be pressed when sotring the headset.
Review: Comfort and noise cancelling are excellent. In addition the auto shutoff has save me a lot of batteries in that I inadvertently turn it on at times when putting it away in its case.

Used the Blue Tooth with my phone and it works well but haven't used it while flying.
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Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Very clean audio and comfort. I recommend Lightspeed
by Jason from Las Vegas NV USA 

Review: The Zulu lightspeed wears comfortably. The case is professional in appearance and when my buddy and I swapped his Bose for my Lightspeed, there was no notable difference - and for nearly $200. less.
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Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Highly Recommended!
by TJLP from Saint Anthony ID USA 

Pros: Great Noise Cancellation, Comfortable, lots of Great Features
Cons: None really, they are a bit on the heavy side...but not very noticeable
Review: Great Headset, used to replace older David Clark. Very comfortable, and noise reduction system works wonderfully. I haven't owned them for very long, but I have not noticed any problems with battery life etc. The Bluetooth feature works great as well!
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Sunday, July 29, 2012
comfortable , stylish , effective
by Harry Greaves from Bulawayo Zimbabwe  

Pros: light , comfortable , easy to use
Cons: The blue tooth fixture does not seem to work very well for phone calls , for music it is fine
Review: These are light, comfortable, and sound quality is excellent . The bluetooth linked to my BlackBerry does not seem to work when trying to make phone calls . Only other small thing is foam cushion over the microphone comes off easily .
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Monday, July 09, 2012
I buy one for me and 6 month later one for my wife
by A Customer from Fort de france Martinique Martinique 

Pros: very comfortable and efficient
Cons: price
Review: For ears it is perfect. Only the bluetooth need to be reinitialised each time. This can be inconvenient.
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Monday, July 09, 2012
by Chris from Bakersfield CA USA 

Pros: Comfortable ,cool look
Cons: None
Review: It looks great , very comfortable, in fact I put my Bose headsets on the co-pilot side and wear these
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Monday, July 09, 2012
by Stephen from Cambridge WI USA 
Pros: Comfort Quality of communications if busy airspace is excellent.
Cons: None
Review: The Zula 2 in the cockpit environment is a pleasure to wear. The real test is how they perform, re sound quality, in busy airspace, and I have no excuses should I miss a call from ATC or other pilots. My green DC headphones will now be enjoyed by passengers.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Amazing for the quality.
by Corky from San Diego CA USA 

Pros: Everything
Cons: price...but suck it up buttercup, this is avaition
Review: The headset was so amazing that that my flight instructor had to have a pair as well...
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Performance not conclusive
by David from Marshall Ct Airport IL USA 

Pros: HIgh quality fit and finish and packaging
Cons: Wind guard comes off - noise canceling not obvious
Review: Replacement for Bose in prior aircraft. Noise canceling is not obvious when turned on and some wind nose from vents is not cancelled. It was obvious with my Bose. The common complaint wind boot on the mike comes off happened in second week, used a small rubber band to secure it. Blue Tooth pairing and ground test with cell phone was easy and successful. My ACA Explorer is reasonably quiet and I have not seen that much improvement over a set of David Clark passive headsets but have to experiment more to prove to myself headset is working correctly. I have verified all the dip switches were properly set as delivered.
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Monday, June 18, 2012
Dramatic improvement
by David from Whanganui Manawatu New Zealand 

Pros: Large reduction in perceived noise and clear communication.
Cons: Battery container
Review: More than met my expectations.
Very comfortable.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Great Upgrade
by Mark from international 

Pros: ANR response
Cons: coiled cord
Review: [Helicopter Model]  I have been using a Dave Clark ANR from about 10 years ago, so it was time for an upgrade. The ANR in the Z-2 is quite an improvement. Whether it's because of improvements in ANR technology or the Lightspeed's specific algorithms for the ANR process, it's wonderful.

The Bluetooth range is excellent also, it stays paired up to about 10 meters.

The sound quality for music is also very good.

My only complaint (and this applies to most Helicopter headsets) is there is no option for a straight cord. For some reason manufacturers think all helicopter headsets need coiled cords, while most airplane ones are straight. I prefer the straight one because it doesn't bunch up under the seat belt when getting in and out of the aircraft.
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Friday, April 06, 2012
Excellent headset!
by Richard from Beaumont TX USA 

Pros: Lightweight, comfortable, doesn't pinch, excellent ANR
Cons: none
Review: This headset is very lightweight and comfortable. I have been using the David Clark passive headsets for years and didn't think it was worth the money to upgrade to ANR headset. I tried a friend's Bose A20 and X11. They were both very good ANR but not quite as comfortable as the Lightspeed Zulu2.

Although I liked the ANR of Bose, I found that the Lightspeed sounded better at reducing the lower frequency noises of the engine, as well as some of the higher pitches.

Now that I have used the Lightspeed ANR, it is difficult to go back to passive headsets. I can definitely hear ATC and other traffic much better.
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Wednesday, April 04, 2012
by Terry from Dickinson ND USA 
Review: No complaints at all, works and fits like it should, I am very happy with the zulu 2's
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
What a difference!
by Erik from Woodland Hills CA USA 

Pros: Lightweight, Great Sound Attenuation, Very comfortable
Cons: Price (but hey, I've only got one set of ears)
Review: Very well constructed, even opening the packaging was a delight.

My wife and I are both going through PPT together and often have one of us flying while the other is in the back seat. We bought one Zulu.2 and one cheaper Softcomm passive headset thinking that whoever was flying would use the Zulu and the one in the back would use the passive set.

While we're perfectly happy with the Softcomm's given the money we paid for them, they simply can't compare to the Zulu's ANR. We both notice a huge difference in cabin ambient noise between the two. After 1.5 hours with the passive set, I come out of the plane with a dull headache & physically tired. The Zulu's are a dream. The engine drone and air noise are all but unnoticeable while sound changes, like pitch changes from throttling up or back or the stall horn sounding, are clearly audible.

We were going to wait to buy the second set of Zulu's, but we love them so much we're buying now.
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Thursday, March 15, 2012
Bit pricey, but perform awesome
by A Customer from Oklahoma 

Pros: Super quiet, crystal clear radio work
Cons: Work poor with dead battery, no warning on low battery
Review: I bought this headset because of the 60 day guarantee and the fact that I don't want to lose any more hearing. I am very impressed by the noise cancellation. I have only used about 4 different headsets, but these are noticeably quieter, even compared to other high-quality, noise-cancelling sets. First time I flew with them I was pretty amazed. They are very light and comfortable even after hours of flying. Seems like my batteries lasted for about 10 hours of flying. But they went dead during my check ride! They don't perform well with dead batteries, but they still work. You will have no aural warning the batteries are going dead, until they're dead.
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Saturday, March 03, 2012
by A Customer from THE WOODLANDS TX USA 

Pros: Comfortable. Clear. Quiet.
Cons: None so far.
Review: No complaints about the headset. Perfect so far.
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Thursday, March 01, 2012
I would buy this product again
by Peter from Moree NSW Australia 

Review: Works great,I dissmantled it and installed it into my Alpha Helmet.
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Monday, February 20, 2012
by Ron from Delta CO USA 
Pros: Quiet
Cons: Mic cover falls off all the time
Review: Alot of $ for nothing but an headset.
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Wednesday, February 08, 2012
by William from Seattle WA USA 
Review: Works as advertised
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Very nice, easy to use.
by Kathy from Rockville IN USA 

Pros: very quite and the blue tooth and music options are great
Review: My new Lightspeed headset is eveything that I had hoped for the sound is perfect and they are very comfortable.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
very good
by henry from marietta GA USA 

Pros: sound
Cons: mic boom does not swivel
Review: Great headset , OK in comfort, a little to sensitive with on the mic sometimes, the mic boom does not swivel.  L seat OK, R seat has to deal with the cable across the chest and under arm.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Simply the BEST
by Christian from Basel BS Switzerland 

Review: I have been using a Bose for year and I must say that the ZULU is indeed the best all around Headset.
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Saturday, January 07, 2012
by Doug from Fort Smith AR USA 
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Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Does the job it says it will very erll
by A Customer from PARAMOUNT CA USA 

Pros: Quality, price, comfort
Cons: Supplied case could be improved to take up less room in flight case
Review: Overall excellent headset and compared very well to its rivals. Very good comfort, good quality. Bluetooth works very well however I find the noise reduction facility for when a radio transmission is received rather fiddly and do far not managed to get it going properly(albeit I've only tried it once so far!) control box can get in the way a little at times in the cockpit but a minor issue. Although headset folds into a small unit it can only fit in the case one way do that facility it rather pointless without designing a smaller case which would be very usefull indeed.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Great product...
by John A. from Trinidad CO USA 

Cons: The microphone cover falls off.... Need to work on that!
Review: Outstanding noise reduction with super audio input.
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Monday, November 07, 2011
Best headset ever
by Mark from Temecula CA USA 

Pros: Comfort, noise reduction
Cons: none yet
Review: I have owned a number of headsets. This is the best one ever. My last headset was a Lightspeed 3G. I have found the the comfort of this headset is truly a major step forward. The ear cups rotate as you move your head to keep their alignment. I have used the bluetooth feature and have found it useful. It quotes every time you get communication through the radio.

The noise reduction is outstanding. Battery usage is very similar provided Bluetooth is not being used.
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Monday, October 03, 2011
best performance ever
by Doron from Givat Shmuel Israel 

Pros: light, quit, convenient
Review: Light and convenient yet does the job perfectly alright - true silencer.
I have the ZULU 1 for quite some time. Just purchased a 2nd headset - ZULU 2. Can't say I feel any difference but both do gr8 job.
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Tuesday, August 09, 2011
if you dont like to suck, buy these
by devin from windsor CA USA 

Pros: the best your money can buy
Cons: they dont taste like apples
Review: OK, so I typically live by a few simple rules. One of those rules is when buying electronics or tools, buy the absolute best thing you can afford. If that means saving up for a couple months to get the best, it ALWAYS works to your benefit.

In my case, I did my research, tried the first generation Zulus and then decided that my money was going to the best I could afford... the NEW Zulu's. Easily the smartest purchase I have made this decade.

Many of the other reviews discuss in depth the differences between the Bose A20 and the Lightspeed's. The only thing I would add is... just like an Apple person should own an iPhone, not an Android, a Bose person should get the Bose.

That being said, the Zulu's are the most comfortable, clear, accurate, reliable, comfortable, comfortable headset I have ever worn. The warranty is great, the quality is unmatched (even in the Bose), and they look sharp.

Some people don't like that you cannot rotate the mic for right/left positioning. I say, I don't like that oranges dont taste like apples, or that I can't use a Ferrari as a boat, or fly a plane to the sun, or... you get my point. If not, I will be more clear. Some things are just not that important in life. Give me quality before you give me gadgety.
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Monday, August 01, 2011
Absolutely the Best ANR Headset I've Ever Seen
by Tonytoga from Houston, Texas 

Pros: Absolutely the Quietest Headset I've Ever Worn
Cons: Cabling is a bit light weight

Note: This is the first five star rating I've given any product in a very long time.

Since becoming a private pilot 12 years ago, I've been pretty sensitive to cockpit noise. I didn't damage my hearing with loud music or machines through the years and I wasn't about to do it in a single engine airplane. So I bought the best, the Bose X ANR headphones. But, while clearly better at noise reduction than the rest (I tried several other brands) at the time, I was never completely satisfied with them. They felt awkward on my head, heavier then they should have. The clam shell design didn't fit quite right and while they were the best at the time, as far as I was concerned, they weren't the final state of the art. I always felt someone could do better, (maybe even Bose, but they never did). It was sort of like waiting for the Ford Excursion to come along while driving a GMC Suburban. Suburban was good.....Excursion is a lot better.

I was delighted when also ran maker Lightspeed upped its game and introduced the Zulu's in 2009. It was with high hope that I bought a pair and tried them out. BINGO! The Zulu's were so comfortable I forgot I had them on. Audio quality was demonstrably better than Bose (in my opinion)....and the features (including bluetooth technology) were well ahead of the never improved upon Bose X series. And, the Zulu's were a couple of hundred dollars less expensive to boot. In every comparison but one (see below), the Zulu headset was between a bit better and blow 'em away better than the Bose. The result was that one of my two pair of Bose units went to the co-pilot's seat and the other replaced an old David Clark pair for pax in the back of the plane. I happily made Zulu my personal headset.

Flash forward to 2011 and the new Zulu.2. My co-pilot Bose had lost the right side earpiece audio and I had just sent it to Bose for a $185.00 (an outrageous price) re-manufacture when the cabling on my Zulu developed an intermittent short in the mic cable at the control unit. Off it went to Lightspeed to be fixed so now I'm down to one pair of Bose. I was concerned the Zulu repair would take a couple of weeks and, spoiled to the Zulu, I looked for options. I discovered the Zulu.2's where shipping so I decided to add a new Zulu.2 to my flight deck. It was sold as having studio quality mic sound and even better noise canceling so how could I go wrong?

Having had the new Zulu.2's for a couple of weeks, now, here are my personal opinions:

Compared to the original Zulu (which beat Bose handily), the mic quality of the Z.2 is not noticeably better, at least not inside my hearing. But look out for the noise canceling! That's where everything changed.....again. These phones are spooky quiet(!) to the point of dramatically changing the engine audio signature from inside the pilot's seat. I actually had to reacquaint myself with the sound signature of the engine with these headphones on. If I can't hear the engine running, is it running? It is truly amazing how quiet these phones are in the ANR mode. And with the wraparound sound feature....ATC (or anything else you're hearing with them) is literally inside your head. The sound doesn't seem to be coming from the phones, it seems to just occur inside your head, not an external sound. Comparing the three: the Bose X, the original Zulu and the new Zulu.2, the Zulu.2 is easily the clear cut winner. I couldn't ask for better.

A decade ago, Bose reinvented the game when they built a wonderful headset with the Series X. But then they sat on an unchallenged lead for years. Their customer service is rude and demanding (getting them to accept my bad pair for repair required me doing a series of tests to prove to them my diagnosis of the problem was correct before they would accept them for a retrofit that cost nearly 20% of the retail price of a new set) and by comparison to the Zulu's, the X's are overpriced by about 25% from the jump. Sorry, even at this level, game over in my opinion.

I love to see smug leaders knocked off their perches and that's exactly what Lightspeed has done to Bose with the Zulu/Zulu.2. When you Google "best selling ANR headset" now, the response is: "Lightspeed Zulu." It's just a better product.

The ONLY complaint I have with the Zulu is that the cabling is lighter weight compared to that of the Bose. As a result, it often wraps around itself (which doesn't happen with the Bose) and obviously does not hold up as well under daily use. The mic short in my two year old pair was a direct result of the light weight cabling becoming tangled with itself through daily use (I commute 50 miles daily to my office in my Saratoga, so they get used just about every day).

The good news here is that Lightspeed was very friendly and easily arranged an RA for a fix of the problem. They turned the unit around in less than three days and paid for overnight shipping back to me. They even threw in a new pair of ear pads at no extra cost. Couldn't have been happier with their customer service. The Bose guys where jerks by comparison (Lightspeed: laid back dudes versus smug "it's your problem yankees" at Bose)....just my experience in having the opportunity to compare Bose customer service with Lightspeed at the same time.

Incidentally, even with the audio improvements, the original Zulu is a superb choice, especially in light of the fact that with the new Zulu.2 on the market, I see that the original Zulu's are now selling in lots of places for $740.00, a $160.00 (27%) discount from its original price. If price is a very important consideration, spring for the original Zulu (the Zulu.2 has assumed the $900 price point of the originals). The original Zulu is a wonderful headset....and a real bargain at the price.

In fact, with a pair of out-of-the-factory re-manufactured BOSE headsets, I thought I might throw them on e-Bay and get enough for them to make buying another set of original Zulu's a super bargain. No dice. Bids on the Bose units on e-Bay were all around $450 bucks for even re-manufactured units (thus, the market works). Oh well...I just threw the "new" BOSE unit in the back with the other pair. So now my passengers have BOSE quality at their disposal. The repaired original Zulu's are now reserved for the co-pilot side up front. The Z.2's (you saw use of that term here first) are mine.

And for those who might think, I don't work for Lightspeed.

I wouldn't give up my Garmin 496 for just any old pretender and now I feel the same way about my Zulu.2's.

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Monday, July 18, 2011
maybe not so good for a smaller head
by Douglas from Virginia Beach VA USA 

Pros: the noise cancellation is excellent
Cons: the cups let in noise even if I turn my head just a little bit
Review: Meets expectations.

Strange as it sounds it might be better if it actually squeezed the head a little bit more to keep the cups from breaking the seal with even slight head turns.
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Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Excelent Sound quality and noise suppresion
by Ted from Norwalk IA USA 

Pros: Sound quality and noise suppresion excellent
Cons: A bit heavy.
Review: I really enjoy the clear sound and noise suppression.
I found the headset sliding around when it was hot while sweating.
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Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Love It
by Joel from Marietta GA USA 

Review: It's expensive, but I love it. This is the first headset that I've bought in almost 20 years. It's far more comfortable than what I had been using. I no longer get headaches on long flights. The noise reduction and sound quality are excellent.
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Monday, June 13, 2011
Lightspeed Zulu
by Dennis from San Angelo TX USA 

Review: Great comfort and quiet headset. Bluetooth works great. Overall I'm very impressed!
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Friday, June 03, 2011
Nice, but I liked A20 better
by A Customer from CA 

Pros: Comfortable, cheaper than Bose
Cons: If your head is kinda small, this might be not work well.
Review: Good headset, nothing to complain about really. The ear cups seem to run a bit warm.

The noise cancelling is just a tad short of Bose A20. A20 is very very quiet.

However, audio quality, stereo in particular, seemed better than the Bose A20.  More importantly, it didn't fit me well -- too big for my head I suppose. Bose fit me better and doesn't wobble around.
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Previous Customer Questions For Lightspeed Zulu.2 Headset:
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On Saturday, August 24, 2013 a customer asked:
If I get this headset for fixed wing, is there a plug adapter for using it also on a helicopter?
A: Sure, if you get the fixed wing version you can use the Fixed Wing to Helicopter Adapter to convert it to a single plug.

On Sunday, September 09, 2012 a customer asked:
One of my ear phone foam ear peaces is coming off and needs to be replaced. How do they attach? Is their a special tool to get them off and on? Thanks for your help. Respectfully, Ole

If you follow this link, you will be able to view a video on how to do just that (go to the bottom of the page). You can also order the replacement ear seals from that page.

On Wednesday, September 05, 2012 a customer asked:
which zulu should i get for Cessna152? ty
A: Option 1: Portable Fixed Wing model that uses the two standard plugs (PJ-055 and PJ-068) and a battery box.  This will give you the two standard plugs that you can use in your Cessna 152 or virtually any other fixed wing aircraft. 

On Tuesday, August 14, 2012 a customer asked:
Just want to find out what is the difference between the portable helicopter model and the panel powered coiled chord and the difference in price?

They are the same price.  The difference is the type of connector to the aircraft.  The portable helicopter model uses a single U-174/U connector typically found in helicopters.   The panel powered model connects via a Redel / LEMO connector and gets power directly from the electrical system.   You can view the different types of plugs in our Guide to Aviation Headset Connectors.  For most people, the portable model is the way to go unless you own the aircraft and know that you will always have a Redel connection available.

On Wednesday, February 15, 2012 a customer asked:
What Zulu.2 headset do I order for a Cirrus G3?
A: The Cirrus G3 has built-in Redel connectors so we would recommend getting the "Panel Powered Straight Cord" model.  This will allow you to plug directly into the 6 pin Redel connector and get power from the aircraft instead of needing to use AA batteries.  If you are unfamiliar with a Redel connector, you can see a picture of one on our Guide to Aviation Headset Connectors page.

On Friday, January 06, 2012 a customer asked:
What is the approximate length of time batteries will last before requiring replacement?
A: The batteries will generally last about 30 to 40 hours of use, however heavy Bluetooth usage can reduce the battery life.

Manufacturer Part Numbers: Zulu Zulu 4014 Zulu:C 4017 Zulu:P 4015 Zulu:CP 4016


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