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No Strings attached - Another great headest from Lightspeed

  • By Jeff from Boise ID on Tuesday, November 24, 2015
  • Pros: Cordless with Lightspeed quality
  • Cons: Battery box cover -. I am dubious of its longevity
  • Review: No Strings Attached

    Being a longtime fan of Lightspeed the Zulu, when I saw the ad for Lightspeed Tango on Friday, Nov 13th, I thought it was my lucky day. While I have owned many headsets and flown with most of the major brands, when I first tried the Zulu in 2008 I was won over and have been flying with a Zulu nearly every flight hour since. While I typically shy away from the first generation of new technology, the thought of going cordless caused a brief lapse of sanity and I took the plunge.

    The headset arrived Monday. Taking them out of the box, at first glance it looks like the Tango borrow in fit and style from the Lightspeed Sierra. While the Zulu has a metal headband and ear cups, the Tango has plastic and look similar to the Sierra. The proprietary 3.7v 1150mAh 4.3w lithium ion batteries look similar to other batteries of this type so nothing unusual there. One battery is for the headset, one is for the panel interface. They are interchangeable and note that you will now have two units to turn on and off. While I have concerns about the longevity of the ingenious battery cover, set up was easy and the batteries seem to have come nearly fully charged. You can read the tech reviews online so I will mostly forgo already known information, however note that the battery cover needs to be opened to charge the headset via the included mini USB cables using the 100-240 input 5v 2.4amp DC output wall charger. That will be a daily occurrence for many pilots. Coincidentally there is a cut out in the battery box cover over the mini USB port, however the cutout is covered by the plastic trim on the top of the cover. One could imagine cutting a small portion of the trim away to expose the port, slightly degrading the exterior looks but making opening the cover each time to charge the headset unnecessary. The roughly 8x2x1.5 panel interface contains the second battery, interface and back up cables, other features and an exposed mini usb port for charging. With just a few exceptions, like a battery change, you should not need to open up this unit.

    Non Flying Test

    The headset Bluetooth sync?d to both my iPhone 3GS and iPad 2 mini quickly and I was off and running for a non-flying test of going wireless. Phone calls over the headphones worked as expected, however as noted in the included information manual, you will need to keep the phone and the interface in close proximity when using Bluetooth. As far as headset range, I tested the headset/ panel wireless connection around a 2200 sq foot two story house with degradation in connection only at the extreme ends of the house. Assuming I will be always within a few feet of the interface while flying, I do not anticipate any problems.

    The only side by side comparison I can give is to my original Lightspeed Zulu so here it goes. From a weight standpoint, holding my Zulus in one and hand the Tangos in the other, the weight difference was not distinguishable. Putting them on our zeroed but un-calibrated analog postage scale, I measured the following: the Tangos were 17.5 oz, the Zulu?s 14 oz with the headset only, but 20oz with battery box, cables and 2 AA batteries installed.

    I have flown some very long days with Zulu headsets and greatly appreciate the comfort, the Tango feels very comfortable as well, however I will follow up with a report in a few months after a few long cross countries.

    Music ? While not the main reason for purchasing an expensive aviation headset, I have spent many hours listening to music with the Bluetooth feature of the Zulu. With this in mind I completed a side by side test with my original Zulu and the Tango. With the Zulu?s sync?d to an iPhone 3GS and the Tango?s Sync?d to an iPad 2 mini, a side by side comparison test of Vivaldi?s Violin Concerto in E Op 8/1 RV 269, Linger by the Cranberries, Now that I?ve Found You by Alison Krause, and Hero by Skillet, revealed a nearly indistinguishable sound quality, in spite of the Zulu?s having bass boost and other music settings. Both gave a beautifully rich robust sound that I really enjoy. If you have trouble with the auto off function cutting short your music playtime, note the manual tells you how to turn off this function.

    After a couple of hours of use it took less than 30 minutes to bring both the batteries back to a full charge. I tried a longer test, leaving the interface on overnight (approximately 8.5 hours) and it took the advertised 2 hours to fully charge it again.

    Flight Test
    My first flight with the Tango was 1.5 hours in a 1999 Cessna 172S, I have subsequently added another 1.4 hours. The module plugs into the headset jacks and tucks neatly into the side pocket. Once the power button is pushed on both the module and the headset you are up and running. One thing to note, how you hear your voice over the intercom in the headset is different on a wireless vs. a wired headset. I contacted Lightspeed concerned about the difference and they gave me some pointers on adjusting volume and mike gain to help optimize the clarity and confirmed this different sound is normal. As far as ear seals over glasses, I fly with sunglasses and the Tango?s still fit great. The ANR function was equally as good as the Zulu and after a few minutes you forget there is anything unique about the Tango, they just fit great and work well. After 45 minutes of flight I tested the backup cable. The backup cable consists of a 1/8 jack coiled into the interface module and ready for quick connection. I easily accomplished this without taking the headset off. Once plugged in, the backup cable disables the ANR function and you are back to wired passive noise cancelling headset. I found the passive noise cancelling of the Tango superior to the passive cancelling of my Zulu?s and flew for 10 minutes or so without ANR quite comfortably. Understanding that the ear seals on the Tango are new and my Zulu?s have never had the ear seals replaced, the difference in wear may account for the difference in noise reduction but I am not certain. Overall the Tango?s are comfortable and seamless in their interface. I think they are a great headset for someone looking to eliminate some wiring from the cockpit. If you fly aerobatics or float planes where headset cords could impede egress, I highly recommend switching to the Tango.

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Excellent Headset

  • By LGB from Dothan AL USA on Saturday, January 23, 2016
  • Pros: Works well and as advertised. Very convenient to use.
  • Cons:
  • Review: I am a CFI and fly/teach in several different airplanes, so leaving a headset in the plane was not an option. The Bose I was using was getting beat up putting it in and taking it out of the plane on every flight. I love the fact that there are no wires and it is easy to hook up and remove the heasdet. The ANR is effective and the quality of the quality of the audio is great. The bluetooth is great for getting clearances at airports without a tower or remote comm capability.
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tango headset

  • By 725Keith from Kent WA USA on Wednesday, January 25, 2017
  • Pros: light weight does not pinch / Very comfortable for 3-4 hrs
  • Cons: has to be charged. I did leave the headsets in the airplane but with the Tango both the headset and sending unit have batterys that need recharging.
  • Review: Seem to be fine very comfortable ( The Best Headset I have ever use/worn)
    I love not having the wires but with that said it has to be charged every time.
    I had a problem at first making it work with my intercom. Do read the instruction first.
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Best headset every

  • By Michael from Scotts Valley CA USA on Monday, May 16, 2016
  • Review: I have a few friends who have various Bose headsets, a few David Clark's, and I must say this set outdoes them all. Only issue is with very old radios you need to hard wire the set in and lose the ANC.
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Cordless Comfort

  • By Eric G. from Simpsonville SC USA on Tuesday, December 19, 2017
  • Pros: Wireless, clear and comfy
  • Cons: I'd like to see the ear muffs a little more slim
  • Review: Really enjoy this headset, it is comfy, lightweight and sounds great. Cheaper than the Bose A20 and without the wires. I will say to keep it charged though, It lasts quite awhile between charges but it died on a flight 3 miles out from my downwind entry and caught me off guard, it was easy to plug in the direct line adapter but I could not hear myself speak and didn't know what to think. I ended up plugging in my backup set and after landing it only took about 30 min to give me plenty of charge to fly back home. Blue tooth works great, making phone calls is easy and my recipients can't tell that I am flying... they say the phone quality sounds great.

    Definitely a must have headset in my book.
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Comfortable and sound great

  • By Jackson from Greenville TX USA on Tuesday, May 24, 2016
  • Review: Just what I expected. Top quality.
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