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The first premium wireless aviation headset

For pilots looking the clean up cockpit clutter without sacrificing premium features and performance, the cable-free convenience of Tango is the answer. The first premium wireless aviation headset, Tango delivers outstanding noise cancellation and renowned Lightspeed comfort, in addition to full Bluetooth integration and a brilliantly conceived user interface.



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The first premium wireless aviation headset

For pilots looking the clean up cockpit clutter without sacrificing premium features and performance, the cable-free convenience of Tango is the answer. The first premium wireless aviation headset, Tango delivers outstanding noise cancellation and renowned Lightspeed comfort, in addition to full Bluetooth integration and a brilliantly conceived user interface.


Lightspeed Link. At the heart of Tango is Lightspeed Link. Developed by Lightspeed engineers to ensure the reliable communication pilots demand, Lightspeed Link is not Bluetooth or WiFi, but incorporates existing technologies chosen for both signal reliability and audio quality for the aviation environment. The Lightspeed Link connection is so robust, as many as six Tango headsets can be operated in the same aircraft, letting everyone onboard experience the true freedom of wireless flight.

Panel interface. The panel interface is the vital hub of the Lightspeed Link system, routing communication between the headset, the intercom, and auxiliary devices. Wrapped in an attractive and durable case, it houses the lower cable, which is adjustable to 31 inches. Weighing just under 9 ounces and with multiple mounting points, no upper cables, and critical controls located on the headset, the panel interface can be mounted conveniently and securely in any aircraft.

21st century power. In yet another Lightspeed first, Tango is the first aviation headset powered by rechargeable lithium ion batteries, a power source trusted in countless critical applications. Lightspeed's rechargeable lithium ion batteries deliver twelve hours of continuous operation while offering earth and wallet friendly reusability in a compact size.

Charging. The Tango dual-port wall charger can quickly charge both the headset and panel interface batteries at the same time, providing 70% charge in less than an hour and a full charge in two hours. The batteries can also be charged while the headset is in use or easily replaced on the go. The batteries for the headset and panel interface are interchangeable, and spare batteries can be purchased separately.

Built-in redundancy. The panel interface also stores the backup cable, instantly available for uninterrupted communication, in the event the batteries become depleted.

Active Noise Reduction. Outstanding quiet Tango delivers the advanced noise cancellation you expect from Lightspeed.

Remarkable comfort. Tango features plush ear seals with large openings and nearly 10 square inches of surface area for a better seal and greater distribution of side pressure.

What makes Lightspeed different?

Performance, value, support –– and choice

Performance. Lightspeed’s commitment to innovation and continuous personal engagement with customers are the drivers behind their industry-leading performance and a long list of industry firsts and Lightspeed exclusives. Famous for bringing new features to the aviation market, Lightspeed was the first aviation headset company to offer intercom priority, automatic ANR shut-off and integrated Bluetooth cell phone and music. Their innovation continues today, with a host of features exclusive to Lightspeed headsets. A wireless headset, a firmware-upgradeable headset and app integration with a headset are just a few of the exclusive features you will find only in Lightspeed headsets.

Value. Dollar for dollar, Lightspeed products offer higher performance and more features than any other headset on the market. Your investment in a Lightspeed product yields returns that will exceed your expectations.

Support. Lightspeed’s customer support goes beyond response times and customer-oriented solutions. It also means engaging with thousands of customers every year –– in person –– to understand how and why they fly and doing their part to help the aviation community thrive.

Choice. Lightspeed understands every pilot, plane and mission is different, and offers a full line of premium headsets so pilots may choose which suits them best.

Staff PIREP

Mark Wiesenhahn"One of the most popular questions that we used to get was, "When will there be a good wireless headset?" Finally, we can say that the Lightspeed has done it. The Lightspeed Tango headset is a great quality ANR headset with all the premium features you'd expect PLUS wireless technology. We love that it's the familiar Sierra style platform for comfort but adds all the best features pilots want without cables."

Plus: No Wires! 

Plus: Ships pre-paired with control hub so it's simple and easy to use

Plus: ANR, cell phone interface and Bluetooth music 

Minus: You have to charge two more batteries before flying

- Mark Wiesenhahn
Recreational Pilot
Vice President Business Relations, Sporty's

Sporty's Test Flight Guarantee

Take your new headset flying and make sure it's the right choice for you. If you're not thrilled, return the headset to us within 30 days and in the same condition in which you received it - we'll exchange it for another headset or refund your money. There's no paperwork and no hassle. Just another reason why Sporty's is the #1 headset dealer in aviation.

Lightspeed Trade Up Program

Tired of your uncomfortable old headset? Now you can trade in that old headset toward a new Lightspeed headset and save up to $350. Here's how it works

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Which cable do I need?

Most headsets come in multiple cable configurations. Choosing the right one is pretty easy, it just depends on what type of aircraft you fly:

  • Battery powered, twin plugs - this is by far the most common style, with separate microphone and headphone plugs (so-called PJ plugs). Almost every airplane ever built has these two plugs in the panel, so these headsets are universal. The only downside is that, for ANR headsets, you will need to use batteries to power the headset.
  • Aircraft powered, 6-pin plug - the second most popular style, sometimes called the "LEMO plug," requires no batteries since it is powered by the panel. This is convenient, but it does require the 6-pin plug to be installed in the panel. While many newer airplanes come with this option, most older airplanes do not. For these applications, you'll need to have your avionics shop wire in the plug - not a big job, but not something pilots can do on their own.
  • Helicopter plug - helicopters use a single, shorter plug (that is not compatible with airplanes). This is not like the 6-pin plug above, however, since an ANR helicopter headset will still need batteries. The only confusing part is that some helicopters also have a 6-pin (or LEMO) plug. In these helicopters, there are two different single plug connections.

Headset plug versionsWhen in doubt, we recommend buying the battery powered, twin plug model. This is the most universal option, and will work in almost any airplane. If you have a 6-pin plug in your airplane or you plan to install one, the aircraft powered model is a nice option.

Doug Ranly

Catalog Manager—Sporty’s Pilot Shop

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Reviews
4.4 / 5.0
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4.3 / 5
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4.7 / 5
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4.2 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes (4)
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4 / 5
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3 / 5
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4 / 5
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2 / 5
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3 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Bluetooth system not very intelligent
when several tangos are connected, all appear with the same name on your cell phone (e.g. "lightspeed-V201"). So you never know which of the headsets connects when a call comes in.
I never found out if/how both, pilot/copilot, can answer a call or a call be transferred from copilot to pilot without changing the setup in flight.
September 29, 2017
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
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4 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
On par with the best
Very light weight and the ear cup are cushy. It's not as "sleek" looking as the Bose A20, but the wireless feature more than makes up for it. Sounds quality was fine, as was pairing. They did add a small rubber flap door to charge the headset, making it very easy.
August 30, 2017
Durability
1 / 5
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1 / 5
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3 / 5
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5 / 5
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1 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Not really happy with them.
I have not used them but a few times. I am having trouble keeping the battery charged. The battery that you plug in dies in about an hour.
July 22, 2017
Purchased
3 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Wireless Tango Awesome
The Tango has met all of expectations Flew from southern to northern California last weekend in my Piper Sport, 565 Miles one way, great trip, nice and quiet all the way up and all the way back.
July 17, 2017
Purchased
3 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
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4 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
New Technology Unknown Problems
Awesome mic, Awesome Music Quality, nice ANR. I think that die to the new technology there are a few things that need to be overcome. One of those i noticed is, that when im wearing listening to music i can sometimes hear a high painful noise whistling in one of my ears until i move the headset. The other is that it turns itself off, when im in quiet environment and want to listen to music. As long as im wearing the headset the Blueooth shouldnt turn off. ( the headset+anr keeps working, but the base turns off) But in the environment it is made for it works just fine. (Turns only off during preflight:D)
March 25, 2017
Durability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
Tango Headset
Completely satisfied.
February 10, 2017
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Good Product
A little bigger than expected on both the head set and panel interface "the banana". This is my 2nd unit. I purchased these because of no wires to mess with in the cockpit, had a long flight of 5+ hours and head set was still very comfortable.
January 13, 2017
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
3 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Works almost as expected.
PROS: No wires hanging in my way. Easy to set . Transmit and receive quality is good. CONS: ANR is not as good as the A20. On off indicator light is hard to see in the control unit .
December 10, 2016
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
3 / 5
Performance
1 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Not for me
The idea for this headset is a good one but I am sensitive to feedback and the Tango witeless had too much for me.
November 25, 2016
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Clarity, Performance, Comfort
Testing: I've had the product through about 45 hours of helicopter use with frequent donning/doffing and transport. Packaging: The packaging and case are fantastic for permanent employment, comes with dual USB plug and cords, but uses standard USB type B cables which are easily replaced. Function: A cursory glance over the instructions is all you need to get operating with this headset. Tap a button on the receiver it's on, tap on the headset and it's on, they connect automatically and noise cancelling switches on. Too easy. I can still hear the engine though quite noticeably dampened, however in the event it were to change pitch or cease functioning I have no doubt it would be audibly detectable (for those worried about that aspect). Fit: Worn it with glasses, with hat, and both, unbelievable comfort. Never had any problem at all. I usually run very hot and headsets produce serious sweat quickly, not with this one. Being cordless and comfortable I've walked away from the aircraft several times with it still on and not realized I hadn't removed it. Expands to fit large heads and can be used with either left or right side mic. Durability: Unfortunately I don't have enough time with the headset to answer this question. My expectations are 3 years of use, however I believe one drop from height could seriously damage it (it's plastic after all). The things that make it light and comfortable also give it a fragile feel unfortunately. The foam and leather ear pads feel like superb quality and I expect they will last. Battery life: I haven't encountered any issues and I believe the companies time claims. It's quite easy and fast to charge and with removable batteries you can use an eternal charger (not included) and swap if you're flying +8hours. In the event you run low on power you can pull the cord from the control unit and connect to your headset which I've tried once while flying and found it simple to do (even with gloves on). Overall: The more I use it the more I'm impressed with the engineering and "intelligence" of the unit. The other day I switched off the headset and not the control unit and 10 minutes later when I checked the control unit had switched itself off preserving battery, which I thought was great. I've never had any comms issue at all, giving and receiving instructions is a dream in busy airspace with this headset. The app works flawlessly as a voice recorder.
November 7, 2016
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Does this product has warrantee?
Prasala T on Jul 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Tango headset has a 5 year warranty.
Is the panel unit conducive to moving from aircraft to aircraft? The description seems to imply the panel unit needs to be permanently installed. Not very compatible with a CFI lifestyle.
Stephen V on Jun 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The unit is like any other headset. It is connected to the intercom via the GA style plugs and is portable.
What is the battery life?
A shopper on May 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Approximately 12 hours
What's a LEMO plug?
A shopper on Apr 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The LEMO plug is a six pin connector for the headset. It allows the headset's ANR to be powered via the ships power instead of batteries. This is the case for all but the Tango headset. The Tango because it is wireless still required the batteries on the headset. The box that connects to the panel would be powered by the ship's power.
What is TSO?
A shopper on Apr 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: TSO is a Technical Standard Order. It is standards for the material and construction of an item.
Does Lightspeed offer a CFI rebate like Bose does?
A shopper on Apr 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, please go to lightspeedaviation.com. Under the company tab are the directions for their CFI Program.
Can you talk to another pilot in cockpit with same headset in aircraft not equiped with intercom?
Multiple
Jeff S on Mar 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Tango headset has a communication box that plug in just like a regular headset. You can use up to 6 Tango headsets together in the same aircraft but each must be plugged into the intercom.
Since you need batteries in both sections, is there any real value for the LEMO plug?
Blake P on Feb 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes this comes in a LEMO plug. The headset would need the batteries but the control box would not.
I thought that with one base unit, you could have up to 5 headsets connected. Maybe I misunderstood. Do you need to buy the base unit with each headset?
Dawn H on Jan 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can have multiple headsets in a single cockpit without interference, but you must have a single headset paired to a single panel unit.
Is there a 12 volt charger available for the batteries??
A shopper on Dec 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There is not one included. I briefly looked on google for any, and there aren't 12V DC chargers market for it. However, the output of the wall charger that comes with it is 5V and 2.4A. 5V is pretty standard for USB and only a few cell phone chargers (one Samsung model that I know of) deviate from that. So what you can do is go to best buy or amazon and just buy a 12V DC cellphone charger that is 5V and 2.4A or less. The fewer amps, the slower it will charge and too low may not even charge them at all. Too many amps, and you can damage the batteries, so keep it below 2.4A. The one I have from best buy that I keep in my truck for my cellphone actually has two USB ports so I could charge both of the headset's batteries in the airplane with it. Its a pretty cheap solution if you ever need to charge them in the airplane.
I have a Zulu 2 in like new condition. Is there a trade in program for the Tango?
Daniel on Oct 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not at this time, but eBay has a pretty good market for used headsets.
Are they TSO'd?
A shopper on Sep 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No.
I fly S76C++ and I own LS Zulo PFX but the ANR isn't too good. I want to change for something more comfortable/more silent and
I am in doubt between Bose A20 and LS Tango, which of these two has the best ANR Cancellation for Helicopter Noise?
Renato S on Aug 21, 2017
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