Lightspeed PFX Headset

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Ultimate noise reduction with adaptive ANR

Designed for the pilot who makes no compromises when it comes to their passion, the world's quietest aviation headset is a technological marvel that personalizes itself to the user's ears, environment, and preferences. PFX is perfect for the pilot who wants the best and enjoys owning the cutting edge in performance and features. 

Innovative features:

  • Streaming Quiet™ dynamic ANR continuously adapts to your environment, e...
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Ultimate noise reduction with adaptive ANR

Designed for the pilot who makes no compromises when it comes to their passion, the world's quietest aviation headset is a technological marvel that personalizes itself to the user's ears, environment, and preferences. PFX is perfect for the pilot who wants the best and enjoys owning the cutting edge in performance and features. 

Innovative features:

  • Streaming Quiet™ dynamic ANR continuously adapts to your environment, extending the amount, consistency and frequency range of noise cancellation. PFX is continually learning and improving as you fly.
  • Acoustic response mapping measures your unique auditory landscape, adapting the audio response to your ear shape and size for maximum quiet, clarity and music quality. PFX is the only headset that's personalized for your ears.
  • Personal preferences can be set using the enhanced capabilities of FlightLink, Lightspeed’s exclusive iPad app: bass and treble levels, voice clarity boost, in-flight recording via Bluetooth.
  • Enhanced durability with rugged, Kevlar cables and stainless steel components.
  • Upgradeable firmware means unlimited potential for new software innovations in the future.

Auto shutoff feature saves battery life when not in use. Includes molded carrying case, straight cord, cell phone/music cable, and 4 AA batteries.

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.

Michael WolfStaff PIREP

"I was amazed the first time I flew with the Zulu PFX. It's simply the quietest headset I've ever worn. And since I jump between different airplanes, the FlightLink app is a handy way to customize the noise reduction settings."

Plus: Quietest headset I've ever tried

Plus: Great audio features and quality

Plus: New features available with upgradeable software

Minus: Only average battery life

Minus: Large control box (but it does a lot!)

- Michael Wolf
Commercial, Multi, Instrument
President and CEO, 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

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 AA 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 AA 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.

Additional Resources

Read the PFX User Guide

Doug Ranly

Catalog Manager—Sporty’s Pilot Shop

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Reviews
4.2 / 5.0
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4.6 / 5
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3.8 / 5
Would You Recommend?
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Would You Recommend?
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Zulu PFX
The Zulu PFX is an excellent headset. Built with durable materials and excellent ANR technology. I would say it is built better than the Bose A20s. The only con is the battery life isn't excellent, however, the headset does do a lot and requires a lot of battery. The CPU is also on the larger side, but it does a lot. Also you can customize it with the lightspeed app. It is also very comfortable to wear.
Overall I give is a 10/10.
October 23, 2017
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Quality of music bass diminished
Since this is such a high-end headset, I am going to be picky. While the noise-canceling function is superb, the quality of the bass when I listen to music is weak. Also, though it is lighter than the David Clark H10 13.4 (which the Z PFX is replacing), it is still heavier than the Bose A20 (which I have not worn).

The carrying case is hard and protects the headset very well. Like this about it. And the headset is easy to use. Bluetooth connects very easily to iPad. Battery usage is accurate to what the manual says.
September 30, 2017
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
3 / 5
Performance
3 / 5
Ease Of Use
3 / 5
Value
3 / 5
50/50 Lightspeed
I ordered (2) PFX headsets 1 works flawlessly 1 does not attenuate
February 10, 2017
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Surprised coming from Bose X
Time for some new headsets and several friends have gone to these... must admit, they are very impressive.
August 21, 2016
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Felt Terrible First, but Best Headset for me now
I purchased this headset when I started my CFI training, and I have been using this headset for a year. Since my CFI trainer was Bonanza, which has really heavy noise if you compare to C172, I was looking for good noise canceling headset. Maybe I used this with head adjustment too tight in first flight, I heard heavy mechanical howling every time I moved my head and that caused heavy ringing with my ear and headache in the end of flight. Once I set my head adjustment longer, I found this headset is really quiet and really comfortable. This headset was also really worked well in my Multi-engine training with Beechcraft Baron, which has more heavy noise. Overall, this is my best headset now.
March 12, 2016
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Very Excellent Product
Very comfortable and very clear, just a little expensive.
November 18, 2015
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
1 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
1 / 5
Very noisy when rotated head 45 degrees,Quiet when head straight
Was very excited to try this headset. Had used Bose for years until they were stolen. Went back to my passive David Clarks. Wanted the bluetooth music and quietness advertised. Loved the build and components. Went flying and as long as my head was straight forward, very comparable to the Bose. But in looking for traffic and turning my head 45 degrees in either direction, it sounded as those someone had directed the air vent straight into my ears. Head straight--quiet again. So alternating loud/silent. Very distracting. I was flying a Cherokee 140. Got my David Clarks back out and tried the same maneuvers and they worked well as always, just no noise canceling. Tried the PFX, same issue. Tried adjusting fit, tried without sunglasses, no change. Sent them back because with this issue was totally not useable. Don't think my head is odd shaped so don't understand how they work on others. The review above of loud popping noise is similar to what I experienced. Too bad, great looking headset.
October 19, 2015
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
4 / 5
only used 3 times so far but seem to work well
So far so good
August 15, 2015
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
2 / 5
Amazingly quiet
Flexible cables. Good music fidelity. Bluetooth works fine. Control box is large, but easily stowed
July 31, 2015
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
2 / 5
Amazingly quiet
Flexible cables. Good music fidelity. Bluetooth works fine. Control box is large, but easily stowed
July 31, 2015
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Lightspeed PFX or BOSE A20? (From users of both)
A shopper on May 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I chose the Lightspeed and have been very happy with them. excellent noise cancelling and VERY comfortable. Well worth the price, I bought TWO, one for me and one for my wife.
WIth the Bluetooth cell phone connection, does the headset microphone work when you make an outgoing call, or do you still need to talk into the phone microphone?
John W on May 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: When you make a call you will use the microphone on the headset.
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