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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Not Recommended

I ordered (2) PFX headsets
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Louis | LAKEWAY, Texas, US | 2/9/2017
Surprised coming from Bose X

Recommended

Time for some new headsets and several friends have gone to these... must admit, they are very impressive.
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Chad Colby | GOODFIELD, Illinois, US | 8/21/2016
Felt Terrible First, but Best Headset for me now

Recommended

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.
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Hiroyuki | SALINA, Kansas, US | 3/12/2016
Very Excellent Product

Recommended

Very comfortable and very clear, just a little expensive.
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Bart | 11/18/2015
Very noisy when rotated head 45 degrees,Quiet when head straight

Not Recommended

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.
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Douglas Womack | Commercial | 10/19/2015
only used 3 times so far but seem to work well

Recommended

So far so good
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Ivan Stefanik | Private | 8/15/2015
Amazingly quiet

Recommended

Flexible cables. Good music fidelity. Bluetooth works fine. Control box is large, but easily stowed
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Bruce Wagner | Commercial | 7/30/2015
Amazingly quiet

Recommended

Flexible cables. Good music fidelity. Bluetooth works fine. Control box is large, but easily stowed
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Bruce Wagner | Commercial | 7/30/2015
Terrible Popping Noise - Notes about Lightspeed, Bose, & Sennheiser

Not Recommended

PROS
- Nice build quality
- FlightLink app is cool
- Great music fidelity for an aviation headset

CONS
- Painful POP when ear seal is even partially broken
- No bluetooth music controls to FF or REW
- Cables seem a bit delicate

DETAILS
I rarely write reviews, but this is a big purchase and I hope my experience is valuable to others. I recently bought the Zulu PFX headset with high expectations. A month ago my Sennheiser S1 Digital Headset was stolen from my car and I needed a replacement. While I had really liked the Sennheisers for the past two years, I had heard a lot of good things about Lightspeed Zulus and thought I would give them a try. I was really pumped about the FlightLink iPhone app to control the audio and record the flight audio. When the PFX arrived, I was excited to try them out. I first pulled them from the nicely packed box at home to try out the bluetooth music. The build quality seemed good, although the braided cables seemed to be a bit thin and delicate. The bluetooth pairing process to my iPhone was straight forward. In a quiet environment they sounded great (even better than the Sennheisers), great highs and solid bass. They are comparable to decent cans I have at home. I did feel the pressure on my temples was a bit excessive though.
Many reviews mention the large size of the control box, and they are correct. 4 AA batteries and you have a very big, heavy unit. No worries, I felt I can chuck it in the side pocket of the 172 or the center console of the Cirrus. But when I went to control the bluetooth music, I was surprised and disappointed to find that the Zulus have no ability to skip forward or back. Even with the huge control box, they neglected to add the buttons to control your music. And they certainly have a lot of space on that massive control unit for a few more measly buttons! Not a big deal at home because you can punch the soft buttons on your iPhone. But I don't want to be fumbling for an iPhone while I am flying, trying to bring up the iPhone music controls just to skip a song. So I called Lightspeed and they just said 'Sorry, we didn't add that.' This is a major oversight in my mind as the bluetooth music was one of the big reasons I bought the Zulus (and originally the Sennheisers) vs the Bose A20s (which have no bluetooth music capability). I explained to Lightspeed that my Sennheisers had great controls for the bluetooth music and phone functions, but again they shrugged it off. Not very good customer support or product planning in my opinion.
The most unpleasant surprise came when I flew them today for the first time in a SR22. When we fired up the engine, the ANR was decent, but nothing spectacular. But when I tried to adjust the headset or make any significant movement of my head, I would get a deafening POP in the headset. As an electrical engineer, I know that comes from a poor design, the ear seal breaking and the massive change in interior sound pegging the noise cancellation circuit. Good designs would filter and noise limit the input to avoid this kind of an audio spike. At first I thought it must be a fluke, but it happened repeatedly on the flight. I wear Ray Ban prescription sunglasses and they have a bit thicker temple, but every time I made a movement that partially broke the ear seal - an excruciating POP!!! It probably happened 20 times in a 90 minute flight. My ears are still ringing hours later from those extreme audio spikes. I feel like I just walked out of a deafening rock concert. Lightspeed's engineers really need to address this.
I am grateful to Sporty's for their 30 day trial period. Unfortunately I have decided to pack up the Zulus and send them back. At the same time, I have ordered a new pair of Sennheiser S1 Digitals. While the Sennheisers do not have quite the music fidelity of the Zulus (a big surprise given the Sennheiser name), the great bluetooth controls, the comfort, and lack of annoying POPs motivated me to buy another pair. Also, while the Sennheisers do not have the audio adjustment capability of the Zulu FlightLink iPhone app, they do have hardware switches to boost the treble for my 53 year old, high frequency-challenged hearing.
FYI, when I was training for my private several years ago, I used the Bose A20s a lot. I thought the sound quality and ANR were good, but I really thought bluetooth music would be good for longer cross country flights and I was right. If Bose added real bluetooth music capability, or if and when Lightspeed can fix the horrible POP and add bluetooth controls, I would gladly try them out. In the meantime, my Sennheisers still seem to be the best all around product on the market.
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David Loftus | Instrument | 7/13/2015
Best I've Ever Used!

Recommended

PROS: Great fit. Quiet beyond belief. Superb ANR. Ability to tweak treble and bass to fit hearing is unique and music to older ears. Love the recording/playback in flight capability through bluetooth (never have to ask ATC to repeat a freq, altitude, or clearance again).
CONS: Haven't found a single one! Pricey, but definitely worth it.
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Bill | DAMASCUS, Maryland, US | Commercial | 3/24/2015

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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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