4.8 / 5.099 ReviewsDurability4.7 / 5Reliability4.8 / 5Performance4.8 / 5Ease Of Use4.8 / 5Value4.6 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (83)No (5)Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGood but Mic is not reversible.Good headset, but.. The microphone cannot be swapped to the right side, it is left side only. The cord also tangles easily and the control is overly large. Very comfortable, and ANR works great. I would say they are more comfortable than the Bose for me, but not being able to swap the mic to the other side was a deal breaker.December 4, 2019Purchased
3 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesSerious PilotI guess one of the things you do when you become a Serious Pilot is spring for a really good headset. All of the reviews and comments I've read about the Zulu 3 lead me to purchase one - I am not disappointed!December 3, 2019Purchased
3 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesComparable with my BOSE A-20I bought two BOSE A-20 for my Cirrus SR-20 and used them for my wife and I who fly regularly. I wanted a good quality ANR headset for adult passengers who fly with me and decided to try the Zulu 3. I bought two of them for the backseat passengers. I actually flew two flights using the ZULU 3 and as couldn't tell much difference. Maybe not quite as quiet as the Bose, but seriously, you can't really tell the difference after a few minutes.
The only issue I had was that the comms in my Cirrus are stereo and unless you reset the dip switch from mono to stereo they don't work. Lightspeed customer service and Sporty's both helped me out quickly with that issue and now they work fine. Also, had LEMO plugs and with the comms on a Cirrus, the headset doesn't need a battery, which is nice.
If you are looking for a less expensive option to the Bose A-20 with similar performance. Zulu 3 is an excellent choice.December 2, 2019Purchased
3 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesNovember 19, 2019Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesWorth every penny!Amazing! I am only a student pilot so I don't have a lot of experience to make comparisons between this and the other top of the line options, but compared to the headset made available by the school, it was worth every penny. I could have gotten something less expensive as a first headset, but I figured why spend money now, then more later? Just go for the one that will be with me for a long time. I am also very pleased with the construction. I prefer the more durable metal construction over the plastic construction of some other high end models. I read reviews stating that the added weight might be an issue, I have not experienced any problems. I will say that I am not flying for hours and hours at a time like someone who works in the industry, but after a typical hour and a half or so training session, I never even noticed I was wearing it. One thing to be aware of though, if you are switching from a headset that doesn't have ANR or even good ANR, it's a little strange no longer hearing the engine noise. I also have to say that Lightspeed's customer service is great. While the headset fit me just fine, it was adjusted almost as small as it goes which surprised me because I don't usually wear small size hats or helmets. I contacted them and they immediately sent be out the taller top pad at no charge.October 29, 2019Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesMy 4th set of LightspeedsLove my Lightspeeds. Now have a pair for every passenger.October 28, 2019Purchased
1 month agoDurability4 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesOne of the top 2 ANR headsets available, IMOSome of my pilot friends have raved about the Lightspeed Zulu headset, so needing a new co-pilot (wife) headset I thought I'd try one out and compare it with my current Bose A20. Bottom line is the Zulu's ANR performance is as good as or better than the Bose (both are excellent) but for me and my wife, the Bose is lighter and more comfortable. Really comes down to personal preference, I think.
Thanks to Sporty's 30 day trial, I got a chance to do a real world side by side comparison of the two, and as a result, I'm returning the Zulu3 and ordering another Bose A20. YMMV.October 20, 2019Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesTotally satisfiedFantastic headsets, very comfortableOctober 19, 2019Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat HeadsetVery quality product, every noising zeroed, really lightweight headset, no pressure on the ears, no headache after long continued flight, no lost in communication instantly blocking music or phonecall, great design.Added Oct 18, 2019October 19, 2019Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesExtremely comfortable, well built, awesome qualityI give 4 on Ease of use because of the mic boom being fixed to the left side only and the battery hock is a bit heavy.
Personally I don't mind that it is left side only. And I use the included lapel clip to make a small loop back onto the cord itself. I then use that loop to hang from the ashtray nobs that are just below the window in the C172s, keeping it accessible yet out of the way. This works much better than throwing it in the map pocket, where my leg seems to like to toggle on/off the noise canceling. The 7yr warranty and kevlar braided cable, which is extremely durable and twist-free, let me do that without worry.
I have worn the Bose A20s; I bought these because of the 7yr warranty and the kevlar cord; I take care of my stuff, but let's be honest, the cockpits are cramped, cords can get caught in doors, etc. It seemed like this better fit my lifestyle. I have not been disappointed, these are amazing, comfortable, durable.
I have 110 hours in his headset now and love them. Even without ANR turned on, they do a great job of knocking down the noise. Plastic-stemmed sunglasses can cause a bit of a gap in the ear caps, adding a little bit of noise, plus a little bit of head squeeze. wire-stemmed sunglasses eliminate that problem.
I wear a 7 5/8" hat, so probably slightly larger than normal head. With or without a hat, these do not cause any head squeeze or pain. The only squeeze is from thick-stemmed plastic sunglasses or foggles as I mentioned, and it's still isn't bad, it's just a bit of pressure at the stems. I've worn hats with grommet beads and without, it makes no difference on these.
I've replaced the batteries once. I do use the bluetooth feature as well to connect them to my tablet; I don't play music through them.
If you're worried about durability and longevity but want a top of the line headset, this is the set for you. The 30 day guarantee by Sporty's helps make this a no brainer to try out.October 18, 2019
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Browse 20 questions Browse 20 questions and 23 answersAre there adapters available to allow use of the panel powered version in an aircraft without panel power jacks? I move between aircraft a lot and not all have the panel power jack. Does the panel power version of the headset still have a battery box to power the ANR if an adapter is used?Do you do trade ups?BEST ANSWER: Yes, We do offer trade ups.Can the clamping force be adjusted on the Lightspeed Zulu 3 Headset? I have a problem when my temples gets squeezed to hard.BEST ANSWER: The clamping force is adjustable. Please contact Sportys and we can explain how to adjust the clamping force.Is a DC H-10 80 eligible for the rebate?BEST ANSWER: Yes, providing that it is in working condition.is there any ATC speech to text anywhere?BEST ANSWER: No.With my phone connected via Bluetooth, am I able to recieve and make phone calls thrgh my headset? Provided Iâ€™m on the ground with reception?BEST ANSWER: Yes.My wife bought me a Zulu 3 back in early November for my birthday. I'd like to buy her one now for Christmas. Can I get the $150 rebate under these circumstances ?BEST ANSWER: Please send proof of purchase to firstname.lastname@example.org We should be able to.The friction on my mic boom has weakened over the last year, and falls below my mouth after 20 minutes of flight. Is there a way to adjust the boom friction?BEST ANSWER: Please contact Lightspeed support at 1.800.332.2421. I did not see anything in the manual that spoke about adjusting the boom friction.What is the decibel rating on the ANR and Passive?BEST ANSWER: Passive headset usually reduces the DB by 23-25 DB. The ANR headset does not list a DB rating.Will Foreflight audio warnings come though the headset via Bluetooth also?BEST ANSWER: Yes, I use the feature with my Zulu 2 headset.Is this headset TSO certified?BEST ANSWER: No, this headset is not TSO certified.If it runs out of battery inflight (let's say I don't have any spare battery) can the Zulu 3 still transmit and receive communications?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will still transmit and receive. The ANR will not function without the battery so the headset becomes passive.I like having my mic boom coming from the right side, can I use it on the right???BEST ANSWER: No the mic can only be used on the leftThese are helicopter compatible correct?BEST ANSWER: Yes, the headset can be ordered with a helicopter connection.Are the Pioneer earbuds only good for apple products or can they work with Android?BEST ANSWER: The ear buds are for Apple products. They connect via the lightning connector.Can more than 1 bluetooth device be connected at the same time, like a cell phone for music and a tablet?BEST ANSWER: Only 1 bluetooth device may be connected at a time.Does the helicopter cord include the battery box or not?BEST ANSWER: Yes it has a battery box.If I buy the headset in the US, will it still be covered by the 7 years warranty in Europe?BEST ANSWER: Yes, you would have to send it to the European repair center it to the US for warranty coverage.My airline uses a 5-pin XLR plug with company supplied telex headset. I currently use a Bose QC25 headset at cruise alt on 777. Is there an adapter plug or XLR 5-pin plug that i can connect to my Bose headset. Or does the Zulu 3 headset have a headset cable to use so I can plug in to the XLR 5-pin jack on my 777 ? Thanks for your help.BEST ANSWER: We do carry a GA (twin plug to XLR) adapter. The Item number is 6529ADoes the headset stop working if the 9 volt dies or just the ANR stops (headseat continues to function)?BEST ANSWER: The batteries operate the ANR. If the batteries stop working then the headset reverts to a passive headset.
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