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Old June 30th, 2010, 04:02 PM   #1
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Zulu or Sierra,... what's the difference?

What is the difference between the Zulu and Sierra headsets by Lightspeed? Seems like the Sierra would be a very nice first ANR headset with cell phone interface. The Zulu is pretty much the same, maybe a little lighter and has primarily the same features.
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Old June 30th, 2010, 04:35 PM   #2
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Re: Zulu or Sierra,... what's the difference?

In a nutshell:
Zulu is a magnesium housing, more expensive ($850), better passive noise reduction, lighter (13 oz).
Sierra is a plastic housing, less expensive ($650), good passive noise reduction, slightly heavier (16 oz).
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Old June 30th, 2010, 04:43 PM   #3
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Re: Zulu or Sierra,... what's the difference?

I've been inching toward purchasing a Zulu, having tried them on and compared them to the Bose for the last couple of years at AirVenture.

The Zulu feels more comfortable to me, and lo and behold, Sporty's most recent catalog shows Bose headsets for $845 - $5 cheaper than the Zulu! Bose must be feeling the economy too I guess, and is now competitive.

I wonder if Lightspeed will follow suit.
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Old June 30th, 2010, 04:44 PM   #4
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Re: Zulu or Sierra,... what's the difference?

i really like my zulus
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Old June 30th, 2010, 05:11 PM   #5
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Re: Zulu or Sierra,... what's the difference?

I think a trip to Lancaster and the pilot shop is in order. you fly I'll tell you how they look and feel on you
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Old June 30th, 2010, 07:18 PM   #6
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Re: Zulu or Sierra,... what's the difference?

Lightspeed has been reading my posts here:

Zulu...worthless for the right seat due to dangling cords.

Sierra....FINALLY, Lightspeed has the mike switchable from left to right.
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Old June 30th, 2010, 08:24 PM   #7
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Re: Zulu or Sierra,... what's the difference?

I have a Zulu and a Bose (I know, I know)

Zulu is my headset. Executive pax (i.e. Mrs. Flyersfan31) get the Bose. What she doesn't know won't hurt her.
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Old June 30th, 2010, 08:54 PM   #8
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Re: Zulu or Sierra,... what's the difference?

The Zulu's are really cold, and you can only see the Sierra's if you're not in the mountains, or if the visibility is greater than 3 miles. When they finally come out with the Tango's, they'll come with a velcro chin strap to keep them from rattling off your head.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 12:48 AM   #9
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Re: Zulu or Sierra,... what's the difference?

Is the Sierra supposed to have the same ANR as the Zulu?

I compared Tonys Zulu with my 30-3G in my airplane and the Zulu was amazing in terms of noise redux
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Old July 1st, 2010, 02:09 PM   #10
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Re: Zulu or Sierra,... what's the difference?

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Is the Sierra supposed to have the same ANR as the Zulu?

I compared Tonys Zulu with my 30-3G in my airplane and the Zulu was amazing in terms of noise redux
The LS website is silent on that right now. I suspect that the numbers for the Sierra are closer to the Thirty 3G than the Zulu. I was told that the reason they had gone with the left side only mic was to allow an asymmetrical earcup shape which improved the potential noise redux. Chances are the plastic is slightly worse WRT passive redux as well. That said the Sierra is probably still way better than Bose on passive and just as good on active reduction. The only other concessions the Sierra seems to make compared to the Zulu are higher weight and no bluetooth music input. Wired music and BT phone are included.
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Old July 29th, 2010, 07:21 PM   #11
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Re: Zulu or Sierra,... what's the difference?

Anyone from OSH hear anything about them or get to try them? Looks like they might be shipping now, as Sporty's is showing more data on the headset page now than just coming soon/preorder.

Can't seem to find any reviews posted online yet.
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Old July 29th, 2010, 07:23 PM   #12
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Re: Zulu or Sierra,... what's the difference?

C'mon doesn't everyone want the new $1100 Bose? It is an iHeadset!!
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Re: Zulu or Sierra,... what's the difference?

Sure, I want the new Bose headset, but only willing to pay about $500 for them...
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Old July 29th, 2010, 09:24 PM   #14
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Re: Zulu or Sierra,... what's the difference?

Rob I spoke to Light speed a few weeks ago they tell me the main difference is the zulus are about 3 oz lighter, have a lower profile, have blue tooth ( good for clearances at wings where you have to call) and has better noise attenuation.
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Old July 30th, 2010, 12:36 PM   #15
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Re: Zulu or Sierra,... what's the difference?

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C'mon doesn't everyone want the new $1100 Bose? It is an iHeadset!!
I spoke to a colleague who works for Bose a couple of days ago at the IEEE International Symposium on EMC about their new headset. The new feature OS Bluetooth for connecting to your cellphone.
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Re: Zulu or Sierra,... what's the difference?

I looked extensively at the Zulu vs. Sierra vs. Bose A20 (new this year).

Zulu - $800 at the show (25 discount from all the stores, plus $25 cash from LS tent)
Sierra - $650
Bose A20 - $1100

Zulu vs Sierra - Zulu is a lower profile, and felt better on my head.
Zulu vs Bose A20 - Both have BT. Zulu allows both music and phone which I loved! Bose only phone features.

Did I mention Bose was $1100...

I bought a set of Zulu's
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Re: Zulu or Sierra,... what's the difference?

Today i got to try out the Lightspeed Sierra and it fit my head very comfortable, and also great sound quality with the ANR and its built sturdy. looks like its very well worth the $650 so i will be buying one this week.
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Re: Zulu or Sierra,... what's the difference?

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The Zulu's are really cold, and you can only see the Sierra's if you're not in the mountains, or if the visibility is greater than 3 miles. When they finally come out with the Tango's, they'll come with a velcro chin strap to keep them from rattling off your head.
Bingo!!!! That's EXACTLY what I thought of when I went to reply to this thread
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Re: Zulu or Sierra,... what's the difference?

FWIW, I really like my Beyerdynamic headset. I've never seen anyone else with one. It's good German quality.

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalo...dyanmic600.php

You can also custom order one from their website.
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Re: Zulu or Sierra,... what's the difference?

[QUOTE=Rob Schaffer;614233]Anyone from OSH hear anything about them or get to try them? Looks like they might be shipping now, as Sporty's is showing more data on the headset page now than just coming soon/preorder.

Can't seem to find any reviews posted online yet.[/QUOTE)


-Today i got to try out the Lightspeed Sierra and it fit my head very comfortable, and also great sound quality with the ANR and its built sturdy. looks like its very well worth the $650 so i will be buying one this week.
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Re: Zulu or Sierra,... what's the difference?

After 2 hrs with DC X11's yesterday, I know those aren't right for me. Then after another 6.5 hrs using my passive S-20's,... I definitely decided it's time to upgrade. I was going to try Gary's Zulus when we refueled at LNS on the way home but forgot. He noticed that he gets a ping or a noise in them from the strobes though, anyone else experience that?

Got home, took some advil and went to bed. Nearly 9 hrs in the plane yesterday. Phew!
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After 2 hrs with DC X11's yesterday, I know those aren't right for me. Then after another 6.5 hrs using my passive S-20's,... I definitely decided it's time to upgrade. I was going to try Gary's Zulus when we refueled at LNS on the way home but forgot. He noticed that he gets a ping or a noise in them from the strobes though, anyone else experience that?

Got home, took some advil and went to bed. Nearly 9 hrs in the plane yesterday. Phew!
So what didn't you like about the X-11s? The noise attenuation? The clamping force? The smell of mary's perfume on the mic cover? Also just curoius how did you hear ATC on the X-11s when sitting left seat? Mary says she can't hear ATC with them?
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So what didn't you like about the X-11s? The noise attenuation? The clamping force? The smell of mary's perfume on the mic cover? Also just curoius how did you hear ATC on the X-11s when sitting left seat? Mary says she can't hear ATC with them?
The perfume wasn't that bad :-)

ATC was fuzzy, changed the batteries and the ANR seemed better but the fit wasn't that good I guess and I wasn't impressed. My S-20's blocked the engine noise just as well and I could hear everyone much clearer. I agree that those X11's should be checked by DC.

My set worked great for the
Longest flight I have made with them, the clamping just got to me by the end of the day ( granted that was nearly 9 hrs)
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Today i got to try out the Lightspeed Sierra and it fit my head very comfortable, and also great sound quality with the ANR and its built sturdy. looks like its very well worth the $650 so i will be buying one this week.
Can you let us know what you think after you wear them a little this week? Also, what headset do you currently use that you will be comparing the Sierra to?
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Can you let us know what you think after you wear them a little this week? Also, what headset do you currently use that you will be comparing the Sierra to?

Ok i will let you guys know how i like them. and im currently using a DC H10-13.4
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