UFQ L2 ANR in-ear headset

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  1. Skepilot

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    Haven't seen anyone post about this headset, so I thought I'd start a thread. I was looking for something super-lightweight, in-ear with good noise reduction. I was thinking about buying a Clarity Aloft or a Halo, then this thing popped up on my radar. Basically the same concept as those, but with ANR, too.

    I had already bought some of their conventional over-the-ear ANR headsets for passengers, and I thought they were pretty good for the money. So I bought these, and I've gotta say, I'm really impressed. I was a bit worried about durability, but the build-quality seems good. I've put about 300 hours on them so far, and not a single issue.

    There are several reviews on it over at Amazon now, which are worth reading if you're interested. However, I'd suggest buying them on ebay instead. It's cheaper there, and when I bought it there was a "Make Offer" button, so I got it even cheaper than list price. Also, I think the Amazon stock is limited to 2-plug format, whereas on ebay you can ask for other plug types, like Lemo, Airbus, helo, etc. It's a small manufacturer out of China, and the owner is very responsive to questions, either through his website ( https://www.ufqaviation.com/ ) or through ebay or Amazon.

    Anyway, if you like in-ear headsets, I think you'll like this one. My 2 cents.

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    U FQ?
    I beg your pardon!
     
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    Haha, stands for “U Fly Quiet.” Bit of a dorky name, but nice headset!
     
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    Thanks for sharing. I would imagine they don't try to achieve the same level of passive isolation since they've got the ANR - have you used them at all without the batteries?
     
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    I've seen them on ebay and considered buying. Wasn't able to find any sort of review on them, however. Didn't want to throw the money away on garbage. Thanks for posting.
     
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    Haven’t really used them without the batteries, but I have toggled the power on and off and I would say the ANR does the bulk of the noise reduction. They do provide you with 6 different ear tips, small/medium/large silicone and s/m/l memory foam. I use the large foam tips for the most passive noise reduction.
     
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    I made the mistake of buying their first offering, the L1 without ANR but billed as "UFQ in-Ear Type Aviation Headset UFQ L-1 Super Light Weight - Quiet as ANR."

    Maybe it's me and they way their buds fit my ears, but when I tried it I was glad I had another pilot on board. Once we took off, I could not hear a single radio transmission. It wasn't the quality of the UFQ sound - that's actually quite good. It was the complete lack of any noise attenuation - about the same as a pair of 19.95 ear buds with foam ear tips. The UFQ ear tips are not specially made like Clarity (which from my brief trial really is "quiet as ANR") and Halo; they are pretty standard fare. When I contacted the company for assistance, asking for suggestions on how I might improve the hearing attenuation, I learned what "Quiet" in the name of the product actually meant.

    Anyone interested in a lightly used L1?
     
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    Yeah, I considered that L1, but decided against it. Was about to get a Clarity Aloft when the L2 came out. The ANR put me over the fence.

    Sucks about your experience with the L1. The L2 has been great, though. I even had good experience with their customer service. I screwed up the rubber covers when I was bending the ear hooks. He sent me new ones (a couple of each type) for free. He also offered to send me new foam tips. I wonder if he would let you send your L1’s back and credit you something towards an L2. Might be worth a try.

    The ear buds on the L2 appear to be substantially different from the L1. There’s a wide variety of third-party foam tips available that will fit the L2. I bought these Comply tips, which is the same brand Clarity Aloft uses. They’re good, but still, the ANR does the bulk of the noise reduction work.
     
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    How's the microphone position stability? On my Halo's, it tends to move around quite a bit.
     
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    It would be worth a shot if I had any clue who to talk to. Of course, they never responded before it has been over a year at this point. That's the limit of their warranty anyway, right?

    I'd be curious about the Comply tips, but your link doesn't go anywhere.
     
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    https://www.complyfoam.com/
     
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    Thanks. I know where Comply is. He was referring to a specific model which is compatible.

    Edit. Ah! I got it. For some reason the link didn't work on my iPad but does on my laptop.

    Those aren't them. The ones Comply makes for Clarity are different. They are made to a different spec (they go deeper into the ear canal) and don't fit "ordinary" earbuds. I already asked Comply about it when I first found out the UFQ didn't attenuate anything and the seller went silent.
     
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    The mic is very stable, no problems. Length of the boom is good to. My FO's Clarity Aloft headset had a boom that was a bit too short, only reached the corner of his mouth. The UFQ L2's boom places the mic right in front of your mouth. Stays in place when you turn your head, too.

    I would email Jack at sales@uflyquiet.com. Their website says they have a 3-year warranty.

    Sorry, I fixed the link in that post. Here it is just in case: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004HKIAE2 That model will fit the L2, don't know about your L1. It's the same brand that Clarity Aloft uses, but not the same model. Clarity uses the Comply "Pro" series, which are longer and have a screw-on base. The L2 doesn't have a threaded nozzle, so I don't think the Comply Pro series will fit on the L2. In any case, I think the tip is not as important since the ANR is so good. I've also tried these cheap, generic tips from Amazon, and they're almost as good as the Comply tips IMHO.
     
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    Its the longer Clarity tips which make the difference and really produce the noise attenuation - they go deeper.

    I have those cheap generic tips. They arrived two weeks ago and are my latest foray into making the L1 usable. They seem to fill the ear canal a bit better and I'm planning on trying them in flight. I'm not about to give up my LightSpeeds but I was hoping these would be the set I would toss in a vacation bag just in case I have the opportunity to fly.
     
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    Yep, totally agree, the longer tips are key for non-ANR sets. Just doesn't seem necessary on the L2 due to its ANR, which is very effective.