May 1998 Issue

More Low-Price ANR

Pilot’s clever self-contained battery design looks like a winner. Flightcom’s 6ANX is credible but Telex’s new talking headset needs work.

When LightSPEED’s innovative lightweight ANR headset hit the market nearly two years ago, we had a hunch that its low price and impressive performance would carve out a healthy market niche. And that’s exactly what happened.

Yet within the past six months, three new ANRs have muscled their way into what’s already a crowded field. These new products represent second- and third-generation designs and include some significant innovations. Unfortunately, innovation doesn’t always equal improvement.

The three new offerings come from Flightcom, Pilot and Telex. The Flightcom 6ANX and Pilot Freedom headsets are both being sold as inexpensive ANRs obviously intended to go head-to-head...

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