September 2010 Issue

New Premium Headsets: Bose Comes Back Strong

Lightspeed’s Zulu has been our favorite, but the Bose A20 could unseat it as champ. Lightspeed’s new Sierra also brings power features at a lower price.

Bose has always held a place at the top end of noise-canceling headsets, with a history dating back to 1989. The company has been virtually silent in the aviation arena for the past 12 years, resting on the continuing strong sales of their Headset X. But even the Bose devotees have been getting restless due to the lack of auxiliary music input and a Bluetooth connectivity for phones (to be used, uh, on the ground only, of course). All the while, Lightspeed Aviation’s Zulu has been steadily increasing its dominance in the premium headset market by offering active noise reduction (ANR) on par or exceeding that of the Bose, along with music and phone connectivity.

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