April 2011 Issue

Lightspeed’s New Zulu: Clearer, Quieter, Comfier

Lightspeed’s new Zulu doesn’t so much close the gap on the Bose A20 as accentuate the differences. Zulu is still our pick for audiophiles and long-haul fliers.

For years, Lightspeed’s Zulu was our favorite headset for its winning combination of comfort, quiet and features, like Bluetooth cellphone connectivity. Last year, at Oshkosh AirVenture, Bose leapt into the 21st century with their new A20, improving their ANR and comfort, as well as adding Bluetooth for cell phones and a jack for external audio. We tried an A20 at Airventure, on the long ride home and beyond. Our verdict was that head-to-head, we preferred the Bose, but weren’t sure it was worth the $200 price delta.

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