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Old February 4th 08, 04:29 AM posted to rec.aviation.owning,rec.aviation.piloting
Kobra[_3_]
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Flyers,

I would like to give a small PIREP of the new Lightspeed Zulu headset. I
bought one for the Bluetooth capability, but I was pleasantly surprised to
find it had much more to offer.

The comfort and fit was equal or surpassed my Bose X.

The ANR was about equal IMO to other headsets including the Bose.

The Zulu sound while talking to ATC and over the intercom is MUCH more clear
than any headset I've used in the past.

The music is by far superior to the Bose. To my ear it has a fuller range,
richer presence, more volume range and fuller bass.

It is very attractive and seems well constructed.

The carrying case is a bit thin. It seems to need about a 1/4 inch more
depth because you have to crush the ear seals in order to fully zip the case
shut.

Also on the negative side is the insulating material used on the cords. It
gets VERY stiff and inflexible in cold weather and makes it difficult to
position the cords. In contrast Bose X uses a cord material that stays
supple and soft even in below freezing temps.

The Zulu's Bluetooth worked with my Razr cell phone easily and also
connected effortlessly with my iPod using a Jabara Bluetooth adaptor. Nice
not to have the wire running to the battery case or to the PS Engineering
8000B's input.

My wife and I like to listen to music while flying cross countries. We have
an iPod with a BT adaptor and wish to both listen simultaneously. Can I
assume if I bought another Zulu for her that only one of us could connect
with the Bluetooth iPod at a time? If that's the case that's my main
complaint. That makes the BT only good for cell phone use or for one person
to listen to music.

I understand that BT must be secure for cell phone use, but I thought there
was a BT connection protocol that is not secure just for a situation such as
I described. Does anyone have any information on this topic?

Kobra


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Old February 4th 08, 08:42 AM posted to rec.aviation.owning,rec.aviation.piloting
Thomas Borchert
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Default Lightspeed Zulu pirep

Kobra,

I understand that BT must be secure for cell phone use, but I thought there
was a BT connection protocol that is not secure just for a situation such as
I described. Does anyone have any information on this topic?


AFAIK, the one-connection limit has nothing to do with security, it is inherent
in the way BT works, in this case specifically the adaptor in the iPod. You
might want to think about an intercom with a stereo music input. Much cheaper
would be to use a Y cable as available from many sources.

--
Thomas Borchert (EDDH)

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Old February 4th 08, 01:58 PM posted to rec.aviation.owning,rec.aviation.piloting
Kobra
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"Thomas Borchert" wrote in message
...
Kobra,

I understand that BT must be secure for cell phone use, but I thought
there
was a BT connection protocol that is not secure just for a situation such
as
I described. Does anyone have any information on this topic?


AFAIK, the one-connection limit has nothing to do with security, it is
inherent
in the way BT works, in this case specifically the adaptor in the iPod.
You
might want to think about an intercom with a stereo music input. Much
cheaper
would be to use a Y cable as available from many sources.

--
Thomas Borchert (EDDH)



Thanks Tom...but I think I figured out a fix / workaround. The Jabra BT
adaptor hooks to the iPod on it's bottom jack and it links to my Zulu. As
an experiment I also plugged in a headset to the 1/8" jack on the top of the
iPod and it worked simultaneously with the BT adaptor. Jabra also makes a
universal BT adaptor that plugs into this same 1/8" jack. Therefore, my
wife can pair to the BT adaptor on the 1/8" jack with her Zulu and I can
pair to the one on the bottom jack with my headset. I'm pretty confident
that this will work.

I already have a stereo audio panel with music input. I have the PS
Engineering 8000B. Therefore all four places can have music. AAMOF, the
rear seats can listen to the front's music or they can plug into their own
music jack for separate music for the front and back. Great if you have
kids that don't want to listen to your music selection and visa versa. The
"problem" is that you have to use a wire running up to the audio panel and
the pilot and co-pilot can not have separate muting. The front and back
can, but not the crew. I can isolate myself, but then I also isolate myself
on the intercom and music.

With the Zulu connecting as I described above, I can have no wires running
around and also I can have the music mute when ATC talks and my wife can
enjoy uninterrupted music.

In the rare moment that I have three or four in the plane, I can always use
the audio panel's music input to pump sound to all four places.

Kobra


 




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