Lightspeed Tango Wireless Headset Review

It’s good to finally see a wireless headset come to market – even better that it is designed by a reputable company that is known for producing some very good aviation headsets, instead of a crash and grab by a newcomer. It’s clear that Lightspeed have put a lot of thought into the Tango Wireless, but it does suffer from a couple of issues.

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Battery Life

If you’re interested in buying a wireless headset you probably know from the get go that battery life is one of the areas that you will have to compromise on. The battery life of the Tango stands at 12 hours. Compared to similarly priced models, this is quite the difference – 3-4x less in fact.

However, the big plus is that the batteries are rechargeable and only take 2 hours for a full charge. It may take a while but this will save you money in the long run.

Lightspeed were smart enough to ensure that the batteries can be charged while the headset is in use. A backup cable for wired operation is also provided, though it’s important to note that for the ANR to work the batteries need a charge.

Build Quality

The build quality of the Tango is very good. It is certainly made for frequent use. For one, you have no need to worry about any cables fraying with excessive use. Besides this, it has the same high build quality pilots have come to expect from Lightspeed.

Comfort

Despite the lack of wires, the Tango is a heavy headset – weighing 18 oz. This is down to having to accommodate the batteries. Thankfully, comfort doesn’t suffer. Lightspeed know how to design a headset to be as comfortable as possible, and this experience shows with the Tango Wireless.

Due to excellent weight distribution, the extra weight doesn’t negatively affect things. Comfort sits between the Sierra and Zulu 3.

ANR

No complaints when it comes to the ANR. The ANR is better than the Sierra headset – this is easy enough to notice if you compare the two. When it comes to the Zulu 3 it’s comparable, though perhaps falls ever so slightly short. Still, until you upgrade to the A20 there isn’t much gain to be had.

Audio

Bluetooth and an audio input are included. However, when it comes to sound quality, performance slightly suffers. Considering there is no issue with the sound quality of the Sierra and Zulu 3, this can only be put down to the wireless nature of the headset. Everything comes though clear enough to an extent, but the sound can come across a bit on the tinny side with some slight warbling every now and again.

FlightLink

As with all Lightspeed headsets the Tango Wireless has FlightLink support. This allows you to capture and retrieve all incoming and outgoing communications. Other functionality of FlightLink includes the ability to draw and erase notes or diagrams on the scratchpad with your finger, fine tune audio response, and boost voice clarity.

Warranty

The Tango Wireless is backed by a 5-year warranty, which is the same as Bose and David Clark headsets. Lightspeed are very at honouring their warranty and generally provide an excellent level of customer support within and outside the warranty period.

The Tango Wireless is a terrific idea, and we hope that others soon follow suit – though it’s unlikely considering it has been out for a few years now.

If you’re looking for a wireless headset there is a lot to like. While it does suffer from some teething problems and there is some compromise to be made, a lot of pilots will still find the Tango worthwhile and be happy to use it as their main headset.

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