I compared several headsets extensively at Sun-N-Fun last year while I had the opportunity to go from one booth to the other quickly. I had a pair of Pilot 17-79 that work well, are very light, and you just charge them from a wall outlet with their charger, no batteries to worry about. I was going to buy another set of these until I tried on a pair of Lightspeeds. There was a dramatic improvement in comfort, to my head. I ended up buying the Lightspeed 25XL after sitting in their ‘sound egg’ and comparing the Lightspeed 20, 25, and the Bose unit. The Bose may have been slightly better than the Lightspeed for ANR, but the difference was very hard to detect. They were about the same comfort level. Then there was the cost issue. I just couldn’t justify nearly double for not a whole lot of improvement. On the other hand, the Lightspeed 25XLs I bought at Sun-N-Fun this year get a severe feedback making them unusable if you do not have the cushions sealed well against your head. Also, I had to send them back to Lightspeed because of a crackly sound in the left earcup. They said they could not duplicate it, but gave me a new pair anyway. I also complained to them about low volume, which they also could not duplicate. Maybe my hearing is going bad! FWIW, my dad is on his second pair of Bose with never a problem in about 10 years.
Still, I like the Lightspeeds because they are extremely comfortable and beat the Pilot hands down for that.
RE Garmin updates, I checked out this at Sun-N-Fun too. I agree with the other post about the updates over the Internet. Whether you do it every 28 days or so is your own decision. I can’t imagine planning to do any instrument flying without current databases. It defeats the purpose of all those incredible instruments when you can rely on them for nothing but lat/lon.
However, if you are VFR all the time with a sectional in your lap, once a year might be OK for you.
Another humble opinion,
Couple of quick questions. If they’ve been covered already and you’re tired of reading about the same old subjects now is the time to move on.
HEADSETS: The consensus seems to be that if you can afford it and you have the wiring already, the Bose is the best system. Not that IÂ’m too cheap but spending $4,000 on a set of four plus the cost of rewiring the jacks is outrageous. For the rest of you that donÂ’t have the Bose, the Lightspeed is often mentioned as a top quality ANR headset. If you have the Lightspeeds and have done a comparison, do you find that there is much difference between the 20s and the 25s? My David Clarks have great noise reduction but they grip like a giant anaconda wrapped around your head.
GARMIN DATA: With the dual 430s, what program do most of you use, one time updates or every 28 days? Do any of you have the ability to write your own cards through Jeppesen and how has that worked?
OIL CHANGES: Several people have recommended going 50 hours but IÂ’ve also heard every 35 hours is the best for the engine. Is there a consensus on hours between changes? The Continental book that comes with the plane says to change only every 100 hours.