LightSPEED Technologies' 25XL Active Noise Reduction Headset

When LightSPEED Technologies shattered the ANR headset price barrier in mid-1997, the company's model 20K priced just over $400 garnered rave reviews from AVweb and Aviation Consumer, and quickly became the fastest-selling aviation ANR headset ever. A year later, at EAA AirVenture 1998, the company announced a new top-of-the-line $600 model 25K, but engineering and production snags delayed first deliveries for nearly a year. Now renamed the 25XL, LightSPEED's new high-end headset is now in production, and the company is offering a unique trade-in deal for current 20K owners. Is the 25XL worth the extra dough? After flying with one for several weeks, AVweb's Mike Busch offers his detailed critique of the 25XL, and compares it with its lower-priced sibling.

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