Bose A20 Aviation Headset no Bluetooth

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10 reasons the Bose A20 is the #1 headset in aviation

  1. ANR pioneers. Bose was the first company to introduce active noise reduction headsets (over 20 years ago) and they’ve been innovating ever since. The A20 offers 30% greater noise reduction than conventional aviation headsets.
  2. A focus on comfort. A quiet headset isn’t enough these days – it has to be comfortable too. The A20 has numerous features that make it the most comfortable headset we’ve worn, includ...
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10 reasons the Bose A20 is the #1 headset in aviation

  1. ANR pioneers. Bose was the first company to introduce active noise reduction headsets (over 20 years ago) and they’ve been innovating ever since. The A20 offers 30% greater noise reduction than conventional aviation headsets.
  2. A focus on comfort. A quiet headset isn’t enough these days – it has to be comfortable too. The A20 has numerous features that make it the most comfortable headset we’ve worn, including sheepskin cushions and a unique torsion spring that reduces clamping force.
  3. Famous Bose audio. Pilots rave about the Bose's Active EQ, which delivers crystal clear audio and rich sound when listening to music.
  4. Bluetooth phone interface. It’s easy to call Flight Service or update family members with this wireless connection that makes use of the A20’s noise cancellation (not available on this model).
  5. Bluetooth audio interface. Wirelessly connect your Bluetooth-enabled device to the Bose A20 to listen to music, and notifications from apps. Also available is the option to plug in your device with an aux input cord (not available on this model).
  6. Smart audio muting. A handy switch on the A20 control box allows you to choose what auxiliary audio you hear, including automatic muting of aux audio when the intercom is active.
  7. Lightweight design. At just 12 oz., you’ll hardly know the A20 is there. The magnesium headband also distributes the headset’s weight evenly, for all-day comfort.
  8. TSO'd. The A20 meets or exceeds all TSO standards (FAA TSO-C139 and EASA ETSO-C139), so you can count on this headset for years of service. They are built to last.
  9. Great service. If your Bose headset ever needs service, you can expect fast and friendly service, even years after your purchase. Includes a 5-year transferable warranty.
  10. Excellent battery life. Bose’s smart shutoff helps provide at least 45 hours of use from just two AA alkaline batteries.
Microphone can be connected to either earcup for convenience. Measures 8.4"h x 6.3"w x 3.2"d. Includes: A20 Aviation Headset, in-line clothing clip, control module, 2 AA batteries, aux-in cable adapter, carrying case.

John ZimmermanStaff PIREP

"The Bose A20 is popular for a reason - it strikes a good balance between comfort, quiet and clarity. It's comfortable enough to wear all day and it's quiet enough for almost any type of airplane. It may not be the cheapest headset, but you get what you pay for with Bose."

Plus: Most comfortable headset I've worn

Plus: Excellent ANR, with no hissing sound

Plus: Great battery life

Minus: Top-end price requires a big upfront investment

- John Zimmerman
Commercial, Multi, Instrument
Vice President, Sporty's

Sporty's Test Flight Guarantee

Take your new headset flying and make sure it's the right choice for you. If you're not thrilled, return the headset to us within 30 days and in the same condition in which you received it - we'll exchange it for another headset or refund your money. There's no paperwork and no hassle. Just another reason why Sporty's is the #1 headset dealer in aviation.

Which cable do I need?

Most headsets come in multiple cable configurations. Choosing the right one is pretty easy, it just depends on what type of aircraft you fly:

  • Battery powered, twin plugs - this is by far the most common style, with separate microphone and headphone plugs (so-called PJ plugs). Almost every airplane ever built has these two plugs in the panel, so these headsets are universal. The only downside is that, for ANR headsets, you will need to use AA batteries to power the headset.
  • Aircraft powered, 6-pin plug - the second most popular style, sometimes called the "LEMO plug," requires no batteries since it is powered by the panel. This is convenient, but it does require the 6-pin plug to be installed in the panel. While many newer airplanes come with this option, most older airplanes do not. For these applications, you'll need to have your avionics shop wire in the plug - not a big job, but not something pilots can do on their own.
  • Helicopter plug  - helicopters use a single, shorter plug (that is not compatible with airplanes). This is not like the 6-pin plug above, however, since an ANR helicopter headset will still need AA batteries. The only confusing part is that some helicopters also have a 6-pin (or LEMO) plug. In these helicopters, there are two different single plug connections.
  • Airbus XLR plug - less common is a single 5-pin connector that is made for Airbus jets.

Headset cable options

When in doubt, we recommend buying the battery powered, twin plug model. This is the most universal option, and will work in almost any airplane. If you have a 6-pin plug in your airplane or you plan to install one, the aircraft powered model is a nice option.

From the Press

"I expected it to be good. I just didn't expect it to be this good."

"Worth the wait"

Robert Goyer, Flying Magazine

Doug Ranly

Catalog Manager—Sporty’s Pilot Shop

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Pros: The Bose A20 are by far the most outstanding headset I have ever seen. Yes I am only a student but the purchase was well worth it. Cons: price is a little high Other than the price, this is a great product.
November 20, 2011
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5 / 5
Pros: Flew from Oregon to Georgia 4 days straight. Was never uncomfortable. Amazing product!!!!!!!!!!! Did a 27 hour cross country over 4 days. In the first ten minutes,thought they were good, but then realized I hadn't turned on the ANR feature. It was as if the engine wasn't even running. Best bang for the buck. So far no cons whatsoever.
November 19, 2013
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4 / 5
Pros: Comfortable (even over eyeglass legs), clamping pressure is just right, light weight, excellent noise reduction (much better than my previous ANR headset), audio-in quality is excellent. Cons: The on-off/volume control is a heavy chunk of electronics that dangles halfway between the headset and the plugs and is hard to stow -- not enough cord on the bottom end to put it in a pocket, not enough cord on the top end to put it on the floor. Product arrived without the advertised cord clips, but Sporty's made it right immediately. First class service.
April 17, 2013
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Pros: + Awesome ANR + Great product by great company Cons: - A little pricey, but totally worth it
December 4, 2012
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AWESOME!!!!!
Can't believe how AWESOME they are! Don't settle for less, get the best!
February 10, 2017
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Pros: great product, very comfortable and easy to use. good noise reduction both on ANR and PNR, fast shipment. Cons: price but worth every $
March 30, 2012
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Pros: Noise cancelation is amazing. Connects to your GoPro and phone and allows you to record audio to hear mistakes!
February 9, 2015
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Pros: Incredible noise canceling. Aux input for music Cons: Price Timeout is a bit short This headset replaced several different earlier Bose sets, and I have to say I was simply shocked by the difference. The earlier sets were very good, but the A20 is just incredible. Push the power button and background noise disappears. Air traffic communications are clear and easy to understand, and I don't have to turn up the radios when on
September 4, 2012
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Pros: The best I have ever used. Essential for cub or any plane with open cockpit Cons: Remember to check battery's or better get the plane powered unit
August 20, 2013
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Pros: The best head set on the market! Cons: O Never received the free audio head phones!
November 29, 2012
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is the microphone 5 ohm or 8 ohm?
A shopper on Aug 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 5 ohm impedance
Is it compatible with a 757/767?
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