Bose A20 Aviation Headset with 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.
  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.
  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.

Staff 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

 

Read more - here's our long-term product test report

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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.

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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 optionsWhen 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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So good I bought my wife a set
These are amazing headsets. The Bluetooth for music and phone is beautiful. I don’t listen to music while flying but wanted to see what the sound is like and was blown away at the quality. I have the Q35 II headphones and these are equal or better. In our great room at home I put my wife’s favorite song on and handed the A20’s to her, she smiled and wave bye and kept them on! I have had the pleasure of using all the latest headsets and these are the lightest feeling and least compression feeling on my head/face of all. 2+ hours flights are very comfortable, no ‘ear sweat’! My CFI has serious hearing loss and requires hearing aids. The A20’s are the only headset he can comfortably wear without issue. I know they are not for everybody, but you should try them o. A flight if you ever can before you buy.
January 13, 2018
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2 weeks ago
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Best of the best so far
Yesterday was the first test and I can say it's the best purchase I've made in aviation gadgets, I'm a fan of Bose and I made no mistake buying these headsets, I recommend them 100% without a doubt have a perfect design
January 11, 2018
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2 weeks ago
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comfortable Headset
I ordered two of these headsets for my wife and I and cannot explain how much more comfortable they are compared to my David Clark 13.4 I have. The sound quality is amazing and the ease of setup for the bluetooth was nice. The only issue we had was one of the microphones was bad coming from the factory but when I called Sporty's they had a UPS truck come to my house to pick up the bad one and send me a new one right away. If nothing else the customer service between Bose and Sporty's was awesome. I know and trust the Bose brand so I am not worried about the bad mic. I do wish they had a little better quality control off the line but they now know about the issue.
January 8, 2018
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1 month ago
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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The Gold Standard
It took a leap of faith, given the price, but after looking at this as an investment, I pulled the trigger and made the purchase (bluetooth option). I'm glad I did! The ANR works great and I it is so comfortable that I forget that it's on. I still maintain that it's a little steep on price and given the its closest competitor is nearly $300 less, I don't see why this price point has to be so much more. That said, the consumer votes with the wallet and they (myself included) are still buying so Bose knows what they are doing.
January 6, 2018
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Performs very well.
I can only judge durability and reliability by appearance, which is pretty useless. My last headset, a Peltor, lasted 30 years and is still going strong. Noise cancelling still bothers me a bit on takeoff as I like to hear the engine, so I turn it off for takeoff. Will have try it and get used to it.
January 5, 2018
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3 weeks ago
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
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Best avaiation headset I’ve ever used
I have used many headsets over the many many years I have been in aviation. I will say that you will enjoy other headsets but this one just is above the top in style and comfort and ease of use. I unfortunatly from years of military jet aircraft have hard time hearing ATC but I have found that this headset I did not struggle at all. I did try other headsets before buying this and none compared. The comfort is amazing and could wear for hours on end. May seem extreme but wore for ten hours straight during weekend and never complained nor had ear sweat. If you normally have trouble hearing comfort issues or just want stylish pair of aviation headset this is the one. You’ll love it so much you’ll go buy your entire family a pair.
January 1, 2018
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1 year ago
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Great headset!
Amazing headset, they are the standard which others compare to. I am moving up from DC 10-13S and it is a huge difference, I tried Zulu 3 and a few other ANC and just like these better. Hope they last as long as my DCs which are being moved back to passenger headsets.
December 25, 2017
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1 month ago
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Yes
A20-The best of the best!
I replaced an older model Bose headset with the A20. I have always loved my old headset, but the new A20 is WAY better. The Bluetooth works perfectly too.
December 19, 2017
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1 month ago
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Yes
Worth the money
Recommend the product, auto off doesn't always work as designed.
December 18, 2017
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1 month ago
Durability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Wonderful clarity - they have exceeded my expectations. It is terrific to be able to control options for mix, mute or off.
December 17, 2017
Purchased
1 month ago
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Can the new Bose A20 be paired to and iPad for alerts from Forflight and a iPhone for talking on the phone (to get clearances) at the same time?
Philip D on Feb 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it can be paired to an iPad and iPhone.
Once paired, you can make calls with your phone for clearances and IFR cancellations.
the iPad will give you audio for music, movies, and alerts.
Just bought my a20 headset on 8/7/17. It is in the shipping process, my question is will the speaker going to be shipped with my headset or do I need to redeem it at some other website? Thanks!
Nikegolf419 on Aug 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Please go to the Bose product page. You will see on the right side of the page recommend products. Just under the recommend products you will see the button for the rebate form. You will need a copy of your receipt to upload for the speaker.
What comes in the box of the A20 with Bluetooth?
Serge on Jan 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Included is the A20 Aviation Headset, in-line clothing clip, control module, 2 AA batteries, aux-in cable adapter, carrying case.
I am a student pilot and would love to have a Bose headset. What is the most common configuration of plugs/battery/no-battery used in GA planes?
Bob G on Apr 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The most common is the GA plugs (twin connectors) with battery.
Bluetooth headset has no cord at all?
Randy N on Nov 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: hey Randy. The bose headset it has the normal comm chord that connectinto your airplane. The bluetooth is to your iPhone or iPad. So the blue tooth fantastic for listening to music on your phone. And if you need to call in for a clearance you can do it with your phone and hear it all in your headset.

The only thing i might say is to think hard if you want the typical two pin plugs connections. In which case the noise cancellation on off switch runs off batteries. You have to change them about every 10 hours or so. Or if your plane has the one pin option for your headset,(the round six pen) , it will supply power to the headset and you needn't worry about batteries ever. As soon as you push the noise cancellation button and the drone of the engine goes away, you will forget you paid a grand for these! Fly safe.
Do you offer a CFI discount like mypilotstore?
larry u on May 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, visit http://www.sportys.com/bosecfi for details.
What is the difference between the straight cord and the coil cord and which is preferred? Thanks
Joe K on Oct 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Straight cord is the standard for airplanes; coil cord is typically used for helicopters. It's really personal preference, depending somewhat on how far it is from your headset jack to the pilot seat.
Does the headset work when the batteries die?
A shopper on Aug 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If you let the AA batteries full deplete, the Bose A20 will still continue to function as a normal passive noise attenuation headset. You will not get the benefit of active noise cancellation or Bluetooth, but you will still be able to transmit and receive normally with ATC.
How tight are these headsets? I am a petite person but find that most of the discomfort from headsets is how tight they press against your head and subsequently, against what i would assume is my glands under my ear right behind my jaw. After a while, ugh! Does anyone have any experience with changing to Bose to relieve that pressure or recommend another brand altogether?
Andi K on Apr 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Andi,
I have owned and used a variety of headsets over the years. I purchased a two Bose A20's last July. They are very comfortable. I understand the "pinching" problem that can occur with other headsets and I feel that this is completely a non-issue with the Bose A20's. I flew 24 hours in March of this year, including several flights greater than 4 hours in duration. I used the A20 exclusively and had nothing but excellent results.
Does music play via bluetooth to passengers as well?
G L on Jan 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, the music is directed only to the headset. If you would like music to go to the passengers you would need an intercom with a music input.
I fly S76C++ and I own LS Zulo PFX but the ANR isn't too good. I want to change for something more comfortable/more silent and
I am in doubt between Bose A20 and LS Tango, which of these two has the best ANR Cancellation for Helicopter Noise?
Renato S on Aug 21, 2017
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The Bose Manual states that you should use Alkaline batteries, Is it possible to use Rechargeable Batteries? which are generally NiMH thanks
A shopper on Jan 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have not tried but I do not believe it would be an issue, if really are concerned call Bose direct they have great support.
I am looking for a headset that works well with state of the art hearing aides. Any feedback, particularly on the Bose 20?
monica on Sep 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: My CFI has serious hearing loss and requires hearing aids. The A20’s are the only headsets he can wear with them on. Please understand your may be different, but you should try them. Some Bose stores do have them on display for testing on a nice system.
If using the Lemo plug adapter to the PJ plugs, will the a/c power my headset bypassing the battery or is the battery required to still power the ANR?
Steve S on Jan 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You will require the battery to power the ANR.
Is there a time limit on the discount for subsequent A20 purchases?
George H on Dec 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The headset must be purchased in the same order.
Does this special for the Bose speaker apply even if you buy ONE headset?
Dallin S on Nov 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You will receive the Bluetooth speaker and free shipping on one headset.
can this headset be used for both helicopter and fixed wing? why not make a detachable cord so I don't need to buy multiple headsets?
joey e on Nov 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It will work in both aircraft with the use of an adapter.
If you have Pj plugs can you get a lemo or Airbus adapter?
A shopper on Nov 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We do have a twin to Lemo plug adapter, item 7262A. We do not have an adapter for the pj to airbus.
Wil the bluetooth work with a cessna 152 ?
A shopper on Oct 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The bluetooth is used with either a phone or iPad.
If I have two A20's in the cockpit, can they bluetooth to the same iPad?
A shopper on Sep 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The iPad will only make a single bluetooth connection.
If I purchase with the NAFI member discount, will I still get the speaker??
A shopper on Aug 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The rebate for states not to be combined with any other offer or promotion.
What are the Dimensions of the storage case?
Kevin S on Aug 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 7 1/2" x 5" x 10"
What's the difference between six pin and straight cord?
A shopper on Jun 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The six pin "LEMO" plug draw power from the aircraft. The Straight cord uses batteries to power the Automatic Noise Reduction.
Does the LEMO version also allow use of batteries for ANR when using the LEMO to twin-plug adapter?
rfors on Apr 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you will need batteries when using the adapter.
Does its work with Bose A20?
Airbususer on Apr 6, 2017
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Bose A20 Aviation Headset with Bluetooth
Airbus to Twin Plug Headset Adapter
Airbus to Twin Plug Headset Adapter
BEST ANSWER: It should work with the Bose A20.
I'd like the blue tooth option, need 2 plugs (Boeing aircraft)...... does that mean I must order the extra blue tooth adaptor? Any payment plan, like Bose offers? Thx!
A shopper on Mar 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The twin "PJ" plugs come in both bluetooth. You will not need and adapter. We do not have offer a payment plan. If you use paypal they offer a payment plan.
Does iPhone connect to two headsets at once ?
A shopper on Mar 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The iPhone will only connect with one headset at a time.
Does Sporty's offer a Trade-in/Trade-up program for headsets?
A shopper on Mar 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We do not have a Trade-in/Trade-up program.
i wish to buy bose a20 dual plug with bluetooth from this website.I am wondering about this converter fit to bose a20.because i will use it different type of aircraft.thank you in advance ?
A shopper on Mar 5, 2017
Bose A20 Aviation Headset with Bluetooth
Bose A20 Aviation Headset with Bluetooth
GA Headset to Airbus Adapter
GA Headset to Airbus Adapter
BEST ANSWER: Yes this will work. You can also purchase the A20 with the specific plug for the airbus.
is the Bose A20 one size fits all?
A shopper on Feb 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it is a one size fits all.
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