Bose A20 Aviation Headset with Bluetooth

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Bose Sun 'n Fun Promotion!

10% off second and subsequent Bose A20 Headset and FREE Bose SoundLink Revolve + Bluetooth speaker ($299.95 value)

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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 reductio...
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Bose Sun 'n Fun Promotion!

10% off second and subsequent Bose A20 Headset and FREE Bose SoundLink Revolve + Bluetooth speaker ($299.95 value)

Rebate Form

Must be purchased on same order. Promotion valid April 8th - May 5th, 2018.


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

John Zimmerman

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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A headset is a major investment, and now there's an easy way to make paying for it a little more convenient. For a limited time, PayPal Credit is offering no payments and no interest if paid in full in 6 months on purchases of $99 or more. Just choose the PayPal option at checkout. Learn More

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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Value
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Would You Recommend?
Yes (68)
No (3)
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1 / 5
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1 / 5
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Would You Recommend?
No
Mouthpiece doesn't work
I bought these and no matter what adjustments I made the mouthpiece still wasn't pickup up my voice 50% of the time while speaking with my passenger. They sent me another one and had the same problem. Do you know how frustrating it is to pay over $1000 for a headset and then be frustrated for most of your flight because people can't hear you?
April 19, 2018
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
BEST HEADSET I EVER OWNED.
April 13, 2018
Purchased
4 weeks ago
Great audio, clear, and easy to set up.
April 10, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
1 / 5
Reliability
1 / 5
Performance
1 / 5
Ease Of Use
1 / 5
Value
1 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
Not worth the money
Was disappointed from the beginning. Won’t stay plugged in to airplane jacks. Tried two different planes. Have to constantly adjust mouth piece back to mouth. My son also tried them without me telling him my complaint. He had the same problems. DON’T BUY!!!!
April 9, 2018
The first Bose showed up a slight damage. They ship me a new one without even having the original one returned yet, excellent support
April 4, 2018
Would You Recommend?
Yes
I absolutely love it and never want to fly without it!
I’ve flown with friends that had this headset and they talked it up quite a bit so I figured I’d try it myself. I absolutely love it! Worth every penny!
March 31, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
My first ANR headset
I was skeptical at first regarding my first ANR headset, as there was a concern regarding listening to the engine noise, etc...
No concern at all after trying this headset w Bluetooth, so light its barely noticeable while wearing.
Coincidentally, one of my first flights required a phone call to my maintenance personnel, which was accomplished via iPhone, successfully at a lower altitude. A very well engineered headset, I highly recommend this product.
March 26, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Happy Rusty Pilot
I would highly recommend this product that you are looking for a comfortable look and feel. The noise reduction is so amazing . I could hardly hear the engine running.
March 26, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Excellent Headset
The Bose A20 is an excellent headset. Great sound quality, great fit, and very light. The noise cancelling works great.
March 14, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
My third Bose in the series. Noise cancelling almost complete. Blue tooth a must for ADS-B. Very comfortable.
March 13, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
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