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 (not available on this model). 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.

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.

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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 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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WOW!
I wore my new Bose A20 headset for the first time yesterday...the results were miraculous. The noise cancellation was amazing (my previous headset was nothing like this). The sound from the pilot conversation was, again, nothing short of a miracle...I could hear "all" of the transmissions. I had to turn down the sound...too loud! WOW! I am really impressed. Although expensive, my first thought...well worth the price!
May 24, 2019
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Great noise reduction - had a Xmit problem
I love the noise reduction - it makes a huge difference. I did have a technical problem though. I flew to a nearby airport and picked up a friend, and on the return flight, I noticed I couldn’t hear myself when transmitting. Turning it off and on didn’t help. Arriving at my home airport, a fellow pilot verified that I wasn’t transmitting. I removed the batteries and reinstalled them and it began working fine. When I picked up my friend at the other airport, I powered down the radios and the plane, but didn’t turn the headset off, so maybe that was the problem.
May 22, 2019
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The best headset you can own!
The best headset I have ever used. It's comfortable to wear for hours, and the sound quality is superb.
May 6, 2019
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2 months ago
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I lreally like it, just started my pilot classes and i already felt like I’m a captain with this bose. Thank you
February 25, 2019
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3 months ago
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A20 Great product, Great Experience.
I have been an old user of the product and I guess you become addicted to this product. Once you use it then nothing else keeps you as happy as these. So I’m enjoying the A20 again.
February 16, 2019
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3 months ago
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Best money I have spent
Love everything about them, comfortable, lightweight , just purchased my second set . So so quiet ,yes they are expensive but so are hearing Aids . Great investment. Second set is now for my passengers to enjoy!
January 17, 2019
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4 months ago
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I would recommend the A-20 Headset. It is lightweight, very crisp sound and does not squeeze your head. Little expensive but well worth it.
January 1, 2019
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Awsome!
May 13, 2018
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1 year ago
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Best headset I’ve owned.
Been away from flying for 11 years now working on getting current. My first purchase was the Bose A20 and I couldn’t be happier. Spend the extra $$. It’s worth it!
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December 14, 2017
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First Bose Headset
Have had my new headset for a short time but i am thrilled with it! Should have had an ANR headset years ago and Bose came highly recommended. It is expensive but quality in aviation usually is and worth the money if you can swing it.
December 5, 2017
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