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

  1. ANR pioneers. Bose was the first ...
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Bose Spring Flying Special!

10% off second and subsequent Bose A20 Headset and FREE Bose SoundLink Mini II Special Edition portable speaker ($179.95 value)

Bose Rebate Form

Must be purchased on same order. Promotion ends April 25, 2020.


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 light weight, soft 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. Passengers love this feature.
  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. You're always in control.
  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, even in airline cockpits. 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, the best we've seen.
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.

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"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
ATP, Helicopter
Vice President, Sporty's

 

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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.

Please allow up to six weeks for delivery of military plug.

From the Press

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

Flying Magazine

Doug Ranly

Catalog Manager—Sporty’s Pilot Shop

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Typical Bose! Awesome!!
March 28, 2020
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2 weeks ago
Durability
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Yes
A20 Head Set
I know they are pricey but they work so well. I have used other head sets but these are great and I’m happy that I went with them for my first head set purchase.
March 15, 2020
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1 month ago
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Great headset. Build quality is solid and sound quality is the best I’ve seen.
March 14, 2020
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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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4 / 5
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great seal, great comfort!
Works as advertised! Very nice.
March 3, 2020
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These are better than any we have had thank you
February 25, 2020
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Best headset I’ve ever tried
February 21, 2020
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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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Just get the Bose
Top notch headset. I put it against a $600 pair from Avcomm also with ANR and there was no comparison on quality of audio coming through the headset. Music sounds very full on the Bose but very thin and no bass on the others. I know there are nicer headsets to compare to the Bose, but I wasn’t interested in only saving a few hundred. The Bose are very comfortable on my head too!
Just get the Bose and enjoy them.
February 9, 2020
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2 months ago
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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3 / 5
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Amazing noise cancellation! My ears are no longer ringing or bothering me after a flight. Worth the money to protect yourself from noise induced hearing loss.
January 31, 2020
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Solid in many ways but value is hard to judge just yet.
So far so good with the A20’s. Bose has always made the best noise cancelling headphones in general. I think these have a superior fit around the ears and top of head. As for durability and reliability, the verdict is out until I have them a few years. Certainly ease of use is there. It was easy to pair the bluetooth capability to my iphone. The microphone is very clear and comfortable near the mouthn. But for the life of me I don’t know why these are so expensive when the vast majority of the technology is used in their every day headsets (from plane passengers to sports).
January 28, 2020
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2 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
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4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Whoop whoop!! Got me some Bose headsets!!
January 26, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
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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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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.
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.
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?
angela0540 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.
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.
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.
If i buy an bose powered by aircraft (5 pin airbus) and i want yo use for twin plugs for general aviation (with proper connector), can i put batteries too? or how they have power?
Pancho on Apr 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the headset has a battery compartment that would power the any when using an adapter.
What type of connector i need if i want to use for a A320 but i want to use for GA too (twin plugs). And if i pick an airbus plug with transform to a twin plug i need the batteri powered type or aircraft powered? Thanks.
Pancho on Apr 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I would choose the connection that you use most frequently. You can then adapte it for the other. If you choose the XLR connection for the airbus then, you would need an adapter that would provide power for the ANR to function.
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 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"
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.
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: Either NiCad or Li-Ion rechargeable batteries will work fine. I expect Bose is being overly cautious regarding the possibilities of fire with rechargeable batteries. A legitimate concern, but probably not a major one.
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: I wear state of the art hearing aids when I fly, and I can tell you, the Bose A20 works beautifully with them, unlike the David Clark ENC I used to wear. ATC comes through crystal-clear, and the noise cancelling is the best of any headset I have ever used.
Can i use headset without mic boom and cable for regular airline passenger travel?
Yunuen B on Dec 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you were to remove the cable you would not be able to use the Bluetooth or the Noise reduction. Bose does sell a headset that will meet your requirements but it is not an aviation headset.
I can't hear the stall horn in a Cessna 172 with these head phones. Any ideas?
A shopper on May 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I've flown with these in a C-172S and had no issues hearing the stall horn with the ANR turned on. ANR does not cancel the frequency emitted by a stall horn, and the stall horn should have more than sufficient volume to overcome the passive noise reduction of the ear cups.
Is the following correct regarding the power sources for the ANR?
All versions have a battery compartment. The battery powered option can only be powered by batteries whereas the aircraft powered version actually should be called "aircraft or battery powered". When batteries are put in the battery compartment of an aircraft powered model the batteries are bypassed and unaffected, neither charged nor discharged nor harmed nor creating risk. The batteries can remain in the compartment when using the headset powered by the aircraft. Rechargeable batteries are not charging in this constellation. If the aircraft where not to deliver power (aircraft with LEMO but without power exist), the batteries overtake and the ANR works powered by the batteries. When buying a LEMO or XLR option plus (from elsewhere?) an adapter to PJs a student pilot can use the headset in a Cessna with ANR thanks to batteries and won't have to think of batteries while using the same headset without the adapter in a plane that provides power to the connector. This would make it the most intelligent and flexible choice for a student considering to pursue a professional career as a pilot.
A shopper on Mar 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is correct.
Does the 5 year warranty come with all Bose Headsets?
Camille G on Feb 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it does.
I have purchased a Bose A20 headset, which has been delivered to me. How do I receive the "FREE Bose Headphones $249.95 value" as they didn't arrive with the oder? Thanks.
A shopper on Dec 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The link below will take you to the Bose online rebate website. You will need to complete the online form and upload a picture of your invoice. Bose will send the free item in 6-8 weeks.

Here is the direct link as well https://boseaviation.com/promo/subscribe/
Second?
A shopper on Dec 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We do not sell used headsets.
How long does it takedown ship to New Zealand?
A shopper on Nov 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Depends on the shipping method. Up to 30 business days.
Are the Bose A 20 in stock ready for shipping?
A shopper on Nov 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, we have it in stock.
how does the Bose work with hearing aids?
is it hearing aid capability?
A shopper on Nov 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We have been told that the headset works well with hearing aids.
Do you have a pic of the free headphones?
A shopper on Aug 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Please check the Bose website for a picture of the earbuds.
Does it come with an adapter for GA two prong plug in?
A shopper on Jul 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is available in the GA two-prong plug.
Does anyone know the minimum head height from the bottom of the head pad to the center of an ear seal? I currently have the Zulu3s and they're too tall of my head size.
Sophokles G on Jul 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We have an extra thick head pad available for the Zulu headsets. item 7356A.
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