Customer Reviews4.8 / 5.0466 ReviewsDurability4.7 / 5Reliability4.8 / 5Performance4.8 / 5Ease Of Use4.8 / 5Value4.2 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (195)No (10)Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesDecember 4, 2019Purchased
2 weeks agoReally comfortable and helps communicating with ATCDecember 3, 2019Purchased
2 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesFantastic headsetWhen I asked my instructor for his recommendation on a headset, he said he had a few other brands but "I'll be honest, I should have just bought the A20 to begin with." So I took his advice and am glad I did. I put them on the first time and thought "these are pretty nice." Then he said - "they aren't turned on yet." (me not realizing the noise reduction didn't turn on automatically.) It was so startlingly quieter the instant I powered them on I actually thought at that moment that the engine had stopped. There's no reason to struggle hearing comms - do yourself a favor and get this headset if you can afford it. You won't regret it! Super comfy and crystal clear.December 2, 2019Purchased
2 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesI like itA good choice for those who fly regularly. Easy to use, quality construction, and works great. Both the active and passive noice reduction are great, so even if the batteries quit you still have a quality headset.December 2, 2019Purchased
2 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesFerris Bueller: "It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up."I really appreciate Sporty's return policy with headsets. It is so difficult to try-before-you-buy when shopping online.
I had purchased the Lightspeed Zulu 3 to try it out. I have a fairly large head, with eye glasses, and that makes clamping force a real factor in my headset selection. The Z3 was good but I found them to be slightly tight. Also, the Z3 picked up EF interference near my wifi antenna at home, which concerned me with all the WIFI/BT signals that are now in the cockpit. I didn't encounter any EF interference in the cockpit, but my instructor had heard of others that did with the Z3.
I showed off my Z3 to my instructor, who had a Bose A20. He let me try his A20. The A20 was way better. So good that I think time slowed... sooo sweet.
He pointed out that the bose parts are detachable and be replaced as they wore-out. +1
The hinge at the top of the A20 is nice that it allows the headset to collapse more narrowly and fits nicely in my flight bag. The Z3 had a solid case that was quite bulky. The ear cuffs of the A20 are also not a bulky as the Z3.
I returned the Z3, for the A20, and I'm super happy with this final choice.
In the words of Ferris Bueller: "It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up."November 30, 2019Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesLiked them so much I bought a pair for my wifeI reviewed the headset ratings before buying the A20s and was tempted to by a cheaper set but the reviews raised my expectations to justify the higher cost. That said, even though my expectations were high, this headset FAR exceeded what I expected. They are so comfortable, so quiet, and the sound is crystal clear. I can't hear anything except what comes through the headset. They're so quiet that I remove them for run up.November 27, 2019Purchased
3 weeks agoOnly problem I’ve had with my A20 is the automatic shutdown doesn’t work, have to manually shut it off, otherwise it drains the batteries.November 26, 2019Durability3 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance1 / 5Ease Of Use1 / 5Value2 / 5Would You Recommend?NoSkip the Bluetooth option if you love your crew5 star noise cancelling. 3 star quality construction (I mean plastic is light, but it's still just plastic, right?): My old Bose X's were way better constructed & more bullet-proof. 1 star blue tooth pairing. Did you know when you buy two (one for pilot the other for co-pilot), only the pilot can listen to an external media source -or the alternatively just the co-pilot, but never both paired to the same source? My recommendation: Save yourself the money, skip the bluetooth option and operated them old-school w/ no bluetooth and play your music directly through the intercom. This is an unadvertised Bose dirty little secret, and after calling them, they still couldn't commit to any software updates to enable these headsets to act in multi-point bleutooth ops.November 12, 2019Purchased
1 month agoDurability4 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesNovember 12, 2019Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesNovember 10, 2019Purchased
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- Question and Answer
Browse 74 questions Browse 74 questions and 92 answersI 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?Bose A20 Aviation Headset with BluetoothCan 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?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!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?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?BEST ANSWER: The most common is the GA plugs (twin connectors) with battery.What is the difference between the straight cord and the coil cord and which is preferred? ThanksBEST 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.Bluetooth headset has no cord at all?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.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?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?Does the headset work when the batteries die?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.Wil the bluetooth work with a cessna 152 ?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??BEST ANSWER: The rebate for states not to be combined with any other offer or promotion.What are the Dimensions of the storage case?BEST ANSWER: 7 1/2" x 5" x 10"Does music play via bluetooth to passengers as well?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 thanksBEST 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?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?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?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.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.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?BEST ANSWER: We do not sell used headsets.How long does it takedown ship to New Zealand?BEST ANSWER: Depends on the shipping method. Up to 30 business days.Are the Bose A 20 in stock ready for shipping?BEST ANSWER: Yes, we have it in stock.how does the Bose work with hearing aids?
is it hearing aid capability?BEST ANSWER: We have been told that the headset works well with hearing aids.Do you have a pic of the free headphones?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?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.BEST ANSWER: We have an extra thick head pad available for the Zulu headsets. item 7356A.Can you ship to Japan ? I’m thinking to buy this 6BEST ANSWER: Yes, we ship worldwide.I’m looking for headsets and I want to use a20 with AS350 helicopter so my question is Does the a20 work for AS350 ?BEST ANSWER: Yes, the A20 will work with this aircraft.Isn't that Amelia Earhart in the picture? No, not that one, but the newscaster from Denver who flew around the world in a PC-12. So, my question : can you connect more than 1 phone to the headset??BEST ANSWER: No, it makes a single Bluetooth connection.Can the A20 be purchased with the military plug option?BEST ANSWER: Yes, but it has to be purchased from Bose direct.
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