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 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.

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
ATP, Helicopter
Vice President, Sporty's

 

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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."

Flying Magazine

 

Doug Ranly

Catalog Manager—Sporty’s Pilot Shop

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I own several and have always been very happy with my Bose.
July 17, 2019
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Bose A20
It works wonderful. Great for being a student pilot. Can hear my instructor perfectly and noise cancelling is WONDERFUL.
July 16, 2019
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Rocky Rocchietti M54. I am ecstatic about my new Bose A20. Clarity has never been so well defined. I have another brand Noise cancelling headset that is very nice, good quality but is far behind the comfort and clarity of Bose. The voice activation is immediate. My other brand has a delayed response. The mic wand stays right where I adjust it. The Bluetooth has amazing clarity and sound quality when calling ATC for clearance on the ground. The volume control is small and easy to manage. The only change I would make is to make the cord slightly longer for the jacks that are under the panel. Terrific product. Top of the Mark.
July 7, 2019
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3 weeks ago
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Bose A20 BT
Everything they say it is. The additional stereo-in plug is great for a small mp3 player. Worth the coin.
July 2, 2019
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Love my A20
Wow! Works great, and my head doesn’t feel like it’s in a vice! The first time I used it was in a C-172, while taxiing out I got around to turning on the ANR, and (no “kidding”, Sherlock) I thought the engine quit! I sure wish I had the A20 fifty plus years ago when I first started flying, I’m sure that my hearing would be a lot better!
June 27, 2019
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Bose Headset
Great piece of kit. Used Bose for yearsWouldn’t fly without them
June 25, 2019
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Bose a20
I use this product in a very noisy aircraft. I have tried other brands and older Bose models. My dislike for active noise reduction was that when you turned your head, the noise reduction changed and perceived sound changed. The Bose A20 sound excellent and consistent with changing head position., open doors and windows and other conditions that are difficult for other headsets. I have not used long enough to rate durability or reliability. The Bose A20 is pretty comfortable.
June 14, 2019
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Noticeable improvement even in a light jet.
Noticeably more peaceful in the cockpit-even in a jet.
June 6, 2019
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As good as it gets
Have been using Lightspeed custom in-the-ear headsets for years and loved them. Started using the A-20 in my new plane and they were very comfortable and the ANR is a game changer. Very happy with the new A20s.
May 29, 2019
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Bose, you've done it again!
I would definitely recommend this product! Well worth the expense. The noise cancelling is second to none. I was shocked how little I could hear the engine when the anr was turned off. When it's on it's like your in an isolation booth! Very comfortable on the ears.
Loving my new Bose headset!  It's amazing how well they work!
Loving my new Bose headset! It's amazing how well they work!
May 28, 2019
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2 months ago
Question and Answer
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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
Bose A20 Aviation Headset with Bluetooth
Bose A20 Aviation Headset with Bluetooth
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can you ship to Japan ? I’m thinking to buy this 6
ペタペタぱち ペ on May 31, 2019
BEST 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 ?
ペタペタぱち ペ on May 31, 2019
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??
A shopper on May 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, it makes a single Bluetooth connection.
Can the A20 be purchased with the military plug option?
Tom G on Apr 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, but it has to be purchased from Bose direct.
Which plug type for a Cessna 172 with a Sigtronics SPA 400 intercom ?
Ashley W on Mar 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Twin plugs are required.
I am really interested to get Bose A20 aviation headset but I just need
to know, Am I on time for 10% off and free bose speaker ?
Jose Loredo on Feb 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: That promotion for 10% off of the second headset and a free speaker is no longer available. We do offer free ground shipping on the headset.
High impedance?
A shopper on Jan 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Most probably as that is one of the major ways how they control the sound quality. Has great noise rejection. The main reason I bought mine is because it blue tooths to my ADSB out and Stratus II so if I do not see a target on my ipad or G1000 I get an audio alert to nearby traffic and then look at my ipad and see where the issue is in time to change course.
Which connection for an sr 22t 2018?
Stuart Y on Jan 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Depends on the what is in the Aircraft. For the SR22 is could be either the LEMO or Twin plug.
Hi , I'm from Mexico. I'm interested in buying Bose A20, but I'm wondering if you're shipping to Mexico? And whats its the price?
Kev misa on Jan 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We ship worldwide, shipping price is listed when you check out. I would recommend the I-Parcel option if available.
I fly Cessna 172, are these suitable? Someone told me they are better for commercial but not Cessna. Is that true?
Leeee on Dec 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Bose headset does very well in the Cessna 172. The Bose Pro-Flight is the Bose headset that is designed for Jets.
We are planning to buy two headsets at the same time. Will we get ten percent off the second one and two free speakers?
A shopper on Nov 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You will receive the 10% off of the second headset and one of the speakers.
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