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. And all headsets qualify for Free Shipping! 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."

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Doug Ranly

Catalog Manager—Sporty’s Pilot Shop

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Good headset
The noise cancelling seems to work better (quieter) in this headset compared to other ANR headsets I have tried. The bluetooth features are pretty intuitive, and the controls are easy to use. I like that there is a dedicated volume control for the bluetooth/aux. audio, separate from the communications volume controls. The ear cups are comfortable and soft enough to get a decent seal around glasses, although you do lose a small amount of noise cancelling effectiveness with glasses or sunglasses under the ear cups. For the most part the headset is comfortable, and clamping pressure is not excessive. The few drawbacks I've encountered are that the small head pad does get uncomfortable after a while, and the headset has a tendency to slide forward on my head throughout a flight, so I find myself having to readjust it back into position several times per flight (even during cruise flight, when there is no maneuvering that could dislodge the headset- just normal head movements cause it to shift). It is also quite bulky and takes up a lot of space in the flight bag, even compared to other over-the-ear headsets I have used, both active and passive. Overall a great headset, and I would recommend it despite the high price tag.
September 15, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Crystal clear sounds both ways and very comfortable!
September 10, 2019
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3 weeks ago
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4 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Noise canceling is great, fit is good. The cord is a little stiff and short from the control module to the headset, when I turn my head it pulls the headset away from my ear. Sound quality is a Bose.
September 6, 2019
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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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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Great Noise Cancelling
A great headset used in Airbus A380 and PA-28. Comfortable, if slightly heavy for a long flight, but excellent noise cancelling and acoustic properties. Would thoroughly recommend it.
September 6, 2019
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3 weeks ago
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Yes
Best headset you can buy
Fantastic headset, Bluetooth is a must have for making phone calls to pick up a clearance and listening to ipad alerts
September 2, 2019
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6 months ago
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Amazing Headset!!
This is my third pair of A20s - this time for family members on trips in my 172RG. I love them! The noise reduction is amazing and makes for clear communications and greatly reduced fatigue during long flights. In addition to saving our hearing. They are extremely comfortable. I have made many 3-6 hour flights and you forget you’re wearing them. I would recommend them to everyone. You will forget the cost the first time you turn it on. I love the bluetooth since I can get Foreflight alerts and phone calls seamlessly.
September 2, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Recent purchase and I love them, worth every dollar!
August 29, 2019
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1 month ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
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2 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Headset
Great headset but in all honesty really really pricy.

but worth it if you can afford it!
August 28, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Even more comfortable than my Zulu 3s
I have a set of Lightspeed Zulu 3, which was my first headset, and it’s a very nice headset, but I found it starts to hurt my heat after a couple of flight hours. At the recommendation of a friend I decided to spent the coin and buy the A20 headset from Bose. I flew for over 3 hours earlier this week and almost forgot I was wearing a headset. Great sound quality too. Definitely recommend the Bose.
August 25, 2019
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1 month ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Hello, the experience using my new A20 headsets is amazing. They are so light and comfortable, and the best thing is the ANC works amazingly good on the S92 helicopter!
August 23, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
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