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

 

Read more - here's our long-term product test report

John Zimmerman

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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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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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
Purchased
2 weeks ago
Would You Recommend?
Yes
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
Purchased
3 weeks ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
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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
Purchased
4 weeks 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
Bose Headset
Great piece of kit. Used Bose for yearsWouldn’t fly without them
June 25, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
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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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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Yes
Noticeable improvement even in a light jet.
Noticeably more peaceful in the cockpit-even in a jet.
June 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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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
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
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
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Amazing Sound Quality and Noise Cancelling
I purchased two sets for use in a Citation CJ2 since my father was having trouble hearing with passive sets. I have also been flying with the Bose in-ear ProFlight set. The A20 is hands down the best sounding, most quiet, over-ear headset I have ever used. I literally cannot hear my engines running on the ground and have to partly remove one ear-phone when taxiing. Sound quality in the air is amazing - for the fist time in 12 years I can talk in a quiet conversational voice and ATC always hears me perfectly. Game changer.I have yet to try in my Cirrus where I have the older Bose X's, but I expect similar results. Only reason I give 4 starts on durability and reliability is I don't have much data yet. Value is 4 since they are very expensive, although absolutely worth it. You really don't know how badly noise and bad headsets affect your communications, stress levels and general fatigue until they are taken out of the equation.
May 17, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Bose A20 are amazing
I took my first flight in 18 years on April 26th. I even mentioned to my instructor how nice the headset was then about an hour later I realized I never turned them on. WOW!!! I could hardly hear the roar of the engine afterwards.
May 14, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
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