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Bose® A20 Aviation Headset (Battery-powered w/Bluetooth, Electret mic, Straight cord, Helicopter U-174 plug)

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U174
  • Redesigned pilot headset delivers comfort, stability and approximately 30% greater noise reduction than conventional noise reducing aviation headsets
  • Provides greater comfort and stability, with more room for your ears
  • Auxiliary audio input for GPS and other devices
  • Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity lets you receive calls wirelessly without removing headset
  • Meets or exceeds all FAA and JAA TSO requirements
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Style: Bluetooth | Material Type: U174
Technical Details
Item Weight12 ounces
Product Dimensions6.3 x 8.4 x 3.1 inches
Item model number324843-1030
Batteries:2 AA batteries required. (included)
  
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ASINB0064XCHGW
Shipping Weight2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
Date First AvailableJuly 26, 2010
  
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Style: Bluetooth | Material Type: U174
  • Brand Name: Bose
  • Model: 324843-1030

Product Description

Style: Bluetooth | Material Type: U174

The A20 aviation headset is the most advanced Bose pilot headset yet. Its breakthrough innovations reduce more noise and provide even greater comfort than previous models, without compromising the clear audio you expect from Bose. Plus, the A20 aviation headset now includes auxiliary audio input and Bluetooth phone connectivity. The next-generation pilot headset from Bose. More than 20 years ago, Bose introduced active noise reducing headsets to aviation-and launched an entire industry. Year after year, pilots have made these headsets their #1 preference. Now, the A20 aviation headset introduces an entirely new standard. Enjoy a quieter flight: Proprietary technologies in the Bose A20 aviation headset reduce more noise than ever before, across the full spectrum of human hearing, in even louder environments. Advanced electronics now use microphones both inside and outside each earcup to sense and reduce more ambient sound. Featuring U-174 plug, Bluetooth cable.

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Customer Reviews

Very comfortable, clear sound quality, excellent noise reduction.
evga
Very lightweight and no problems with feeling like my head is in a vice.
HH
Have had this headset for about two years now and is always impressive.
mike fsc

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

51 of 57 people found the following review helpful By AK on February 3, 2011
Style Name: BluetoothMaterial Type: Twin plug
I needed a TSO headset for Part 121 flying. I tried the Sennheisers, the Telex, Lightspeed Zulu, and the Clarity Aloft noise canceling headsets over an extended period of time. My Clarity Aloft headsets finally failed after 5 years and it was time for something better. I decided to go BIG because I spend a lot of time flying the friendly skies and I wanted something comfortable and functional. Of all of the headsets, the Zulu's were close to the Bose but the Bose A20's win based on comfort and imperceptible weight. Sennheiser was a distant third, then Clarity Aloft (YUK), and finally the Telex's are not in this class of headset.

I was amazed at the noise canceling and comfort of the BOSE A20's. The earcups are soft, there is no clamping of your head, I can wear them coast to coast, and the stereo quality of the AUX inputs is excellent. ATC calls and transmissions are clear as a bell. My only issue is that the noise canceling is so good that there is a tendency to p#ss off the guy your flying with if you have both earcups on and he wants to talk. It can be annoying to start every communication with "huh? what did you say?" I've learned over the years with noise canceling headphones to put the earcup facing the other pilot slightly off center of my ear so that I can hear him on the first pass. If he really wants to talk, I just take the earcup further off of the ear.

I am kind of an audio freak and think I would rate the stereo audio quality as excellent, not crystal clear like Etymotic ER4P headset clear, but pretty close, definitely excellent. I didn't go with the Bluetooth version because it didn't inject audio, only phone.

Overall, the Bose A20's are worth the money, glad I have them!! I think I'll have to be really careful they don't walk away.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Benbrooks on December 13, 2010
Style Name: BluetoothMaterial Type: Twin plug
Admittedly, I stepped from a $200 "vice grip" head set model to the $1100 Bose A20, so my opinion of the A20 is obviously high in comparison. Here is what I can fairly state about the Bose A20:

First, the ANR truly is remarkable. I have not compared Bose's technology with others' such as Lightspeed, but I don't think you could be disappointed with Bose. On a recent flight, I traded my Bose A20 with the other pilot's Bose X. While the ANR difference between the two models didn't wow me, there was a definate level of improvement.

Second, the comfort of the A20 is excellent. In the same headset swap referenced above, I was ready to get my A20 back because it fits so much better. I guess I am most impressed with the fact that I don't have a headache after flying a cross country flight from ridiculous clamping action.

Third, the Bluetooth is a great feature, especially for those flying IFR and needing clearances from ATC via phone. I wish I had this function during my instrument training. Some criticism is probably valid of Bose when comparing the Lightspeed Zulu to the A20 because music on the A20 is via a provided cable while its available via bluetooth on the Zulu. At least while I fly, I am too busy to listen to music, but I see how this feature would be nice for a passenger. The question I have is how many devices on the market allow you to actually transmit music via bluetooth? I don't know the answer (I could be surprised) but for my purposes I'm happy to listen to music via the cable.

Finally, it is worth noting that Bose (or some poor pilot) discovered a defect with the cable. They were proactive in communicating with customers who had purchased the A20 that they were working on a fix.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Young on June 12, 2011
Style Name: BluetoothMaterial Type: 6-pin
After trying the older version (Boise Aviation X) in the 757/767 and GA aircraft, I returned them. The Low volume, sound etc were just no good. However, these new A20 headsets are a thing that every pilot should have, if they want the best. The comfort is great. The sound (or lack of) is just amazing. The bluetooth works just perfect every time. If you are flying a Cessna 150 or a 747, this headset works perfect. Battery life is very good. Stereo sound is great. Only CON is that customer service is NILL.
I tried to ask how I could tighten the mike, and they are no help.
Yet, the headset is a true joy to have and use!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cattle Car Pilot on February 26, 2011
Style Name: BluetoothMaterial Type: Twin plug Verified Purchase
Being former military, I used the David-Clark exclusively before, and while they never break, they did clamp a little too hard after hours of use. As I did experience some hearing loss from the military and wanted the best headset out there, after much asking around I choose the Bose. As I am adding a rating, my ex-military instructor (also with service related hearing loss) tried them and said they are the best headset he has ever tried, he uses the older model Bose. The performance is excellent, both in frequency quality, volume and noise detection/reduction. On cheaper headsets (and cell phones) I have trouble hearing certain tones, not with the Bose. The ear cups are now larger than the last generation headset and work well with the two different models of sunglasses I wear. When looking for a aviation headsett, my goal was to be at my best with a comfortable set vs. saving a few hundred dollars (a couple of hours of fuel) and not be at my best with a lesser fitting headset and potential subsequent headache, which may become a distraction. The bluetooth works well when testing, however I have not used it much when in the aircraft.
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