|Item Weight||12 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||6.3 x 8.4 x 3.1 inches|
|Origin||Made in USA|
|Item model number||324843-1030|
|Batteries||2 AA batteries required. (included)|
Bose® A20 Aviation Headset (Battery-powered w/Bluetooth, Electret mic, Straight cord, Helicopter U-174 plug)
|Price:||$1,095.95 & FREE Shipping|
- 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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
First, the cord was too short causing the heavy control module to weigh down on the headset or the epaulet clip on your shirt. Transport flight decks are larger than general aviation or business class aircraft and need a longer cord. Second, when the ANR (Active Noise Reduction) feature is turned on, a blinking green light appears on the control module to indicate normal operation. The light was very distracting during night flights with reflections appearing off interior surfaces and more importantly, the side windows. Blinking lights should be reserved in their use on the flight deck to alert pilots of extremely urgent situations. A steady, green light would be more than sufficient with an amber (yellow) light for low battery conditions. Finally, though I would consider the A20 the perfect choice for single or twin turboprop aircraft, Bose needs to develop a lighter weighted headset for air transport category use. The A20's large, over-the-ear design for passive noise reduction is necessary for smaller aircraft. But for air transport category aircraft, a smaller ON-the-ear with active noise reduction is a better solution. This is really a good headset (blinking light aside) but not the best for all types of aircraft.
After I returned this headset, I chose the Sennheiser HMEC 26-T which directly addressed the A20's shortcomings for use on a large flight deck.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bose headsets have a great reputation. Many of my friends have these headsets and I have used theirs. So, I had to buy a set. I am very satisfied. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Steven
This is the best headset I ever owned. I tried the zulu 2 before returning it to get the A20. The zulu 2 would not handle the loud cockpit environment of a Robinson helicopter, A20... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Works great. Very comfortable for long periods.
I should have bought one years ago.
The only thing I consider a design flaw is that the boom mic cannot be removed without... Read more
I recently began learning to fly and have enjoyed the experience immensely. Though the radio communication piece and understanding the tower is challenging, especially with all... Read morePublished 24 days ago by DR. WARREN BRUHL
The difference this headset makes simply has to be experienced to be believed. Expensive, but worth every penny. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Daniel Durr, Jr
Within 6 months of my purchase, Bose added a media bluetooth option. I just talked to Bose and for $450 they will cheerfully add this capability to my 11 month old set.Published 2 months ago by Paul Mackey
NO. The Bose A20 are made in China
They used to be "assembled in the USA" but new ones are made in China. There is a notable difference in quality. Read more