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

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  • Redesigned pilot headset offers significantly better noise reduction in even louder environments
  • 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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Technical Details

Style: Bluetooth | Material Type: Twin plug
  • Brand Name: Bose
  • Model Number: 324843-1020

Product Description

Style: Bluetooth | Material Type: Twin plug

Product Description

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.

From the Manufacturer

Bose® A20 - with Dual GA plug, Bluetooth cable

Bose A20 with Dual GA and Bluetooth
  • Delivers approximately 30% greater noise reduction than conventional noise reducing aviation headsets
  • Provides a comfortable, stable fit, with more room for your ears
  • Dual GA plug, battery-powered; automatic smart shutoff, electret mic
  • Auxiliary audio input for GPS and other devices
  • Bluetooth® mobile phone connectivity lets you receive calls wirelessly without removing headset
  • Made in the US, and meets or exceeds all TSO requirements

Bose A20 Aviation Headset

The acclaimed A20 headset features breakthrough innovations to reduce noise and provide comfort—without compromising the clear audio you expect from Bose. It also includes an auxiliary audio input and Bluetooth phone connectivity. No other headset offers this advanced combination of features and benefits. In fact, Bose was rated #1 by readers of Professional Pilot magazine, 2011 Headset Preference Survey.*

Bose A20 Pilot
The A20 Aviation Headset continues the Bose tradition of excellence, reducing more noise than ever before.

Enjoy a quieter flight

Proprietary technologies in the A20 Aviation Headset reduce noise, across the full spectrum of human hearing, in even louder environments. Advanced electronics use microphones both inside and outside each earcup to sense and reduce ambient sound.

Bose ear cushion technology helps further reduce unwanted noise. Unique cushion materials block sound before it enters the earcups, providing a quieter headset experience.


And greater comfort

The A20 Aviation Headset also provides significant comfort and stability. The overall headset profile is compact, and the earcup cavity is large enough to allow more room for the ears. The proprietary cushions improve the earcups' acoustic seals, even over eyeglasses, and remain comfortable during long flights. The solid magnesium headband is extremely durable, yet lightweight, and its sheepskin cushion eliminates hot spots. The A20 headset weighs just 12 ounces and exerts approximately 1/3 less clamping force than most active headsets.

Bose A20 Comfort
Ear cushions stay comfortable even during long flights. And the headband's sheepskin cushion eliminates hot spots.

AUX IN and Bluetooth technology convenience

The control module includes an auxiliary audio input with Intercom/AUX priority switching. Many pilots will want to use this input for dedicated GPS and traffic warning systems. You can set audio priority to mute the AUX input completely when intercom signal is detected, or to simply lower the AUX volume appropriately.

Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity allows you to receive calls wirelessly while wearing the A20 headset. And its EMI protection helps minimize interference from the mobile phone. Plus, the headset's integrated sidetone provides natural sounding communications when you're on a call and disconnected from the intercom.

* Quote reprinted with permission.

Key Features
  • Significant noise reduction across a wide range of frequencies. Proprietary Bose innovations use microphones both inside and outside each earcup to sense and reduce ambient aircraft noise.
  • Bose A20 Carrying Case
    The custom carrying case helps protect your headset during storage and transport.
  • Proprietary ear cushions deliver substantial comfort using unique materials. Compact earcups have a larger interior cavity, allowing more room for the ears; redistribution of headset weight provides overall comfort and stability.
  • Center torsion spring on magnesium headband provides a consistent, comfortable fit for any size head—with significantly less clamping force than most pilot headsets.
  • TriPort® acoustic headset structure, available only from Bose, produces tonally balanced audio from relatively small and lightweight headphones.
  • Active equalization electronically tunes the headphones' frequency response, enabling outstanding audio performance.
  • Adjustable powered electret microphone can be connected to either earcup and set in a range of stable positions for optimal communications.
  • Auxiliary audio input on control module for connection to GPS and other devices.
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity lets you take calls wirelessly through the headset.
  • Bose A20 Bluetooth
    Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity lets you to receive calls wirelessly while you're wearing the headset.
  • EMI Protection minimizes communications interference.
  • Integrated sidetone provides natural sounding communications when you're on a call and disconnected from the intercom.
  • Smart shutoff helps provide at least 45 hours of use from just two AA alkaline batteries.
  • Ergonomic control module includes contoured grip and streamlined interface with high-contrast icons on main controls.
  • Custom carrying case helps protect headset during storage and transport.
  • TSO certified by FAA/JAA to meet performance standards for headsets used on civil aircraft. Made in the US, it also meets RTCA/DO-160D and DO-214 environmental requirements.
  • Five-year transferable limited warranty covers parts, labor and second-day return shipping expenses for non-abuse malfunctions.
Product Details
Bose A20 In the Box
Product dimensions: 6.3 x 3.1 x 8.4 inches ; 12 ounces
Shipping dimensions: 6 x 11 x 7.25 inches ; 4.5 pounds

What's in the box
  • A20 Aviation Headset
  • In-line clothing clips (2)
  • Bluetooth control module
  • Carrying case
  • 2 AA batteries
  • Aux-in cable adapter

Accessories



Bose® A20 AUX Adapter -- Additional aux adapter for your A20 headset. Use as a replacement for a lost or damaged adapter. Provides connectivity to portable audio sources.

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Bose® A20 Aviation Headset—with dual GA plug -- For pilots who fly multiple general aircraft. Battery powered, automatic smart shutoff, electret microphone.


Product Information

Style: Bluetooth | Material Type: Twin plug
Technical Details
Item Weight12 ounces
Product Dimensions6.3 x 3.1 x 8.4 inches
Item model number324843-1020
  
Technical Specification
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]
  • User Manual [2.05mb PDF]
Additional Information
ASINB003WKB810
Best Sellers Rank #3,716 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, 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.
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Date First AvailableJuly 26, 2010
  
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61 of 67 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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Benny 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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15 of 15 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David W. Herlong on January 1, 2013
Style Name: No BluetoothMaterial Type: Twin plug Verified Purchase
The Bose A20's are considered by many to be the "gold standard" of aviation headsets. I recently ordered a set when my previous ANR headset stopped working. With one exception, I consider the A20 headset THE ONE for turboprops or -- if you can afford them -- recip-powered light aircraft. But several features made the A20 unsuitable for the air transport category aircraft (B757/A300) that I fly.
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.
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