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A20® aviation headset

  • Acclaimed noise reduction, even in loud environments
  • Comfortable, stable fit with plenty of ear-room
  • Clear audio for reliable communications
  • Auxiliary audio input for GPS and other devices; Bluetooth® phone connectivity
  • Made in the US, meets or exceeds all TSO requirements

 

Since Bose introduced active noise reducing headsets to the aviation industry, they've been a favorite among pilots. Our latest iteration, the A20 Aviation Headset, has even more to like.

It 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.

Bose rated #1 by readers of Professional Pilot magazine, 2011 Headset Preference Survey*

Enjoy a peaceful flight

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

Bose® ear cushion technology helps further reduce unwanted noise. Innovative cushion materials block sound before it enters the earcups, providing an even quieter headset experience.

Comfort for the long haul

The A20 Aviation Headset also provides significant comfort and stability. While the overall headset profile is compact, the earcup cavity allows plenty of ear room. The proprietary cushions provide quality 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 minimal clamping force.

AUX IN and Bluetooth® technology convenience

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

On select models, Bluetooth® mobile phone connectivity allows you to receive calls wirelessly while wearing the A20 headset. And its enhanced 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.

For all types of aircraft

The A20 Aviation Headset is available in dual plug, 6-pin plug and U174 plug models designed for use in all types of general aviation aircraft, including helicopters.

The 6-pin plug model has a flexible power system for increased versatility using custom adapters. When connected to the optional dual G/A plug adapter, it seamlessly converts your aircraft-powered headset to a battery-powered unit—ideal when taking your headset from one plane to another. Similarly, you can connect the 6-pin plug to the optional U174 adapter to use the A20 headset in helicopters, too.

* Quote reprinted with permission.  

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Features

Significant noise reduction across a wide range of frequencies

Significant noise reduction across a wide range of frequencies. Proprietary Bose innovations use microphones both inside and outside each earcup to sense and reduce the sounds around you.

Proprietary ear cushions are compact, yet have a large interior cavity allowing plenty of ear room

Proprietary ear cushions are compact, yet have a large interior cavity allowing plenty of ear room; redistribution of headset weight also helps provide overall comfort and stability.

Center torsion spring on magnesium headband provides a consistent, comfortable fit for any size head

Center torsion spring on magnesium headband provides a consistent, comfortable fit for any size head—with minimal clamping force.

Bose noise cancelling aviation headphones feature TriPort acoustic headset structure

TriPort® acoustic headset structure, available only from Bose, produces tonally balanced audio from relatively small and lightweight headphones.

Active EQ electronically fine-tunes the headphones' frequency response to deliver outstanding sound

Active equalization electronically tunes the headphones' frequency response, enabling outstanding audio performance.

The adjustable powered microphone can connect to either earcup, and be set in a range of stable positions

Adjustable powered 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

Auxiliary audio input on control module for connection to GPS and other devices.

Bluetooth phone connectivity in the headset lets you take calls wirelessly

Bluetooth phone connectivity lets you take calls wirelessly through the headset.

EMI protection to minimize communications interference

EMI protection to minimize communications interference.

Integrated sidetone provides natural sounding communications when you're on a call and disconnected from the intercom

Integrated sidetone provides natural sounding communications when you're on a call and disconnected from the intercom.

Smart shutoff provides at least 45 hours of use from two AA batteries

Smart shutoff helps provide at least 45 hours of use from just two AA alkaline batteries.

Ergonomic control module is easy to use and includes a contoured grip and streamlined interface

Ergonomic control module is easy to use and includes a contoured grip and streamlined interface with high-contrast icons on main controls.

Carrying case protects headset when stored or in transport

Custom carrying case helps protect headset during storage and transport.

TSO certified by FAA for civil aircraft headsets; meets RTCA/DO-160D and DO-214 environmental requirements

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 return shipping

Five-year transferable limited warranty covers parts, labor and second-day return shipping expenses for non-abuse malfunctions.

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Dimensions

8.4"H x 6.3"W x 3.2"D ( 21.4 cm x 16.1 cm x 8 cm )

12 oz (340 g)

FAQs

  1. Expand/Contract Is the product noise cancelling?

    Yes. Proprietary Bose® Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headset technology electronically identifies and dramatically reduces noise—while preserving the audio or tranquility you desire.

  2. Expand/Contract Can I listen to my MP3 player wirelessly via Bluetooth®?

    No, the Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity is for communications only. You can, however, plug your MP3 player into the AUX jack to hear your music.

  3. Expand/Contract Will my mobile phone work with this headset?

    Yes, any mobile phone enabled with Bluetooth® technology will work via Bluetooth connectivity if you've selected that variant for your A20 headset.

  4. Expand/Contract Are original Aviation Headset X® accessories compatible with the A20® headset?

    No, the accessories offered are designed for a specific aviation headset. Be sure to verify which model you own to ensure compatibility when purchasing accessories.

  5. Expand/Contract My aircraft system requires a dynamic microphone system. Can I get cell phone capability to work on my Bose® A20® Aviation Headset?

    No, the electronics that are used in the Bose® A20® Aviation Headset are designed to work with powered, electret microphones. Dynamic microphones are not compatible with the headset’s Bluetooth® circuitry.

  6. Expand/Contract Can I convert my 6-pin plug headset to a dual plug headset and/or a helicopter headset?

    Yes. The A20 headset with 6-pin plug cable, when connected to the optional dual G/A plug adapter, seamlessly converts your aircraft-powered headset to a battery-powered unit—ideal when taking your headset from one plane to another. When connected to the optional U174 adapter, your A20 headset can easily be used in helicopters, too.

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Cables and cords

A20® headset cable, dual plugs, Bluetooth®

This battery-powered, dual plug cable features an electret microphone with Bluetooth control module. Bluetooth phone connectivity lets you receive calls wirelessly through your headset.

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  • A20 aviation headset

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A20® headset cable, dual plugs

This battery-powered, straight-cord, dual plug cable features an electret microphone with conventional control module.

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  • A20 aviation headset

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A20® headset cable, 6-pin plug, Bluetooth®

This 67" cable includes an electret microphone with Bluetooth control module. One end of the straight cable has a single-point connector to the headset. The other end has a self-latching plug for insertion into the panel connector of an installed wire harness.

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A20® headset cable, 6-pin plug

This 67" cable includes an electret microphone with conventional control module. One end of the straight cable has a single-point connector to the headset. The other end has a self-latching plug for insertion into the panel connector of an installed wire harness.

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A20® headset cable, U174 plug, Bluetooth®

This battery-powered, single helicopter U174 plug cable features an electret microphone with Bluetooth control module. Bluetooth phone connectivity lets you receive calls wirelessly through your headset.

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Replacement parts

A20® headset ear cushions

Ensure the performance and comfort level of your A20 aviation headset. Use as a replacement for lost or damaged ear cushions. Cushions are identical to original set included with new A20 headset and are made of supple, breathable protein leather.

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  • A20 aviation headset

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A20® headset headband cushion

This soft wool replacement cushion kit helps keep your A20 aviation headset comfortably in place. Contoured headband cushion replaces worn cushions and attaches with Velcro for easy installation and removal.

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Headset microphone windscreen

This foam replacement microphone screen reduces ambient noise and helps keep wind pressure from activating the microphone. Screen slides easily over headset microphone and is secured with supplied rubber grommet.

Compatible with:

  • A20® headset
  • Aviation Headset X®

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A20® headset carry bag

Transport your headset in this black carry bag made of lightweight, abrasion-resistant cordura nylon. Use as a replacement for a lost carry bag. Features a carry handle and padded storage for headset and control module.

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Headset install connector kit

Custom panel connector and attached wiring harness for use with headsets using aircraft power. Semi-permanent installation provides aircraft power and audio to headset. Three-foot wiring harness with six pin female connector allows for placement in locations throughout aircraft.

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  • A20® headset
  • Aviation Headset X®

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Adapters

A20® headset 6-pin to dual-plugs adapter

Converts your 6-pin connector to a dual G/A plug for additional connection flexibility. Adapter: 21.5". Aux in cable: 48".

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  • A20 aviation headset

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A20® headset 6-pin to U174 adapter

Converts your 6-pin connector to a U174 plug, allowing the A20 headset to be used in helicopters. Adapter measures 21.5".

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  • A20 Aviation Headset with 6-pin plug, Bluetooth®
  • A20 Aviation Headset with 6-pin plug

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A20® headset 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. Adapter measures 48".

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