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A20® Aviation Headset


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Overview

Overview

Plug in. Turn on. Go flying.

The A20 Aviation Headset is engineered to be more comfortable and provide more noise reduction than any headset we’ve ever made, while still delivering the clear audio you expect from Bose. And now there are more features than ever, including: a Bluetooth audio and communications interface; customizable audio prioritization control; intuitive “plug-and-play” operation; a high-performance microphone and an optional coil cord. And at just 12 ounces, it’s still one of the lightest active noise cancelling headsets out there. No other headset offers this unique combination of features and benefits.

  • 30% greater active noise reduction than conventional aviation headsets
  • 30% less clamping force than conventional aviation headsets
  • Clear audio with active equalization
  • Bluetooth audio and communications interface for connectivity with your communications and navigation devices*
  • Customizable audio prioritization control lets you mute an audio signal when receiving a communication, or mix the two together
  • Simple, intuitive headset operation—plug it in, turn it on, go flying

Overview

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Enjoy a peaceful, comfortable flight

The A20 headset gives you 30% greater noise reduction than conventional aviation headsets, so you’ll enjoy a peaceful flight from short stops to long hauls. And at just 12 ounces, with sheepskin cushions and minimal clamping force, it's one of the lightest and most comfortable aviation headsets you’ll find. All designed to let you focus on what matters—flying.

Clear audio for music and communication

Bose Active EQ keeps the audio clear and distinct, whether you’re listening to music or an important communication.

Simple, intuitive operation

Plug-and-play convenience means the headset is ready to fly when you are—no need to press a lot of buttons first just to activate it.

Enhance your experience

The ergonomic control module includes an auxiliary audio input with Intercom/AUX priority switching, ideal for dedicated GPS and traffic warning systems. It also features a customizable audio prioritization control with “mute” and “mix” settings, and flexible power circuitry with auto-on that switches to and from battery power and aircraft power. Select models also include Bluetooth connectivity for taking calls or listening to music.

For all types of aircraft

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

* Features available in certain variants of the headset.

More features

  • Coil cord down-cable now available in select configurations
  • Certified to FAA TSO-C139 and EASA ETSO-C139
  • Adjustable powered microphone can be connected to either earcup and set in a range of stable positions for optimal communications
  • Smart shutoff helps provide at least 45 hours of use from just two AA alkaline batteries
  • Five-year transferable limited warranty covers parts, labor and second-day return shipping expenses for non-abuse malfunctions
Specifications

Specifications

Dimensions

  • A20® Aviation Headset:8.4" H x 6.3" W x 3.2" D (12 oz)

In the box

  • A20® Aviation Headset
  • In-line clothing clip
  • Control module
  • 2 AA batteries
  • Aux-in cable adapter
  • Carrying case
Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Headset Around You can't get a better headset out there for aviation than what Bose has to offer. The A20s are a huge upgrade from the Bose X than I had before. That was a solid pair of headsets but these are better! The noise cancelling is a must have when flying piston engine planes, and are a luxury in a jet. The bluetooth function is a great option too if you spend a good portion of flight on cross countries where there is a lot of time to kill in between "action".
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Been using for 3 years and all A+ I've been flying fixed wing since 92 and switched over to RW 3 years ago. That is when my research for a new headset led me to the A20. In the summer, here is my most common scenario: Doors off Lots of noise Always run a hot mic for intercom I never have any issues with noise bleeding in thru the mic, even with my head hanging outside in an out-of-ground effect hover. I have had no issues and highly recommend this product to any pilot. I'll be installing a pair in my helmet as well, once I save up. Oh, and the coiled chord upgrade was all of 2 minutes installation.
Date published: 2016-12-12
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Accessories FAQs

FAQs

What makes the A20 Aviation Headset different from other products on the market?

The A20 headset offers an unmatched combination of clear audio, noise reduction and comfort, combined with advanced features pilots value, such as Bluetooth audio streaming, customizable audio prioritization, auto-on (select models) and smart shutoff. In addition, Bose has significant experience engineering mission-critical communication headsets used in a variety of applications, including unique headsets for military air and ground operations, the NFL and consumers worldwide. Bose was the first company to introduce commercially available, active noise reduction headsets to the market and has over 25 years of experience providing headsets for critical communications globally, with 16 service centers worldwide.

Can I listen to music or other audio wirelessly via Bluetooth?

Yes, the Bluetooth music experience is the best way to listen to music wirelessly and provides Bose quality sound. You can also stream warnings and alerts from your favorite apps. In addition, the A20 headset also has other Bluetooth profiles, including hands-free calling and multi-point, which allows you to connect to more than one wireless device simultaneously.

Do I need to do anything to optimize the performance of my headset?

No. The headset constantly adjusts to the noise environment and automatically optimizes the performance it delivers.

Why is TSO important?

A Technical Standard Order (TSO) is a minimum performance standard for specified materials, parts and appliances used on civil aircraft. When a company is authorized to manufacture a material, part or appliances to a TSO standard, this is referred to as TSO authorization. When a company receives a TSO authorization, it is assured that the product meets these minimums in both design and production. Bose Corporation meets all and exceeds many TSO requirements.

Can I comfortably wear eyeglasses and hats with the A20 headset without impacting the headset’s performance?

Yes. The earcups’ supple leather-covered foam cushions are designed to provide an effective acoustic seal even over glasses. You should be able to wear your glasses comfortably without significantly diminishing the headset’s noise reduction benefits. There is no need to calibrate or recalibrate the headset to maintain optimal performance. The headset adjusts automatically.

Does the A20 headset have auto-on or auto-off capability?

Yes, the aircraft powered version of the A20 headset has both auto-on and auto-off capability, so when the avionics have been turned on, the headset will turn on automatically once aircraft power is detected. Battery-powered versions of the headset have auto-off, but require that you press the power button to turn on the headset.

Can I convert my 6-pin plug headset?

Adapters are available from Bose to convert a 6-pin connector to either a dual G/A plug or a U174 for additional connection flexibility.

Can I switch the boom microphone from the left side to the right side?

Yes. The boom mic can easily be swapped from the left to right side (or vice versa) by unscrewing two screws and repositioning the mic onto the desired earcup.

Are original Aviation Headset X® accessories compatible with the Bose A20 headset?

Not really. While these cushions and parts may be forced onto the A20 Aviation Headset, they have not been designed or implemented for this product.

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