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**This model has flexible power (both aircraft panel or battery), a single 6-pin LEMO plug, and a straight or coiled cord. Also has an electret microphone.**
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 nose reduction than conventional aviation headsets
30% less claming 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 controls 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
Enjoy a peaceful,
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.
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
Significantly improved noise reduction across a wider range of frequencies. Proprietary Bose innovations now use microphones both inside and outside each earcup to sense and reduce more ambient aircraft noise.
Redesigned ear cushions deliver greater comfort using new materials. More compact earcups now have a larger interior cavity, allowing more room for the ears; redistribution of headset weight also helps improve overall comfort and stability.
Enhanced 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 microphone can be connected to either earcup and set in a range of stable positions for optimal communications.
Auxiliary audio input on redesigned control module for connection to GPS and other devices. Pushbutton Intercom/AUX enables priority switching
Bluetooth phone connectivity lets you take calls wirelessly through the headset.
Enhanced EMI protection to minimize communications interference.
Integrated sidetone for more natural sounding intercom and mobile communications.
Smart shutoff for extended battery life. Installed headsets also feature a flexible power system to automatically switch from aircraft power to battery power as needed.
Ergonomic control module has been redesigned for greater ease of use. 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.
Specs: 8.4" H x 6.3" W x 3.2" D (12 oz)
Risk Free Trial
Try your purchase for 60 days—satisfaction guaranteed. If you’re not delighted, return it for a refund—at Bose expense. You can also exchange it for up to 60 days. There’s no restocking fee.
*Risk-free refers to 60-day trial only, and requires product purchase. Call Bose to return the product within 60 days of receipt. They will arrange to pick it up from your home address—at their expense—and you will receive a full refund. Please note that any products customized by any third party voids the Bose limited warranty.
I started with a couple of DCs. I traded in one set for Zulus ANR with the trade in program. I let my wife wear them and it changed her whole attitude as she could hear and understand ATC. Because I like to try everything I bought the Bose A20 as the second set. They are now my preferred headset. They are both good ANRs but I think the Bose have better sound quality.
A couple of other considerations. The Zulus have BT with music steaming. When I bought the A20s they didnt have music streaming so I didnt get the BT. I have BT in the new radio so no big deal other then everyone has to listen to my music and phone calls.
I got the Lemo plug for both ANRs. The Zulus are only usable in a airplanes with Lemo plugs as they removed the batteries when you get the Lemo plug. The A20s have an adapter for normal headset jacks and have the batteries so I can use them in any plane.
I bought new earpieces for the A20s as they wore out from my sunglasses after a few hundred hours. The Zulus dont get as much use so its hard to say if they last longer.
October 22, 2018
Bought mine on sale (pre-owned)). All packing, batteries and case were like new. They came complete with the business card of the previous owner! These work excellent. The only negative I heard was a local pilots comment on the ear cushions not lasting long.... I sense that replacement earpieces will still be worth it when that time comes.
February 24, 2017
Q: What is the length of the straight cord with the LEMO Plug?
The leads are 5 feet for the Bose A20 cables.
Q: With the lemo to twin plug adapter how is the head set powered for Bluetooth etc?
When using an adapter the Bluetooth is powered by the AA batteries inside of the volume control box.