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Bose A20 Aviation Headset (no Bluetooth)

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Bose A20 Aviation Headset (no Bluetooth)

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The NEW Bose® A20™ Aviation Headset is the most technologically advanced Bose® headset ever!

Bose was the first to introduce active noise reducing headsets to aviation more than 20 years ago, forever changing the way pilots fly. Now, the Bose® A20™ Aviation Headset introduces an entirely new standard.

The Bose® A20™ Headset has been engineered for significantly increased noise reduction in even louder environments. With an improved degree of comfort you’ll appreciate. All without compromising the clear audio you expect from Bose. Plus, it has auxiliary audio input and priority switching. It’s made in the U.S.A., and meets or exceeds all TSO requirements. No other headset can deliver this advanced combination of benefits. Even the Battery Box has been designed for greater comfort and control!

Bose A20 Key Benefits and Technology:

  • Significantly greater noise reduction for pilots than currently available.
  • Improved level of comfort achieved through choice of materials, distribution of weight throughout the headset
  • 1/3 less clamping force than most conventional noise reducing aviation headsets, and additional room for the ears.
  • Clear audio for enhanced communications.
  • Auxiliary audio input, also included by Bose for the first time!
  • Priority switching so pilots can decide which audio source they want to hear.
  • At least 40 hours of typical headset use from just two AA alkaline batteries.
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • All this, and these headsets still weigh only 12 ounces.
  • 5-Year Warranty

Trade-Up Program

Aviation Headset Trade-In Program Trade in your old, working, headset for credit towards the purchase of the Bose A20 headset!
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What’s included with your Bose A20:

  • Bose® A20™ Aviation Headset
  • Deluxe Carry Case
  • In-line clothing clip
  • Control Module
  • 2 AA batteries
  • Aux-in cable adapter

Bose A20 Frequently Asked Questions

Bose A20 without Bluetooth Models Available:

  1. Battery Powered, Straight Cord, for fixed wing aircraft (dual plugs) (Bose 324843-0020)
  2. Panel Powered, Straight Cord, for airplanes wired with a 6-pin Redel connector (Bose 324843-0040)
  3. Battery Powered, Straight Cord, for Helicopters (single U174/U plug, Electret mic) (Bose 324843-0030)
  4. Straight Cord with XLR-5 Connector for use in Airbus / ATR aircraft (Bose 324843-0070)
  5. Battery Powered, Straight Cord, for MILITARY (single U174/U plug, 5-ohm dynamic microphone) (Bose 324843-0130)

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Thursday, February 12, 2015
Bose bought my loyalty!
by Capt Amitabh Sharma from Mumbai , India  

Pros: Light weight, good for ears, good noise reduction
Cons: Cost!
Review: When I ordered the product my biggest concern was whether it will be compatible with my machine avionics. Thanks to mypilotstore rep Mr Mike Sullivan for guidance. The first sortie with it was magical. Loved the reduced noise environment. It excelled in the field that it was designed for ie noise reduction.
But the manufacturer can think of :
1. Coiled wire instead of straight.
2. Designing of some pouch to hold the ANR module specially for pilots involved in ops where he has to get down number of times.
I strongly recommend for helicopter pilots for comfort and maintaining their audiometry values within prescribed limit.

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Friday, January 23, 2015
Perfect choise!!
by Gueorguiy from Houston TX USA 

Pros: Comfortable
Cons: None
Review: An excellent headset for those who fly Airbus or ATR. Very comfortable to wear, the longest leg I flew is 1 hr. And by that time I never got tired of it or tried to adjust it. The noise canvelling is great. Still hear a little bit of exterior sound but nothing that would annoy or stress.
I would recommend this headset, it's the only one I tried but if you have another of your preference go ahead.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
by Gary from Clarkston, WA 
Review: I'm a student and this is my first Headset. Price is the only reason I did not give them 5 stars. Case could use a place to store adapters.
Fit is 5 stars. Hey Bose, give us a break on the price and you will sell a few more units.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Best in breed
by Paul from Clinton, CT 

Pros: Light as a feather, no skull crunching.
Cons: I wish it would turn itself on.
Review: What makes this product superior is the light pressure on your head. I think the hinge has everything to do with that. Other manufacturers seem to take their existing passive headset frame -- which keeps out noise by ear cup pressure -- and simply install ANR hardware. I routinely make 5.5 hour flights with this headset and have never felt uncomfortable. It doesn't matter how it feels when you try it on in the store, it matters how it feels after 3-4 hours in the air!
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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Work Great
by Terror of the Sky! from Honolulu HI USA 

Pros: Very comfortable and sound quality is great.
Cons: None so far
Review: So far after using the headset 4 times they have worked great. I just need to remember to turn the set on and off after use. The sets have an auto off function which is a great thing to save the batteries if you forget to turn them off after a flight.
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Monday, September 29, 2014
by Boria from doha Qatar Qatar 

Review: This was the product I was looking for.  Noise level change is drastically reduced.
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Monday, September 29, 2014
Too cumbersome
by A Customer from Burnsville MN USA 

Pros: Bose quality and warranty.
Cons: Size (too large).
Review: This ANR headset by Bose has overall excellent quality but the size of the headset, the control unit, the carry bag and the entire assembly is WAY too large. In square units, it is larger than my 15" laptop! The sound quality is excellent. However, understanding normal level speech in the cockpit while wearing this headset in noise cancellation mode is a challenge. This unit is almost too ungainly to use as a music or content headphone when riding in the passenger area. I wish I had purchased a more compact unit.
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Monday, September 22, 2014
Jury is still out?
by Jerry from Brandon MN USA 

Pros: Does the job when working
Cons: Expensive- may be shortening out.
Review: Everything initially seemed fine, but the last time up it was periodically shortening out (like a bad connection). It could be in the airplane or the headset - looking to try it out in another airplane. Without this issue, I would rate the A20 as excellent!
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
by A Customer from Oman 

Pros: Near silence.
Cons: Why does a premium product include a large, cheap plastic clothing clip? I have attached a small metal David Clark clip to hang the heavy control module.
Review: The first time I turned it on after engine start, I thought the co pilot had shut down the engines! Kicking myself that I didn't buy one years ago.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
by Miguel from Guaynabo, PR  
Review: I would buy this product again
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Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Excellent Headset, met all expectations
by Eugene in France from Alpes Maritimes France 

Pros: Excellent product all around
Cons: None
Review: This headset is really excellent, feels light and comfortable, the ANC is astounding. Even with sunglasses, the fit is excellent and not at all compromised as far as sound is concerned. The clamping pressure is on the light side, so be careful to fit it carefully when first putting it on to get the maximum effect of great audio.
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Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Great headset
by Anthony from Chicago IL USA 

Review: I owned the prior generation (Bose X), an traded up to the A20, they are much better. It's hard to imagine how the prior model could be improved upon, but they are much quieter and very comfortable. Expensive, but worth it.
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Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Great comfort
by Sharon from Crawford CO USA 

Pros: comfort
Cons: sound clarity--not that great
Review: This headset is very comfortable and I'm grateful when I have a long trip. I was somewhat disappointed by the sound quality, however. Perhaps I was expecting too much, as I was graduating from my twenty year old Dave Clark's. Transmissions are not that much clearer. Still--the comfort value is huge.
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
by Guest : Yasuji from Bogota, Colombia 

Review: Excelente Headsets! Noise is not an issue any more. Even in the Sim with the RAT deployed!
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Great Headset
by James from Centennial CO USA 

Pros: Great noise protection
Cons: None
Review: I had debated on getting this headset for along time but, finally did. I wish I would have gotten it a lot sooner. This works great and it doesn't use batteries too fast. I was able to get 10 days flying out of the first set.

If you have thought about it, get it.
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Worth what it cost
by chris from Cupertino CA USA 

Pros: great noise reduction, comfortable
Cons: cost
Review: Very expensive, but delivers. Noise reduction is amazing.
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Thursday, May 08, 2014
Best Headset Ever
by Jacky from Gilbert AZ USA 

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014
It is a great product
by Adriano from Las Vegas NV USA 

Pros: Good Noise Canceling
Cons: Price
Review: I have tried few different one including Light Speed Sierra and Light Speed Zulu and some other.  The noise cancelling on Bose is better.
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Friday, April 04, 2014
Awesome headset!!
by Shawn from La Conner WA USA 

Pros: Lightweight, comfortable
Cons: None
Review: This is an outstanding headset. Super lightweight, comfortable, and ICS and radio transmissions are super clear. The ANR is incredible. If you don't have one of these, you should.
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Tuesday, February 04, 2014
a Christmas present to myself
by Greg from Riviera Beach FL USA 

Pros: comfortable, very quiet
Cons: pricey as always, but I don't regret the purchase
Review: Used my Bose X for many 10 years flying charter and very happy. My new A20 is more comfortable and the noise cancelling is excellent. Didn't opt for the Bluetooth to save a little money, but the convenient aux input for music is a great new improvement. The muting works well when receiving a transmission. The volume controlled are better protected than before, keeps them from changing. Passive noise reductions still as poor as it was before, but who would have the power off anyway? I always carry plenty of batteries.
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Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Best headset I have ever used
by Frank from Colorado Springs CO USA 

Pros: light weight, quiet, clear crisp audio
Cons: price
Review: I have 2 of the bose A20's, along with the older bose headsets, the A20 is lighter & preforms better than the older bose. I also have one of the lightspeed Zulu 2's, the lightspeed is a great headset but I would spend the difference to go to the A20's, it's just better.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Awesome product, again Bose does it
by Stringfellow Hawk from Qatar 

Pros: Sooo comfortable, no hotspot even in the desert
Cons: None to speak of
Review: I used to use the Bose X which I got from a friend. I loved it and he upgraded to the A20. After a couple of years of using this headset I decided to treat myself this Christmas. Well, all I can say is that it was worth every penny!! It has such better sound sharpness and clarity than the X. The headset has been cleverly designed so as not to squash the earcups, which are themselves are alot deeper and comfortable than the X. I love them and am very pleased. I fly the AW139 and the only thing I could say which is not the headset's fault is that on capturing or reaching pre assigned altitudes etc the chime will make you jump for the first week or so!! All in all a fantastic product. Hearing extended for another decade! :-)
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
I have six in my Bonanza. Wouldn't have any other product.
by Joseph D from McAllen TX USA 

Pros: All positives
Cons: None
Review: Totally awesome!
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Monday, October 07, 2013
I love it in spite of the high price !
by GEORGE M. from St Thomas VI USA 

Review: I have no complaints, and I am glad that I bought this product even though it is rather pricey. The sound quality is the best I have ever experienced in my 23 years of flying. The comfort level is good to excellent. I have no regrets.
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
by Sabri from Abu Dhabi UAE United Arab Emirates 
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Friday, September 13, 2013
This is the ANSWER
by Sandow Rossouw from Pretoria South Africa  

Pros: serious about flying Buy one !
Review: Unbelievable noise reduction - using it in the Bell jetranger is like sitting in your study working .
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Great sound, bring plenty of batteries.
by Doug from Diagonal IA USA 

Pros: Great Sound
Cons: Battery life is shorter than expected.
Review: The sound is spectacular. The pressure around the ear is uncomfortable after a few hours, but the extraordinary sound makes up for it. However, it is serious battery consumer. A spare set of batteries is needed.
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Monday, March 18, 2013
The best
by Maarten from Belgium 

Pros: fit, weight, noice cancellation, sound quality,etc
Cons: ok let's be honest, everybody would say this: the price...
Review: I use this one in the noisiest commercial cockpit out there; the RYR B737-800W. It's just amazing how they have made such a perfect product! Noice cancellation is jaw-dropping, although still the engine trend (at t/o, approach, flare etc) and GPWS callouts can be heard very clearly; exactly how it should be! It's an investment but I can recommend this excellent headset to everybody out there, be it GA or commercial aviation!
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Won my vote, but comes down to personal preference
by jimmy from Amery WI USA 

Pros: Great ANR, compact, stylish appearance, easy controls.
Cons: Small headband cushion, thus the 4 stars. Smaller earcups good for some, bad for some.
Review: Noise Reduction: I compared the Bose A20 and the Light Speed Zulu.2 headsets in a noisy Cessna 172. With these noise levels and frequencies, the Bose had the better active noise reduction (headset power turned on). The passive noise reduction was better with the Zulu.2 (power off). As long as the batteries are working, the Bose headsets are the better communication device for me in my current aircraft. The Zulu.2 may do better with other sound frequencies. I saw a Youtube video where the Zulu.2 came out the winner in what appeared to be a Cirrus, which over my computer speakers seemed to produce a much lower frequency sound than I deal with.

Fit: The Zulus have large ear cups. They were too large for me and came down to the angle of the mandible which I found annoying. A20 earcups fit me perfectly. The headtop cushion is better on the Zulus however. I may have to replace the cushion on the Bose A20 headset if I take longer trips. For 2 hour flights or less they have been easily tolerated.

Active vs Passive: I had doubts that $900+ headsets would be worth it before using them. I have found that they are for me. High engine rpm, wind and propeller noise-related-stress is a thing of the past, and I can now hear subtle variations in engine performance better than when using passive headsets. Less stress, more enjoyment, more reliable communication, safer flight. Borrow or purchase, like I did, more than one set to compare comfort and noise reduction for your particular situation. Return the loser for a full refund. This is a lot of money to settle for less than what works best for you.

Hope this helps.
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Monday, February 18, 2013
by A Customer from Pleasanton CA USA 
Review: amazing headset. . . comfortable . . . turn it on and airplane noise disappears.
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Thursday, November 29, 2012
by Daniel from Santiago, Chile 

Pros: Sound quality and noise cancelling
Cons: Maybe the price
Review: Excellent sound quality and an awesome noise cancelling. Very comfortable, it fits perfect to my head.
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Monday, October 22, 2012
by dan from FPO AE USA 
Pros: very quite and lite weight
Cons: none
Review: Best in quality, love mine, using it in Afghanistan.
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Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Best Choice!
by Jaco from Pretoria Montana South Africa 

Pros: Everything!
Cons: None yet!
Review: Best choice I made upgrading from David Clark, much more comfortable and great quality!
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Monday, July 09, 2012
I'd buy this headset again!
by Gabriele from Orlando FL USA 

Pros: Quite and lite
Cons: No helicopter coils
Review: Met most my expectations but no coiled helicopter cable available. Not sure why.
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Monday, May 14, 2012
Bose A20 headset in P-51 Mustang
by Mustang pilot from Brookfield WI USA 

Pros: great headset
Cons: none, well worth the price
Review: Over the years, I've tried every noise cancelling new headset that came to the market. None ever worked well in the high noise environment of the P-51 until I tried the new second generation Bose headset. Amazing how well it works, absolutely fantastic. Way better than the earlier Bose headset or any other headset for that matter in my opinion.
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Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Excellent product but not worth the extra $$ vs. Zulu
by W from Cupertino CA USA 

Pros: Excellent product
Cons: Expensive. Better bang for the buck with Zulu
Review: The A20 is a great product but depending on what you are looking for may not be worth the extra dollars. I also have a Zulu 1 (not the Zulu 2) before the A20.

A20 vs. Zulu 1

Active cancellation: About the same. I did not notice any difference in noisy Citabria.

Passive cancellation: A20 is better. However when will you ever use it passively unless your battery runs out.

Weight: A20 is lighter vs Zulu 1. But again not much difference. Both headsets are comfortable.

Adjustment: I have a small head and the A20 adjusts better to that. The Zulu cannot adjust down as much. If you are buying for small kids the A20 will fit better. Getting the right fit is important for the active cancellation to work.

Storage: I like the fact that A20 folds to be more compact and that it comes with a soft case that can be compacted. The Zulu has a hard case which is great to protect the headset but is more bulky. It's more of a preference on this one.

Control: The Zulu control is slimmer and has slider instead of a dial on A20. I like the Zulu design better but this is just a personal preference.

Battery: Zulu battery lasts forever. I have not had the A20 long enough to judge.

Build quality: Both A20 and Zulu are solidly built. The A20 looks flimsy in the pictures but it is solid.

Bang for the buck: You pay $95 less for the Zulu 2 and get bluetooth vs A20 without bluetooth. I personally don't need the bluetooth feature. I got the A20 when they had the promotion with the free Series 2 bluetooth headset. I figure I'll sell the free headset on Ebay and the price comes out to be the same.

If both were the same price I would buy the A20. But given the cost differential I buy the Zulu (unless buying for small heads where you need a good fit). Just wait for the next Bose promotion if you want to get a better deal on the A20. They seem to come around periodically.
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Monday, May 07, 2012
Don't bother spending money on any other headset! It is the envy of every pilot who doesn't own one .
by Deborah from Fallon NV USA 

Pros: All pros
Cons: No cons
Review: There isn't a better headset. Meets and excels all expectations!
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Thursday, March 15, 2012
You pay for what you get
by Nik from Melbourne, Australia 

Pros: -Very solid and quality feel -Intercom/aux priority switching (music softed for atc) -low profile
Cons: -Any wind rushing by is picked up
Review: I have recently switched from using the David Clarks and the first thing that amazed me was the pure comfort and overall feel of the headset. While the Clark's did feel like they were squeezing my head, the A20's have that ever so slightly less squeeze that ensures an even more comforting feel. I am flying quite a few hours a week and for constant use, I have not started to feel any tingling issues so far.

The noise cancelling does also introduce an entire way to flying for long periods, no longer does one need to hear the low rumble of the engine in all stages in flight. But, if you sit in an open flight deck where wind will be rushing by your head, I would NOT recommend as the noise cancelling mic's do pick that up.

When you pay for a high quality product, you get a very high quality product.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
by A Customer from Dubai United Arab Emirates 

Pros: quiet, long batt life
Cons: none
Review: Great headset.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Great headset
by Heli Ben from Carlton MN USA 

Pros: Noise canceling is great. Clear and smooth
Cons: When battery goes dead you notice a huge difference.
Review: Bought this because my instructors recommended it. Tried a couple others that were laying around. This by far is the best I've tried. Makes talking to ATC simple because I can always hear them. Never having to say "say again" multiple times. Very good buy and price is on point.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Quiet times
by Dawn from Elburn IL USA 

Review: Remarkably quiet
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Friday, January 13, 2012
Well worth the buy.

Pros: ANR, Comfort, Light clamping effect on the head.
Cons: Think framed sun glasses don't work well
Review: 1)Defiantly worth the buy.
2)The ANR is works very well.
3)The headset could do with a development to incorporate wearing sun glasses with a thicker frame. Very comfortable to wear without sun glasses or sun glasses with thin frame.
4)The ANR and sound quality though the headset is brilliant.
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Friday, January 06, 2012
Best Headset I've ever owned.
by A Customer from Grand Forks ND USA 

Pros: Comfortable for many hours of flying. Very quiet.
Cons: None
Review: I am a full time flight instructor who uses the Bose A20 every day, sometimes up to 8 hours a day. When using my old headset, at the end of the day my head felt like it had been in a vice and my ears would ring after the engine was shut down. Both problems have been solved with the purchase of my Bose A20. Its built very well, its very comfortable, and it does a very good job of reducing that hum of the engine. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
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Monday, November 14, 2011
Nice Headset!
by Bruce the Jump Pilot from Davis, CA USA 

Pros: Comfortable... quiet... and not a battery hog...
Cons: Expensive
Review: I am very pleased with my new Bose A20 headset. I fly a turbo-prop PAC-750XL for a busy skydiving company and often spend over 8 hours per day in the cockpit. Our airplane is a powerful, stripped-down, souped-up workhorse, but it is also very noisy inside. I wear a headset all day. With my Bose A20, I no longer experience the discomfort that I have endured with other headsets. Great product!
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Wednesday, November 02, 2011
I could hear myself think!!!
by Bob, R22 student pilot, Australia from Bankstown Airport, NSW, Australia 

Pros: Light weight, great noise reduction, great mike
Cons: With no batteries or noise reduction off, not quiet enough
Review: I had noise cancelling headsets before, but this is absolutely a must. I could hear myself think, I could hear the radio calls and begin understand them, too - for a student pilot with 20 hours experience, it is very important. The lack of a bluetooth was a choice - in hindsight it would have been good for down the road with Bluetooth. 
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Monday, October 31, 2011
"Great Headsets"
by Edgar, Cirrus SR 22 Pilot from Montgomery AL USA 

Pros: I like how the earseals don't touch eachother while not in use. They do not deform.
Cons: On panel powered sets, one shouldn't have to turn them on. I should be automatic, that way the pilot doesn't forget to turn them on.
Review: Hands down the best headset I have ever tryed. A great improvement over the X headsets. More confortable and quieter on long flights. Thumbs up !!! BOSE
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Thursday, September 29, 2011
Great headset
by Mario from Burbank CA USA 

Pros: Light, comfortable and very quiet.
Cons: Expensive, but it's worth it
Review: My wife has an earlier model (Bose X). I've used it several times and I thought it was great. Recently I read that Bose had made some improvements on the A20 model. I was a little skeptical but I bought one to try it out. Well, to my surprise it was smaller, lighter and more comfortable. Even the noise cancelling was definitely superior.
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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Worth every penny!
by Brad from Poway CA USA 

Pros: See product review
Cons: None
Review: I am the proud owner of a David Clark H10-13S headset and, I must say, I love that headset. But now owning a pair of A20s has forced me to open my heart to fit two. One a little more than the other...ok A LOT more. My A20s are simply awesome. I mean the word "awesome" both as "cool" and "sense of awe". The first time I put the A20s on and powered them up it was like I was sitting at home and quietly enjoying a book. But I was still at the controls! I was simply amazed at the comfort and clarity of this headset. If you are on the fence about buying this headset, I HIGHLY recommend it. If I was asked if I would by it again, I would answer with no hesitation, "hell yes I would".
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Monday, August 08, 2011
Full value for money!!
by Mads from Pacific Grove CA USA 

Pros: Noise reduction and ear-cups
Cons: Bulky travel-case
Review: Best headset I'v ever owned!
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Monday, August 08, 2011
by Brad from Poway, CA 
Review: Bought this headset as a 21st birthday present from me to me. My previous headset, a David Clark H10-13S, is now my loaner and what a difference! The first time i flew with the Bose, I was very impressed by the noise cancellation, by the time I landed (around 2 hours later) I had completely forgotten i was wearing a headset. The Bose was EXTREMELY comfortable. I would recommend them to anybody. Excellent headset.
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Sunday, August 07, 2011
Absolutely the best, better than Zulu
by R44 Pilot from Ft. Pierce, Fl 

Review: I fly an R44 helicopter with the doors off 8 hours a week. I have been using Lightspeed Zulu's headsets. The A 20's are much quieter. I have switched them in flight for a rock solid comparison.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Ah, relief
by Paul from Portland, ME USA 

Pros: Excellent noise cancelling ability
Cons: Top head pad could use more padding. Noticeably annoying after several hours of use.
Review: When I first flew with this headset (I wear glasses) I thought it was good and comfortable. Then after about an hour airborne I realized I had forgotten to turn on the noise cancellation. What a trip that was! A night and day difference. I never forget to turn it on after engine start now. It's a lighter headset than what I was using and is well worth the price of admission. I should've purchased this years ago.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Perfect product
by Sonia from Lake Charles LA USA 

Pros: I can hear my MP3 during the flight. High performance.
Cons: not one
Review: I loved it, I recommend.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
by Phil from Torrance, CA USA 
Review: Everyone I spoke with prior to buying the headset said I would like them. And in fact they are terrific. I am flying a 1978 Cessna 182RG of which am intent on it's originality, as this one is a survivor to date. As they say something is only original once. 20-30 years from now I want this airplane to remain as it was sold off the line in 1978 while it continues it's journey from caretaker to tne next beyond me. Where I was going with this thought is that the Bose headset is quite modern, not vintage. So they are a little out of period, but really nice!
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Monday, February 14, 2011
Very good product
by A Customer from Kingston GA USA 

Pros: lightweight, hearing quality outstanding
Cons: none
Review: I am new to aviation and bought a cheaper headset in the beginning. I have good hearing but a cheaper passive is NOT the way to go. I would advise any beginner to not make that mistake. The active noise reduction is simply amazing, I can hear things now that my instructor only told me about. The Bose A20 is superior in comfort and quality to any headset I have used.
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Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Great product
by Pakorn from Sydney NSW Australia 

Review: Amazing active nosie reduction, light and very comfortable. I haven't found any probelm yet. Overall is still good. Just one a little mistake about a wire, I feel it's not too strong but who know. It's just my feeling!!
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Friday, November 12, 2010
Problem with the speaker
by Tanguy from SAN FRANCISCO CA USA 

Pros: light and good noise cancelling
Cons: Resistance in the long term?
Review: Left speaker failed after 2 weeks use!? Do you think it's normal for such an expensive headset?
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Tuesday, November 09, 2010
A-20 Headset, absolutely awsome
by Daniel J Wright from Spring Hill FL USA 

Cons: cost
Review: I have two noisey aircraft and the noise canceling quality is amazing in both aircraft, one is open cockpit. Also I wear glasses and my old headsets used to hurt where the bows hit the side of my head, the a-20 is no problem. I hated to spend that much money but now I am glad I did.
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Previous Customer Questions For Bose A20 Aviation Headset (no Bluetooth):
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On Sunday, June 09, 2013 a customer asked:
Is this headset compatible with boeing 777 and 737 Style cockpits?
A: Yes, you would want to get option 1: Fixed Wing Portable that will have the standard dual plugs that can be used on virtually all civilian Boeing aircraft.

On Tuesday, May 28, 2013 a customer asked:
Can I plug in my IPhone and listen to music? Does the music cut out when a radio transmission is received? Can I make a phone call, talk and listen when plugged in?
A: Yes, you would just use the included 3.5mm patch cable to connect to the headset jack of your iPhone.  Once connected, you will be able to make/receive phone calls and listen to music on the Bose A20.  When you receive an ATC transmission, the AUX (phone or music) will cut out and then fade back in after a second or two of radio silence.  There is a DIP switch on the Bose A20 that allows you to override that so that the AUX never cuts out but that's not usually recommended.

On Tuesday, February 19, 2013 a customer asked:
Will the Bose A20 Military Model 324843-0130 work with the C-130 Hercules?
A: Yes, the Military Model (option 4) with the 5-ohm Dynamic Mic will work on the C-130 Hercules.

On Saturday, March 24, 2012 a customer asked:
Is this headset compatible with Airbus A320 style cockpits?
A: To use the Bose A20 in the Airbus A320, you would need to get the fixed wing portable version.  That will have the standard dual plugs that you need to them convert to the XLR-5 that is used in the Airbus with the Fixed Wing Headset to Airbus Adapter

On Saturday, February 11, 2012 a customer asked:
Is there any adapter for this model to be used in both fixed wing and helicopters. Can I directly use it with my IPod, Mac or mp3?

Sure, you can use either the Fixed Wing to Helicopter or the Helicopter to Fixed Wing adapter depending on which model you get to convert it back and forth.  Or, you can even get an entire new cable assembly if you don't want to use an adapter. 

Yes, you will be able to listen to music with this Bose A20 model, it would just be connected through the headset jack on your cell phone/MP3 player instead of wireless.

On Friday, July 22, 2011 a customer asked:
What's the difference between the battery powered and the panel powered? And are both dual plugged?

The battery powered headset has the standard dual male plugs that can be used in almost all fixed wing aircraft.  It is powered exclusively by the AA batteries in the battery box. The panel powered version requires you to have a special 6-pin Redel connector (also known as a LEMO) installed in your aircraft.  It does not use the standard dual male plugs that you are probably used to seeing.  This version gets the ANR power directly from the aircraft electrical system and gets the power for the bluetooth from the battery box.  If in doubt, the battery powered version is usually the best choice.

On Tuesday, May 31, 2011 a customer asked:
What is the actual db reduction?

The Bose A20 Aviation Headset provides significant improvements in both active and passive noise reduction technologies, which provide more attenuation in louder environments and across a wider range of frequencies.  However, Bose does not make claims about the level of noise reduction because a single number cannot tell you much about what you will hear when you use the headset.  We encourage you to give the Bose A20 a try in a variety of aircraft to experience the noise reduction for yourself.  If you're not 100% happy, you can return it for a full refund.

On Thursday, May 12, 2011 a customer asked:
Does this headset come with its own Bose headset case?
A: Yes, a Bose carrying case is included with the Bose A20.

On Tuesday, August 17, 2010 a customer asked:
Does this headset have 2 prong to fit two way radio? (one prong thicker and longer than the other.)
A: Yes, the Fixed Wing Portable model does have the standard dual aviation jacks that you describe.

Manufacturer Part Numbers: 324843-0020 324843-0040 324843-0130 324843-0030 327070-0070 + 324843-0010


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