Bose Launches A20 Aviation Headsets With Bluetooth Mobile Phone Connectivity

Bose has today introduced its new Bose A20 Aviation Headpset, which is its best-performing, most advanced aviation headset ever and features greater noise reduction, improved comfort and Bluetooth connectivity.


The new Bose A20 Aviation Headset is engineered to deliver significantly greater noise reduction, even in louder environments, and offers improved comfort, clear audio reproduction, and new features, including a Bluetooth communications interface, auxiliary audio input, and priority switching of audio sources.

Improved Noise Reduction and Comfort for Pilots

For providing a greater level of noise reduction in the cockpit where noise levels can reach 105 dBA or more, the new Bose A20 Aviation Headset employs a new, more advanced approach to active noise reduction, leveraging the technology used in the acclaimed Bose QuietComfort 15 consumer headphones for the more demanding applications of pilots.

Bose claims it has developed new, sophisticated electronics and a new, proprietary driver specifically for the Bose A20 Aviation Headset, where electronics combine with microphones placed both inside and outside the earcup to more effectively sense, measure and react to cockpit noise — instant by instant — creating a more precise noise cancellation signal.

The driver, designed for higher output levels, reproduces this signal, enabling the Bose A20 Aviation Headset to deliver its improved noise reduction in louder environments.

The Bose A20 Aviation Headset features new proprietary ear cushion technology for passive noise reduction, and includes a new earcup design to block more noise from entering the earcup — while allowing more room for the ears.

Bose A20 Aviation Headset offers greater comfort through precise distribution of weight throughout the A20 headset, allowing for 1/3 less clamping force than most conventional noise canceling headsets.

The new Bose A20 Aviation Headset is equipped with a new Bluetooth communications interface (Bluetooth 2.1 hands-free profile) with a new portable control module and using integrated sidetone technology, pilots are able to hear their own voice clearly when the headset is disconnected from the aircraft, and communication is done via a Bluetooth mobile phone.

The Bose A20 Aviation Headset also features an auxiliary audio input that allows users to connect the headset via a 3.5mm audio adapter, to an external audio source, such as a portable GPS or a traffic warning system.

Pilots using the Bose A20 Aviation Headset can also choose between two distinct listening settings for more control over what they hear. In the mixed audio setting, the aircraft’s intercommunication system (ICS) signal can be heard along with the auxiliary input signal while in the prioritized audio setting, the auxiliary signal is muted when the ICS signal is present. In either setting, the aircraft’s ICS signal and a Bluetooth call can be heard together.

The Bose A20 Aviation Headset also offers standard connection options that includes Dual General Aviation (G/A) plug and 6-pin installed. With the G/A plug, the headset is connected to an aircraft’s ICS and powered by two alkaline AA batteries for a minimum of 45 hours of operation.

The 6-pin installed version can be powered directly from the aircraft or with two included AA batteries. When combined with an optional adapter cable, it provides pilots with a new level of flexibility; they can choose aircraft power or the mobility of battery power.

“Since introducing the industry’s first active noise reduction headset in 1989, we’ve continued our aviation research with a very specific goal: to improve the flying experience for pilots,” said Sean Garrett, general manager of the Bose Noise Reduction Technology Group. “With the A20 headset, several proprietary technologies work together to deliver a combination of benefits that wasn’t available until today.”

Key Features

  • Designed to deliver 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
  • Meets or exceeds all FAA and JAA TSO requirements
  • Weight – 340 gms
  • Dimension – 8.4″H x 6.3″W x 3.2″D ( 21.4 cm x 16.1 cm x 8 cm )

The Bose A20 Aviation Headset replaces the Aviation Headset X and is available now for $1,095 or Rs. 50,955.00. It is also offered without the Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity feature and comes with a full 5-year manufacturer’s warranty.

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