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Bose A20 Aviation Headset (aircraft-powered W-bluetooth Electret Mic Straight Cord 6-pin Plug) by Review Summary ,  Jul 21, 2015

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Bose A20 Aviation Headset (aircraft-powered W/bluetooth, Electret Mic, Straight Cord, 6-pin Plug)
Report Date: 12/30/2015
Based on 167 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.6
Returned or considering to return: 4.2%

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Frequently Mentioned by Customers:


Individual Feature Rating
Bluetooth4.7   above average
Quality4.7   above average
Audio4.6   above average
Noise4.6   above average
Comfortable4.3   average
Price4.3   average
Light4.2   average
Sound4.0   below average
Battery2.5   mediocre


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Audio

Audio:
"I am kind of an audio freak and think I would rate the stereo audio quality as excellent, not crystal clear like Etymotic ER4P headset clear, but pretty close, definitely excellent."
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"The audio quality is great."
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"Also, with AUX audio cable one can listen to music in amazing Hi-Fi quality on the ground."
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"The audio (headphones) is great, but there appears to be an issue with the mic, only got to use it twice, and both times ATC said I had a radio problem as I was difficult to read understand, switched to an other unit and problem went away, so the Bose has a microphone issue..."
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"Audio quality is excelent (and i worked in a recording studio so ive heard lots of high end audio stuff)."
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"Bose is simply the best there is when it comes to audio quality."
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Battery

Battery:
"Batteries went dead during flight."
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"Great Aviation Headset but doesn't behave well when battery is dead."
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"Specifically, the cover that connects to the control unit battery module seems to be cheaply constructed - and the battery cover would seem to be easily fatigued damaged after a few battery changes."
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"I actually thought my headset was broken after trying 3 sets of batteries (while the headset was still plugged in)."
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"If the headset is plugged into the plane when I attempt to turn it on, it gives me the same response as if it has a dead battery."
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"Battery life is very good but the headstrap design is not suitable for long usage, 2 hours max."
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"Battery life is very good."
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"Battery life is as good as advertised (at least), and the thing is very easy to use."
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"Specifically, the cover that connects to the control unit battery module seems to be cheaply constructed - and the battery cover would seem to be easily fatigued damaged after a few battery changes."
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Bluetooth

Bluetooth:
"What a disappointment when i found out that the only thing you can connect to the Bluetooth is a cellphone!"
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"Love the Bluetooth feature - calling ATIS way before you can get close enough for the radio signal worth the mark up in price."
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"Advantages of A20 over HME are nice optical design and Bluetooth feature."
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"Bluetooth works great - he has called me from the plane a few times and worked perfectly."
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"Comfortable for longer flights, very quiet and have bluetooth and a phone jack to connect to your phone if you need that."
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"I tried out the bluetooth with my phone and love it."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"They are very comfortable but not quite loud enough it's hard to understand atc."
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"Was a little worried about comfort due to some reviews but no problems at all."
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"though comfort is not that great, noise reduction is great."
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"Great headsets, comfortable and easy to use."
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"But is fantastic, comfortable, light, right size, stylish, excellent case, easy to use...great purchase."
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"Expensive but works great and feels comfortable when worn for long periods of time."
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"Very comfortable and works very well."
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"This is an amazing and comfortable headset i have put over 60 hrs on already."
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Light

Light:
"I'm not sure that i could have done the same in a fixed wing situation, especially, while I wasn't proficient nor confident to try light signals with tower."
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"This is really a good headset (blinking light aside) but not the best for all types of aircraft."
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"Very comfortable, light... you can put it away anywhere and while you fly you get a very good quality on sound and communications."
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"Very light and comfortable."
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"The headset is incredibly light and comfortable."
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"But is fantastic, comfortable, light, right size, stylish, excellent case, easy to use...great purchase."
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"They are pretty light and much more comfortable than the basic ones that we can rent when we rent a plane (Dick Clarks I think?"
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Noise

Noise:
"Noise cancellation isn't perfect, but it is good."
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"This is a very good product for most of helicopter pilots who fly noisy equipaments like R22, with this headset you you' going to listen to the other occupant better even if he is not using the same model or another Bose headset, other good thing is that you listen to yourself much better with the advantage of the abatement of the outside noise, without loosing the nice sound of the rotor spinning, I strongly recommend this product!"
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"though comfort is not that great, noise reduction is great."
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"I borrowed another crewmembers Telex for 1 2 hour, and while you did not notice you even had it on, it was not as quiet, and did not do as good of job at noise cancelling."
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"My Lightspeed Zulu wasn't providing any noise canceling anymore and was completely worn out after a good 8-10 years of heavy use."
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"The noise canceling is simply best in class, and I dare say miles above the competition."
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"I'm a student pilot and fly in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk and they are perfect to help cancel out some of the noise the plane makes."
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"The other main points with this headset are:Delivers greater noise reduction than conventional noise reducing aviation headsetsDual GA plug, battery-powered; automatic smart shutoff, electret micAuxiliary audio input for GPS and other devicesBluetooth mobile phone connectivity lets you receive calls wirelessly without removing headsetYou can not go wrong with this headset"
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Price

Price:
"I was worried about the price at first but after wearing it the first time I was vey impressed."
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"The big drawback is the price, but you simply cannot hear much of anything when the noise reduction is on."
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"Please evaluate them before paying the big price."
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"I hate to admit this based on how expensive they are, but the simple reality is that they are worth the extra money and are the absolute best headphones I've used."
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"This is a phenomenal headset if you're willing to fork out the money."
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"A20 is good headset, bit with poor price performance ratio."
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"Only improvements would be a better, more durable case (this applies to all headsets out there), a lower price, and a longer warranty."
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Quality

Quality:
"I just can't believe how good the sound quality is with this headset."
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"I am kind of an audio freak and think I would rate the stereo audio quality as excellent, not crystal clear like Etymotic ER4P headset clear, but pretty close, definitely excellent."
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"Very comfortable, light... you can put it away anywhere and while you fly you get a very good quality on sound and communications."
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"The audio quality is great."
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"Also, with AUX audio cable one can listen to music in amazing Hi-Fi quality on the ground."
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"ANR qualities are very good."
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"But the quality is poor at best and if I really want good music, I plug in the aux cord...which then makes it a wire nightmare in the cockpit."
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Sound

Sound:
"I just can't believe how good the sound quality is with this headset."
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"Some have said the noise cancelling is 'too good' meaning it kills all the racket from the engine - so if the engine is mis-firing or other sounds are present indicating problems in the plane, you might not hear them."
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"on take off with high power settings you can hear pressure bumps and some other annoying sounds."
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"The mike picks up sound really well, and I've yet to have complaints from other passengers that they can't hear me."
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"This is a very good product for most of helicopter pilots who fly noisy equipaments like R22, with this headset you you' going to listen to the other occupant better even if he is not using the same model or another Bose headset, other good thing is that you listen to yourself much better with the advantage of the abatement of the outside noise, without loosing the nice sound of the rotor spinning, I strongly recommend this product!"
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"Very comfortable, light... you can put it away anywhere and while you fly you get a very good quality on sound and communications."
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"More comfortable, better sound."
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"Speech sound is great and with the extra plug in for music your never bored on long solos"
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"When you patch the tunes directly into the 1 8' jack, the music sound quality was outstanding."
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"But Bose isn't lying when they say that it has great sound quality and great noise cancellation."
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