Bose Corporation started EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 by quieting things
down—with the new A20 aviation headset introduced Monday morning.
The A20 sports new electronics combined
with microphones placed both inside and outside the ear cup—a way to
more effectively measure and counter cabin noise.
For improved passive noise reduction,
Bose gave the A20 new proprietary ear cushion technology and a new ear
cup design designed to block noise from penetrating the seal.
In something of a hat trick for headsets,
Bose made a third major improvement: reducing clamping force by
one-third and thus increasing comfort.
The A20, which replaces the Aviation X
headset, includes a new Bluetooth communications interface as well as a
portable control module. Using integrated sidetone technology, pilots
can hear their own voice clearly when the headset is disconnected from
the aircraft, and communication is done via a Bluetooth mobile phone.
An auxiliary audio input allows users to
connect the headset to an external audio source, such as a GPS or
traffic warning system.
The entire unit weighs less than 12
ounces and comes with a carrying case, an aux-in cable adapter, and full
five-year warranty. With Bluetooth, the unit sells for $1,095—$995
DATES: 2014: July 28-Aug. 3;
2015: July 27-Aug. 2