Bose Bows Aviation Headset
By Lisa Johnston On Aug 2 2010 - 3:01am
FRAMINGHAM, MASS. — Bose
introduced last week the A20 aviation
headset, a result of what it called more
than 30 years of company research in
noise-reduction technology. It will replace
Bose’s X aviation headset model.
“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, in a
statement. “With the A20 headset, several
proprietary technologies work together
to deliver a combination of benefits that wasn’t available until today.”
The A20 employs the technology
used in the company’s QuietComfort
15 consumer headphones, as well as a
proprietary driver designed specifically
for the aviation headset.
Microphones are placed both inside
and outside the ear cup to more effectively
sense, measure and react to cockpit
noise, Bose said, creating a more
precise noise-cancellation signal. The
driver then reproduces the signal, improving
the A20’s noise reduction.
Its passive noise reduction has also
been improved by new ear cushions
and a new ear cup design.
Other features include Bluetooth
2.1, integrated side-tone technology
that lets pilots hear their own voices,
an aux input, and two different listening
settings. Suggested retail is $1,095.
It’s currently available.