Bose A30 Aviation Headset – Everything You Need To Know!

The Bose A30 aviation headset has just been released by Bose and we were fortunate enough to have a first look & feel. Today we finally get to tell you more about this awesome new aviation headset!

The Bose A30 Aviation Headset

The new Bose A30 provides long term comfort, including selectable modes of noise cancellation and talk-through tap control. It has FAA/EASA TSO C-139a certification, an on- head weight of only 404 grams and many different plug configurations.

You can comfortably wear your glasses and the microphone can be switched to either side (without using any tools) in a few simple steps.

The Bose A30 aviation headset provides similar total noise reduction to the Bose A20, but with a different weight distribution and substantially lower clamping force.

Bose A30 Aviation Headset

The Bose A30 versus the Bose A20

The Bose A30 is the successor of the extremely popular Bose A20. The Bose A20 was released back in 2010 and it has been an industry favorite ever since. But with the arrival of the Bose ProFlight and Bose ProFlight Series 2, it was just a matter of time until the successor of the Bose A20 would be released.

The Bose A30 builds on the success of the Bose A20. It’s a modern, sleek looking design and with a lower on-head weight and reduced clamping force, it greatly improves long term comfort.

It has the same modes of active noise reduction which are already in use on the ProFlight Series 2. It consists of 3 levels and also utilizes tap control for talk-through communication.

The specialized around-ear earcup design upholds the acclaimed noise reduction capabilities of the Bose A20. The Bose A30 also comes with a smaller carrying case and a thinner, more flexible down cable.Bose A30 - Your Pilot Academy

Bose A30 Connection Configurations

The Bose A30 comes in many variations and you can choose different configurations based on connector, cable, microphone and Bluetooth or non-Bluetooth module. The Bose A30 can be used in all types of aircraft and comes with the following connection configuration options:

Bose A30 Connections

  • Dual Plug
  • XLR 5 Pin
  • U-174
  • LEMO 6 pin

Price & Alternatives

Bose aviations headsets aren’t cheap but they are worth every penny. We recommend getting a solid headset early on in your career since they will truly last a lifetime when you take care of them.

It’s a solid investment and you will question yourself why you didn’t bought one sooner. That being said, the price of the new Bose A30 Aviation Headset is €1379,95 ($1249.00).

If that stretches your budget, you could consider buying a Bose A20 instead. They will still be available for the time being and you might be able to get them cheaper on the second hand market during the upcoming months.

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Numbers & Details

  • Total headset weight: 524 grams
  • On-head weight: 404 grams
  • Battery life: 45 hours minimum
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • Bluetooth connectivity: Yes
  • Tap Control: Yes
  • Digital Active Noise Reduction
  • 3 Modes Of Active Noise Cancellation
  • TSO Certified: Yes

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Like any other headset, you still have to comply with your company rules since airline requirements vary greatly. Some allow pilots to use headsets of their choice while others require an approved list of products.

Approval to use any headset on any specific aircraft may vary by the airline, type of operation, by country and even by the aircraft certification organization.

Bose A30 Aviation Headset Review

During the next months we will put the Bose A30 to the test. We will provide you with a thorough review as soon as possible so stay tuned. Let us know your thoughts about this new aviation headset in the comments below, we are curious to hear what you think!

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