Different aviation headsets are made for different types of pilots. Bose made its first major public debut of its new ProFlight aviation headset at EAA AirVenture 2018. In this article, we have made a full detailed review of the Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset.
About Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset
Within the space of audio equipment, Bose needs little introduction. Although audiophiles tend to dislike Bose equipment, Bose has a sterling reputation amongst pilots.
Many aviators consider the Bose A20 to be the golden standard amongst aviation headsets for many types of craft and the peak of comfort and protection for casual pilots.
With that said, the ProFlight Aviation Headset wasn’t made with the intention of replacing the A20. It’s a totally different type of aviation headset, with a totally different type of pilot in mind.
While the A20 uses the ordinary over-ear passive protection suitable for almost all types of aircraft, the ProFlight is a far lighter in-ear alternative. It’s intended for pilots flying jets and similar moderately loud aircraft.
4.9 ounces of on-head weight helps enhance comfort over long periods of use.
Electret noise-canceling mic increases clarity and reduces background noise when transmitting, specifically for aircraft with “hot mic” or Ptt systems.
Active equalization automatically Shapes and equalizes the incoming signal for enhanced clarity and intelligibility.
Digital active noise cancellation significantly reduces ambient noise, allowing users to lower radio volume and hear what they need to hear, Connectivity technology: Wired
The smallest, lightest, most comfortable headset from Bose, thanks to a unique new form factor.
Engineered for pilots of moderately noisy, pressurized turbine-powered aircraft.
The ProFlight weighs 4.9 ounces, which is stunningly lightweight for a headset of any type, let alone a protective aviation headset. It even compares favorably with the weight of most sports headphones.
In spite of that incredibly small weight, you’ll still find the same signature active noise cancellation as within the A20. Without exaggeration, the result is a level of comfort that may have been totally unavailable to many pilots before now.
As a brand, one of the defining features of Bose is their approach to ease of use. They want everything to be as simple as pressing one button, or plugging in a single cable.
In that spirit, the ProFlight Aviation Headset uses an attached control terminal that allows you to toggle through the active noise cancellation settings. You can switch between three ANC settings, to find the protection most appropriate to your environment.
Seasoned aviators won’t be surprised to hear that Bose used an electret noise cancelling mic for the ProFlight. It’s ideal for dealing with the exceptionally high levels of background noise you’ll experience in an aircraft, even with a hot mic aircraft.
The only thing aviation headsets need as much as hearing protection is sound clarity. Intelligible communication is the bare minimum you can accept, and that clear communication needs to go both ways.
The ProFlight achieves that in much the same way as the A20, with the use of active equalization. It actively inorives incoming sound signals for the sake of clarity. In poor weather conditions, or when other people are using inadequate equipment, you also may find the clarity increased.
For listening to music, the ProFlight is about what you would expect. Provided that you’re in an environment where the ProFlight ANC provides enough protection, the ProFlight offers sound quality that’s fairly excellent.
Bose primarily creates sound quality through proprietary software techniques. Hands-on equalization is what allows Bose to create provide their signature sound on all of their equipment from the $200 computer speakers to $1200 home entertainment systems.
And it’s what allows them to pack that sound into seemingly small headsets like the ProFlight. To Bose, sound quality is less about hardware engineering and more about psychoacoustics.
Their approach to quality audio is about trying to trick the brain into hearing things in a particular way. And they manage to do this even though the underlying physical equipment composing their products can seem unremarkable.
Who Should Choose the Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset?
Whether or not you should choose the ProFlight is largely a matter of what kind of flying you do. The ProFlight is Bose’s smallest and lightest headset.
Its lightweight design is comfortable in a level that bulkier clamp-force headsets can’t hope to achieve. Weighing only 4.9 ounces makes the ProFlight less than half the weight of the A20. For longer flights, the difference in comfort can be phenomenal.
But the Bose ProFlight probably isn’t the right choice for an especially noisy turboprop or piston plane. When the only thing standing between your ear canal and a roaring engine are a few thin sheets of metal, the A20 is probably still your best bet.
If you are in search of a super lightweight headset, especially for turbine flying, the Bose ProFlight is a great choice. If flying in higher noise environments, I would recommend demoing the ProFlight first and see if it fits your needs in those aircraft.