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Bose A20 Microphone Replacement

How to replace a Bose A20 Microphone

Over the years, we've gotten countless questions regarding instructions for replacing the microphone on the Bose A20 aviation headset. Replacing headset mic boom is a fairly easy process that can be accomplished within 5 to 10 minutes. Although this blog post will focus on the Bose A20, the procedure is the same for the Bose X (A10).

There are many reasons why a pilot may choose to replace headset mic boom on the Bose A20. The most common reason is due to a damaged microphone or faulty connection caused by a break in the microphone cable due to years of rotating the mic boom. Another reason a pilot may wish to replace the microphone could be that they want to switch from a low impedance 5 Ohms mic (commonly found on the military version of A20 with the U174 helicopter plug) to a high impedance electret mic so that the headset can be used in a G/A aircraft. If the reason is the latter, and the headset will be used in an aircraft with a G/A dual plug connection, then an adapter, such as the U174 to GA Adapter will also be needed or the U174 cable will can be replaced with a A20 twin plug cable.

To get started, all you need is a small Phillips-head screwdriver such as a #1 and a replacement microphone such as the Bose OEM Electret microphone.

We can also install the microphone for you. To get started with our headset repair service, click HERE.

Step 1: Detach the down cable

The first step is to remove the headset cable assembly (down cable module) from the headset. This will make the process much easier. This is accomplished by removing the two screws that secure the cable assembly to the headset.

A20 Cable Assembly Removal

Step 2: Remove the housing cover

Once the cable assembly has been removed, you can now disassemble the microphone housing assembly and remove the cover. Again, just two screws.
 Bose A20 Cable Assembly

Bose A20 Microphone Removal

Step 3: Unplug the old mic

In this step, you will gently unplug the mic cable (white connector) to remove the old microphone. Once this is done, you can now reverse the process and connect the new mic.

Bose A20 Microphone Removal

Step 4: Put everything back together

When putting the microphone assembly back together pay special attention to the tab markings. Replace the microphone assembly cover and secure with two screws. Finally, reconnect the cable assembly to the headset and tighten the screws.

Bose A20 Microphone Removal

Congratulations! That's it, you're done. Now test everything out then go fly. As a special thank you for reading the blog, here is a coupon code for 7% off of a replacement microphone: A20MICBLOG03.



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