Headset USB microphone

headsets_allSo: you sit at a desk making a ton of calls over Skype, Lync, or some other VoIP client all day, and you want a USB headset that will help your callers hear you better. But you also would like to be able to enjoy music while you work, so the sound quality has to be decent. And to top it off, the headset has to be comfortable and light. For the money, your best buy is the Microsoft LifeChat LX-6000. It sounds fantastic, has some great features (including the best-sounding mic in the field) and is under $40.

If you’re willing to put up with a slightly worse-sounding microphone with slightly worse noise-canceling in the name of saving a few bucks, the $25 Plantronics Audio 478 Stereo is your best bet. And if you want to add Bluetooth so you can connect to your phone as well, the ~$120 Plantronics C720 can do that and was the best-sounding when listening to music. It has a battery so you can walk around while taking cellphone calls, but the cord isn’t removable so you’ll have to tuck that in your pocket or on the included clip when you’re not plugged into a USB port. Finally, if you must have one wireless handset to do everything (including landlines), the $230 Plantronics Savi W720 Multi-Device Wireless Headset System is your best bet. Just be aware that this is best suited for work only—USB wireless audio isn’t really good enough quality to listen to music.

Why a USB headset?

Why a USB headset and not simply use the in-line mic on your usual headphones? In a word: clarity.

Why a USB headset and not simply use the in-line mic on your usual headphones? In a word: clarity.

Unlike in-line mics that don’t have enough power to actively cancel noise that a mic might pick up, a USB headset can have active noise control. In addition, a boom mic can can be positioned directly in front of your mouth, blocking out external noises while also avoiding the need to shout. The mics themselves should be of a higher quality and have wider frequency response to more accurately capture your voice than in-line mics on headphones.

What makes a good headset?

Boom mics on a good headset should be able to to swivel out of the way when not in use. A swivel feature enables you to use the headset as headphones when not in a call.

Headsets should also offer in-line remotes that enable one to control volume, answer calls and mute the mic without having to fumble with menus. All the headsets we brought in for testing had these features, but not every headset on the market has all of these available.

Higher-end headsets may also have extra features: indicator lights to alert others that you are actively in a call, wireless capabilities and the ability to connect to other devices than just your PC. As a result of all of these features combined, you can focus on your call without distractions, knowing that the person on the other end is able to hear your every word.

Where are the headsets with ⅛” phone jack connectors?

They haven’t been made yet—at least not with all these features. Here’s the deal: running the features on these headsets take a little more power than your average pair of earbuds. In theory, this can be more than a ⅛” jack can offer, so companies use the USB power to compensate. Honestly, we’d love to see a ⅛” phone headset with a little battery pack akin to what powers active noise cancelling in headphones. That could power the noise-cancelling mics in headsets, while allowing for maximum (tablet, mobile phone, etc) versatility. Gaming headsets offer this option already (as do a few very expensive headphones) but none of these are suited to the business professional and none are portable.

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Using a microphone/headset on g4 powerbook?

by bilbo89000

Hey,
I need some help-
I don't know much about apple components, I'm a PC user myself, but my friend is trying to use a microphone/heaset on her G4 powerbook and she bought one at radio shack that doesn't work. I didn't know radio shack carried any apple components (or maybe thats why it doesnt work) but the one she bought has two imputs, one for mic one for speaker... and her powerbook only has a speaker jack so obviously the mic doesn't work.
What does she need to do?
I told her she needs to go to the apple store, not radio shack, but I am assuming she needs a USB

IMICRO iMicro IM320 USB Headset
Personal Computer (IMICRO)
  • Speaker Diameter: 40 mm
  • Speaker Frequency: 20 ~ 20 KHz
  • Speaker Impedance: 32ohm ± 15%
  • Speaker Sensitivity: 110dB ± 3dB
  • Microphone: Mic Diameter: 6.5 mm Mic Sensitivity: -58dB ¡À 2dB Mic Impedance: 2.2Kohm ¡À 15% Cord Length: 2200 mm

Gadgets from Hyderabad, Fin & more  — Free Press Journal
These include microphones, headphones, telephony accessories, and avionics headsets for consumer, professional, and business applications. Sennheiser was in the news recently with the launch of its PMX 95, PCX 95 and PX 95 headphones in India.

Popular Q&A

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Delay in mixcraft with autotune?

When i use mixcraft with my blue yeti usb microphone, and choose the 'monitor incoming audio' setting it works just find with no delay to my voice. But once i flick on the autotune effect setting there's a small delay in my voice making it really distracting to use. Why would this be and how can i fix it?

As you've found, some effects can add latency. That's because it takes time for the effect to process the audio. You can try reducing latency in general by trying WaveRT exclusive mode in the sound device preferences (assuming you don't have Windows XP). You can also try downloading and installing ASIO4All, which is a generic ASIO driver. ( That would give you the option of using ASIO mode.

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