Whether you crave a more peaceful work environment, a clearer audio connection to your clients and coworkers during calls and video meetings, high-energy tunes to juice up your workout, private listening at home or work, an adrenaline-pumping gaming experience, or maybe just a great-looking, great-sounding accessory to express your personal style, our options on headsets can help you with your needs.
With so much variety in styles, including wired and wireless models, you may want to consider more than one pair for different uses.
Wireless headsets come in a wide array of styles and form factors from over-ear to on-ear to in-ear. They are great for offices, home offices, and outdoor uses, since they don’t require you to connect to a PC, cell phone, or music player using wires. Instead, Bluetooth wireless technology connects the headsets to your devices, giving you freer movement and fewer tangles.
Behind The Ear Bluetooth
Over The Head Binaural Bluetooth
Over The Head Monaural Bluetooth
Behind The Neck Binaural Bluetooth
Wired headsets connect to your computer, cell phone, MP3 player, streaming device, or other audio device using a wire to a USB port or 3.5mm audio jack. Advantages include excellent sound quality, and the fact that they do not require any batteries. Gamers often prefer wired headsets so they never have to worry about batteries dying in the midst of a heated match.
USB Wired Binaural
USB Wired Monaural
Over The Head 3.5mm Audio Jack
Behind The Neck 3.5mm Audio Jack
Types Of Headsets Explained
Mono and stereo
Headsets are available in single-earpiece and double-earpiece designs. Double-earpiece may support stereo sound or use the same monaural audio channel for both ears. Single-earpiece free up one ear, allowing better awareness of surroundings. Telephone sets are monaural, even for double-earpiece designs, because telephone offers only single-channel input and output.
The microphone arms may carry an external microphone or be of the voice tube type. External microphone designs have the microphone housed in the front end of the microphone arm. Voicetube designs are also called internal microphone designs and have the microphone housed near the earpiece, with a tube carrying sound to the microphone.
Most external microphone designs are of either omnidirectional or noise-canceling type. Noise-canceling microphone use a bi-directional microphone as elements. A bi-directional microphone’s receptive field has two angles only. Its receptive field is limited to only the front and the direct opposite back of the microphone. This creates an “8” shape field, and this design is the best method for picking up sound only from the close proximity of the user while not picking up most surrounding noises.
Omni-directional microphones pick up the entire 360-degree field, which may include much extraneous noise.
Standard headsets with a headband worn over the head are known as over-the-head. Headsets with headbands going over the user’s neck are known as backwear or behind-the-neck headsets. If they are worn over the ear with a soft ear-hook are known as over-the-ear headsets or ear loops. Convertible headsets are designed so users can change the wearing method by re-assembling various parts.
Compatibility and pin alignment
Not all telephone headsets are compatible with all telephone models. Because they connect to the telephone via the standard handset jack, the pin-alignment of the telephone handset may be different from the default pin-alignment of the telephone headset. To ensure a headset can adequately pair with a telephone, telephone adapters or pin-alignment adapters are available. Some of these adapters also provide mute function and switching between handset and headset.
For older models of telephones, the headset microphone impedance is different from that of the original handset, requiring a telephone amplifier to impedance-match the telephone headset. A telephone amplifier provides basic pin-alignment similar to a telephone headset adapter, but it also offers sound amplification for the microphone and the loudspeakers.
Most telephone amplifiers offer volume control for the loudspeaker and a microphone, mute function, and switching between handset and headset. Telephone amplifiers are powered through batteries or AC adapters.
Quick disconnecting cable
Most telephone headsets have a Quick Disconnect (QD) cable, allowing fast and easy disconnection of the headset from the telephone without removing the headset.
A lifter is a device that automatically lifts or replaces a handset off/on a telephone. It is usually connected to a wireless headset and allows cordless headset use on technically primitive desk phones.
Some phones only have a mechanical means of switchhook operation. The lifter allows cordless headsets to be used remotely with such phones.
The phone user presses the appropriate button to either answer a call or terminate a call. The base station’s interface with the handset lifter will take the appropriate action – lift or replace the handset.
The use of a lifter is considered archaic by most technical professionals. Technology from decades ago eliminated the need for such devices. However, many phones, including modern IP phones, still do not have discrete circuitry for switch hook operation.