Best Headphone Microphone
Reviews of Headphones with Microphones
A headphone microphone lets you chat with your friends or loved ones over the internet — here we present three of the best headphones with microphones for your selection.
The proliferation of the internet and related technologies have forever changed the way in which we lead our lives. That which was just a distant fantasy till yesterday is today a reality, thanks to the internet.
We can talk to our friends without the telephone with the innumerable messengers and VOIP phone services.
We can make the computer read to us with the help of word to voice software programs and even speak to our trusted PC's with similar tools that make voice recognition possible.
Then, there is the immense entertainment value that we derive from the internet; from watching movies and listening to music to playing games with our friends who are sitting hundreds of miles away and even watching our favorite sporting events as they are relayed to our computer screens, everything is possible today.
However, it would be incorrect to assume that the internet is just fun and games.
It is also a surprisingly efficacious business tool that helps businessmen to conduct meetings with their clients and associates around the world without budging from their seats. Interviews are being conducted online and students are learning a plethora of subjects in virtual classrooms.
The applications of the internet are simply mind boggling; however, to avail all these benefits, you will need a good headset/microphone that helps you to communicate clearly.
Most headsets are not particularly expensive, so it is recommended that you go with a model known for its impressive performance.
While durability should not be a major concern; given the low price of these pieces, reliability should rank on top of the list of attributes that you should be looking for. After all, the last thing you need is the headset dying on you in the middle of an important call.
Here is a look at three models currently available in the market. These headsets are at various price levels and manufactured by reputable companies.
Cyber Acoustics Stereo Headphone Microphone, Ambidextrous Design AC-201
Cyber Acoustics is a leading producer of computer audio products and has been scaling new heights in the computer peripherals market with their top of the line products for the last 15 years.
The company has made its presence felt in various markets including North America, Australia and New Zealand. Recently, Cyber Acoustics announced their decision to introduce a line of high end gaming products.
Given their track record, it should not be surprising to find an array of headsets from the company.
The Cyber Acoustics Stereo Headphone Microphone, Ambidextrous design AC-201 is at the lower end of the price spectrum but do not let the low price tag fool you; the headphones and the microphone are very powerful and clear.
The headset is easy to use and comfortable with soft ear pads. The piece is light weight, so you can keep it on for hours without any discomfort. The headset has very good features for its price range.
However, the plastic arm that holds the microphone is not particularly sturdy and prone to breakage.
Although, the company replaces all defective products without hassles, it will be inconvenient to use the piece with the microphone holder broken even after you tape it.
Best price on the Cyber Acoustics
Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Headset
The software giant, Microsoft has finally entered the hardware arena with computer products.
The company is known to offer several high end products including computer peripherals such as keyboards and range of pointing devices.
The Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Headphone Microphone is a sturdy piece with a strong head band; the ear pads are soft making it comfortable as well as convenient; the 3.5 inch headphones completely cover the ears reducing external disturbance; the microphone also offers impressive noise reduction capabilities.
The headphones look bulky but are ideal for chatting, listening to music or making calls online; they are light weight and will not make your head and ears sore after extended use.
One of the advantages of buying this piece is the availability of a remote that can be used to control live chat features, volume and the mute button.
Unfortunately, the headset only uses the USB interface with no analog jack which means that you may find it tedious to use the model if you have too many devices connected to the computer.
Best price on the Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000
Zalman Microphone Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone
Zalman is an industry leader well known for its manufacture of innovative and high quality, noiseless computing products.
The company built a niche market for itself in the midst of manufacturers who were busy touting their noisy product in a world where the customers were looking for quiet, cool solutions.
The Zalman Microphone Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity headphone microphone is another high end product from the company.
This is a standalone mic that works very well with most Sennheiser products. It is extremely light weight, easy to use and store. Once you clip it on, you can just forget all about it and let the mic do its job without any hassles.
The problem is that the mic is omni directional which means that you should be sitting in a relatively quiet environment to get good performance out of this piece.
If you are looking for a good gaming microphone that will pick up your voice loud and clear even when it's clipped to the desk; this is the ideal piece for you.
Best price on the Zalman Microphone Zm-Mic1
All the three headphone microphones offer good performance, sharp sound reception and a powerful microphone that relays sound without distortion; however, your choice should primarily depend on the application.
If you need an all purpose headset microphone for regular applications like chatting, watching movies etc, the Cyber AcousticsStereo Headset/Microphone, Ambidextrous design AC-201 will be appropriate for you.
The Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Headset is ideal for professional as well as personal usage; however, you may not find this model appropriate if you are using several USB devices.
If you are looking for a gaming microphone, then the Zalman Microphone Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity headphone microphone will be an appropriate choice.
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