Headsets are those accessories that are increasingly becoming an integral part of our lives. Many of us find it quite difficult to do away without one of these pieces of hardware’s, especially when we are on the move listening to good music or wish to converse in a hands-free manner. Armed with a pc microphone, headsets can go a long way in affecting your conversations- personal as well as professional, gaming sessions, determine the success of your relationship with your customer and even your experience listening to your favourite numbers.
So what do you need to know before buying the best headsets? Let us just see what are the things you should keep in mind if you are planning to buy an ideal headset of yourself, because the ‘best’ headset is very subjective and heavily depends on the needs and lifestyle of the user.
Mono or Stereo- You will come across headsets with one speaker benefiting the consumers seeking high quality experience from older recordings and those that come with speakers for both the ears benefits the ones who are more inclined towards the stereo effect. People who want to converse while enjoying music can always decide for a headset with microphone.
Wired or Wireless – You will get wired as well as wireless headsets and headsets for personal use providing you an immersive musical experience. Headsets with microphone that are demarcated for call centres, telephone-intensive jobs, etc are also extensively available. In store for you a number of options and they are divided as headsets for mobile phones (iPhones, Mono Bluetooth, Sports headsets, Stereo Bluetooth), PC Headsets for Internet telephony/ VOIP, Music and Entertainment, gaming, Professional Gaming, etc.
Voice Quality and Range – This has to be one of the most important aspects when you are buying a headset. You need to know how it works and be very particular about the voice quality it ought to deliver. Also, things like whether it works within a short or an expanded range (if a Bluetooth headset) and whether it can be paired with other devices, e.g. your mobile phone, should not be ignored.Compatibility- Before you consider buying a particular headset, you first need to see whether it works with the hardware you have or not. Keep a tab of your hardware’s specifications and also whether it supports wireless headsets, Bluetooth headsets, whether it has USB ports, stereo audio jacks, etc. Ergonomics- The headset needs to provide wearing comfort and be designed in a way that would not make the wearer feel burdened. It should, therefore, offer customisable comfort for long hours of usage.
Types – There are open-back headsets that sit on top of / over the ear, and are very comfortable and lightweight. But they do not provide much isolation from the surrounding noises which may interfere with your listening, and might as well let others get a hang of what you are listening. Closed-back headsets on the other hand, prove to be a better option for noise isolation as they cover the ear with a tight seal. And then there are special noise cancelling headsets that you may take your pick from. These effectively obstruct / reduce ambient noise and ensure high attenuation. They are perfect if you are in for a listening work that takes place in a loud environment