Headphones with microphones (or headsets) are suitable for use with PCs and laptops, for gaming, or for internet chatting. Some headphones are equipped with buttons that allow you to take or end calls.Continue
When choosing a headset, you should first consider what you will use it for
Headsets for PCs or laptops
For computers or laptops, over-ear headphones are ideal. In comparison with similarly priced in-ear headphones, they are more comfortable and offer better sound quality.
Headphones for life on the go
For travelling on the bus, train or plane, in-ear headphones are the most convenient as they are lightweight and easily portable.
In-ear headphones, such as ear buds, are ideal sports headphones as they fit snugly in your ears, block out ambient noise, and are more comfortable during hot and sweaty workouts.
What else should I focus on when choosing a headset?
- Directional microphone - picks up sound from only one direction, making it capable of significantly reducing ambient noise. This type of microphone is common in office headphones and expensive over-ear gaming headphones. Headphones with directional microphones are typically suited to call centres or gaming tournaments.
- Omnidirectional microphone - picks up sound from all directions. Compared with directional microphones, they let in more ambient noise. This type is common in earbud headphones and cheaper over-ear models.
- Wired headsets (3.5mm Jack, USB) - compared with similarly priced wireless headsets, they offer better sound quality but less much freedom of movement.
- Wireless headsets (Bluetooth, radio frequency) - with no wires, they offer greater freedom of movement (Bluetooth and RF Headphones with a USB transmitter have a range of about 10 metres from the playback device). Wireless headsets have built-in batteries and must be recharged.
|Connection Type / Compatibility||Computer||Notebook||Smartphone||tablet||Mp3 player||TV|
|3.5 mm Jack|
|Radiofrequency with USB transmitter|
|Lightning||iPhone 5 / 5S / 5C and later||iPad 4 and later||iPod Nano 7th gen., Touch 5th gen. and later|
The data in the table are indicative only. To use the headphones with a particular playback device, both devices must support the same type of connection.
- Closed - dampen ambient noise.
- Open - provide high-quality sound (less distortion) but with some ambient noise.
- Semi-closed - a compromise between open and closed headphones.
Useful functions & features
- Volume control - located on the headphones or cable.
- Folding design - for easy portability.
- Rotating ear cups - comfortably listen to music in one ear (especially useful for DJs).
- 7.1 surround sound - hear where a particular sound is coming from (especially useful for gamers).
- APTX and AAC - codecs for Bluetooth headphones that guarantee higher quality sound.
- NFC - technology used in connection with a Bluetooth headset, which accelerates and facilitates their connection with the playback device.
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