Many reasons help explain why ‘calls’ are much more pleasant for those who have good headphones. Of course, you hear the better caller. The voice is much clear because the sound quality is much better than the built-in speakers of your PC or laptop.
In addition, helmets usually have a built-in microphone. Not only do you hear your interlocutors more clearly, but they also understand better what you are saying.
There are hundreds of helmets, in all price ranges. Which should you take? An important consideration is comfort. You are likely to wear the helmet for hours. The only way to achieve this is to have a helmet that offers a pleasant feeling and touch.
Most helmets allow you to tighten or loosen the headband, but that’s not always enough to make them truly comfortable. Some people like their headphones to be heavy and close to their ears, while for others they can never be light enough: they want their ears to ‘breathe’. That is why it is good to try the helmet before buying it although this is less obvious with an online purchase.
In a cocoon
Also, ask yourself if you want a helmet”noise reduction“. This technology filters ambient noise leaving you in a kind of sonic cocoon.
When the system is working properly, the results can be amazing. Especially if your children are at home while your video call or you work in a noisy environment, these types of headphones are worth considering, despite the extra cost they usually come with.
And depending on the technology used to connect them to your computer, there may be a lag. This means that there is a slight delay between when you say something and when your interlocutors hear it. It can get quite annoying after a while.
In addition, don’t forget to charge the headphones regularly, because they have a battery. To avoid disaster scenarios – you discover five minutes before an important call that the batteries are flat – you can usually connect the headset to the computer by a wire anyway.
Three headphones price categories
1/ Poly Blackwire 3200 series
For those who want to dedicate a modest budget to their helmet, American Poly, a specialist in office communication equipment, launched its 3200 series. It is delivered with one or two earpieces (one with mono sound will do) and is equipped with both a c USB type connection and a connection via a 3.5mm jack.
The microphone can filter ambient noise (passive noise reduction), so it won’t pick up noises from co-workers or a barking dog. These are basic earbuds, with no frills, so no thick, luxurious pads. There is no wireless connectivity or active noise cancellation. On the other hand, you get away with it for about 50 euros.
Like Poly, the Danish Jabra focuses mainly on headphones dedicated to professionals. The Evolve2 65 is a model wireless that can last up to 37 hours on a full battery charge. It will take you an hour and a half for a full charge. There is no active noise reduction, but according to Jabra, Memory foam ear cushions are able to block out most ambient noise due to their special design.
Another interesting feature is that the red light turns on automatically when you are on a call or in a meeting. This way, your colleagues (or your children) know that you must not be disturbed. The Jabra sells for a recommended retail price of approximately 300 euros but we found it online much cheaper: about 160 euros.
2/ Microsoft Surface Headphones 2
Microsoft also ventures into the field of audio headsets and markets this luxury model. the microphone is not located in front of the mouth, but is built into the ear cups. The headset can therefore be used as a “normal” headset but is just as suitable for telephone calls or video conferences.
The setting in function is original; it is done by turning the wheels placed on the headphones. On the right ear you can adjust the volume, on the left ear you can adjust the level of active noise cancellation since the “Surface Headphones” are equipped with this function.
In tapping on the ear shells you can also stop and start the music or skip to the next track. Even accepting or rejecting a phone call is done with a touch surface. The Surface costs approximately 270 euros.