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Headset Reviews

Updated: Apr 16, 2014 02:21
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#1
alaScore 100

Sennheiser G4ME ZERO

Audiophiles and gamers are two wildly different audiences. You can certainly be both, but it's hard to be both at the same time. Audiophiles want excellent sound quality that reproduces the audio source purely, without any sorts of tricks or tweaks to...

16 expert reviews | 39 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Bose AE2W

Despite a few question marks and a high price, the AE2w headphones are a very good-sounding Bluetooth pair that's lightweight and very comfortable to wear.

12 expert reviews | 1142 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Plantronics RIG

Since this is a Plantronics product, you may expect some kind of Bluetooth support, so I should point out that Bluetooth is not supported in this version. It’s not hard to imagine that other versions could be built with fancier options at some point,...

12 expert reviews | 49 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Jabra REVO

Often, the headphone brands that try to reproduce deep bass frequencies faithfully (say, Grado or Sennheiser) are overshadowed by those that tend to boost them a bit too much (say, Beats). And then you have the Jabra Revo ($199 list). I'm not sure I've...

22 expert reviews | 535 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma

The Sigma is not as a headphone for music enthusiasts. In fact, they sound way different than the other Creative earphones. For gamers however, it makes better sense. The audio module doesn’t do a lot for the headphone. Quality is decent, maybe a tiny...

80 expert reviews | 2673 user reviews

#6
alaScore 97

Urbanears Kransen

The era of cheap earphones sounding like garbage has swiftly become history. It's now possible to recommend pairs around $50 or less now, when a few years ago I cringed at the thought. The Urbanears Kransen, at $39 (direct), is an in-ear pair with a...

3 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#7
alaScore 97

Plantronics 89200-01

Buying an audio product requires balancing your priorities for sound quality and price. If you can spend a lot on a pair of headphones, they're probably going to sound great (with certain distinctions between the models). If you can't spend a lot,...

15 expert reviews | 3092 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

Turtle Beach EAR Force XLC

If you’re a serious gamer with a mix of media passions - and a bit of a control fetish - it’s hard to go wrong with the XP Seven.

23 expert reviews | 384 user reviews

#9
alaScore 96

Focal Spirit Professional

Hi-fi sonic sensibilities from a stylish pair of at-home or out-and-about cans

3 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#10
alaScore 96

Steel Series Siberia V2 FULL SIZE IPOD/Iphone/IPAD

Conclusion If you’re looking for a gaming headset for your PC that boasts a good microphone, decent sound, and won’t break the bank, you’d be hard-pressed to do better for the price than a set of Steelseries Siberia V2s. They’re not perfect, but they...

153 expert reviews | 3363 user reviews

#11
alaScore 96

SteelSeries H

At the £270 level, a gaming headset needs to not only be devoid of significant issues, but also be a really refined and awesome addition to your game-playing experience.

3 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 96

Sol Republic RELAYS

The marketing behind the SOL Republic Relays claims that they're "crossover" earphones, combining the superb fit of exercise-focused pairs with the excellent sound that exercise earphones supposedly lack. This is a pretty bizarre notion—the Sennheiser...

3 expert reviews

#13
alaScore 96

Parrot SA PF560000

The Parrot ZIK touch-activated Bluetooth headphones we’re having a look at here will cost you a cool $399.99 USD from several different sources – Brookstone and the Apple Store carry these beasts and they’ll be popping up elsewhere as well (sooner than...

29 expert reviews | 785 user reviews

#14
alaScore 95

RHA MA-600I

What we find most exciting about the new MA600i and MA750i in-ear headphones from RHA is the handmade drivers. Often we see manufacturers putting the same drivers in every one of their offerings. Here, we have different, purpose-built drivers for each...

3 expert reviews | 55 user reviews

#15
alaScore 95

JBL Synchros

If you're looking for flat response-style headphones that color the sound very little and offer an accurate frequency response, let me save you some time: No need to read this review. The JBL Synchros S400BT is aimed at those of you who live for...

3 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

#16
alaScore 95

Marshall Monitor

Rawk-themed headphones have been popping up more and more lately—we recently had the Motörheadphones Motörizer storm into our labs, and now we have the Marshall Monitor. At $200, the Monitor is a classy homage to the legendary guitar amps. But it's...

5 expert reviews | 45 user reviews

#17
alaScore 95

RHA MA750I

British maker RHA has been in the headphone game for some time, mostly focusing on the lower-end market. The MA750i is the company's first foray into a higher end model: coming it at a list price of $129.99, it enters a crowded space of $100-150 units...

4 expert reviews | 54 user reviews

#18
alaScore 95

Razer USA RZ04-00700100-R3U1

The gaming hardware market has expanded in India and the number of accessories that are available today seem nothing short of being impressive. The market is flooded with gaming mice, mousepads and headphones and all the big names have made their...

87 expert reviews | 3732 user reviews

#19
alaScore 95

Klipsch X4i

Bass-boosted earphones are so much the norm at this point that to release a pair with merely moderate bass response almost seems like a gamble. So, credit is due to Klipsch—the X4i, at $149.99 (direct) represents the mix with clarity and brightness,...

2 expert reviews

#20
alaScore 94

Klipsch STATUS

Klipsch’s Status offer superb style, roughneck durability, and a smooth, well-balanced sound signature that we’d be happy to take with us on our next journey abroad, or just down the street.

2 expert reviews

#21
alaScore 94

Plantronics Voyager Legend

The Plantronics Voyager Legend CS is priced at Rs 12,000, plus an additional 10 percent as taxes. This is too expensive considering the Voyager Legend, minus the charging dock, can be found for a lot less online. The CS version is designed for...

10 expert reviews | 4868 user reviews

#22
alaScore 94

Harman Kardon Precision CL

For those looking for a great fit, fantastic sound, and a handsome design, we highly recommend taking the Harman/Kardon CL for a test drive.

12 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

#23
alaScore 94

Sol Republic 1211-OKS

Money can't buy you love, but 100 bucks will buy you a better set of headphones than we would have thought possible before we strapped Sol Republic's Tracks to our noggin.

12 expert reviews | 1125 user reviews

#24
alaScore 94

Jays A-JAYS ONE

For the uninitiated, Jays is a no-frills, stylish Swedish brand that makes affordable earphones—usually in all-white or all-black. The Jays a-Jays One+ is an update to one of its entry-level models—the plus sign stands for the addition of the inline...

59 expert reviews | 1145 user reviews

#25
alaScore 94

Jaybird BBX1 Bluebuds X

Exercise earphones have improved so drastically over the last five years, it's hard to believe how bad things once were. Now, sweat-proof designs that fit secure are the norm, as is big, booming bass response. The JayBird BlueBuds X ($169.95 direct)...

6 expert reviews | 1822 user reviews

Buying Guide

Buying Guide - Headsets

Whether it is for a standard telephone, cordless phone, cellphone, or computer, a headset is becoming the most popular way to listen in to an electronic device. Headsets offer optimum mobility, outstanding reception and sound quality, and eliminate the fatigue that can come from holding a handset to your ear for an extended period of time. Many people do not know what they have been missing until they experience firsthand the comfort and convenience of using a headset.



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Types of Headsets

First you will need to select a headset that is appropriate for the device you will be using it with. There is some overlap of types, but check for compatibility before buying:

Standard Telephone Headsets – These are extremely useful, indeed required, for professionals who have heavy phone duties. Hands-free use of the phone allows you to simultaneously use a computer and perform other duties while maintaining contact with a customer or co-worker.

Cellphone Headsets – Hands-free cellphone use is an increasingly popular option, and may be required in some circumstances. Many jurisdictions now require the use of a headset or hands-free device if you want to make or receive a cellphone call while driving.

Computer Headsets – These are primarily used by dedicated gamers, and add to the immersive experience of gaming. Headsets may deliver improved sound quality performance over standard computer speakers. They are also useful for people who use their computers for telephone applications.

What to Look for in a Headset

Over-the-Head vs. Over-the-Ear: Over-the-Head models are more secure and require less fuss. Over-the-Ear models are less visibly intrusive: they won't mess up your hair or interfere with glasses or a hat. Recent developments include several models that can convert between either style.

Binaural Receivers: This simply means that the headset has two receivers, one for each ear. This provides improved sound quality and some noise reduction.

Noise Canceling Technology: This is a requirement for busy office environments, and provides for clear reception and hearing despite abundant background commotion.

Microphone Configuration: For many consumers , this is as important as the sound quality of the earpiece. A microphone mounted on a longer boom will make your voice sound clearer and stronger, and reduce background noise, the perfect solution to a busy environment.

Connectivity: Most corded and cordless phones will require a small adapter to accommodate a headset. Most cellphones offer plug-in compatibility. Wireless connectivity is quickly becoming the most preferred method, with Bluetooth technology leading the way in ease and convenience.

Popular Headset Brands

Nokia, Sony, and Motorola are all known for quality products across a wide range of performance specifications and price points. Plantronics is a lesser-known name, but has enthusiastic fans based upon its well-reviewed headsets. BlueAnt specializes in headsets that utilize the latest in Bluetooth technology. Sennheiser offers a number of high-end models for consumers who value quality over affordability. Creative has carved out a niche for itself as a provider of high-quality headsets best suited for computers and gaming purposes.

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