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Works Ok, but has its problems
on 11 September 2010
Read the reviews, and bought this for use on a Mac making some training videos with screen cast software.
Good points: Sound quality is good, as other people have said. Plug-and-Play on the Mac.
But, as other people have also said, it has some problems:
1. Tight on the ears; cups don't adjust their angle to compensate for the angle of your head/ears, so ears get pinched. Uncomfortable to wear after a while. Also makes your ears hot, even in cool weather.
2. Microphone cancels a lot of external sound, but you'll hear a car go past outside your house on the recording, or someone laughing in the next room.
3. The tightness of the headband (and small cups) can cause the front edge of the cups to press on the joint of your jaw, making your voice sound different. This can also cause the vinyl covering of the cups to rub against your skin as you speak, which is transmitted through the plastic boom to the microphone - you then get rustling sounds on the recording.
4. The closed cup design may be Ok for Skype, but (IMO) is not a good choice for recording your voice - you can't judge the volume and intonation of your voice because you can't hear yourself clearly. I've resorted to hanging them around my neck when recording, and wouldn't want to use them for any length of time for anything else.
5. Weird effect (on the Mac) if you unplug the headphones after putting your Mac to sleep ... the Mac will start up again.
6. The USB plug is quite large (it contains the DSP circuitry) - so doesn't easily fit into all USB sockets. I thought I'd be able to plug it into the Mac keyboard (no way) so it has to be plugged into the Mac on the floor. If you have a laptop you may have problems with that also.
7. Cable is thin and fragile - watch it doesn't get caught under your chair leg or in a drawer on your desk (see (6) above)
If I'd been able to try before buying, I wouldn't have bought them.
A better choice (with hindsight) for recording (or voice calls) would be a noise-cancelling monaural (one earpiece) design with a foam ear cover rather than vinyl, similar to the headsets you can use with telephones. Plantronics do them - sorry now I didn't get one instead of this.
I should think this will be used for the present job, then be relegated to the back of a drawer and eventually replaced with a better one.
By the way - don't get the Plantronics DSP 400 with the two plugs and USB adapter either - the plugs can move around and interrupt the connection.