Any recommendations for a headset/microphone combo for use with my laptop and SDR?

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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Usually, anything will do as long as it is of decent quality.  I use a Yamaha CM-500 and get great results.
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Gary F

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Heil ProSet media is an excellent choice.
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Mike, K7QDX

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I don't know Tim, my friend has a Flex 6500 and states that he's gotten more complements on his audio from a cheap $9.00 Chinese made headset then anything else. He even went out and bought a spare. 
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Rick- K2RB

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Check out the new Radiosport headset designed for computer Arlan Communications.   I ordered one at Dayton and love it.  
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Wayne VK4ACN

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Do Arlen attend Dayton? I will be there in2018
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David Decoons wo2x, Elmer

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I will second the RadioSport Traveller headset. Lightweight and designed with the new style combined TRRS connector found on newlaptops.

I give it two thumbs up!

Dave wo2x
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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If money is not a factor and you want to buy the last set of headphones ever, get the Radiosport with the wide range condenser element.
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Michael Aust

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Got the RadioSports Headset, much better than Brand H
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Over the last 10 yrs. I have had several dozen headsets from $25 up the $400 range to date the best I have ever used are the Radiosport. I use one with my 6500 and the Maestro both also a second set for my Yaesu, Icom, Elecraft. radios just change the cables for what ever radio you have. Like above I have the cable for a laptop also.
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Jim KJ7S

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Hear here on the cheap side of headsets. I am still using an old radio shack head set and mic with a C-Medis USB ported sound card and it works great whether it's running through the Flex via the Dell laptop, or on skype or remotehams, it all works good, and I leave the EQ settings on the Flex the same as they normally are for "normal" mic input.
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Jim Runge

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The Yamaha CM-500 is a great bang for the buck.  I use it with my Maestro remotely.
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K1UO - Larry

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Here I use the new lightweight RS50SL Radiosport headset.  It has the right angle 3.5mm Mic and Phone plugs that plug directly into the Maestro.  There is a nice quality PTT switch built into the headset cord also..  but i prefer my footswitch plugged into the Maestro.for PTT.  When I first bought the Headsets from Arlan Communications this particular headset was not even listed on their Website.  A quick check of the site found the below info:

RS50SL SuperLight Flex Bom-Mic headset

Finally a rugged, Boom-Mic headset with performance your QRP Elecraft KX2/KX3, ELAD FDM-Duo, Yaesu FT-817, or even FlexRadio Maestro deserves. Built using a rugged Flex Boom and an Aviation grade Electret-Condenser Mic. We've got a rugged attached cable with an InLine PTT switch just to make it easy to use.

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Tim - G7GFW / F4VQP

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Senheiser PC7 or PC8 or Plantronics 'Black Wire'. They are all USB connections and work very well with my 6300. Often get reports of excellent audio whichever I am using. 

At around 25€ in Europe, they are cheap enough to experiment with. I set them up with the graphic equalizer to suit my rather husky voice.

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Jay -- N0FB, Elmer

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I've been using my Heil Proset 7 (black) on my Maestro and with my MacBook Pro (with an adapter). I've received many compliments on my audio.   The headset is heavy, but with the gel ear pads and top band padding you don't notice it much.  Great headset!
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WW1SS - Steve

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Jay . . . You using the electret element or the dynamic element. I would assume dynamic as I don't think you can bias an electret on a computer . . . Correct??
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Jay -- N0FB, Elmer

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Dynamic is correct.  No phantom power for an electret.
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Jay.  I will be getting my Flex 6400M in April from what I have been told.  What adapter are you using with your Pro7.  From what I read, there is one but only 8 inches long.   
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While the Yamaha CM-500 are not expensive (ie not cheap), they are probably the best value.  I went through this exercise about a year ago. 

They are light weight and fit around your ear, the ear cushions do not rest on your ear.  The heil's and radiosport headsets are heavy and there is quite a bit of compression, ie they are clamped on your head.

The mic works well with my 6700.  Be aware you need a stereo to mono 1/8" adapter for the mic in order for it to work with the flex.  I use a Heil Yaseau mic adapter between the mic and connection on the front of the 6700.

If you have shack noise issues the heil's and radiosports may be the way to go.

I understand KOSS has come out with a new gaming headset and are similar to the Yamaha's.

You can't go wrong withe CM-500's.  If you don't like them you can probably sell them and recover a good portion of your original cost.

Rich - N5ZC
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I've received many excellent audio reports operating remotely on Windows laptops and tablets with the Yamaha CM500.   Light, comfortable and inexpensive, it is hard to match in performance and value.  PCs and Windows tablets normally provide DC bias at the inputs for common condenser microphones. However, in situations where proper DC bias is not available, the CM500 includes a separate dongle with batteries to provide the necessary bias voltage. 

Good luck and 73, 
Larry KB1VFU
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If you want to be wireless the Logitech H600 and H800 work very well.  You can use bluetooth or the the USB dongle.  I prefer them over my Yamaha CM500.  Lighter, fold up smaller and more comfortable to wear.  They even make a model that will pair with the Apple iPad/iPhone.
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Have several Heil Proset Plus headsets that my really nice brother sent to me - FREE!!!  OK I paid shipping..   Which Flex adapter do I need to get to connect to 6600M??
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Good question.  I have a Heil Proset and an adapter for my current FT-1000MP MkV Field.  I am trying to find out if I need a new adapter.
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I have a pro 7 headset Heil.  Posted a few days ago looking for an adapter, but don't see any replies. 6400M will be here in due time.
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Rich - N5ZC

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I'm using a Yaesu adapter that is plugged in the front of my 6700, works like a champ.

Rich - N5ZC
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Does the 6700 use the same adapter as the new 6400M?  The micro jack is a 1/8 inch phono plug that goes to the back of the Flex??
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Joe Conover

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I’m getting Radiosport with the wide range condenser element. .For 6400M I tried every headset almost made being almost deaf I need use Ampifier in line

Heil get feed back very and other s

I used a friends RadioSport no feed back and my amp sounds powerful and voices are very natural

I don’t under the following of Heil lots my friends complain about feed back and broke wires and connections it’s like Don’t Ask or Tell with Heil .
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I've had great luck with the RadioSport headsets.  I have several and also have sets for my vintage S-Line gear.

You really did the right thing by trying options until your needs we best met.

I've also had good luck, with an adapter circuit I purchased, with a David-Clark and a Peltor aviation headset.  I would not recommend set out to use a aviation headset, but since I had them I wanted to attempt to make it work.