I highly recommend the Yamaha CM-500 headset. It is made for the music industry & is well constructed. It comes with 1/8" plugs for both mic & headphones, so it will plug directly into your computer soundcard connectors Two 1/8" to 1/4" adapters are included so the headphones can plug directly into your radio, also. The microphone has an electret element, but a battery box is supplied to provide the bias voltage.
The headset is MUCH more comfortable than the Heil. I can wear it for hours over my glasses with no discomfort. I can even wear them with my hearing aids in place.
The best part is the price. They go for $55-60 on Amazon.com.
73, Ray, K9DUR
I bought the Heil Proset Elite with the IC element. I've also bought the Pro Set Plus replacement earpads. The Elite earpads are round and a little small to fully go over the ear. For the additional $9 the Pro Set Plus earpads are oval and more comfortable.
The laptop I am using is the Acer Nitro Black Edition. The sound card has a combo mic/earphone 4 pin 3.5 mm connection. I bought an audio splitter cable from Micro Center http://www.microcenter.com/product/437911/6inch_35mm_Speaker-Microphone_Jack_Splitter
The laptop supplies the voltage for the IC element.
here's my settings for rag chew operation when running remote
- 63 +4
- 125 +2
- 250 -1
- 500 0
- 1k +1
- 2k +2
- 4k +3
- 8k +3
Processor on and level of normal. Transmit bandwidth for rag chew of 50 - 3500
I can use it with our without the mic boom. It disconnects easily and it comes with a cover plug for where the boom disconnects.
It's a little "artsy" with all of the Battlefield 4 graphics, but that doesn't bother me much. Nice thing also, the headset terminates in a TRRS 1/8th plug that fits my Galaxy 4 phone perfectly. Now it's dual-duty. It comes with a "Y" cable to break out for computer use. Not bad for the price.
The USB connection will create a new sound card device. I found better results running the internal sound card on the new Acer Nitro laptop. I did try the Razer headset but returned it. For whatever reason I had issues under Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 with the USB headset not being able to put out enough audio level.
For the on board Realtek audio I turned off all effects and have the record device level slider set to about 60 and get excellent reports.
One thing to note about the Ultrasonnes is that they are very sensitive. They pick up a fair amount of hiss if plugged directly into a Flex 1500. I alleviated this issue by using a separate headphone amplifier (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002I9S12/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and adjusted down the gain to reduce hiss. Another solution is to use a pair of Bose headphones instead as these have a switch for hi/lo gain.
I'm currently using a USB adaptor and my favorite set of David-Clarks - I think that set is a 10-30 - for remote and a RadioSport carbon at the rig.
The DC's are not light and unless you find a used set they are an investment, but they are also life-time gear that you wouldn't destroy if you wore them everyday extensively. Ditto with the RadioSport sets.