good remote headsets

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can someone recommend a good sounding comfortable headset to use with my laptop when I am working remote ? I had a logitech gaming headset it worked well but the build was so flimsy I took them back .  thanks John kb2huk
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kg5eiu

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My Heil Proset seems to work well - with the right adapter you can even use if via USB (iMic)
add another adapter and you should be able to use it on your iPad.....
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Richard McClelland, AA5S

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This headset was recommended by someone.  I don't recall who or why but it was on a ham radio message board.  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005JXAEGS/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2JF4JH72JVD6N&...  ymmv.
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Ray Andrews, K9DUR, Elmer

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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

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Dave - W6OVP

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Thanks Rob, I didn't word that very well so pulled it for a rethink.

I do have an 8 pin adapter for my Heil Handheld mike, and a stereo converter for PHONE, so just hoped to match them hassle free. And it sounds like the mike is good to go so I should be able to use the CM-500 for either remote or local service.  TNX. -Dave
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WARNING:  The Heil Yaesu adapter will NOT work directly with the Yamaha CM-500.  The CM-500 microphone connector is a 1/8" stereo plug with the hot side of the mic connected to BOTH tip & ring.  The Heil Yaesu adapter has a 1/8" mono jack for the mic.  Consequently, when you plug the Yamaha mic into the Heil adapter, the ring is shorted to the sleeve, shorting out the mic.

There are a couple of solutions:

1. I found some 1/8" stereo to mono adapters on E-Bay for about $2 each.. Plug one of these between the mic & adapter and all is well.

2. W2ENY sells adapters for the Yamaha CM-500 on E-Bay for about $30.  (Or, I will make one for you for $15).

73, Ray, K9DUR

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Dave - W6OVP

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TNX Ray. I noticed that. Where do I send the $15? xxW6OVP@arrl.netXX
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Gary F

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I use the Heil ProSet Media with excellent results.  The cost is around $125.
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The CM 500 is about the best I think, I have been using for rag chew with a bunch of guys that pick on audio, and they say it sounds really good.
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Norm - W7CK

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Bill,  Can you post your eq and bandwidth settings when using the CM 500?
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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

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Processor on and level of normal. Transmit bandwidth for rag chew of 50 - 3500


Dave, wo2x



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Here's one I found on Woot some time back.  I've spent hundreds of hours wearing David Clark H series headsets, and this one compares pretty well.  It's a lot more comfortable, and sound much better. My wife even uses one at her desktop.  She finds it that comfortable.

 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.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/301437547803?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

73, N1FNE
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Thanks for the info guys .  I like the look of the razer headset and I have other people compliment the products from this company Razer. thanks again  John kb2huk 
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Still open to other ideas .   Question what is the advantage of usb connection over the two mini connectors for phones and mic if any ?  thanks  John Molenda kb2huk 
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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.

Dave



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Richard McClelland, AA5S

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I don't want to beat this one to death but this product announcement might be interesting to some:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/audio/news/nab-2015-schoeps-hsc-4vxp-headset  I have a pair of the Ultrasonne headsets and they are excellent. 

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.
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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.

73

Steve K9ZW