Headset for iOS use?

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Which wired headset to use for best xmt audio when using iOS to control flex?
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David Decoons wo2x, Elmer

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I've had very good success with the Bose QC20 earbuds with an iPhone 7 Plus. They are active noise cancelling so good when flying and sound great when listening to music.

I also use a Plantronics Voyager Legend Bluetooth earpiece.

Dave wo2x

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Surprisingly I have been getting superb audio comments from the Apple Ear Buds that came with my old iPhone...I also use an inexpensive Logitech Bluetooth Headset - again with great results

The point being... your Flex Radio has a great audio equalizer built in to the radio software.

\With a little work 

- See NM9P Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LytzQGpE5ZM

you can adjust your audio coming from your iPad to almost broadcast quality without the need to acquire expensive mikes....

Frankly - due to weight and other travel restrictions, my apple ear buds have become my primary go to headset and mike... they are small and fit in my shirt pocket

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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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I have been looking for a good iOS headset to use. Bluetooth or not, doesn't matter.

Is there a cable for the Radiosport headsets that will work with iOS? That would be preferred. 

I love my bose QC25 (especially for air travel, it makes a long haul flight so much more tolerable) but the included microphone is awful. Equalizer or not, it sounds terrible.  Besides, I want a boom mic. 

Any other recommendations? My priorities:

Noise canceling (active or passive)
Good mic
ABility to travel (carrying case) would be a bonus.
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I tried a pair of these with my Bose QC25's but they are very cheaply made.  The wire was very thin and they didn't hold up after only a few trips.  Tx sound quality was fair to average. 

Cal/N3CAL
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I also bought these and have the same comment.  The wire is hair thin and broke within two days.  Customer service, however, was excellent.  They send me a new one.  I then got the Antlion 4 ( https://antlionaudio.com/products/modmic-4 .  It is of very good quality.  I used it a lot on my npota activations.  but never could get the eq set to as good as the radiosport. If I could get the radiosport mic into a bose headset I would be in heaven.....

roger
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Yah! I searched and searched and finally settled for the Logitech bluetooth headset. I love it. No noise cancellation, but my local contacts on 6 meters give me good ratings on the audio quality. Earphones are "on the ear" design. May be a drawback on a plane..... but easy to carry.

Audio on HAM sideband is very limited in bandwith! The Flex 6k has great control over receive and transmit audio with the provided equalizers. Why pay a lot for a headset that can never expand your audio listening?

Enjoy!
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Stan
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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Well I have the Bose for airline use. Comes in handy as I sometimes do long haul flights (last two were to Buenos Aires and Seoul from NYC). So that is not super important. More of a nice to have. 
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The Logitech headset has been available for a few years. It is comfortable and highly adjustable. The mike extends from the headpiece only a few inches and folds up into it for storage. Logitech also supplies a USB dongle for laptops. I use that with a windows laptop and smartsdr. I've tried using Vox with the iPad and it works nicely. Nice to roam around while gabbing.

Stan

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My only complaint is that the foam disintegrated after several years of use Easier to buy a new one than screw around with the foam
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I have a set of the Logitech as well and like them. But I have gotten excellent reports with both the built-in iPad and iPhone microphones, and the little white ear buds that came with my iPhone 6.

They key is to spend some time setting the TX EQ and other levels.
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I have a set of the Logitech as well and like them. But I have gotten excellent reports with both the built-in iPad and iPhone microphones, and the little white ear buds that came with my iPhone 6.

They key is to spend some time setting the TX EQ and other levels.
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I agree 100%. I mostly use the Apple Earbuds now unless I feel like walking around. Then I use the Logitech. Ken is 100% correct ...it takes EQ adjustments no mater which mike we use.
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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My ears are too small. Apple ear buds don't fit.
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Al / NN4ZZ

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Yikes, these Lithium  battery fires are getting even worse.   Didn't say what brand...

https://www.yahoo.com/news/headphone-batteries-explode-flight-australia-070000773--finance.html

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... music was to Hot !
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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Last flight I was on, the gate agent had a sign that said "Note 7 banned on board" and they were very serious. She asked to look at my phone and when I showed her it was an iPhone she let me on board... This was with Aerolineas. Not sure what other airlnes are like with it. 
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Chris - I bet she was listening to the May 9, 1977 Grateful Dead show at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.   That was one hot show!  I had a bootleg of that show on cassette until my tape player ate it.  Now I have the Internet!

https://archive.org/details/gd1977-05-09.mtx.seamons.98168.flac16/gd77-05-09d1t01.flac
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Mine are not wired but Bluetooth.  I've been using a Blue Parrott B450-XT headset!  It's very comfortable and has great noise canceling  performance.  I've been getting great audio reports with it and many comment they cannot tell I'm operating remote.   This headset is very popular with truckers. 

 https://www.amazon.com/VXi-BlueParrott-B450-XT-Canceling-Bluetooth/dp/B01M3MMFA5

Cal/N3CAL 

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Logitech Bluetooth headset arrived yesterday.

Impressed with the TX audio quality. It rivals my radiosport.

Lack of noise canceling is a sacrifice but I can put up with it for some portable use.



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I stopped using it because I rarely get on iOS. That said it's just "logitech bluetooth headset."

It's not noise canceling. So now I use an Antlion ModMic 5 and a bose headset.


Ria
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Thank you.
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Ria, I bought a set like yours. I am running SmartSDR on a PC remote and can't get the microphone to transmit and work with the Flex 6700. Can you send me your Flex settings by email. Thanks!  rguidry at na5q.com

Roland
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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Roland - I'll post them here because I want everyone to see them (knowledge benefits all).

SSDR must have "PC" set as the mic device. It's in the P/CW panel. 
In Windows you should have the mic set as the default communications device. 

Ria
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Thanks Ria that worked, after I change Micro Array to Default and Microphone to Default Communication.
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The Bluetooth VXI BlueParrott B450-XT has really good noise canceling.  I've been using in the mobile for a couple weeks now and it works great!  Everyone I've talked to is really impressed with the audio!  
My only request would be if the iOS App PTT was a bit larger and easier to see on the screen.   Maybe a custom sizing adjustment?   That would really help. 



Cal/N3CAL
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Consider getting one of these and setting it up as a PTT button.  I use it on another remote software package that runs on Android so I am not sure how to configure it for SmartiOS.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LUNAA2O/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

John K3MA
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This is the one I use.  I got it from Radio Sport.  I amazing reports on it.  Not only that, it is great for just listening to your iPad or Android device.  He put full range drivers in the headset so you get full fidelity audio.  I use mine all the time now. 

Dave Bottom, sells them.  I don't see it on his web site yet, but you can contact him at http://www.arlancommunications.com/products/amateurRadio/.

Ask him for the RS55SL.  

Mike va3mw


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Mike va3mw

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Here is a picture of his brochure
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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I really like this. I may order one.
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While not inexpensive, it is incredibly comfortable.  I actually used it on the Maestro 1/2 of WPX and loved it.

73
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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How is noise isolation?
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I use a Logitec headset with boom mic and get great audio reports. Also use the Apple earbuds with good results. RX audio range is great for weak signals. Ive tried using my Jabra wireless earpiece, but the audio is real tinny and people report its missing lowend, no matter how i adjust the eq. I just orderred the Airpods and am waiting to get them. I like the wireless capability. Will see if they work as good as the wired version that comes with the iphone. Will report back after i get them.
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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Earbuds don't work for me. They don't fit in my ears.