Wireless headsets

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First let me start out by saying that I really dislike cables and cords, therefore I'm trying to find the best wireless headset and microphone solution possible.

I had been using a Jabra wireless headset for a number of years with great success.  The problem with the Jabra is that it is monaural - only covers one ear so doesn't cover stereo. 

Lately I've been using an inexpensive set of wireless stereo headphones that are designed for watching TV or listening to your tunes from a stereo amp.  I use them at night for SSB or for when I'm running CW.  They hook up directly to the Flex, provide stereo which works great on the Flex (diversity etc.).  Problem is the wireless headphones don't include a microphone.

Now I'm in the process of looking for a new headset.  I've come across the HyperX gaming headset which is USB.  That would mean I'd have to plug them directly into the computer and deal with the latency issues.

I always have a PC or laptop running even when using my Maestro, so I am assuming I can run the headset through a computer and remote into the Flex even while using the Maestro?  

Does anyone here use a wireless headset?  What works well and what is the best way to configure them.  Is the latency a major issue? 

It would be nice if Flex offered a wireless headset that would work directly with the 6000 and the Maestro.  One headset, both devices. WOW.... Until that happens, I'm searching......

Norm - W7CK
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Steve W6SDM

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Do I hear rumors of Bluetooth coming to the Flex6xxx?
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Norm - W7CK

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The problem as I see it with Bluetooth is that each device requires specific drivers.  That would be nearly impossible for Flex to ever implement yet maintain.  I hope I'm wrong, but that's the way I understand it at the moment.
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Steve - Nope.
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K1UO - Larry

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Steve,  you may have heard Maestro Bluetooth rumors but not the 6X00 series.
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The nice thing about rumors is that you only believe the ones that appeal to you. 

I just got fitted with hearing aids that are Bluetooth compatible.  I can control them from my iPhone or iPad.  When they get here, I can't wait to plug a Bluetooth adapter into my Flex and see how that works.  I can remote from the breakfast table and the XYL won't have a clue what I'm doing.  :)
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Your best bet is going to be in the gaming arena. There are lots of wireless headsets for game consoles (Xbox, Playstation). The Turtle Beach brand comes to mind.
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I use a cheap Bluetooth device to plug into the phone jack and to my Bluetooth Bose QC35. If you turn on the monitor function you will hear an echo. With the monitor function turned off it works fine. I have only used it to receive audio and not to transmit, but the QC35 does have a mike built in.
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Norm, I've been using a Logitech Bluetooth headset (H800 I believe. it's not currently with me)  for awhile now with great results. Latency has never been an issue at all with my setup and knowledgeable people tell me it sounds good and unless I had told them they would have never known it was wireless. Rechargeable battery life is 5 - 6 hours and I quite like it.
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Correction to my previous post. The H800 does seem to charge on USB without interfering with audio. Maybe I'm thinking of an LG HBS-1100 headset I have (not suitable for ham use). 

I'll have to give the H800s and the Plantronics a try on the bands someday.
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I gave my H800 another try last night.  While I still have the issue of low mic gain, the headset does work fairly well.  I still have to have the mic gain all the way up though.  The headset has the microphone built into the left side.  If I speak directly into the left side of the neck wrap around, it works quite well.  Its just a pain having to hold it up to my mouth so I don't do it very often.

This headset has great mic gain while using it paired to my phone.  I don't understand what the issue is when used with my laptop.  If I could get this one issue addressed, I'd be an extremely happy camper.

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Are we talking about the same headset? My logitech H800's are not neck wraps and the mic is on a foldaway boom on the right side.



I still haven't checked the microphone sensitivity.  In Radio Setup under the Phone/CW tab there's a +20dB button. I think there's also a gain control in Windows sound setup.

I have a set of LG neck wraps. I wouldn't trust the microphone being tucked under my (bearded) chin and not sure how the ear buds would feel after a few hour session. Over-ear with a boom seems like the best setup.
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Oops, I was referring to the LG H800.   Sorry. Thanks for clarifying with a picture!

I thought the +20dB was for a directly connected microphone.  Are you saying it also works when running REMOTE to a PC where you have your H800 headset plugged into?
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I was wrong about the +20dB. I was just looking for things for you to try and was way off track with that one. Sorry about that.

It doesn't surprise me the neck band where the microphone is under your chin has low mic gain. I have that problem with my LG HBS-1100 and people complain about my low audio on phone calls all the time. There's probably some precise location the mic has to be in for it to work well. Too bad because they are very comfortable.

Having an acoustically opaque beard apparently, I need to get the mic out in front of my mouth. The Logitech H800 and the Plantronics Blackwire C720-M both seem to do a good job. The Plantronics is meant for call centers where long wear (and irate customers) are the norm. I think the H800s are intended for gaming and while they feel plasticky they are pretty darn comfortable.

I'm hoping both do a good job with SSB. I have some other good options but these lightweights are comfortable. Now I have to get up the guts to "talk". Darn mic shyness.
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There are some really nice wireless aviation headsets with VOX for transmit control.   Starting price is $1000-1200.   They are VERY comfortable, being light and designed for mega-hours of wearing.    

 I know of no amateur or gaming brands that don’t start hurting my ears after several hours.

 

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Glenn W0GJ

 

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I would like to purchase headphones for my husband. But have now idea what To get. I've read your comments and still have no idea what to get. Please help
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Norm,

Why not replace your single ear Jabra headset with a dual ear like this ?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Jabra-PRO-945...

I've been using one of these for years. The range is great.

...Gary