Choosing a Videoconferencing Headset

Headsets for Zoom/Canvas/Kaltura Video Chat and Recording

One of the keys to a good online course experience is quality sound. Both the instructor and students should use a headset or dedicated microphone with noise cancelling.

A noise cancelling microphone gives you the ability to talk and listen less feedback from keyboard, electronic activity, air conditioning, and other background noise, as well as reducing interference other’s can hear you more easily.

If you use the built in speakers and microphone in your computer, you may experience office noise, and worse, transmit that noise to the other participants, making yourself difficult to hear and understand.

Most any good headset with noise cancelling will work but the models listed below are a good starting point. The college is vendor neutral and these are provided only as examples.

It is up to you whether your headset is wireless or wired. MANY headsets will fit the need but here are a few to get started. Wireless headsets, while convenient, often require more complex 'pairing' to your computer and you must assure the batteries are charged.

Name Pricing Description Purchasing Option Purchasing Option
Logitech USB Headset H390 $39.95 List Noise-canceling microphone Logitech Amazon
Sennheiser PC 3 Chat or higher $19.95 and up Noise-canceling microphone Sennheiser Amazon
Plantronics Blackwire Series 320 or higher $34.95 and up Noise-canceling microphone Plantronics Amazon
Koss CS95 USB or higher $24.99 and up Noise-canceling microphone Koss Amazon
BlueParrott B250-XT Bluetooth (or higher) $99.00 and down Noise-canceling (89% ambient suppression) Good for Noisy Environments BlueParrott Amazon