Choosing a Videoconferencing Headset
With classes moving online across the country, headsets are hard to acquire at this time. Continue to check the links below for availability. There are some local stores that have gaming headsets available and would meet your needs.
NOTE: If you have a computer with bluetooth technology, and you have wireless earbuds or other wireless headsets with a built-in mic, you can use those as well. Make sure to test all headsets prior to meetings or classes.
Test audio using the "Setting Up Audio and Video" section of the Zoom Quick Start Tutorial
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|