As some of you many know, my first business was a virtually based business-focused transcription company. One of my most popular posts, and a question I still get asked a lot is related to headsets and recording devices. This is an updated post from my transcription website.
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Plantronics .Audio 995 Wireless Stereo Headset
*2015 update: I finally had to buy a new headset. It lasted 6 years, had been dropped in water, carried in my bag multiple times a week, beat to crap, and it still worked. But one of my cats got ahold of a snag in the “leather” cover on the ear pieces and tore it apart. I finally gave in and ordered a new one, identical to the one I’d had all this time. New one is awesome too.
*2014 update: Ok. So I’m hard on electronics and stuff. I take my laptop and headset with me a lot so I’m tossing my stuff in my briefcase all the time. One day I tried to pull the USB dongle for my .995 out of my laptop at the coffee shop and it basically snapped in half. I had to get a pair of pliers to get the metal bit out of the port. A little finagling and I was able to fix the dongle. And my five year old headset still works perfectly fine. (Although I probably will replace it this year.)*
*2013 update: Reason #459 I love my Plantronics Headset: My headset is now 4 years old. This week our condo had our carpet cleaned. I had picked up some stuff and moved a table into my bathroom to get it off the carpet… including my headset. Somehow, (I’m blaming Pudding) my headset ended up pushed off the table into the cat’s water dish for an unknown number of hours, while the carpet dried. Overnight in a bowl of rice, and it’s still working fine.
*2012 update: I have now had my Plantronics headset for 3 years. At one point, my USB dongle died. Plantronics replaced with no problems. I know the day Plantronics comes out with a headset this comfortable with a micro-dongle, I’ll be fighting for the front of the line.
*Original Post: I love, love, love my 995 Wireless Headset. In fact, I’m on vacation right now and it’s on my night table in the hotel room with me. I never travel without it and I use it nearly every day. It has a USB receiver which gives it a better sound quality and connection than a Bluetooth device. When I was transcribing a great deal, I would use it for 8-10 hours a day and it was still comfortable to wear. I even gave one away for our business anniversary in February 2010. I also bought one for my Project Manager.
The audio quality is phenomenal. Many times the quality using my Skype subscription is much better than using my cell phone or even a land line phone. The microphone is sound cancelling and I have had instances where my daughter was talking to me and the person on the other end of the phone couldn’t hear her.
The only thing about the Plantronics .Audio 995 Wireless Headset is it’s a little bulky because of the additional padding for comfort. I wish Plantronics made one of these headsets that folded for easier travel.
I could talk about this headset all day but for $55, my best advice is order one now.
So if I love the Plantronics headset so much why do I need another device? First the headset can’t record two or more people well. Second on occasion you may want to record a live speech or interview. Read on for microphone and handheld recorder suggestions. Read more