Headset microphone

The headset microphone comes with a head attachment allowing hands-free operation. It offers considerable freedom of movement and converts human speech into electrically transmitted signals. In conjunction with earphones or headphones, for example, the headset microphone can be used for making phone calls. While telephoning, both hands are free to perform other tasks such as PC work. Headset microphones come in different types and with wireless or wired interfaces.

Various types of headset microphone

Headset microphones are generally used in conjunction with earphones or headphones. There are a wide range of headsets available. Headphones featuring two earcups and an arm-attached microphone support stereo sound, but severely limit the perception of ambient noise. These headsets are also available with a neckband. Single earcup headsets permit better perception of ambient noise. Mobile phones and smartphones often come with in-ear headphones and a microphone attached to the cable. In the case of wireless headsets, the microphone is directly connected to the in-ear headphones via an arm of varying dimensions. Professional headsets generally have a button for muting the headset microphone.

Connecting the headset microphone to the telephone

Headsets with integrated microphone can be connected to other devices, such as a telephone, by means of wired or wireless technology. Various different plugs are used for wired connections. Headsets frequently come with the same type of plug as that used to connect a normal telephone receiver to the telephone. Common types of plug for this purpose are RJ9 and RJ11. System telephones often have manufacturer-specific interfaces.

Wireless connections can be established by various means. The Bluetooth standard is one of the most popular wireless connection methods. All modern mobile phones support Bluetooth. DECT technology can be used to bridge larger distances between the telephone and the headset.

Further information

DECT

Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications, abbreviated to DECT, is the name of a standard for the wireless transmission of telephone calls or data.

DECT is often used for cordless telephony in…

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