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Explaining some headset terms

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One of the gotcha’s in the headset world today is that of UC vs. other. UC headsets are designed to work with your computer, your phone or to work with both. The difference being that some UC headsets are locked or are paired with a USB key some are open and can pair with anything. UC represents the headsets designed for voice communication via your computer. If you don’t have a Voice Over IP account (this includes Skype and others), you don’t need a UC headset. But in the future, you may have a VOIP (Voice over IP) connection. Based on that I would recommend you consider if you are headset shopping getting one that is built to do both.

ANC is another interesting problem, it is the new automated noise-canceling system. The better the headset the addition of both an ANC microphone and ANC earbuds or headsets. Personally, I have one in the ear headset (The Polycom reviewed last week Polycom 5200 UC). I use it on my work computer to connect to my VOIP phone or sometimes called a soft phone. I have a couple of other headsets, and they come in a variety of types.

• Over the ear headset

o One ear

o Two ears

o Wired

o wireless

In the ear headset

o One ear

o Two ears

o Wired

o wireless

The reality of headsets, though is that you, the user, have to need headsets and want the type you get. In my house, there is one person that doesn’t use headsets at all. There are three people that, like in the ear headsets. The last person like over the ear headsets. I suspect you can also look directly at the number of hours spent talking on the phone because over a week I talk on the phone a lot more than anyone else in the family. Based on that, I like over the ears and ANC microphone and headset. For me, I like ANC headsets that allow me to use them while I am outside walking (noise-canceling Microphone) on an airplane (Noise-canceling ear headsets) and rechargeable.

More earpiece and headset reviews to come! I wanted to share a picture of the market today, so people understand why and what a headset did for them.

  • Do you own a headset (including the one that came with your cel phone!)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you have a 2nd headset?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Is ANC important to you?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you like wired headsets?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Or do you prefer wireless?

    • Yes
    • No
  • or have we reached the Doc, please stop talking about headsets point?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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  1. I don’t own a headset and don’t know a lot about them.
    However, I have a question, since I don’t know a lot about technology.
    I would like to know if listening to a cell phone or headset can cause illness. Some people say it causes cancer.
    If there is no excessive use, I don’t see a problem.

    • The argument for cell phones and cancer has some merit.

      1. A cellular phone is receiving a signal from beyond the phone. That field can if exposed extensively cause issues. But as you said it does require excessive use. Excessive use is something people are arguing. Right now it is around 6 hours a day of the phone pressed to your ear.
      2. The use of headsets actually doesn’t have that issue. Well, it does, in the sense that it is creating a field near your ear but the amount of time you would have to wear the headset is well, more time than you could even wearing them 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

  2. Q: Do you own a headset (including the one that came with your cel phone!)
    Yes (7 votes) – 88%
    No (1 votes) – 13%
    Q: Do you have a 2nd headset?
    Yes (3 votes) – 38%
    No (5 votes) – 63%
    Q: Is ANC important to you?
    Yes (1 votes) – 14%
    No (6 votes) – 86%
    Q: Do you like wired headsets?
    Yes (3 votes) – 33%
    No (6 votes) – 67%
    Q: Or do you prefer wireless?
    Yes (3 votes) – 43%
    No (4 votes) – 57%
    Q: or have we reached the Doc, please stop talking about headsets point?
    Yes (6 votes) – 67%
    No (3 votes) – 33%

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