Tips to help you choose the right headset

Recommendations for speakers and interpreters to help them choose the right headset for great audio during an event.

Good sound quality has a direct impact on the success of online and hybrid meetings and events. 

Here are some characteristics that all active participants in multilingual events should consider when choosing a headset: 

  • Wired headset, not wireless

    Using wired headsets will ensure glitch-free transmission, providing the peace of mind that your headset won't lose connection. 

  • USB headset, not jack

    Because of their connection type, USB headsets are inserted into an open USB port that bypasses your computer’s sound card. This means that they use their own sound processing system and not the sound card of your computer like jack headsets do. If you use a jack headset and your computer's sound card is not good, most likely your sound quality won't either be, even if you use an expensive headset.
  • Noise-canceling system

    The noise cancellation feature uses components to block the ambient noise so it effectively improves sound quality too. 
  • Acoustic sound protection

    Particularly useful when speakers don't have a noise-canceling microphone - or don't wear one at all - and all types of noises can be heard. Also recommended if you wear a headset for many hours a day to ease the strain on your hearing.
  • Good sound output

    If you can't use a tabletop mic, the headset should also ideally have a boom mic that can be moved so that it can be well placed in front of the mouth and prioritize the voice over background noise. 
  • Comfortable 

    There are plenty of choices out there: double, single-sided, or bone conduction headsets... whatever makes you feel comfortable as long as they are USB connected to the computer. 

We have tested over 200 headsets in the RSI environments and recommend the following devices, in accordance with the AIIC reference guidelines for RSI:

  • Sennheiser SC 660 USB
  • Sennheiser SC 260 USB
  • Sennheiser SC 160 USB
  • Sennheiser SC 75 CTRL
  • Sennheiser SC 70 USB CTRL
  • Sennheiser PC 8.2
  • Jabra Evolve 40 USB
  • Jabra Evolve 20 USB
  • Jabra Evolve link MS
  • Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000  USB