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A headset is a particularly useful and surprisingly cheap accessory for your Walkie Talkie.
It can provide great flexibility, enabling uninterrupted communication even in situations where your hands are involved in other, equally important, processes. However, there are so many different types of two way radio headsets around that you might not be sure what best suits your needs.
All the most common types will be briefly presented below, explaining their pros and cons and hopefully making your decision a bit easier.
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List Price: $59.99 The most common headset type is the in-ear headset. It looks and works just like the wired cellular phone hands-free headsets we all know. An earphone is plugged into one of your ears, and the microphone hangs on a cable at the height of your chest.
It’s an easy to use piece of equipment and an excellent all-round performer. The only drawback is that it can not be attached very firmly, so it is mainly aimed at casual users. These headsets can be acquired for a small amount of money as they rarely cost more than $20 USD or so.
A special case of in-ear headset is the in-ear security headset, where the wire leading to the headphone (and the headphone itself) is transparent, to ensure maximum discretion. These types of headsets are usually worn by private security employees, bodyguards etc.
The next most common headset type is the boom microphone headset. This particular product consists of a microphone attached to a boom which brings it very close to your mouth. This allows for low volume talking, and even whispering, to be picked up easily making it an excellent candidate for situations where you have to be relatively silent while communicating.
Another advantage is that they can be attached more firmly to your ear, thus withstanding more abrupt movements. It is, however, rather bulky and might obstruct your field of view and movement freedom a bit.
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Now we’ll start getting a bit more application specific. Two way radio headsets with a throat microphone can pick up your voice directly through sensors attached to your neck. It can pick up your voice even in very loud environments, as the ambient noise is not recorded at all.
This makes them perfect for usage on motorcycles, night clubs and other noisy situations. They are also excellent at picking up very low volume whispers. Pair one of these headsets up with a camo colored two way radio and you’re ready for some serious paintballing.
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List Price: $39.99Another rather application specific headset type is the ear-protective headset. They are used in environments where noise levels are so high that they are potentially harmful to a person’s hearing, like construction sites and airports. They have headphones which are placed inside hearing protectors, safely covering both ears without obstructing communication.
As both of the above types are mostly aimed at professionals, they are a bit more expensive than the usual two way radio headsets. Other types include headsets which can be placed inside safety helmets for construction workers and headsets which can be placed inside motorcycle helmets, as well as some newer and more expensive Bluetooth enabled headsets.
The key to making the right choice of headset for your two way radio is knowing what your needs are and what product can cover them without being overly fancy and expensive.