I bought a new microphone/headset combo at the weekend – a Logitech USB Headset 250. A good price at PC World with added bonuses: it’s Skype certified, and comes with 60 free SkypeOut minutes plus a month’s free voicemail. Nice additions to my existing Skype account.
It’s the second headset I’ve bought in less than a week. This one, in fact, is a return-and-replacement for the one I bought a few days earlier. That one – a Plantronics Audio 510 USB – appeared to be faulty as every time I used it with Skype, the mute button would turn on by itself. Every time. Useless for my needs.
I’ve always bought Plantronics headsets until now. I have a Plantronics DSP 400 USB headset. It worked great right up until I stepped on the volume controller a few weeks ago. That resulted in sound out of only one headphone. Then I stepped on it again last week. Kaput – no sound at all.
So I’m happy with the Logitech product. Great sound quality with Skype, both for making calls and recording. And no weird self-muting.
While glancing through the Logitech website support pages – as one tends to do when buying a new product – I came across a useful bit of information about improving
the quality of your audio playback on a Windows PC.
A registry hack and worth doing. Very useful to know.
Thanks for the tip Neville. I’m looking for a Skype phone and will give it a good look. I do prefer handsets though, I must say.
Can you use the headset to record audio with as well, not just make calls?
Thanks for the headset tip.
I wondered if you would be using this Logitech headset for future editions of FIR or do you have a more technical set up for the show?
Keep up the great work.
PS. Will you be attending the PodcastCon in London next weekend?
Yes, you can record audio as well as make calls, Dave. No different to any other microphone and headphones you plug in to your PC.
Mike, I will be at PodcastCon in London on Saturday. I’ll look you up!
Re what we use for FIR, Shel’s the hardware wiz in this regard. He records the show at his end and has the full hardware kit, ie, much more than a mic/headset like this Logitech one. Take a look.
Specific computers have changed since these photos were taken in early 2005 but I think the audio equipment Shel has is more or less the same.