headsets

What's a good Bluetooth headset for his iPhone?

VAVA MOOV Bluetooth Headphones

Episode 1537

Kevin from Missoula, MT

Kevin wants a wireless Bluetooth connection to his mobile device so he can be hands-free. Leo likes the headsets that have a wrap around your neck, but it contains a huge battery to let you listen for hours. Motorola headsets are great. Jabras are also good. These VaVa Moovs have nine hours of battery life and support APTX Bluetooth. The Anker Soundcore is a good speaker option.

Why doesn't my Bluetooth headset work?

Panasonic KX-TCA430

Episode 1515

Diane from Chicago, IL

Diane needs a cordless phone headset that will give her a hands free experience with her Ooma VOIP phone number. She bought one, but the caller can't hear her. What are her alternatives? Headsets can easily break. So before she spends money on a brand new phone, she should just try to replace the headset. Leo recommends the Panasonic KX-TCA430 for $17. There's a good chance it's a standard headset.

How can I use my old headset with my new computer?

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2 In/2 Out USB Recording Audio Interface

Episode 1158

Darla from Oceanside, CA

Darla bought a new computer and she sees that her headphone jack also works as a microphone jack. She does an outdoor sports podcast and needs to use her old headsets with it, though. Leo says it's true that new computers use the headphone jack as a mic in as well. This is by far the worst way to get audio into the computer, though. Leo advises using a USB audio interface. It will take any microphone, even professional grade XLR mics, and connect it into an interface that will convert the analog signal into digital data that will be transferred over USB. That will eliminate any RF noise.

How can I use my headset on my computer for phone calls through a landline?

Episode 902

Keith from Tampa, FL

Leo says that Plantronics has a hybrid headset that will switch between bluetooth and the land line, but there are plenty of options.

Another option is Obihai. It links to Google Voice and it'll ring his phone when someone calls his Google Voice number. It's dirt cheap at $37 and there's no monthly service. This doesn't have 911 service though, so it's probably still a good idea to have a landline that has that in addition.