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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2012
I use a computer for several hours a day, and as I am also blind and use a screen reader and don't want to disturb others, a reasonably good headset is just part of the deal. I also maintain many long-distance relationships via Skype, so a decent microphone is important to me as well. When my last very cheap headset finally shorted out after about eight months of use, I knew I wanted to replace it with something better, but still affordable on a tight budget. I had had a Sennheiser headset once before and had been quite impressed by it, so when I saw this one for such a great price, I took a chance and bought it. For $35, I wasn't expecting just too much in the way of good sound quality, but when I first removed it from the packaging (which, unlike some other models, was very easy to do) and tested it out, I couldn't stop using it. After so many months of using a cheap, flimsy headset, I was in music heaven! By the end of my third day of using it, all my long-distance friends had commented on how much clearer I sounded during Skype calls. I couldn't be happier with it, but it may not be the right headset for everyone. Certainly if you are accustomed to top-quality, very pricey headsets, this may not be the way to go, but listed below are some hopefully more objective pros and possible cons.

Pros:
Excellent stereo sound, renders music and other sounds, such as those of games, very well
Microphone gives very clear sound in Skype calls
Long cord allows for freedom of movement away from the computer
Lightweight and comfortable for hours at a time as well as reasonably sturdy

Possible cons:
Microphone does not do well with recording
Earpieces rest on rather than over the ears and thus do not hold in sound well
Speakers do not sound as if they would stand up to excessively loud and prolonged audio
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2012
Sennheiser makes good headphones. I've had the original PC 31 headphones, and this version is more comfortable to wear over extended periods of time. I wear glasses and the originals hurt my ears after a few hours, these don't. I think it's the thicker ear padding.

The sound is as usual very good, nice bass. The microphone is also very clear sounding, unlike many other headsets by other companies. For the money, this is a quality choice. The Germans really do make some of the best electronics, at least in the audiophile department. They do sit a little tight on the ears (lightly) but it doesn't hurt at all, and you don't notice it when using them (I'm used to a cheap very light pair of headphones). They're pretty light and this is one of the reasons I've chosen this one over the more expensive big professional gaming headsets. Overall, I recommend this version of this headset.

EDIT: Maybe I should write that these headsets use the standard 3.5 mm headphone jacks. I've owned a USB headset before, and I find the headphone jacks to be more reliable. So it's worth noting.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
If you need a headset with microphone no use bothering with cheapo sets. They all look the same but thyey don't function the same. Had a Logitech and another one for $14 and they are useless. The Sennheiser PC31-II works extremely well. The sound is very natural and clear. You really cannot tell how well it works by just listening. It is the microphone that determines the quality. The Sennheiser is tops. Sorry Amazon, had to send 2 sets for a refund but at least now it is OK. You really cannot tell much from the package and printed specs, no matter how beautiful it looks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2013
I ordered one of these to use while I Skype. The headphones hurt your ears (not due to sound, but physical pressure) after about a half hour of use. The sound quality is very good. I had to send the first pair back because the microphone would not stay in place and would flop down to the lowest setting. Amazon replaced it free of charge. The second one worked fine.

I like the fact that they don't occupy one of your USB slots. They use the microphone ports on your PC.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
My title says it all. I voip about 4 hours a day, and the clarity and responsiveness of the Sennheiser PC 31 is great. I also use this headset to dictate speech - and it works exceptionally well.

Most important is that this headset is extremely well constructed. Over the past two years, I have dropped it, slammed it, sat on it, and yanked it out of my computer more times that I care to count - and it still works when other headsets I have owned have failed.

If I ever need to, I will buy this headset again in a heartbeat.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2013
For the less than $30 I paid these things are incredible. The sound quality is good and so is the comfort. These are open ear headphones that rest on the ears and have firm-ish foam cushions. They are a little tight at first but I got used to it fast and it wasn't enough of a issue to cause any discomfort even after wearing them for hours. Construction is all plastic but everything feels solid except for the mic arm rotation mechanism which is why I took a star off. It rotates a lil' too easily out of position but the mic quality is good enough that it doesn't have to be directly in front of your mouth to get a good clear pick up.

The cord for these is at least 6' long and uses the standard 1/8" stereo jack for both the speakers and mic that are appropriately color coded for the ports on the back of a typical PC. No volume controls on the cord which is fine by me. I hate those on cord controls because they tend to be bulky or get beat up fast and fail IME. There are better headphones with mic than these out there but you have to spend upwards of $60 IMO before you really start to see a significant difference overall.

My old headphones were Sennheiser PC230's which worked great until the cats chewed the cord up several times. I would say these compare pretty well to them with the biggest difference being the quality of the mic arm on the PC230. It stayed where you put it. Sound and mic quality is very close between the 2 to my ears.

I would not use these if you're an audiophile but then they aren't meant to please the audiophile either. If you're looking for serious bass you'll also be disappointed.* I would recommend these for PC gamers who are looking for a cheap all around decent to good set of headphones w/ mic as well as general music listening. For PC gaming headphones are the way to go short of a full and properly set up 5.1+ speaker system anyways and are what I use these for. Those "7.1" or "5.1" headphones are not needed and are mostly overpriced snake oil (read: simulated in software) anyways.... unless you're looking at some of the better (read: $$expensive$$) ones that have a dedicated audio processor and/or amp. A good set of ears and headphones are the next best thing to a wall hack in many games. Once you get used to em' you'll never go back to a 2.1 desk speaker set up.

*Look at the Sony XB700 or 600's if you're a bass-head...no mic though which is why I sold mine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2014
This is my second set. Not because they broke, but because they're so good that I wanted more of them! Now I have one set for the office, and one for home/travel. Call quality in both directions is outstanding, and the sound quality for music and movies is exactly what one would expect from Sennheiser - Awesome! I've yet to hear anything bluetooth that sounds as good in any respect.

I use a soft-phone at work, so these plug directly into my computer. For use with my cell phone, I purchased a $6 adapter plugs into the 3.5mm jack.

I've tried Plantronics, Logitech, and a few others - they're all 'good', but these are GREAT! Especially for the $$. You will not be disappointed if you decide to purchase.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2012
It works as a headset OK if you aren't looking for quality or comfort.

The plastic headband is very uncomfortable and not very adjustable, and the sound from the mic is very harsh compared to most other mics.

On the plus side it didn't pop as much as other headsets I've tried. And the sound is OK from the earphones - I just can't wear it for long without it feeling like my head is in a vice.

The cheap plastic headband may be able to be bent into a wider shape, but it seems like it will break.

It does have a long cord.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2013
For the money, you can't go wrong. Very good sound quality in the headphones, as well as in the sound transmitted by the microphone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2013
I bought this to replace my dying Logitech Notebook Premium headset; very sad that they don't make this model anymore. I was very disappointed with this headset. I don't know how this product received five star rating; I want my money back. The problem is I could not use this headset during conference calls. The noise-cancellation feature worked half the time. It failed to cancel the gentle breeze from my fan. Secondly, the sound from the headset fed back into the microphone. I only use this for sound now and don't even have the microphone jack plugged in.
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