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- Optimized for Windows Live Messenger
- Noise-canceling microphone
- Leatherette ear pads
- Flexible six-foot cable
- In-line volume controls
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|Dimensions||3.36 inches x 10.71 inches x 8.91 inches||3.11 inches x 7.04 inches x 6.38 inches||10.24 inches x 3.23 inches x 8.35 inches||1.34 inches x 1.34 inches x 1.34 inches|
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Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000
Take your audio experience to a new dimension with the Microsoft® LifeChat™ LX-3000. Optimized for Windows Live™ Messenger, this comfortable, high-quality stereo headset gives you the simplicity of USB installation and high-quality digital sound that cannot be matched by analog. Hold clear, private Internet voice calls, enjoy music and movies, and become fully immersed in your games.
Clarity, Comfort, and Convenience
- Digital USB for superior clarity
- Built-in unidirectional microphone with acoustic noise cancellation
- Leatherette ear pads for improved comfort
- In-line volume controls
- Pivoting boom microphone with 180-degree movement
- Flexible 6-foot cable
Optimized for Windows Live™ Messenger
- Windows Live™ Call Button - It's simple to start voice calls. One touch of the Windows Live Call Button lets you see who's online, and you're on your way towards audio chatting.
- Easy Audio Switching - Automatic audio switching from music to your audio call. Simply press the Windows Live Call Button when someone calls you, and your music automatically pauses.*
- Free Worldwide Internet Calling to Your Online Contacts**
Visit us online to download Windows Live Messenger.
*Pauses audio in iTunes® and Windows Media® Player. Other application behavior may vary.
** Windows Live Messenger or MSN® Messenger contacts only/ broadband connection required.
- Windows® 7, Windows® Vista™ or Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) excluding Windows XP 64-bit
- Processor Intel Pentiurm® III 550 MHz (Pentium 4 1.4 GHz recommended) or higher
- Hard Drive: 60 MB free
- Other: Internet access required; access fees may apply, USB 1.1 (USB 2.0 recommended)
Top Customer Reviews
I was right about that. I installed the software first, as instructed, then plugged in the USB cable attached to the headphones. At first I thought I was having problems with the headphones conflicting with my Creative X-Fi soundcard, but I just needed to restart my Media Player and it worked fine (so there was no adjustment needed to my audio devices, even though Windows seems to identify the headphones almost like another sound card).
The ear pads are very comfortable, which is good because the new headset does have quite a bit of pressure on the head. I do have to adjust them from time to time to keep a maximum comfort feel. Music sounded excellent--crystal clear sound reproduction. I listened to a piece that involved a large string orchestra and it sounded beautiful.
Gaming was great. I really wanted a 5.1 surround sound headset, but they're either too expensive or not reliable enough at this point, so I decided to hold off. In gaming, it's fine. I hear footsteps to the left or right accurately and clearly, and voice chat in-game is quite clear (I was in the same room as someone else playing online with me and I was able to hear my voice communication).
I don't use WLM, so I can't speak to its functionality at all.
The in-line remote is fairly useless for any functions other than WLM.Read more ›
The microphone is my favorite component of these headphones. It is responsive and doesn't pick up very much background noise. The windscreen (the foamy thing) eliminates some of the effect of breath sound, and pops and plosives to a certain extent, giving one's voice a more polished sound. You might think of it as a minor feature, and perhaps a little ugly or bulky, but it adds a tremendous value to the headphones in my opinion.
In addition to Automated Gain Control (AGC), there seems to be the option in the Sound & Audio Properties control panel of applying effects to the incoming signal. Maybe it has something to do with the sAPO technology in Windows Vista, but I'm using the headphones on Windows XP exclusively at the moment. There aren't any effects included with the installation CD that comes with the LifeChat headphones, but the idea is intriguing. At least I know that since this headset comes from Microsoft, if the technology develops further I'll be able to take advantage of it. It would be good to apply some effects such as a compressor or equalizer to one's voice, even for something as simple as chatting or making calls online, in order to give one's voice more clarity and punch. In any case, that's all a side point to actually reviewing the product.
I've tried recording my voice (both speaking and singing) into Audacity (a wave editor) and Ableton Live (a music/audio production package) and the results are favorable.Read more ›
- Crystal clear mic picks up your voice with no problems
- Sound quality is excellent
- The headphones fit nicely
- Easy installation, up and running in less then 5 minutes
- There is no clip on the back of the volume and mute buttons, making it slide around your lap
- Have to adjust head headset every so often due to the tight fit around the ears. Makes you feel like you are in an airplane prolong use.
Other then some minor adjustments, this does exactly what I need. As for the whole push to talk buttons and syncing with WLM, I haven't gone down that route, but if you're a gamer, this would be something to definitely check out.
The sound is really nice too, but that probably has a lot to do with the background noise that is removed by the nice fit of the ear pieces.
Note: The 'other' button on the remote isn't currently doing anything. I'm not actually sure what it's supposed to do.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Clear sound and keeps noises out. I use them to listen to ASMR on youtube for my headaches, anxiety, and stress, and I can even sleep with them on. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Cynthia D. Miller
On Microsoft O/S laptops, most added devices simply configure themselves when you plug them in. But this one is made by Microsoft, so that doesn't apply -- they're SPECIAL. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Frequent Traveler
I was hoping for some air circulation with this one but I didn't get that. It is functional for my needs other than that.Published 7 days ago by Heather McDonald
The cord developed a loose connection at the base and rendered it unusable. I liked it until then.Published 1 month ago by Steven L. Yoder
It works great but the on and off part should have a clip on it. Otherwise I would have given it a 5. It is a good product.Published 3 months ago by Jacqueline Reid
It stopped working after 3 weeks of gentle use and had to be returned. When it worked it was decent, the ear cups are not that comfortable. I wish the USB cable was a bit longer.Published 5 months ago by loopless
I like this headset because it has a long wire. It also does alright in drowning out other noises. Why I gave it two stars is because the microphone broke down about 2 months in,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Diana
Yes. A really good purchase. Used them for first time last week. Quite comfortable.Published 5 months ago by Janis V. Forte