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Plantronics Audio 995 USB Multimedia Headset with Noise Canceling Microphone - Compatible with PC and Mac
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- Dual 40mm speakers deliver full-range stereo sound
- Wireless connection with 40-foot range
- On-ear controls for volume adjustment and controlling tracks on iTunes and Windows Media Player
- Noise-canceling microphone with Fast Mic Mute feature that automatically mutes the sound when the boom is raised
- Easy plug-and-play setup; no software required, One-year limited warranty
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|Dimensions||3.75 inches x 9 inches x 10.5 inches||7.12 inches x 9.5 inches x 3 inches||10.24 inches x 3.23 inches x 8.35 inches||8.11 inches x 4.69 inches x 2 inches|
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With a 40-foot range, you won't be tethered to your desk while making Internet calls or listening to music. View larger.
Set up is as simple as can be: just plug the wireless USB adapter into your computer's USB port and you're good to go. There's no software to install, no configuration, no hassles. Once plugged in, you'll be able to roam up to 40 feet from your desk without interrupting your PC calls or music. And thanks to the convenient on-ear controls, the .Audio 995 lets you skip tracks and adjust volume on iTunes and Windows Media Player remotely.
Outstanding, Full-Range Audio Quality
The .Audio 995 features dual 40 mm speakers that deliver crisp, clean treble with deep, rich bass. The sound is so clean and rich that you won't believe it's wireless. Whether you're listening to music, playing a game, or watching your favorite DVD, you'll hear every detail.
Make Crisp and Clear Internet Calls
Experience exceptional call quality when you use the .Audio 995 to make Internet calls with Skype or other Internet phone services. The person you're talking to will also hear you with superior clarity thanks to the headset's noise-canceling microphone, which is designed to reduce background noise. And thanks to the Fast Mic Mute feature, you can quickly mute the microphone by simply raising the boom.
Smart, Adjustable Design for All-Day Comfort
The .Audio 995 sports a lightweight design that stays comfortable all day and all night, making it perfect for listening to music during all-night study or marathon gaming sessions. The adjustable headband lets you customize the fit, and the soft, swivel-mounted speakers cushion the ears comfortably.
The Plantronics .Audio 995 Headset is backed by a one-year warranty.
What's in the Box
Wireless Stereo Headset, USB wireless receiver, USB charging cable
Top Customer Reviews
I like this headset. The sound is good, a bit thin for music, but good for skype and gaming, which is what I use this for. It's comfortable, and I love being able to walk around my apartment while wearing the headset and talking to someone.
The bad news, there's a couple little quirks:
-If the battery dies in-use you have to stop using the headset, plug it in and charge it with a usb cable. While it's charging you can't use it (why?)
-Nonreplacable battery, so you are basically paying to use it for a year and a half and throw it away after it stops holding a charge. The usb cable doesn't carry audio (again, why?)
Love the headset, it works well, I just wish they: 1. made the battery replaceable and 2. would have the usb charging cable carry audio so you can use it when the battery is dead.
If I had known all of this beforehand I might have specced out other headsets more before purchasing.
Probably, like you, I was in the market for a headset to use with speech recognition, Skype, music playback from iTunes, etc. But I wanted to cut the cord on my Logitech USB headset. So a few months ago I went out and purchased the Logitech ClearChat Wireless headset. Between this latter headset and the Plantronics 995, there really is not much else on the market as far as non-bluetooth wireless headsets go. These headsets use a USB 2.4 GHz transceiver. This is much better than bluetooth, which constantly needs pairing and has sub-par performance when used with speech recognition, VOIP, etc. due to low bandwidth.
Testing and using the Logitech ClearChat Wireless headset, I was pretty impressed. It worked with Dragon Naturally Speaking/MacSpeech Dictate, as well as with Skype.
However, what I did not like about the Logitech ClearChat headset was that the ear muffs were too small (many complain about it) and there was constant static whilst speaking to someone on Skype (Skype to phone calls). Additionally, the more you move around with the ClearChat, the more static there is, and the range was acceptable but not great. To make my testing objective, I was switching, on the Skype call, between the USB headset and the wireless ClearChat one. The static was only present with the ClearChat headset and not with the USB headset.
So, having read all the great reviews about the 995 Plantronics, I went down to the store, exchanged my ClearChat for a pair. I then phoned from Skype to a telephone (same person) and tested the reception again.Read more ›
Let me start with something that amazed me. I plugged the USB dongle into the computer, started Itunes, hit play and music started coming from the headphones!!! I did not have to configure a single thing. The control panel in WinXP showed the Plantronics as a first device automatically. When unplugged, I had to restart Itunes, but that was it, the sound was once again coming from my main speakers. That level of ease of operation has to be commended.
The sound quality and controls. The controls on the left earpad are volume up, down, pause, play and skip track. They all work as advertised. The volume of the headphones at maximum level is loud, but not very. I can easily tolerate maximum volume, which I could not do with my none too efficient Sony EX51 earbuds. If I had to estimate efficiency in standard terms I would guess ~97db.
The sound is typical of larger and over the ear headphones. For me this sound is exemplified by good bass and slightly inadequate treble. 20-20khz advertised frequency response. For reference the 995 sound better than an old Consumer Reports best buy Sony MDR CD180, but not as good as renowned Koss clip on KSC75 (a true best buy). The 995's treble is actually pretty good, while the midrange has a slight listening thru a pillow quality. I had a chance to compare these to a Altec Backbeat Bluetooth wireless headphones, and find the Altec headphones slightly more accurate despite a slight hiss in the background.
I tested the built in, fold away microphone with windows XP recorder, and once again the ease of setup (none) was amazing. The sound quality was excellent. If you ever consider these for use with Skype or other computer based internet VOIP (phone) applications you will be pleased.Read more ›
From a comfort perspective, the Plantronics are as awkward to wear as they appear in the picture - tight on your head with little cushion and unnatural fit on your ear. Wearing them with glasses is painful after even an hour due to the pressure they apply. The Plantronics utilizes an over the ear headset cup, while the Logitech is "on ear." Usually I favor the over the ear approach (as with my Bose QuietComfort II headphones), however, the Plantronics headset is so stiff that it just grinds on you after time. In contrast, the Logitech could be worn for hours without discomfort (provided the battery lasted that long - see later section).
From a feature perspective, Plantronics is a clear miss. The mute function is accomplished via lifting the mic - vs. the Logitech, which does it via the boom lift OR push button. This may seem minor, but when muting 30+ times a day, the boom lift method gets rather old for quick mutes, and assuredly will add wear to the headset. While muted (in the down position) the Logitech boom mic is illuminated red as a reminder (a truly smart addition). This is obviously not a feature of the Plantronics headset as it does not mute while in the down position.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My boyfriend uses them for work at a call center and loves them. An associate liked them so much, she bought them too!!Published 3 days ago by Carissa
Been using this for over 2 years and it still works like a charm. My brother broke both sides of the adjusting bands but it still manages to work (nothing a bit of tape can't fix). Read morePublished 4 days ago by Kevin
I returned this item, I found it a little uncomfortable, preferred to my old wired headset.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
The headphones worked just fine. Good sound, microphone mutes automatically as soon as I put the microphone away from my face and I do not need to recharge them very often.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
I bought 3 of them ... I rotate them to have charged wireless headset throughout the day. I like this product ... comfortable and durable.Published 26 days ago by R. Phillips
- sound quality is quite good for music/movies (not as good as my AKG studio headphones, but better than most mainstream headphones)
- phone call quality is... Read more