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I bought this headphones for my job, where I am often required to be on Skype calls, but also to listen to the odd bit of music or video.
I found this model in Argos for £14.99, which I felt was a reasonable price for the brand and also the sturdiness of the headset. I've had many issues with other headsets, where they are flimsy and don't really last particularly long. This pair came in a heavy duty plastic bubble (the sort you can never open easily), with ample instructions. The headset has a really long lead compared to other similar models and I am able to move around my desk freely when plugged in.
The headset also looks very smart in a black and light grey design, although some might say this was boring. One of the best features it he soft padded bits around the ears as they are snug on your head but don't press on any uncomfortable areas and allow you to wear the headset for some time without any sign of discomfort. The width of the headband is also something I appreciate, as it stops the headset from sliding around too much. One issue I've noticed with a lot of other headsets is that the microphone 'stick' remains in position and 'stiff' if you like, for a month or so, and then the whole thing goes loose, but so far so good (6 months) with this pair. The microphone stick is also bendy so you can put it into a position that suits you.
My only criticism would be the controls that are half way up the wire. They have useful functions - volume and muting capabilities, but I find that it's really easy to accidentally mute yourself on a call, which is awkward. The volume isn't quite as sensitive as I would like, but for this price it's a fantastic headset.
I'm not a gamer. I'm a grown up person who works for a living, then comes home to spend time with his family. But I do have a laptop on which I listen to music and sometimes use Skype, which means that I need some headphones. I did a little research and eventually splashed out the princely sum of eighteen pounds on Microsoft's LX-3000. The reason that I chose these was mainly that they had proper ear cups (more later) and the sound quality was supposed to be reasonable, especially for the price.
What you get is a pair of heavily padded ear cup style headphones that completely enclose the ear in a big padded foam ring. This pretty much blocks out all external noise meaning that you don't need the volume as load - which is good for your hearing in the long run. The plastic headstrap on that links the two earcups together is solid and adjustable for every head size, and it's sprung strongly enough to keep the ear pieces clamped to your head. The unit as a whole is comfortable enough but I'd have liked the ear cups to be slightly bigger as I have rather large ears so they tend to sit on my ear lobes and the rim of my ears rather than enclosing them all in. It can get a little uncomfortable after prolonged use, but it's not a serious problem.
Attached to this is a boom microphone which has a foam cover around the business end so that it doesn't pick up your breathing or blowing onto the mic. The boom stick is fully adjustable via a swivel at the junction to the earphone and the stick itself being bendable all the way along its length. You can really bend it to whatever position is most comfortable for you.
The headset connects to your PC or Apple machine (compatible with both) via a 1.8 metre long cable. That's plenty long enough for sitting at the keyboard, in fact it's long enough for oyu to get up and have a little stretch while still wearing them. Just don't go for a walk or you'll drag your laptop off the desk. In the middle of this cable is a little control pad which allows you to answer calls, control the volume and mute the microphone, and they all work great. There's a little red light that tells you if your mic is 'live' or not, which is handy.
I have to say that I'm impressed with them. I got a great surprised when I plugged them into my laptop (via a USB plug) and they just worked! No set up, no discs, no long wait. I just cabled them up and received a message saying, 'your new hardware is ready and available for use.' You can't get simpler than that.
As for the sound, well it's great. A nice mellow bass end and none of that horrible hissy treble you get with some cheaper headphones. I'm not an audiophile so I don't demand perfect sound reproduction but with these I get nice, clear sound from my music and spoken word recordings (they're great for listening to audiobooks or educational disks) and they're brilliant for Skype conversations. The sound that I hear is better than a normal phone call and the mic apparently puts my voice across really well too.
All in all, a great product at a reasonable price.
I was told about the LX-3000 a few years back by a friend, so decided to purchase one. My overall opinion of this headset is, amazing. The quality, of both the microphone and the headphones is amazing. Crisp, clear sound from both of them!
The headset is powered via USB, which means it is a plug-and-play headset. Plug it in, and away you go. There is a small circular remote half way down the cable with 4 different buttons and an LED light. The buttons allow you too mute your microphone, increase the volume level, decrease the volume level and open up Microsoft LiveCall (if installed). All of these functions make use easier. Definitely a great headset if you Skype a lot.
Everything with this headset seems pretty wicked. But, there is one flaw.
The headset is comfortable for a while, but after so long your ears can start hurting. This is cause by the rubber padding over your ears. It doesn't surround your ears, it sits on them. Causing them to be constantly pinned against your head, so when you take them off, they tend to hurt slightly. Prevent this by removing the headphones for about 10 minutes every half hour or so.
The Microsoft LX-3000 is compatible with both Windows and Mac, so don't be put off by the fact it is a Microsoft product. You can buy this directly from Microsoft for only £24.99. This price is great, considering the quality of the headset!
I purchased this headset as it was a USB style connector and this would make it easier to attach to my PC (which has front USB panels and no front headset connector) - I wasn't expecting much at this price but I was blown away by how good they actually are.
The headband is adjustable, the ear cups are comfortable (enough so that I can wear them all day and not have any issues) - They even fit well with my glasses, unlike some other competitors.
Sound quality for the microphone is excellent and headphones are crisp as well, though possibly lacking some bass. Volume can be an issue at times though this is potentially the fault of the PC. The inline controls are helpful but sometimes in the way.
Works perfectly on Windows XP, Windows 7 and Mac OS X (Snow Leopard AND Lion) - Skype compatible (my main use for them) so you can be safe in the knowledge that you're buying some decent equipment.
Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 is my current headset. My main use of it is to talk to friends over the internet, so when looking for a headset, this one seemed appealing as it has a Noise Cancelling feature.
The only problem I have is that after about 1 1/2 years use, if the wire that goes between the headset and the volume control get wiggled, it makes a buzzing noise to the people listening and I have to sit pretty still with it on so that doesnt happen. This is probably my own fault though as I have dropped the headset quite a few times, However I would definately buy this headset again as a replacement.
* COST *
This headset has dropped in price from when I brought it and you can get it anywhere from around £15 - £30 depending where you buy it from. This price range in my oppinion is very reasonable for it as it has some good features and is of high quality. This usually includes the Manufacturer's 3 year guarantee.
* QUALITY & COMFORT *
The sound quality of the headset is very good with a nice bass. The microphone is also very good and you can expect people to hear you crisply and clearly. Barely any background noise gets through, so far from personal experience, the only thing that's got through the noise cancelling is my very loud Doberman's bark.
The headset is made of a very sturdy plastic the and microphone is flexible so can be positioned however you like. It features a nice long 6 foot cable which helps you to feel less restricted.
It has detachable free floating leatherette ear-cups which make for a really comfortable feel and fit. I've found I've been able to sit for hours on end and they haven't caused any discomfort.
* EASE OF USE *
This headset is very easy to set up and use. Within 30 seconds of plugging it in it was working. The in-line volume controll is very handy and it includes a mute button and a button to accept incoming calls when using it with certain voice chat programmes.
* FEATURES & TECHNICAL BITS *
Noise cancelling microphone.
In-line volume control with Mute function.
Adjustable headset and microphone.
Optimised for Windows Live Messenger.
Leatherette ear pads.
Flexible six-foot cable.
Sound Output Mode: Stereo
Compatible with Windows 7
Manufacturer's 3 year guarantee.
When I was originally looking for a headset in order to talk to friends on-line, I was a little overwhelmed by the selection available, as well as the huge range of prices. I ended up buying two relatively cheap products in the hopes that at least one of them would be good, and I can definitely recommend the Microsoft Lifechat LX-3000. The sound quality is excellent for the price, and the microphone is impressive too. It works seamlessly with MSN messenger and Skype, and is good enough that I now do all my personal music listening through the headphones rather than using others I own.
My only issue with these is that they are rather delicate; being quite a clumsy person I have already managed to break two of these units. They are very cheap though, so it's not a big deal having to buy a new one. When I inevitably break my current one, by sitting on it or some such, I will not consider any other product to replace it.
The headset is available for under £15 on Amazon, and I can't recommend it enough. There are headsets being sold at around the £100 mark, but don't be put off by the relatively low price; these are not a cheap botch job.
I'm not much of an audiophile, so I wont go in depth with regards to treble, bass and all those things.
What I can tell you is that these headphones are extremely comfortable, if you're looking for a cheap headset to game on they are perfect. They have a small interface a short distance from the headset which allows you to mute the microphone, turn volume up or down and start a Windows Live Messenger call.
When playing Counter Strike: Source, I can hear enemies clearly at distance, this is ideal for the gamers amongst us. However if you wish to simply listen to music I find they're also good too, they are quite bassy but I find them clear and of good quality. So if it's late at night you can still listen to music/game/watch a film and not disturb anyone, perfect!
After long durations of wearing I find I hardly have any ear soreness which is also an ideal feature for headsets, as most will be wearing for a long period of time. You can be assured that they are perfect for that.
I also would like to point out that the microphone clarity is excellent, my online friends tell me that they can hear me exceedingly well, which is expected from a device aimed at communication.
The price is low, the quality is high, what more can you ask for?!
Simply put, this is the very best headset I ever owned, absolutely flawless.
I am at my computer for a lot of hours during the day whether working, trawling the internet or whatever. I use a number of programmes that involve audio and I vastly prefer to have the sound direct to me rather than open for anyone to hear as it is with speakers.
With this in mind I have always used headphones, and I would easily go through 2 or 3 a year as the wires would get caught and frayed, or the ear or mouth piece damaged, the jacks broken, all the little things you can imagine, all because I was prefering to buy cheaply. then about 18 months ago, I got fed up when yet another headset died on me, and decided to bite the bullet and buy a High quality one and damn with the cost. And man am I glad I did, these things have proven their worth a hundred times over, when I bought mine, from Tesco, I paid around £30, maybe a little over, I forget exactly how much.
The first thing I noticed about this headset is that the ear piece is of the large ear smothering variety. I never particularly liked them as they tended to hurt my ears, but I was delighted to find this wasn't the case with these. The padding is thick and comfortable, and as an added bonus I came to find the value of the ear smotherers over the little pads. By smotehring your ears, this headset fliters out all ambient noise from the world around you, leaving you with only the sounds from your PC to accompany you, which is truly fantastic.
The quality of the audio is second to none. Perhaps a high quality speaker set up might be better, but not by much and the cost coupled with the amount of space speakers would take up, no I would choose this headset for my computer use every single time. It balances the bass, the treble, music, voice and ambient sound perfectly so if you ever find that one or the other is too high or low, check the settings on the programme instead as this headset just reproduces that settings wonderfully. The clarity of the speech is of a particular highlight for me. I run a teamspeak server for myself and some friends, so I am always talking to someone, there are people here right now as I write this and I am stopping to talk to them as I go, and despite my having music playing and my girlfriend playing on the Xbox, I can hear my friends with absolute clarity and volume.
The wire on the headset is another godsend in my book. Not so thick as to look bulky and gaudy, but not too thin to be easily damaged. It is of a perfect thickness.
This headset comes with a built in volume control which, rather than controlling the volume output of the headset itself, it controls the volume of your computer. It also has the obligatory mute button, and a nice button for you to open up msn messenger without going through the rigmarole of finding the programme and double clicking on it etc. This little 'control box' for lack of a better term, hangs about 18" down the wire, the perfect distance in my book. It is not so low as to constantly hit against the sides of the desk or my keyboard, and not so high that it is getting constant abuse when I move my head or body.
Truly, I can find no flaw to this headset.
I just received this item by mail order and it is truly terrible!These are supposed to be aimed at internet communication, yet they produced way too much bass. While that may suit spotty, brain-dead teenagers, it is not compatible with speech clarity, which requires higher upper-midrange and treble levels. Playing music, all I got was a headache to add to the annoyance. I attenuated the bass with the graphic EQ controls in VLC and Media player, but found musical quality to be lifeless and dull, lacking any clear treble. They also quickly became unfomfortable.The inline remote control is situated far too low in the cable, rendering it easily prone to damage when used at a desk. On my unit, the volume control wouldn't even work (poor quality control) and Help files were useless and irelevant.Mine will be returned for refund.
Microsoft Lifechat LX-3000.
This is the next peice of my computer equipment that is worth reviewing. Created by Microsoft, these headphones & mic combo are very nifty and powerful, especially for the money. They cost around £20 and have two very powerful, stereo earphones with a bass-boost and a precise omni-directional microphone.
The sound quality is very clear, there is no hissing or buzzing, even at very low or very high volume. The headset is also very stable and durable, it doesnt have any weak points such as hinges or flimsy clips. The microphone is also very solid and bends to fit just infront of your mouth. Once you get it to the right place it won't bend out of place very easily.
The microphone is also very clear and makes it very easy to talk and engage in either online conversations, gaming or net meetings. The headset also has a remote control in which you can mute the volume, increase/decrease it and turn the mic on and off with just a press of a button.
I used to buy very cheap headsets for £2-£3 and they would break within a few weeks. I then decided to try for something quite a bit more, my pair of Lifechat headphones cost me £21 from Argos and havn't broken in 2 years. They're still very good at doing their job and I recommend them highly.
Was planning of buying a Bose headset to go with my Bose 301 shelf speakers. What stopped me was the price, so I start looking for alternative. The I stumbled upon Microsoft headset, tested it, and liked it. I bought mine from Staples about a year ago. I never have had regrets having bought this for about 50 bucks. Its sound quality is great but honestly, not greater that Bose headsets. Its just good value for the money.
This can very well suit you if you want to chat and do video conferencing since it also has an attached microphone. It also feels comfortable to wear but not for a very long time (I think all headsets do). Can also be used for gaming, listening to music and watching movies.
If you plan on buying headsets but not very much into audio, then this one if for you. Sound quality good. But if you are very picky when it comes to music, spend extra (hundred) bucks and grab those Bose Quiet Comfort Headsets.