At Headset Advisor, we are continuously testing and comparing a wide variety of headsets.
We test them for voice quality, and put them up against a battery of tests that include office noise, wind noise, dogs barking and none of our test videos would be complete without our signature blender test where we turn on a blender set on high that’s placed just a few feet away.
This has been a good challenge for all the headsets we’ve tested.
As we review comments and suggestions from our customers, and subscribers, we’ve seen many that pertain to microphone quality. These comments tell us that the sound quality of the headset microphone is an important feature based on the feedback we’ve received.
That’s why we do our best to challenge these headsets against the various tests we subject them to. And, if you watch our Youtube headset videos, you can decide for yourself which headset sounds best to you.
In this blog, I’m going to cover what I feel to be the top four headsets with microphone for 2021.
Before I begin, I’d like to let you know that I recorded a video on this. In it, I compare the four headset models for voice quality, noise cancelling ability when put up against office noise, wind and of course the blender.
So, if you’d rather watch the video rather than read this blog, I won’t be disappointed.
The video will allow you to see the products up close, and it will also allow you to hear how they sound. If this sounds like a video you’d like to watch, I’ll post it immediately below for easy access.
Here’s the list of the top four wireless headsets on my list for 2021:
#1 Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC
#2 Jabra Evolve2 75
#3 Orosound Tilde Pro
#4 Yealink WH66
So now it comes down to doing some tests to see which of these four wireless headsets sound the best, and handle distracting noise the best.
Three of the four wireless headsets can also be used as a wired headset. They come with a USB cable that allows you to recharge the headset, but continue to use it as the battery recharges.
All of the models noted above have the capability except the Yealink WH66. So, my first test will be to test how the three wireless headsets sound when used with the included cable.
After plugging the headset and cable in which bypasses the Bluetooth connectivity, the model that came out on top for best sound quality was the Jabra Evolve2 75, with the Orosound Tilde Pro coming in a close second.
My next test was to disconnect the cable and test the sound quality when used in wireless mode.
After testing each of the four models, I felt that the Orosound Tilde Pro provided the richest, most professional sound quality among all models tested.
Next, I piped in some typical office sound (people talking, office equipment noise etc), and after testing all four models, the Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC came out as best in class. It did the best job to eliminate the office sounds, and allowed my voice to be heard loud and clear.
Though some of the other models did a good job, the Voyager Focus 2 UC did the best. Poly does have a feature built into the Voyager Focus 2 UC called Acoustic Fence technology which is designed to help reduce unwanted background noise.
It appears that this feature works as advertised.
Another test I subjected these headsets to was to place a large fan about 3 feet away from me, pointed towards me and set on high.
Needless to say, that blows a lot of wind and would be a challenge for any headset. Here’s how these headsets did to handle this wind noise.
The Jabra Evolve2 75 did the best to remove wind noise from the conversation, with the Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC coming in a close second.
The Orosound Tilde Pro struggled in this test as you could easily hear the wind sound, which to me, is a failing grade on this test.
The Yealink WH66 did a respectable job to remove the wind noise, but due to the low volume of the microphone and the tinny, flat sound, It placed third in this test. If the Yealink microphone sound quality was better, it would have scored higher.
Saving the best for last, I put these headsets up against a blender set on high that was placed just a few feet away from me.
Imagine for a moment how loud a typical blender is and you’ll be able to appreciate how much of a challenge this would be for any headset. So which of these four headsets came out on top?
Once again, the Jabra Evolve2 75 did the best job to remove the blender sound, and give you the best voice sound quality. The Yealink did a good job to remove the noise, but as before, it lacked mightily in voice quality and volume.
The Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC was solid in this test, and the voice quality was decent, but just not as good as the Evolve2 75. The Orosound Tilde Pro was fairly good as well, and the voice quality quite good, though the noise cancelling wasn’t up to the level of the Jabra Evolve2 75.
If I had to select one headset out of this group of four, I’d select the Jabra Evolve2 75. It did a consistent job to reduce a variety of noises, and in the process, maintained excellent voice quality.
If I were working in a fairly quiet environment, my choice would be the Orosound Tilde Pro because the voice quality on that wireless headset was the best of all of them. It lacked in its ability to remove noise which means it wouldn’t be your best choice if you work in a noisy office environment.
The Yealink would be my last choice in this test simply because of the voice quality. It did a good job on the noise cancelling tests, but the quality of voice was low volume, and lacked terribly in audio richness. Rather, it was flat and sounded almost artificial.
The WH66 was the only headset in our test group that wasn’t able to be used as a wired headset.
The Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC is a good all around performer. The voice quality is pretty good, and the noise reduction capability is quite good overall.
Anyone loyal to the Poly (formerly Plantronics) brand shouldn’t look at the Voyager Focus 2 UC with any hesitation. It’s a high quality product with excellent fit and finish as well as great sound quality and an impressive array of tech features too.
So, if my workspace was noisy, the Jabra Evolve2 75 would be my clear, number one choice.
If I worked in a place that was fairly quiet, my choice would shift to the Orosound Tilde Pro as the voice sound quality is top notch.
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