When selecting a wireless headset, there are a number of things that most people consider to be important. Comfort is always something of interest because nobody wants to wear a headset that gives you discomfort.
Price is something that always plays a part too. After all, it has to be priced so it’s in the budget. Then again, there are times when spending a little more can end up saving you in the long run.
The other thing that is hugely important to people is sound quality. What good is a headset if you sound bad to your callers, and they hear everything going on in the background? You might work in a perfectly quiet area which would make having a noise cancelling headset not so critical.
Also, the nature of your calls might be such that having perfect sound quality isn’t a must. For everyone else, sound quality matters, and in this blog, I’m going to do some side-by-side sound tests to determine how a $350.00 headset compares to a model that costs less than $50.00.
Before I get into the details here, I wanted to let you know that I recorded a Youtube video where I compare these exact two wireless headsets. If you’d rather watch my video rather than read my blog, I totally get it.
I prefer to watch my content over reading it, so you too might want to check it out. If you do, you’ll be able to see the two headsets being tested, and even better, you’ll be able to hear how they sound. This will give you everything you need to arrive at your own conclusion as to how they sound, and compare.
Here’s the comparison video
If you’re still reading this, then you’ve probably opted to read this blog. Glad to have you! So let’s get cracking on this to find out how the two headsets perform.
To begin, the two models I’ll be testing include:
Noise, that is, unwanted noise, can come from a whole host of sources. Among them includes office noise such as people talking, office machine sound etc. You might work from home where dogs and babies are teaming up to ruin your day on the phone.
Or, you could be mobile with wind being the culprit. If that weren’t enough, we even took a Vitamix blender, placed it less than 3 feet away, and cranked it up on high to see how well, or not so well, these headsets do to eliminate that annoying sound.
Let’s get started with our test results.
No noise (replicates working in a quiet area)
In this test, I found the Logitech H600 to be audible, though the quality of my voice was too high with overmodulation occurring and even some distortion. Not the sound quality you’d want if on important business calls. Casual calls? No problem, but again, not a quality sound.
The Jabra Evolve2 75 sounded great. My voice was crisp and clear with absolutely no distortion or overmodulation at all. This is exactly what you should expect when laying down 3.5 Benjamins.
Office noise, a.k.a. could you guys keep it down?
This test replicates what it would sound like when working in a typical office environment. You’d have people in the workspace talking, and office equipment sounds etc. So how did the Logitech H600, and Jabra Evolve2 75 handle this? Here’s the results:
The Logitech H600 didn’t do so well to eliminate the chatty coworker sound. As before, the microphone was too loud, and again, too distorted. Not to the extent that it was difficult to hear what I was saying, but a bit on the fuzzy side. I could easily hear the office noise too, so it’s safe to say that for a noise cancellation test, this was a failure.
The Jabra Evolve2 75, on the other hand, did quite well to remove the office noise. As before, my voice was crisp and clear, with no background noise detected. The advantage goes, as expected, to the more expensive Jabra Evolve2 75.
I placed a fan a few feet away from me, and turned it on high. I pointed it towards me so that wind would be crossing the microphone as I talked. Here’s how things went with this test.
The Logitech H600 didn’t eliminate the wind noise. It was easily heard while I was talking, or not talking. My voice audio quality was the same as my earlier tests with it being too loud, and distorted.
I’m sure it comes as no surprise that the Jabra Evolve2 75 came out on top. It handled the noise just fine, with no wind sounds detected. While this wind was blowing, my voice was crisp and clear as with the tests before. Clearly the Jabra Evolve2 75 microphone is far superior to the Logitech H600, which you should expect given the price differences.
Last, and most certainly not least, I subjected these headsets to our signature blender test. I whipped out the Vitamix, set it up a few feet away, added some water into the bowl, and then cranked it up on high. In my experience, this is a challenging test because the blender is very noisy, and it’s in close proximity. So let’s see how my final challenge turned out.
There seems to be a pattern here with these tests. So, I’m sure you concluded that the Logitech H600 failed my blender test. If so, you’d be right. I could hear the blender very easily when I was talking on the headset. Even if I wasn’t talking, the blender sound could be easily heard which isn’t what you want if you’re on a call that’s important to you.
At the same time, my voice audio quality seemed to worsen during this blender test. Perhaps this is due to the microphone struggling with the heightened noise, and was attempting to compensate, I’m not sure. But what I am sure of is that it sounded worse than on my other tests. Considering it didn’t sound very good on those, you get an idea how the H600 struggles with noise, especially loud noise.
Staying consistent, the Jabra Evolve2 75 crushed this blender test, which isn’t easy to do. You have a wide range of sounds with a screaming blender next to you, which challenges any headset. The Evolve2 75 handled this with ease, all while enabling my voice to be heard clearly. Very impressive.
When you spend $50.00 or less for a wireless headset and compare it against one that costs 7 times that amount, you should expect the sound difference to be very significant, and in this case it was.
The old adage of you get what you pay for rings true in this comparison. You pay a little, and you should expect the same. When you consider that the Logitech H600 is available online for under $50.00, it’s impressive that it sounds even as good as it does.
That’s not to say I plan on running out to buy one anytime soon. But, if you have simple needs where voice quality isn’t critical, and you work in a quiet environment, the Logitech H600 might very well be a good buying choice for you.
On the other hand, if you work in a professional environment, and details such as call quality matters, then you surely want to steer clear from a fifty buck chuck.
There’s too much at stake to cut an economic corner. If you’re dealing in a professional environment, spend the extra money, enjoy the comfort, reliability and sound quality without worrying about what your callers are hearing in your background.
Is it worth the extra investment? In my opinion you’d be crazy not to pony up the extra money if you’re a business professional.