Conference calls can be a tough case to handle even when everything is working correctly. The last thing you want is to fight with technical difficulties as well. That's why we decided to help you out with finding the best headset for conference calls!
Each option has its own pros and cons - which is why we're going to include a variety of different picks. Balance things out and choose whatever fits you best.
So, without any further ado, let us get right into it!
1: Mixcder E9
This is our budget pick. And while it's obviously nowhere near as good as the pricier options, it can still get the job done.
One of the main reasons that this is our budget pick is due to the fact that despite being cheap, it offers great noise cancelation and it's wireless as well. And with 30 hours of battery life, you'll barely ever have to worry about running out of battery in the middle of a chatting session.
The noise-canceling properties of this headset is actually so good that you can use it not only in an office but also for commuting or traveling in general.
As far as sound is concerned, lows and mids are greatly reproduced. Lows are great for music while mids are great for chatting. The highs are a bit underemphasized but not to the point where you have to worry about hearing the other person clearly.
Back to battery life, a good thing about it is not just that it can last for a long time - but also that it offers quick charging at lower percentages. A 5-minute charge is enough to give you 2 hours of battery life.
So, even if you forget to charge it, you still get to use it by charging it a bit at the last possible moment. You can also use it wired if you have to. But don't forget that you need to have a bit of battery left for ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) to work.
As far as downsides are concerned, we'd say that the microphone isn't the best that you'll find. It's kind of muffled and not the best in cancelling loud, ambient noises. But it gets the job done.
- Relatively good sound not only for talking, but also for music
- Pretty portable considering that it's an over-ear pair
- Integrated microphone and onboard controls are a welcome addition
- Good battery life with quick charging
- Decent ANC
- Mediocre microphone
- Highs are often a bit underemphasized
As you can probably tell by the name, this is a headset that was originally made for gaming. However, that's not to say that you can't use it for conference calls.
In fact, if you're not in a noisy environment, this is one of the best options that are out there.
The reason that we can only recommend it in quiet environments is due to the fact that it has an open-back enclosure. This means that sound freely passes in and out of the headset. And there are plenty of pros and cons with that design.
The obvious downside is that you can't use it on a noisy environment as you'll be able to hear everything. That's going to make chatting a bit tough.
On the upside, you'll be able to hear your voice very easily. Not to mention that open-back sound is generally more natural, wide, and airy.
Speaking of sound, this is one of the best-sounding headsets at this price point. It offers absolutely amazing mids and decent highs, both of which are essential for chatting. The low frequencies are admittedly a bit weak, which is to be expected from an open-back pair, and that can be an issue when it comes to music. But, that's also nothing to worry about as far as chatting is concerned.
When everything is said and done, one of the things that make this headset stand apart from the rest is its microphone quality.
Everything sounds very clear and rich in terms of lows, mids, and highs alike. Not to mention anything about the superb noise-cancellation properties.
Also, another thing that we like is that you can very easily mute the microphone by lifting it up. This is what Sennheiser calls "Lift-to-mute".
- Sturdy yet flexible build
- Very comfortable (With a few exceptions for large heads as the clamping force can get a bit much there)
- Lightweight for over-ears
- Allows you to hear your own voice
- Superb microphone quality with superb noise cancellation properties
- Zero noise isolation by design
- Non-removable boom microphone
As far as noise canceling is concerned, nothing can beat the Sony WH-1000XM3! And even if there's something out there that's better, we hardly doubt that there is going to be a noticeable difference. That's why when it comes to noise canceling, this is the best headset for conference calls! Nothing will ever bother you while you're trying to chat anymore.
Audio quality is all-around pretty good as well. The base is admittedly a bit overemphasized and that can be both a pro and a con depending on who you ask. But, at the end of the day, that's not going to impact voice calls in the slightest anyway.
As you probably already noticed, this is a wireless headset. It offers up to 30 hours of battery life along with quick charging capabilities. 10 minutes of charging are enough to give you 5 hours of use.
Despite the great sound quality and superb noise cancelation, we have to say that the microphone isn't all that impressive. In fact, it's actually mediocre at best. Its sound, although very clear, also kind of sounds like an FM radio. There's not a lot of richness to it. No base. No quality. And that's arguably the only downside of this headset.
Because other than that, we're looking at something that offers great sound, great comfort, superb noise cancelation, decent portability, onboard buttons if you wish to use it on the road, a good build, and a long-lasting battery life with quick charging as well!
- Amazing noise cancelation
- Very comfortable
- Great battery life with quick charging
- Great audio quality
- Mediocre microphone quality
- Onboard controls can be a bit hard to get used to
- Not the best value
As far as wireless connectivity is concerned, we have to say that this is most likely the best headset for conference calls that you can grab right now.
Let us start by saying that very few headsets and headphones can compete with the comfort that these have to offer. They are very lightweight and with very little clamping force.
Their noise cancelation is also one of the best out there. They can directly compete with Sony's best offerings and anything else that's out there.
The battery life of about 20 hours may not be the best out there. But, we assume that it's going to be more than enough for anyone who doesn't mind charging it once every 2 days (With very heavy usage).
When it comes to build quality, you'll find a lot of plastic - but it doesn't feel cheap at all. In fact, it's quite dense and it feels rather sturdy.
Another thing we like with this pair of headphones/headset is the onboard controls that it offers.
You'll find plenty of options for volume adjustment on the go, a dedicated button for ANC, and a multi-functional button that can be used for activating the voice assistant on your phone.
As far as downsides are concerned, we'll have to say that its microphone left us mildly disappointed. It's mediocre at best and that's obviously an issue for conference calls. But, at the same time, you're getting the best comfort and noise isolation that's out there. So, pros and cons to everything!
- Most comfortable headphones/headset we've tried so far
- Objectively great sound
- Very lightweight
- Plenty of onboard controls that are easy to get used to
- Superb noise cancelation
- Mediocre microphone quality
This is another headset that was originally made for gaming - and a cheap one at that. However, the microphone that it offers is so amazing that this easily makes it a candidate as the best headset for conference calls.
These days, you can generally find it for much less than $50. And for that price, it easily beats pretty much every other headset in terms of microphone quality. It's almost as good as some budget, dedicated microphones. So, the fact that you get a decent headset with such a great microphone at this price is breathtaking, to say the least.
Of course, that's not to say that everything is perfect.
One of the biggest downsides of this headset is that it offers very little noise isolation and no noise cancelation. So, if you're thinking of using this on a noisy office or anything, well, let's just say that this may not be the best of ideas.
Other than that, it can also get pretty sharp as well and it takes a while to get used to its sound. Of course, sharp highs means that you'll be able to hear more details in speech. But it also means that your ears are going to suffer if the speaker's microphone isn't at least decent.
As far as comfort is concerned, the earpads are very soft with a bit of depth to them and the clamping force is just about right. Just keep in mind that they can get a bit too tight for people with very large heads. But, most people will generally find them pretty comfortable.
Build quality is just okay. Not great. Not bad. You don't like you're holding something premium and it's not like they are going to break at any moment either.
- Amazing microphone
- Very cheap
- Breathable earpads
- Sound signature is a good fit for voice calls
- Detachable boom microphone
- Mediocre build quality
- Maybe a bit too boomy for most people
Yes, indeed. That's another gaming headset. And you can expect to find at least one or two more before we're done here. That's mainly due to the fact that gaming-oriented headsets are made with communication in mind. This is most likely one of the main reasons that the microphone quality of so many is just that good.
The Logitech G433 is not an exception here as it offers one of the best microphones we've ever seen on a headset. That's one of the main reasons that this is a valid pick as the best headset for conference calls. Its microphone offers superb sound quality and superb noise cancelation.
While both the microphone and the audio cable are removable, the earcups are very large and the headset doesn't fold. Not to mention that it has a heavy gaming feel to it. So, this is probably not the best option for those who need something portable.
On the upside, the large earcups deliver plenty of space for your ears. We imagine that these are going to be very comfortable for most people out there. The clamping force can admittedly be a bit too much for some people. But, that's largely going to depend on the size of your head and the sensitivity of your temples as well.
As far as downsides are concerned, apart from little to no portability, the noise isolation of this headset is kind of mediocre too. They don't perform that great in very noisy environments but that's the price you pay for breathability. Just don't forget that their microphone offers great noise cancelation when you're speaking with others, though.
- Great microphone
- Very good noise cancelation while chatting
- Spacious earcups
- In-line controls are a welcome addition
- Mediocre noise isolation
- Tough to carry around
If you're an old fan, you probably already know that the Cloud 2 from Kingston is one of our favorite headsets. It's fairly comfortable, lightweight, offers a decent microphone, and it's also very sturdy as well. It goes without saying that we'd pick it as a candidate for the best headset for conference calls!
First things first, look at this build. The Cloud 2 headset is mostly made from a metal alloy and let us say that it's one of the sturdiest pieces of work we've ever laid our hands on.
We used to have this as our daily drive for a very long time and it still hasn't aged a bit. Granted, the earpads are a tiny bit worn out. But, you can easily replace them with new ones at any time - so that's not going to be an issue.
While using the headset on PC, you also have the HyperX soundcard that you can use for adjusting the volume, muting the microphone, or enabling 7.1 surround sound, if you're into that.
One of the main reasons that we picked this headset is due to its very good microphone quality. While not as good as Cooler Master's offering, it's still one of the best-sounding headset mics we've ever heard. Just keep in mind that it's rather quiet so it's not going to be the best pick for people who like keeping their voice down.
As far as portability is concerned, while the headset doesn't fold, it can get really small and it also offers a removable microphone (But not a removable cable). Just keep in mind that just like most headsets, its native noise isolation isn't the best. We wouldn't recommend it as your primary choice for commuting.
- Superb build quality
- Great microphone
- Relatively portable
- Fairly comfortable (Unless you have a very large head)
- The carrying pouch and extra set of earpads are both welcome additions
- Mediocre noise isolation
- Non-removable audio cable which is a shame considering how small this headset can get otherwise
These are actually considered headphones - much like Sony's offering and anything else that doesn't offer a boom mic. But, technically speaking, any pair of headphones can be a headset.
The reason we included something like this as a candidate for the best headset for conference calls is flexibility. We understand that some people want a sort of jack of all trades. That's what the AirPods Pro are.
You can use them for conference calls, commuting, casually listening to music, watching movies, or even casual gaming (Probably not competitive, though).
As long as you don't mind having earbuds resting inside your ear canal, these are fairly comfortable. For the rest of you, we'd recommend something that sits on your ears or over your ears instead.
You can use these for up to 4.5 hours on a single charge. And while that's definitely not a lot when compared to over-ear headsets, it's still more than enough to get you through a few conference calls. When you don't need to use them, just leave them on their portable charging case that you can use on the go and you'll never be out of battery (Unless you absolutely need to have them on for more than 3 hours continuously.)
This is one of the few earbuds that come with decent noise canceling. So, you can use these not only at your office or home - but in other, much noisier environments as well.
One of the few downsides of this pick is that it doesn't offer the best microphone. And that's to be expected from a pair of wireless earbuds. It still sounds very clear but also a bit thin and lacking in richness.
- Extremely portable by design
- Charging case is a welcome addition
- True wireless (Can turn into a downside if you're not careful with them)
- Great noise cancelation
- Bad battery life by design
- Microphone quality is mediocre at best
In many ways, the AONIC 50 from Shure is similar to the Mixcder E9. Except it's better in every single way and asks for several times more in terms of pricing - which is to be expected if you look at its premium build, sound, and noise cancelation properties.
And so it's no wonder that we picked this as a potential pick for your best headset for conference calls. As per usual, we put emphasis on "your" best headset cause after a certain point, it's more about weighing pros and cons then choosing whatever works best for you.
Speaking of pros and cons, one of the greatest pros of this headset is that it comes with superb active noise cancelation. You should be able to use it in rather noisy environments without any issues.
Another great thing about it is comfort. The earpads are made with a combination of leather and some sort of velour/memory foam. One weird thing about it, though, is the fact that it's the opposite of what we usually see. When it comes to hybrid earpads, you usually get memory foam on top for comfort and leather outside for noise isolation. This is the opposite here and it could have something to do with audio-shaping. But, that's pure speculation on our side.
As far as cons are concerned, we can only complain about the microphone quality. It's not horrible. But, it definitely sounds a bit muffled and at times tiny. This is kind of disappointing for such an expensive headset but that's just how it is with most wireless picks.
If you don't mind having a mediocre microphone, you're looking at a headset with solid build quality, decent comfort, great sound, and superb noise isolation as well!
- Decent sound
- Decent comfort
- Generally sturdy
- Good noise isolation/cancelation
- Very expensive
- Microphone quality is mediocre at best
- Zero soundstage by design
We usually don't prefer on-ear headphones or headsets due to the weird comfort and usually low noise isolation levels. But, if this is the kind of headset that you're after, we'd say that the Bose SoundLink On-Ear is at least worth checking out!
First of all, let us start by saying that this is a relatively cheap choice that offers great value. Bose's offerings are usually quite pricey so this is a welcome surprise. That on its own makes it a worthy candidate as the best headset for conference calls. But, there's more.
The sound is surprisingly good and balanced for the money. There's hardly any room for complaining. As expected, the soundstage is a bit narrow due to the closed-back enclosure and the on-ear design. But, that's the price you pay for gaining a bit of noise isolation.
Speaking of noise isolation, since there is no ANC and the headset is resting on your ears instead of around them, the passive noise isolation isn't superb either. You can easily use it in an office environment but it's not the best for commuting.
Comfort is a bit of a hit or miss here. If you like on-ear headphones/headsets, then you'll probably find the pair pretty comfortable. That's as comfortable as most on-ear headphones can get. But, if you generally don't enjoy the feeling of having earpads resting on your ears, then this headset is not going to change your mind.
As far as downsides are concerned, as per usual with most wireless headsets and integrated microphones, the microphone isn't the best in terms of quality. It sounds very clear - but the quality is subpar and the audio is not rich at all.
- Good value
- All-around great sound
- The on-ear design may feel uncomfortable for some
- Microphone quality is mediocre at best (Though the person at the receiving end can still make out what you say loud and clear)
Best Headset for Conference Calls: Wrapping Up
So, as you just saw, finding the best headset for conference calls is a tougher task than most people imagine. After all, it's not like there is one option that can beat everything. It all comes down to personal preferences and needs.
When everything is said and done, each pick has its own pros and cons. Some are better at portability, sound, comfort, microphone quality, noise isolation - but there's no headset that can offer all of that in one package.
That is why you need to make compromises in aspects that matter the least for you. For example, not everybody cares about portability or soundstage.
That's all for now. Feel like we forgot to mention something important? Got anything wrong? Then let us and everyone else know about it in the comments section down below!
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