Corded telephone headset jack: Ultimate Guide to Understanding Headsets

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Ultimate Guide to Understanding Headsets


 

1) Office Corded Headsets

1 – Where Do Corded Headsets Plug Into?

With hundreds of telephones available on the market, you will find three typical methods used to plug a headset into a telephone:
1) Many older phones and more basic phones will require an amplifier that plugs into the handset port on your telephone.
2) Many newer phones have a modular headset port usually located on the bottom of your telephone to plug into.
3) A few manufacturers have opted for a 2.5mm headset jack on the side of your telephone to plug a headset into.

                               

 

2 – What’s Required?

To have a corded commercial grade headset solution you will need two items; the headset and either an amplifier or a quick-disconnect (bottom) cable.

Quick Disconnect

The first thing to understand about commercial grade

headsets is that the headset cable ends in what the industry calls a “quick-disconnect” connection.   This connection allows you to leave your headset on at all times and quickly disconnect from the amplifier, or bottom cable, when you need to walk away from your desk.  (Low end consumer grade headsets don’t have a quick disconnect, and you have to remove your headset every time you want to leave your desk.)

A quick disconnect is unique to each headset manufacturer so you can’t mix and match between brands. A quick disconnect is made to be pulled apart and re-connected an endless amount of times without ever wearing out.

 

Amplifiers and Direct Connect Cables

Many first time commercial grade headset users assume you only need to purchase a headset, not understanding amplifiers and bottom cables.  As you can see by the picture, buying only a headset will result in immediate frustration because your headset will not have anything to plug into.  To connect your headset to your telephone, you also need an amplifier or bottom cable, depending on your phone.

  Plantronics’ amplifiers are compatible with most single-line and multi-line phones, and are the most commonly used devices.  They provide a mute switch, speaker and microphone volume adjustment, and give the highest possible call quality available.

To Help with Compatibility – We have put together the following quick reference guides for the most popular phones:

 

3 – Amplifiers

An amplifier (Plantronics M22 pictured) is a piece of equipment that sits between the headset and the phone.  The amplifier plugs into the phone jack where your telephone handset (receiver) currently plugs in.  Your handset then plugs into the amplifier so when the amplifier is on, your

headset is active.  When the amplifier is off, your handset (receiver) is active.

On older phones you will need to remove your handset and set the handset to the side of your phone to establish a call.  When finished, you will need to replace your handset to hang up the call.   This is because you need to raise and lower the switchhook lever located under your handset ear piece to get a dial tone and hang up calls.  Is this a nuisance…yes…but it’s what makes headsets

universal with most phones.  Changing to a different amplifier or manufacturer will not change the fact that you need to raise and lower your handset for each call.

Newer phones will have a headset port to plug into and a “Headset” button (or “speaker” button) which allows for on-hook dialing so you don’t have to remove your telephone handset for each call.  You simply press the “Headset” button (or the “speaker” button) or the ringing line button to answer a call and press the “Headset” button to hang up a call.

Amplifiers have speaker volume and microphone volume, compatibility settings for your specific phone, and a mute button.  AA batteries are included to power the amplifier. Batteries typically last six months to two years, depending on use, and will beep in your ear during calls when the batteries are low.

  When the batteries are low, you will have weeks to change them, so there’s no fear of disconnecting a call.  You can also purchase an optional A/C adapter to eliminate the need to purchase batteries.  Finally, an amplifier will come with two cords.  One, called a “pig tail”, connects the amplifier to your phone, and the other is a coiled cord that connects the amplifier to your headset using the quick disconnect connection.

4 – Direct Connect Cable

Many newer phones allow the use of a Direct Connect cable (A10 pictured) to plug into a headset port.  This is a less expensive solution ($28.50) than an amplifier ($72), but it also limits your volume and sound quality.  With a Direct Connect cable, you are relying on your telephone to provide adequate speaker and microphone volume.  Approximately 60-75% of the time a Direct Connect cable will work satisfactorily, where an amplifier will be satisfactory 100% of the time, because an amplifier has microphone and speaker controls.

  It is imperative that you check a compatibility guide or consult a headset expert to determine if a Direct Connect Cable is an option and which one would be best.  There are currently 15-20 different cables with different wiring and volume levels.

What you need:

1) A compatible Direct Connect Cable
2) Any Plantronics H-Series Headset

 

5 – Modular Plugs

Headsets don’t plug directly into your telephone.  A Headset Amplifier or Direct Connect Cable is required, which plugs into your telephone using a hard plastic, modular connector called an RJ9 headset jack (which is equal to and also called RJ22 headset jack). This jack or modular plug can be clear or smoke colored.  The handset/headset RJ9 jack is smaller than the RJ11 telephone jack you will find on your wall at home, and the signals carried on the wires are completely different, so cutting one connector off and replacing with the other is pointless.  RJ9 wires carry audio, so you can talk and listen to callers.

 RJ11 carries higher voltage, tip, and ring, so your phone rings when a signal is received, you get a dial tone so you can initiate calls, and you get audio so you can hear the caller.

In Summary: 

RJ9 headset plug = 4P4C which means 4 position, 4 conductor used to plug into headset and handset ports
RJ22 headset plug = 4P4C which means 4 position, 4 conductor used to plug into headset and handset ports
RJ11 headset plug = 6P4C which means 6 position, 4 conductor used for telephones and modems
RJ45 plug = 8P8C which means 8 position, 8 conductor used for computer networking

 

 

6 – 2.5mm Headset Jack

A few telephone manufacturers have opted for a 2.5mm jack for headset use.  Unfortunately, this is both good and bad.  It’s good because your telephone will have a “

Headset” button you can press to answer and hang up calls without needing to lift your handset for each call.  The bad is that some business users will make the mistake of purchasing a home-use quality headset with a 2. 5 mm plug for use in their office environment.  The quality is poor, choices are limited, and the cord is so short you’ll find yourself hovering over your telephone making the headset practically useless.  A commercial grade headset can still be used when your phone has a 2.5 mm jack and is the preferred solution for quality.  You have two options:

Option 1 – Use an amplifier for complete volume control (preferred method).

 

Option 2 – Alternative method using a patch cable with no volume control.

 

 

7 – Headsets – Noise-Canceling vs. Voice-Tube

Environment

When it comes to selecting a headset, your environment and personal wearing style are the two factors to consider.  If you’re working in a loud environment or have more than a few co-workers in a small area causing a significant amount of background noise, you will need a Noise-Canceling

headset.   The microphone on a Noise-Canceling headset makes your voice clearer to your caller.  A Noise-Canceling headset has no benefit to you and doesn’t let you hear better in a loud environment; it only helps your caller.  A Noise-Canceling headset has a microphone boom, and the actual microphone electronics are located at the end of the boom.  The front side of the microphone targets your voice, and the back side of the microphone picks up and dampens any background noise.  The headset focuses on emphasizing your voice and reducing the background noise.

It is important to know that standard Noise-Canceling headsets will reduce your background noise by up to 75%, but it will not remove the background noise completely.  Many headset users working from home are hoping if they purchase a Noise-Canceling headset it will hide the dog barking or baby crying in the background. Sorry, that’s not the case with most headsets.

Newer high-end headsets are starting to have the engineering to remove the dogs barking and babies crying. This technology also work well in loud call centers with hundreds of users all in close proximity. Poly’s Acoustic Fence uses multiple microphones so you can peacefully talk to your callers and they will have no idea of the chaos of your background. Truly amazing!

If you’re in a quieter environment, a Voice-Tube headset will work better, giving your caller the most crisp, clear audio quality available.  Most headsets come in both Noise-Canceling and Voice-Tube models, so you can base your purchase decision on your environment without compromising on style.  If you’re unsure about your background noise, a simple test is to call into the environment where you plan to use the headset and have the person on the other end be silent while you listen for noise and conversations in the background.  If you hear background noise, you need Noise-Canceling…if not, save a few dollars with the Voice-Tube headset which will also sound better in the quieter environment.

Microphone positioning

Always position your microphone approximately 1/4 of an inch away from the edge of your mouth for best results. If you are using a voice-tube model, Plantronics recommends replacing your voice-tube every six months to ensure the best possible sound quality to your callers.  This is a good rule of thumb, but it really depends on how well you take care of your headset.  At the end of a voice tube is a very fine, wire screen that keeps the tube clear from obstruction.  If you eat while wearing your headset, small food particles will always find their way to the end of the tube, covering the screen and reducing your voice volume.  Similarly, if you wear makeup, it can clog the screen.  In these scenarios, you may need to replace the voice tube more often than every six months.  If you don’t eat or wear makeup with your headset on your voice-tube can last forever, because it’s made of plastic and there are no electronic components to go bad.   From experience, cleaning rarely works and usually only packs the obstruction further into the screen, which reduces your voice more.

 

 

8 – Headsets – Over-the-Head vs. Over-the-Ear

When choosing how you want the headset to fit, your personal preference is key, but your environment will also play a part in the decision.  If you’re in a louder environment an Over-the-Head headset will perform better because the full sized ear cushion against your ear helps block out noise around you from what you’re hearing in the headset.  In extremely loud environments, covering up both ears is best.  Also consider how you interact with co-workers.  If you need to talk, interact, and hear what’s going on in your office, a single-ear (monaural) or over-the-ear headset is best, leaving one ear open.  If you need to completely focus on your caller, covering up both ears (binaural) is optimal to block out noise around you.   Over-the-Ear headsets are much smaller, lighter weight and more discrete than Over-the-Head headsets.  This is where your personal preference will ultimately decide which headset to choose.

Left Ear or Right Ear

Headsets are not ear specific and you can easily switch the headset to fit either ear.  Binaural (both ears covered) headsets can be worn with the microphone on either ear.

Convertible Headsets

If you’re still undecided or new to headsets, you may want to consider a convertible headset.  A convertible headset comes with multiple wearing styles and allows you to find that perfect fit.  A convertible headset is also beneficial in an office where people share headsets with different wearing preferences, because you can quickly and easily change to the style you prefer for your shift.

How To Connect Wireless Headsets to a Landline Phone – Headset Advisor

Before we go through how to connect your wireless headset to a landline phone, we need to understand, what is a landline telephone?

A landline telephone is a device with a physical line to a telecommunications network. Landline telephones use a phone handset with a keypad on the base of the phone for inbound and outbound phone calls.

With the introduction of VoIP, landline phone use is declining for 4 reasons.

  1. VoIP is much more cost effective.
  2. VoIP services offer more flexibility. For example, you can use your mobile phone or computer as an extension to your office phone.
  3. VoIP systems allow you to purchase equipment outright and have your IT team manage the service.
  4. VoIP only relies on your internet connection, allowing support of an unlimited number of lines.

That being said, if you’re using a landline telephone, follow this helpful guide on connecting a wireless headset to your office phone.

Important note!

Are you looking for a wireless headset to go with your cordless phone? Let us stop you before you go any further.

Click here for compatible wireless headsets with cordless phones and how they connect.

*Keep in mind every wireless phone headset manufacturer, depending on the model may connect slightly different, but very similar.

Contact us today to verify compatibility or setup help. There’s two possible ways you can connect your wireless headset to a landline phone, depending if your telephone has a 2.5mm headset port or not.

1) Landline phone WITH 2.5mm port:

Not all landline phones have a 2.5mm port. If yours does and you want to be able to press a button on your phone to answer/end calls, add the extension cord to go with your wireless landline headset.

  1. Connect the extension cord to your landline phone.
  2. Plug in your AC power adapter to the wall, then connect the other end into your wireless phone headset charging base.
  3. Included with your wireless phone headset is an RJ9 cord. Plug one end into your headset charging base, then plug the other end into the HA10296 adapter.
  4. Your headset is setup and ready to be used!

 

Using your wireless headset: Remove your headset from the charging base, then press the headset button on your office phone to answer/end calls.

2) Landline phone WITHOUT 2.5mm port:

If your landline phone doesn’t have a headset port, you’ll be required to manually pickup, and hang up your phone handset to answer/end calls with your wireless landline headset. Most customers add a Handset Lifter to go with their wireless headset, so you’re able to answer/end calls when away from the phone.

That means, when there’s an incoming call and you’re away from the desk, you don’t have to run back to the phone, or if you’re at the phone, you press the on button on your headset to be on a call. Rather than having to physically pick up your handset, then hang it up when done.

  1. Plug in the AC power to the wall outlet, then plug the other end into your headset charging base.
  2. Unplug your landline phone handset from the base of your telephone, then plug the other end into the back of your charging base with the symbol of a handset.
  3. Connect the included RJ9 phone cord to the back of your wireless phone headset charging base.
  4. Plug the other end of the RJ9 phone cord into the base of your landline phone where the handset would normally plug into.

Using your wireless headset: Remove your headset from the charging base, then remove your handset to answer a call, hang it back up to end the phone call. Follow the quick video below as an example of connecting a telephone with wireless headset. 

Handset Lifter (highly recommended) Adding a Handset Lifter to go with your wireless landline headset is highly recommended.
  • You’ll be able to answer/end calls when away from the landline phone- no more running back to your phone to answer a call
  • More calls answered and less returned phone calls you’ll have to make, after listening to voicemails
  • Better user experience- you press one button to answer/end calls, rather than physically removing your handset and hanging it up

Reference the quick video below, so you can see how a Handset Lifter is installed on your office phone with a wireless headset.  

 

Warning!

Wireless landline headsets ARE NOT Bluetooth. So, before you start searching on Google or Amazon for a Bluetooth headset, avoid wasting the time seeking a cheap Bluetooth headset because it won’t work. Bluetooth headsets are designed for mobile phones or computers, not landline phones.

Most wireless headsets for landline phones operate on DECT 6.0 technology, rather than Bluetooth. Although this is a wireless frequency as well, DECT headsets operate on their own channel to avoid interference from common devices like Bluetooth or Wifi.

Side Note: When using a wireless headset on a corded landline phone, you won’t be able to place calls on hold or dial out from the headset. Those features are all done from your office phone.

6 best headsets for office phones in 2020: read this before making a decision

Choosing a compatible office phone to go with a wireless landline headset is important for an easy setup, and great user experience.

 

  • Caller ID compatible with 50 station memory
  • 50-station phone book
  • One touch dialer with memory buttons
  • 2-line operation
  • Caller ID/call waiting
  • 18 number speed dial, 100 name/number
  • 3-party conferencing

#3 AT&T 1080 4-Line Corded Phone

  • Caller ID, call waiting, 200 name/number history
  • 1 to 4 line capability and can expand up to 16 stations
  • 32 number speed dial
  • 3-party conferencing

Cordless Phones With Headsets

If you’re using a cordless landline phone, you’ll be limited to using 2.5mm or 3.5mm wired headsets based on your cordless phone model.

You can also choose between a limited number of wireless headsets for cordless phones. Unless your cordless phone has Bluetooth built in, you should be able to use a Bluetooth headset.

An alternative option to consider if you don’t already have a cordless phone is the Plantronics Ct14 which is a cordless phone that includes a compatible corded headset.

Headset Jack Confusion – Practical Help for Your Digital Life®

Headset Jack Confusion: a reader asks…

I’ve recently gotten myself all messed up with headsets and earbuds. I have a cordless phone in the house, along with an older cellphone and both Android and Apple smartphones, plus our laptops. So at home we have several sets of earbuds and headsets to listen to music, use the phone and such. Sometimes the jack I’m trying to plug into is either too small or too big for the plug on my earbuds, and I waste a lot of time trying to find the right set to go with the right equipment. Can you please make some sense out of this?

I understand your frustration, the so-called ‘standards’ used for various types of jacks and plugs is crazy. No matter what you plug into where, you’re often dealing with something that’s much less than a standard jack & plug arrangement. Witness the various types of USB connectors (and I include the older 40-pin iPhone connector and the newer Lightning one). Would that all these manufacturers just agree to use one type or another, and the market for adapters would dry up. That’s partly what kept Radio Shack in business for so long.

In the case of the jacks for headphones or earbuds, there are generally two popular sizes in use. Cordless phones generally use the 2.5mm size (aka ‘sub-mini’) with 3 conductors while smartphones, tablets and computers use the 3.5mm size (aka ‘mini’) with 4 conductors. So earbuds that came with your wife’s iPhone will work fine in the Android smartphone as well as any computer. If you want to use them on your cordless phone, you’ll need an adapter. But not just any 3.5mm to 2.5mm adapter will work. Rocketfish makes one (sku #8977832 or model # RF-HPADI) and it’s available at Amazon. com (with lousy reviews) or Best Buy (but shown as out of stock).

Personally, I’d be more inclined to buy a handful of these adapters to keep around instead of separate earbud/headset gear that fits the smaller jack. If only a quality product was available!

Author: Chris Gardner Your Tech Coach at PosiTek.netThere are currently 1195 reader comments on published articles, care to join in? Use the Leave a Comment form below/at the bottom of any existing comments. This is a good place to ask follow-on questions on this subject.

Mitel compatible corded headsets – Top Corded Headsets -These Plantronics and Jabra headsets are designed to work with Mitel phones

These corded and wireless headsets are designed to work with your Mitel telephone and are proven to provide excellent sound quality regardles of work environment.

“Direct-connect” corded headset with the following Mitel telephones:

  • Superconsole 1000, Superconsole 2000, 3DN, SuperSet I, II, 3, 4, 4DN, 7, 410,420, 430, 4001, 4015, 4025, 4125, 4150, SuperSet 700 (PC Phone), SuperSet 7000 (PC-Attendant). 
  • SX series: SX20, SX50, SX100, SX200, 200VS, Digital Super Console, TalkTo (TAPI), Symbol, Navigator
  • Mitel IP phones: 5000, 5010, 5020, 5040, 5040 ip, 5055, 5055 ip, 5055 sip, 5140, 5201, 5205, 5207 ip, 5210, 5212, 5215, 5220, 5224, 5230, 5235, 5240, 5250, 5312, 5320, 5324, 5330, 5340, 5550, 8528, 8568
  • Mitel IP Unified Communications – Navigator softphones  – computer – click here.

If don’t see your phone model or not sure which Mitel headset is compatible with your Mitel phone contact us via chat, email or call us 703-766-6363 so we can provide you with details for the most suitable headset for your environment.

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A Panasonic KX-TSC11B Corded Phone with Review Won’t Answer These 31 Q – official

★★★★★ A Panasonic KX-TSC11B Corded Phone with review will not answer these 31 questions. Get the truth from people who own a Panasonic KX-TSC11B Corded Phone with, including the fact that it won’t…

This report about the Panasonic KX-TSC11B Corded Phone with answers these questions

• Will it indicate to me when I have a voicemail waiting? So I don’t have to pick up the phone to listen to the dial tone to see if I have a message?
• Does it flash to signal a voicemail call??
• I see I can unplug my handset and plug in a headset, correct? Is there a particular headset I need to work for this phone??
• Can the cord be replaced with a longer cord?
• Is this headset compatible? Is there a headset jack?
• What is the size of the phone?
• Can I connect my headset to it
• Are the buttons on the phone plastic or foam?
• Is this phone compatible with the Jabra GN9125 Wireless Headset?
• Does the unit come with a power adapter, or any DC input jack?
• Is this phone works on batteries only?
• Can you change the ring on this phone? The one it has is hideous!
• Can you block unwanted phone numbers from calling you.
• Is this phone headset compatible?
• Does the unit require external power?
• Does this phone have good enough volume for someone who sometimes has trouble hearing his cell phone? Does it have a volume control?
• Does it work with DSL or broadband?
• What size batteries and how many?
• Is the display backlit for reading in dark\poorly lit rooms?
• Does it have a speaker phone capability
• Can the answering system be turned off? I want to use the answering system on another phone and have this as a second phone.
• Does this phone have a Headset Jack?
• What connector is used for the headset cord. Different size than wasll jack connector
• Does it have an answering machine
• When dialing do the numbers light up?
• Exactly how long is the handset cord?
• Some people say there is no HEADSET JACK, others say ther is! Is there a HEADSET JACK in this phone? Is there one with a HEADSET JACK, Speakerphone an
• Does this phone operate when the power is out?
• Do you have to use batteries to make the phone work? Also can you plug a head set into it with a jack that is the same size as a headphone jack?
• Can you change the cord to a longer length?
• Does it display and keep missed call numbers.


QUESTION: WILL IT INDICATE TO ME WHEN I HAVE A VOICEMAIL WAITING? SO I DON'T HAVE TO PICK UP THE PHONE TO LISTEN TO THE DIAL TONE TO SEE IF I HAVE A MESSAGE?

• Voice Mail Tone If your voice mail service sends a voice mail tone after a new message has finished recording, set to “ON”. ” ” icon will flash on the display if a message was recorded in your mailbox. You will hear a series of voice mail tones then a dial tone after lifting the handset. (Contact your service provider about your service.) Set to “OFF” when: -you do not subscribe to a voice mail service. -your voice mail service does not send a voice mail tone, or -the unit is connected to a PBX. Your phone comes from the factory set to “ON”.

• It does have voicemail option in the menu settings, I don’t have voicemail with my service but I have had it pop up on the screen a time or two, so if have it with your phone service it should work, hope this helps.

• yes…i didn’t know it till you asked, but there is a setting in menu to turn on voicemail notification. i just tried it and it does say voicemail on display. may also say missed call.

• I learned something myself – thanks guys!

• We don’t have the voice mail set up but the display tells us how many missed calls. When you toggle to get the number, it can dial it automatically.

• No the phone only indicates missed calls but does not specify voicemails via a printed message. The way they tell you a voice mail is waiting is to listen to the dial tone when you pick up the receiver which is a beep beep beep.

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QUESTION: DOES IT FLASH TO SIGNAL A VOICEMAIL CALL??

• It shows a small blinking envelope in the lower right corner of the display window. It’s not very obvious but this isn’t my primary phone so I don’t use it very much.

• No – purely visual

• Yes, it shows an “envelope” on the display

• The LED read out displays when there is voicemail.

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QUESTION: I SEE I CAN UNPLUG MY HANDSET AND PLUG IN A HEADSET, CORRECT? IS THERE A PARTICULAR HEADSET I NEED TO WORK FOR THIS PHONE??

• Correct. However, I can only verify for the Jabra wireless headset for office phones. My daughter gave me one as a gift so I can talk and accomplish tasks at the same time without dropping my cordless phone. The handset plugs into the wireless device and the device plugs into the handset port. She uses the one earpiece style at work so she can talk and type simultaneously. Mine is the double earpiece. Amazon has a variety from which to choose. Just be sure to search for wireless headsets for office phones. Here is a link to mine. Did I mention that they are pricy?!Jabra GN9125 Duo Flex-Boom Wireless Headset for Deskphone

• I have a wireless Plantronics and it works great. I also have a Logitech USB as well – hope this helps 🙂

• I never used it I thought it came with speaker phone function which it does not have that function. I use land lines due to my business function & I realize my Samsung Edge has these functions but simply the landline & a desk & computer screen just work better for me. Panasonic makes great electronics but in this case the phone was simply basic and no speaker phone function!!

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QUESTION: CAN THE CORD BE REPLACED WITH A LONGER CORD?

• Yes, I began with an extra 25′ handset cord at time of purchase.

• Yes, if bought separately.

• Yes. We needed to do that and it was very easy.

• yes. it is just a regular cord that plugs at both ends

• yes

• yes, you can replace it with a longer cord.

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QUESTION: IS THIS HEADSET COMPATIBLE? IS THERE A HEADSET JACK?

• Yes it is headset compatible. While it does not have a dedicated headset jack you can unplug the handset and use that jack for your headset. I’ve been using this phone with my headset this way for over a year and it works great. If you want a dedicated headset jack prepare to pay more for a phone.

• I don’t believe so – the plus part of the phone is that when the power goes out this phone still has caller ID ans it is corded.

• No – not headset compatible as far as I can see – no separate jack.

• There is no headset jack. You would need to purchase something like a Platronix headset unit which doesn’t work that well with this unit.

• I don’t see a headset jack on my phone.

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QUESTION: WHAT IS THE SIZE OF THE PHONE?

• 8″ long x 6″wide

• It is the size of a standard desk phone. The buttons are concave rubber or silicone with easy to read numbers. I purchased it to use with a Jabra headset as my cordless phones weren’t compatible. The handset is very lightweight.

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QUESTION: CAN I CONNECT MY HEADSET TO IT

• Nothing may be connected to this model phone as it only has basic phone features. No external input nor output jack present.

• Nope, sorry. That’s why I no longer use it. I got an at&t corded phone instead but can’t find it in my Amazon purchases so can’t give you much more detail.

• No where to connect

• Nope. You cannot connect headset.

• Yes and no. It does not have a 2.5mm Headset Plug. You can not plug a standard headset into it. You can use a headset that sits in-line with the telephone handset. (i.e. GN9350 or similar). Hope this helps.

• No, there is no feature for it.

• We regret to inform you this telephone is not headset compatible.

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QUESTION: ARE THE BUTTONS ON THE PHONE PLASTIC OR FOAM?

• Foam or silicone.

• They feel like round rubber pads

• They are rubber or rubber like.

• They feel rather rubbery. I’ve had my phone almost a year and they’re still rather stiff to the touch when dialing.

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QUESTION: IS THIS PHONE COMPATIBLE WITH THE JABRA GN9125 WIRELESS HEADSET?

• I use this phone with GN 9350 and it works fine. There is not enough space between the phone and the cradle to accommodate the headset lifter. I was able to get around this by sticking a felt spacer on the hang up button. Sound quality is good.

• Sorry, no idea, but being that it’s Panasonic you could probably ask them on a help chat and get the answer quickly.

• You would have to contact the manufacturer for that question – sorry

• No it isn’t.

• no this is a very basic phone no frills

• Sorry I have no idea.

• Sorry. I have not used any wireless headset with this one so I cannot provide you with any info.

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QUESTION: DOES THE UNIT COME WITH A POWER ADAPTER, OR ANY DC INPUT JACK?

• No, it does not. You can add 3 AA batteries to the unit but that is it. Great phone however been using it for years with my headset in the home office.

• No it does not have an electric cord –

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QUESTION: IS THIS PHONE WORKS ON BATTERIES ONLY?

• No, it works like a regular phone, just plug iit into the phone jack. No batteries involved.

• This phone is a traditional land line phone. There is no power adapter or batteries needed, just a wall phone jack and phone cord. The benefit/reason I bought it is in the event of an extended power outage, I will still have phone service — assuming phones lines are not affected, that is. Hope this helps.

• You’re right, I looked in my manual and it does say that batteries are required for the clock and redial features to work properly. Since those work on mine, I guess I must have installed batteries but forgot.

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QUESTION: CAN YOU CHANGE THE RING ON THIS PHONE? THE ONE IT HAS IS HIDEOUS!

• No way to change the ring tone.

• I don’t know of any. I looked and can’t find any control to regulate the ringing. It’s rather soft and I really wanted to turn it up more for loudness.

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QUESTION: CAN YOU BLOCK UNWANTED PHONE NUMBERS FROM CALLING YOU.

• I don’t think so. I just looked in the manual and saw no mention of any kind of call blocking or number blocking.

• I am sure you can. You may need to contact your phone service provider.

• Yes, go to Function button top left, move the selector to ” Call Restrict”, and press “Enter”. It’ll ask you the number you want restricted. Put that number and “enter”. Repeat for the numbers you want restricted. exit to normal screen

• We regret to inform you this model does not have call blocking technology.

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QUESTION: IS THIS PHONE HEADSET COMPATIBLE?

• This is a basic phone unless you have a manual lift handset, the answer would be no

• Yes, that’s what I used it with!

• We regret to inform you this telephone is not headset compatible.

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QUESTION: DOES THE UNIT REQUIRE EXTERNAL POWER?

• No external power source required. I added the required AA batteries in order to keep the call memory intact. However, if you want this as a wall phone, you are wasting your money. The receiver does not stay in the cradle………….

• No it only requires a phone line hook up

• No external power required/

• No it does not. You can however add 2 AA batteries if you want. I have never done this and the phone works great and the display works too.

• No it does not require external power. It works just fine

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QUESTION: DOES THIS PHONE HAVE GOOD ENOUGH VOLUME FOR SOMEONE WHO SOMETIMES HAS TROUBLE HEARING HIS CELL PHONE? DOES IT HAVE A VOLUME CONTROL?

• Yes

• Yes

• Yes

• I no longer have this phone. Wish I could help.

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QUESTION: DOES IT WORK WITH DSL OR BROADBAND?

• RJ-11

• My phone service is with Time Warner. That is all I can say. I do use a wireless headset with it that is connected through the handset.

• I don’t know that my answer is as accurate as the other two but here goes. This is a phone that is designed to be plugged into a phone jack in the wall. It does use a battery, from what I understand, just to maintain the accuracy of the date/time stamp of messages.

• as long as you use the correct line filter on dsl . broadband cable I’m not so sure

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QUESTION: WHAT SIZE BATTERIES AND HOW MANY?

• “AA” size batteries… three of them.

• 3 double A’s

• 3 AA

• AA batteries. Haven’t changed mine since bought the phone two years ago.

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QUESTION: IS THE DISPLAY BACKLIT FOR READING IN DARK\POORLY LIT ROOMS?

• To the best of my knowledge, it does not have that feature. It is black characters on a green background. I shut off the light in my den and couldn’t see anything. Sorry!

• No, the display is not backlit.

• No it does not have a backlight. just a really good quality phone.

• It isn’t.

• Yeah, I think it sufficient in poorly lit area. I use it in my small office with small window, I wear glasses and I can see it just fine.

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QUESTION: DOES IT HAVE A SPEAKER PHONE CAPABILITY

• Nope

• Yes

• I have phased out the land line so I cannot check to see. If memory serves, I think it did have a speakerphone.

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QUESTION: CAN THE ANSWERING SYSTEM BE TURNED OFF? I WANT TO USE THE ANSWERING SYSTEM ON ANOTHER PHONE AND HAVE THIS AS A SECOND PHONE.

• If you mean does it take messages, no it doesn’t. The “Answering system” refers to the digital display, plus keeps track of prior phone numbers rec’d and calls made, but there is no voice message machine. a great phone, and will work without ac power during a power outage, too.

• Thanks for the clarification. Sounds like what I’m looking for.

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QUESTION: DOES THIS PHONE HAVE A HEADSET JACK?

• No

• Nope.

• No, and I don’t know if one could be added. Sorry!

• No, there are no jacks on this phone.

• No it does not.

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QUESTION: WHAT CONNECTOR IS USED FOR THE HEADSET CORD. DIFFERENT SIZE THAN WASLL JACK CONNECTOR

• The headset cord connector is smaller than the wall jack connector.

• We did not have to make any adjustments. All of the connections were standard.

• I have a Plantronics headset and it comes with a short, extension cord with a small box in between. Then plug in phone line to the box and then plug the headset on the other side of box. Have you tried factoryoutletstore.com ?

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QUESTION: DOES IT HAVE AN ANSWERING MACHINE

• No

• no you have to have voice mail

• this one doesn’t, but there were some to choose from that did have.

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QUESTION: WHEN DIALING DO THE NUMBERS LIGHT UP?

• No

• Unfortunately they do not. It is the black soft rubber keypad.

• No they don’t light up

• no

• No, no lights on the numbers.

• no

• the numbers appear on the lcd screen and the screen does not light up so you need to have a light turned on in your house to see the lcd screen

• No the number do not light up when you dial them. Besides that it is a great phone. I use it for work at home.

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QUESTION: EXACTLY HOW LONG IS THE HANDSET CORD?

• Without stretching it out it measures at exactly 12″ or 1′.

• The handset cord is .3 meters long.

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QUESTION: SOME PEOPLE SAY THERE IS NO HEADSET JACK, OTHERS SAY THER IS! IS THERE A HEADSET JACK IN THIS PHONE? IS THERE ONE WITH A HEADSET JACK, SPEAKERPHONE AN

• There is no headset jack on this phone.

• No headset Jack. Phone has poor sound quality and answering machine is cumbersome to get messages. Not a quality piece of equipment.

• This phone is as basic as can be. No headset jack or speakerphone on this model.

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QUESTION: DOES THIS PHONE OPERATE WHEN THE POWER IS OUT?

• Yes

• Yes

• No

• Yes

• Yes.

• Yes

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QUESTION: DO YOU HAVE TO USE BATTERIES TO MAKE THE PHONE WORK? ALSO CAN YOU PLUG A HEAD SET INTO IT WITH A JACK THAT IS THE SAME SIZE AS A HEADPHONE JACK?

• The batteries are only for the memory of the incoming numbers. I’ve never tried the a head set. sorry

• You do not have to have batteries and I don’t know about head set….but it is a difficult phone to program. It is not impossible just not user friendly.

• No

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QUESTION: CAN YOU CHANGE THE CORD TO A LONGER LENGTH?

• Yes you can.

• Yes

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QUESTION: DOES IT DISPLAY AND KEEP MISSED CALL NUMBERS.

• Yes, it displays numbers and I think it saves 50 numbers.

• Since day one, this phone has been used to call forward to a cell phone. I believe it does display and stores numbers. It gives you the ability to recall and delete numbers.

• Yes it does.

• Yes it does although I don’t know the exact number.

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QUESTION: WHAT IS THE AMAZON ASIN NUMBER FOR THIS PRODUCT?

• The ASIN is B0007Q3QSK


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Top 10 Best Cordless Phones With Headset (2.5mm Jack & Wireless)

There are so many different ways to talk on the phone today and everyone seems to have a preference. But how can anything beat the wireless headset?

The best cordless phones with headset jacks offer flexibility, letting you use a headset when desired and a more traditional style of phone the rest of the time.

Especially when using a headset, call quality should be top of mind when buying a phone system. A lot of phones have terrible call quality! Don’t buy before making sure the model offers crystal-clear audio.


After doing a lot of research, we came up with this list of the 10 best options for cordless phones with headset jacks.

Top 10 Cordless Phones (With Headset Jack)

You also need to look out for cordless phones and headsets that don’t offer a very good range. The convenience and flexibility of cordless are lost if you can’t move around more than 50 feet.

What exactly is an expandable phone? This VTech cordless phone is expandable up to five devices.

It allows for multi-line operation. In addition, you can conference between an outside line and up to 2 cordless handsets. This is a landline that understands you’re also using mobile and makes it easy to use both.

You can easily share and add contacts from your landline system to your mobile and vice versa. It’s even possible to set up mobile notifications for your landline. The Bluetooth Connect to Cell and answering system is revolutionary, allowing you to answer your cell on your landline or your landline on your cell.

I also included on this list some standalone headset phones, phones with wireless headsets included, and wireless headset solutions that plug into existing phone systems.

You can even access Siri or Google Now from the cordless handsets to place a call or text from your cell phone. Whether you use the two included handsets or the headset jack and no matter where you are in your home, the call quality is crisp and clear thanks to DECT 6.0 transmission. You can connect up to two cordless headsets.

The answering system allows for up to 22 minutes of recording time.

Pros

  • includes two cordless phones and one cordless headset
  • can connect up to 5 devices
  • seamless landline-cell integration
  • good range and call quality
  • holds charge for a long time
  • easy to use

Cons

  • position of buttons on headset is awkward
  • onscreen display of text is small and somewhat hard to read
  • headset battery life could be better
  • especially on speakerphone, tendency to pick up interference

Verdict: The VTech DS6771-3 DECT 6.0 Expandable Cordless Phone offers convenience and flexibility and also stands out for offering cellphone integration.

This phone features 2-line operation. It comes with just a handset plus a base that can function with speakerphone. It is fully headset compatible with a 2.5mm jack.

This phone offers great range, allowing you to experience good call quality on either the cordless handset or a headset no matter how far away from the base you might be.

This unit is expandable to up to 12 handsets when you buy a special accessory. DECT 6.0 gives you great call quality.

A multi-line phone system like this is easy to use as it offers dual Caller ID and call waiting. There is also a digital answering system with a mailbox for each line.

It is easy to read, thanks to the high-contrast backlit LCD and lighted keypad on both the base and the handset.

Overall, it’s very easy to use, probably because it stays pretty simple and straightforward.

One frustrating thing about this phone is that to use a headset, you have to connect it to the cordless handset rather than the base.

It does come with a belt clip to make it easy enough to carry the handset around with you while talking on the headset but this setup has the potential to be frustrating for some people.

Pros

  • excellent call quality
  • easily expandable to up to 12 handsets plus a headset
  • intercom communication between handsets option
  • easy setup, easy to use
  • quality construction, durable
  • bright, high-contrast backlit display offers good readability

Cons

  • headset not included
  • headset attaches to cordless handset instead of base
  • battery life isn’t great for cordless handset
  • handset sits very loose on base
  • readability suffers a bit from font and spacing issues

Verdict: The AT&T TL88102 DECT 6.0 2-Line Expandable Cordless Phone offers straightforward setup and easy operation along with crystal clear call quality and fantastic range.

This phone is a standout option for anyone who is visually impaired. It uses an enlarged font and has extra-large, backlit keys. These features improve readability for everyone but especially those whose vision is somewhat compromised.

Expandable to up to 12 handsets, this phone is also compatible with an AT&T cordless headset and speaker.

The DECT 6.0 digital technology provides great audio clarity and excellent range.

This phone has an eco mode to reduce power consumption and save battery life. It also lets you save up to 50 numbers in a digital phonebook and has Caller ID.

Pros

  • low price
  • excellent readability with large font, big buttons with backlighting
  • expandable
  • good range
  • good audio quality
  • easy setup

Cons

  • buttons are bit too sensitive
  • speakerphone quality isn’t great
  • batteries aren’t the best

Verdict: The low-cost AT&T CL81214 DECT 6.0 Expandable Cordless Phone offers good sound and good range but really stands out for offering good readability, even for those with visual impairments.

This phone comes with three cordless handsets compatible with any standard headset.

For the best value, there is a bundle that includes a headset and a range extender as well as the base and three handsets. If you don’t get the bundle, this phone is compatible with any AT&T cordless headset and speaker.

The DECT 6.0 signal is quite good and offers a very good range but the extender ensures you get the maximum call quality at the points furthest from the base.

This is another phone with the cool feature of being able to link up to two smartphones via Bluetooth. This lets you make and receive mobile calls on your handset or headset from anywhere in your home.

With the Link2Cell feature, you don’t even need a landline to make great use of this device.

Another nice feature is the Talking Caller ID announcements available in English and Spanish so you don’t have to get up to see who is calling if you don’t happen to be near the base or one of the handsets.

You can easily block up to 250 telemarketers, robocalls, and other unwanted numbers using a simple one-touch block button.

It’s also easy to save the numbers you want. You can transfer and update up to 3,000 names and numbers from your mobile phone. The noise reduction feature makes it easy to hear, even when the person you’re talking to is in a noisy place.

It automatically suppresses background interference while also enhancing voice tones.

Other features include rechargeable backup batteries in case the power goes out, a baby monitor function, and even the ability to find your keys with the Key Detector.

You have your choice of 25 different ringtones, including some very pleasant options.

Pros

  • easy mobile phone integration – no landline required
  • huge phonebook capacity and blocked callers list
  • useful features like Talking Caller ID, Key Detector, and baby monitor function
  • good range and call quality
  • great for minimizing background noise on both ends of call
  • great value with headset bundle

Cons

  • no flashing light when you get a message
  • the base units are pretty lightweight
  • the handsets feel a bit cheap
  • blocking previous calls takes a few annoying extra steps

Verdict: The Panasonic KX-TGE463S offers extendability, easy integration with your mobile, and the option to opt out of landline use altogether without giving up the convenience of a cordless handset with headset.

This cordless handset has a port on the side for connecting a headset. To use a headset, you’ll probably want to invest in a belt clip.

Neither the belt clip nor the headset is included. For those worried about identity theft, this phone offers good security precautions as all calls are digitized and encrypted.

This phone is expandable up to 12 handsets. You can have two lines on one jack and each line has its own answering machine mailbox.

The DECT 6.0 call quality is quite good and there are interference-reducing measures in place. It offers Caller ID and Call Waiting and it will store 50 calls.

You can also store 50 contacts in the digital phonebook. A blue backlit keypad and display make it easy to see in any light.

Pros

  • affordable
  • decent call quality
  • good security measures
  • expandable
  • good readability with blue backlit screen
  • battery holds charge for a long time

Cons

  • no headset included
  • no indication when one of two lines is in use
  • charging is slow
  • range could be a lot better

Verdict: The VTech DS6151 2-Line phone with answering machine is a decent mid-range option but you do have to buy a headset separately.

Coming in at a low price point, this phone offers good range, surprisingly clear quality, and good security. The DECT 6.0 call quality offers good noise reduction and amplified volume with a dedicated volume key.

It includes one cordless handset but it is expandable for up to six handsets. You do have to purchase a headset separately but this budget phone is headset-ready.

The Panasonic KX-TCA430 Comfort-Fit, Foldable Headset is a good fit for this model.


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Additional functions include tone equalizer, intelligent eco mode, and power backup operation.

With Link2Cell, you can easily link your mobile phone. When a call comes in on your mobile, the text-to-speech function announces the caller’s name.

Another option with this phone is the Key Detector, to help you find your car keys. You can register and name up to four different Key Detectors.

Pros

  • low price
  • very good call quality with minimal interference
  • expandable
  • headset-ready
  • nice features like Key Detector
  • eco mode and power backup

Cons

  • volume amplification feature not quite as good as advertised
  • when using speakerphone, there is a clicking noise
  • cord placement is awkward when using expandable function to additional handsets

Verdict: It’s hard to find a good cordless phone with headset functionality at this price point but the budget Panasonic KX-TGE210B offers very good quality.

Many people like versatility in their phone usage, going back and forth between a handset, a headset, or even speakerphone. This phone is for the crowd that prefers to use the headset all the time.

It consists of a small base with a headset rest. The headset itself can be worn over-the-head or over-the-ear.

It has a flexible mouthpiece that lets you place it in the optimal position. For hands-free convenience, there is an integrated belt clip.

There is also a small dial pad to make calls. This unit holds a charge quite well, offering 10 hours talk time or 8 days standby on a single charge.

The DECT 6.0 wireless technology offers interference-free call quality. It also boasts a wireless range of up to 300 feet. The noise-canceling microphone is great if you tend to make calls in a busy or noisy environment.

Pros

  • call quality is excellent with very good noise reduction capability
  • convenience of headset position options and flexible mouthpiece
  • compact
  • battery life is pretty good
  • mute button is easy to access and simple to use
  • good range

Cons

  • you might pick up some interference
  • ringer volume is quite low
  • belt clip quality isn’t great
  • no speed dial

Verdict: For those who like to make all of their calls with a headset, the Plantronics 80057 is a reasonably priced option that offers convenience, flexibility, and very good call quality.

This phone offers something for everyone. For those who like to go old-school, there is a corded phone. For everyone else, you have your choice of cordless handsets or an optional cordless headset.

This phone comes with two cordless handsets in addition to the corded phone but it is also fully headset-ready with a 2.5mm audio jack.

When telemarketers or crazy exes call, you can easily block up to 250 numbers with the one-touch Call Block available on the base unit and handsets. Talking Caller ID makes it easy to know whether it’s worth answering the phone.

On the base, there is a high-contrast LCD screen that you can adjust to maximize readability. You can save up to 100 numbers in the phonebook.

The range is quite good but this unit is also compatible with range extenders. For the hard of hearing, this phone is compatible with Hearing Aid T-Coil. DECT 6.0 sound quality is excellent and there are noise-reduction features as well.

This is also more than a phone as it offers baby monitor and key detector compatibility.

Pros

  • call quality is very good and noise reduction is excellent
  • flexibility with corded phone, cordless handsets, and optional headset
  • simple call blocking feature
  • bonus features like baby monitor and key finder
  • holds charge for a long time
  • screen on base is large and easy to read

Cons

  • have to buy headset separately
  • volume errs on the side of being too loud
  • instructions are not very user-friendly

Verdict: If you like options in your type of phone, the Panasonic KX-TGF352N cordless phone with headset jack has you covered with the choice between a corded phone, cordless handsets, speakerphone, and headset.

Especially since it is headset-only, this phone has a pretty hefty price tag but the quality is worth it. A touchscreen base offers a simplified and straightforward operation.

If you don’t want to devote a lot of space to your phone system, this compact unit will make you happy. Jabra’s Noise Blackout noise-reduction feature is better than the majority of phones you’ll see.

Even when the background is noisy, your voice will sound crisp and clear without all the background sounds.

The call quality is improved on your end as well, with acoustic protection that protects your hearing by filtering out a lot of background noise from your caller as well.


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Even without the noise-reduction features, the high-definition sound is really next-level. This phone is a good choice for a business with telecommuters, as it offers Remote Asset Management.

This allows you to configure and implement all of the company’s audio devices 100% remotely from one central point. This phone allows all calls (for your desk, mobile, and softphone numbers) to come to one place.

The range for this phone is quite good, allowing you to answer your headset when you are up to 450 feet away.

Pros

  • incredible call quality and noise-reduction
  • compact, space-saving size
  • attractive design
  • great range
  • multiuse lets you answer desk, mobile, and softphone numbers in one place
  • simple touchscreen operation

Cons

  • expensive
  • hitting the mute button is more difficult than it should be
  • the touchscreen can be finicky
  • you might get some interference from other nearby DECT devices

Verdict: It’s a bit pricey but the Jabra PRO 9470 Mono Wireless Headset offers stellar call quality and convenience.

As of this writing, this Leitner headset has an incredible 4.8-star average on Amazon with 91% of reviewers giving it a 5-star rating.

Especially because it has a steep price tag, this might seem fishy but this phone really does live up to the hype. Leitner even backs it up with a 5-year warranty, a lot higher than you’ll see from most of the competition.

The warranty even covers the battery, something you almost never see. This is another very compact unit, with just a charging base and a headset. It features a very comfortable single-ear style, with a soft leatherette cushion for the ear.

Designed for all-day wear, it really is comfortable enough that you almost forget you’re wearing it. If you’re all about privacy, you’ll be happy to know that this phone offers enhanced DECT Level A Security.

This headset offers dual-connectivity with a lot of flexibility and convenience. You can take calls from your landline or your computer (Skype, etc.) or both.

You can even listen to music on your computer with the push of a button. The wireless range is pretty good, working quite well from up to 350 feet away. It’s possible to pair an extra headset, great for conferencing or training purposes in an office setting.

It only takes one hour to fully charge this headset and it holds the charge quite well, lasting around 20 hours on average.

Pros

  • 5-year warranty, very durable
  • holds charge quite well
  • flexibility – works with landline, computer, or both
  • good security and privacy protection
  • very comfortable design
  • can play music from computer easily

Cons

  • audio quality when playing music isn’t as good as call quality
  • expensive
  • mute functionality can be a bit tricky

Verdict: The expensive but very well-reviewed Leitner Lh370 Single-Ear Wireless Telephone Headset offers comfort and convenience and is one of the only headset phones that lets you play music in addition to making calls.

Buyer’s Guide & Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of socket do they have and do I need an adapter?

Most headset jacks are 2.5mm. Generally, most headsets will work perfectly with a 2.5mm jack. Some headphones and headsets are 3.5mm. In these cases, you will need this adapter (2.5mm male to 3.5mm female jack).

Can I use 3.5mm headphones if my headset has a 2.5mm jack?

You will need to buy an adapter to use 3.5mm headphones with a 2.5mm jack. Luckily, these are quite affordable. The above recommendation is an a good option with a nice low price tag.

Is there a way to use my Bluetooth headset with the standard port?

Most Bluetooth headsets will work with a 2.5mm jack. In some cases, the Bluetooth receiver will want a 3.5mm port. In this case, you’ll need an adapter.

Some of these phones offer Bluetooth integration so you won’t need a port at all. The Panasonic KX-TGE463S is one example.

Is there one with a belt clip, or how to add a belt clip?

Several of these phones do come with a belt clip. The AT&T TL88102 is one example.

With that model, it’s practically a necessity since you need to connect the headset to the cordless handset for it to work. If a belt clip isn’t included, you can buy one separately for a pretty reasonable price.

You’ll first want to see if the manufacturer makes one specifically for that model of phone. If they don’t, you will probably be fine with a generic model of belt clip or holster.

You could even use a police radio holster.

Have you ever used any of these cordless phones or headsets? What did you think? Do you have your eye on any of these models? Let me know in the comments! I’m also happy to answer any questions you might have.

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How do I use a headset, microphone, or speakers with Skype? | Skype support

Even if you don’t have a headset, microphone, or speakers, Skype still lets you chat instantly. But to make and receive calls on Skype, you need a headset with a microphone or a microphone with speakers.

Determining the type of connector on the device Speakers, microphones and headsets come with two types of connectors: mini-jack and USB.

Mini-jacks

  • Looks like normal headphone jacks.
  • You will have two plugs that fit into the corresponding jacks on your computer.
  • Mini-jacks may look different. They can be color coded, pink for the microphone and green for the headset, or they can have microphone and headphone icons.
USB connectors
  • They are rectangular and flat.
  • USB headsets, speakers, and microphones use only one connector.
  • Most computers have at least two USB ports that match the shape of the connector.

How do I connect a microphone, speakers or headset?
  • Microphone . Insert the pink plug (or plug with the microphone icon) into the corresponding color or icon jack on the computer.
  • Speakers . Insert the green plug (or the plug with the headphone icon) into the corresponding color or icon jack on the computer.
  • Headset . Insert both plugs into the corresponding jacks on the computer.
  • Headset, microphone or speakers with USB . Insert the USB plug into a USB port on your computer.

Note. Some models of wireless audio equipment include a USB transmitter that connects to a computer in the same way. For help on pairing a wireless device, see our guide on how to use a Bluetooth device with Skype.

How to connect headphones with a microphone to a computer: step-by-step instructions and connection diagram

Connectors for connection

To connect headphones with a microphone to a computer, there are two connectors on the headset and the same number of connectors on the system unit.Color separation helps to cope with the task – the audio input and audio plug are green, and shades of pink are used to indicate the microphone. After connecting the cables to the corresponding inputs, the headset will often start working automatically.

Connecting headphones with a microphone to a laptop in most cases is no different from similar actions on a PC. The inputs can be on the front panel or on one of the sides (usually on the left). To increase the life of the connectors, manufacturers often make them tighter than on PCs, so little force is needed to connect the plug.

When using headphones with a microphone, please note that you will only have to connect them to the two connectors if they are intended for a computer. The headset has only one plug for the phone, but instead of 2 strips separating the contacts, there will already be 3 of them. You will have to connect such a cable to the combined input, which new laptops have. If there is no such port, only headphones will work. You can only use the microphone through an adapter.

Problems with connection may appear not only if the connectors do not match, but also due to their number. If your computer has only one set of jacks for connecting audio devices, it usually already includes speakers. The user will have to periodically disconnect from one device and reconnect another. An adapter will also help to solve the problem in this case.

Wireless connection

Headphones wirelessly connect easily to a suitable device. To connect, use the instructions and make sure that the computer has a suitable module – Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.The headset is configured automatically or after installing the drivers.

Connecting a wireless device to a laptop usually happens without problems due to the presence of all the necessary built-in adapters. However, the user of a PC or a budget laptop without Bluetooth will have to buy an adapter that connects to the USB input.

Ways to solve problems with connecting a headset

After connecting the headphones with a microphone to the correct connectors, you should check their performance.If the sound appears, but the recording is working (you can run the Sound Recorder program in Windows to check it), then the connection went well and no configuration is needed. But, if the headset does not work, you will have to check the next steps.

1. The headphones are connected to another computer, phone or tablet. Launch an audio file or video, include sound recording. For a computer headset with two plugs, you will only be able to test the playback. If neither listening nor recording the sound came out, the problem lies in the headphones, which will have to be repaired or replaced.

2. If the headset is working on another device, the speakers are connected to the same connector on the computer. If there is sound, the problem can be solved by installing drivers for the selected headphone model. If the speakers also do not work, check the audio card drivers or BIOS, the incorrect setting of which can disable the front sound panel.

3. Check the absence of control programs will help the device manager, which opens through the properties of the computer or in the control panel.The presence of an item with an exclamation mark in the list indicates that the installed driver is not suitable or is missing. After updating the software, the headset should work.

4. No sound or recording can be caused by a volume reduced to zero. You can verify this by looking at the crossed-out speaker-shaped icon in the Windows taskbar. A similar situation can arise when the player program is started with the sound turned off.

Sometimes the microphone and headphones are set separately for a specific program. For example, after installing and launching Skype for the first time on a laptop, video and audio communications are likely to use the built-in speakers and sound recorder by default. To switch the sound to the headset, you will have to change the program settings.

System setup

If the sound card is working, the headphones and microphone are in order, and the drivers are installed, the cause should be looked for in the sound settings of the operating system.To solve the problem, perform the following actions:

  • Go to the list of connected audio devices. On Windows, this can be done by right-clicking on the speaker icon and selecting “Playback Devices”.
  • In the list that appears, check for the presence of working speakers and headphones. The red arrow indicates only the connection, the green one indicates normal operation.
  • If there are headphones in the list, open the properties by clicking the right button and configure them for operation.

You will have to perform similar actions even if the sound is still not recorded, although it turned out to connect the microphone from the headphones to the computer. In this case, after clicking on the speaker icon, select “Recorders”. The microphone is set by default by checking its operation in the next menu. To do this, it is enough to say any phrase, making sure that the pulsation is displayed on the scale.

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Wired headset for mobile phone, sound problems.

Let’s first define: a headset is a device with one or two headphones and a microphone, designed to be worn on the head and talking on the phone, a similar name is Hands Free, that is, hands free.

Some of you had to deal with a problem – you buy a headset, connect it to the phone, and there is practically no sound, you can barely hear your interlocutor in the distance. You connect it to another phone – everything is fine, and there is sound and the microphone works. You connect headphones to your phone – great sound, but you need a headset!

Let’s first define: a headset is a device with one or two headphones and a microphone, designed to be worn on the head and talking on the phone, a similar name is Hands Free, that is, hands free.

Accordingly, headphones are a device only for drying, not talking.

The problem you are faced with is that at one time, when phone manufacturers began to switch to the standard 3.5 mm mini jack, there was no clear agreement between them how to implement it. Therefore, such giants as Apple and Samsung in 2012 changed the standard and went one way, and Nokia, which at that time was still the leader in the mobile segment, went another way.The rest of the mobile phone manufacturers had to decide who to follow.

And here’s the bad luck: the connector is the same – 3.5 mm, the headphones fit regardless of the manufacturer, and the headset doesn’t want to work – the pin connections are different.

As you already know, Nokia sold its mobile division, abandoned phones, respectively, many brands that used the OMTP (Open Mobile Terminal Platform) connector switched to the new CTIA (Cellular Telephone Industries Association) standard, aka AHJ ( American Headset Jack).

And the same Nokia, aka Microsoft is gradually moving to a new standard, so phones with pinouts according to the OMTP standard are getting smaller and smaller.

What awaits us in the future – it is not known, there is a new iPhone without a 3.5 mm jack at all.

But at the moment the essence is as follows – take the headset, connect it to the phone, turn on the music, and listen, if the sound is high-quality, loud – you can call someone and check the microphone and the answer button. If the sound is weak and heard as if from afar, hold down the answer button on the headset, if the sound has improved – the pinout is wrong, this headset model will not work, you need to look for another headset or from another manufacturer.

Of course, there are some manufacturers who put adapters in the kit with a different pin wiring standard, but this is not very convenient, for example, Florence went the other way – next to the answer button he placed a button that switches the headset type from OMTP to AHJ, which turned out the most convenient and acceptable option.

This is why the Florence headset fits all types of phones.

Headset Glossary | Poly, formerly Plantronics & Polycom

  • A2DP

    Abbreviation for Advanced Audio Distribution Profile.A2DP is a Bluetooth profile used for stereo audio transmission. Also called an AV (audio / video) profile, it is designed to stream stereo audio (such as music) from an mp3 player to a headset or car audio system. Plantronics Voyager Legend and BackBeat products support the A2DP profile.

  • AC ADAPTER

    Block used to provide power to the system and charge stationary batteries; usually plugs into an electrical outlet.

  • ACTIVE NOISE CANCEL

    This technology, also known as Active Noise Cancellation Control (ANC) or Active Noise Reduction (ANR), is a method of reducing unwanted sounds by adding a second sound (“anti-noise”) specially generated to suppress the first. sound.

  • ADAPTER

    A device used to connect two or more devices.

  • AMPLIFIERS

    Amplifiers make the sound louder. This solution allows the use of headsets with corded telephones and telephone systems. Plantronics manufactures and markets a wide range of wired stand-alone amplifiers such as the M12 and DA82. Plantronics amplifiers and audio processors not only amplify sound, but also improve call quality with additional features such as mute and volume buttons.

  • ANALOGUE COMMUNICATION

    This term refers to Plantronics computer headsets that connect directly to the computer sound card using two circular 3.5mm connectors.

  • AUDIO SIGNAL DETECTION

    This is a special feature supported by Plantronics wireless devices, allowing them to detect the presence of an audio signal on the USB port and automatically establish a PC radio link between the base and the wireless headset.Thus, the user does not need to press the call control button on the PC.

  • AUDIOIQ®

    AudioIQ technology makes wireless communication easy and enjoyable in any environment and environment. When receiving incoming calls, AudioIQ automatically adjusts the sound to match the background noise level and uses its smart features to improve reception, clarity and sound volume.When making outgoing calls, AudioIQ reduces background noise for listeners by up to 7-8 decibels, or approximately 50%. It also minimizes noise artifacts such as speech distortion to provide extremely clear speech intelligibility.

  • AUTOMATIC CALL ANSWER

    Provides a switch for automatically answering calls when you put on the headset.

  • AVRCP (AUDIO / VIDEO REMOTE CONTROL PROFILE)

    Bluetooth profile type supported by select Plantronics headsets.AVRCP (Audio / Video Remote Control Profile). Thanks to this profile, you can play, pause, pause and rewind (in both directions) music files using the headset.

  • AVRCP (AUDIO / VIDEO REMOTE CONTROL PROFILE)

    Bluetooth profile type supported by select Plantronics headsets. AVRCP (Audio / Video Remote Control Profile). Thanks to this profile, you can play, pause, pause and rewind (in both directions) music files using the headset.

  • BASE STATION

    Headset charging base or amplifier.

  • NECK BRACKET

    A variant of the design of the headset with a clip that is located behind the head and around the user’s neck to ensure reliability and comfort during wearing.

  • WITH TWO HEADPHONES

    Stereo sound headset. Dual headsets cover both ears, while monaural headsets cover only one ear.

  • BLUETOOTH®

    A wireless communications system that uses standard short-range radio technology instead of physical cables to connect various communications equipment, computers, and mobile devices.

  • FLEXIBLE MICROPHONE

    The Gooseneck Microphone is a directional microphone that mounts or mounts to a pole or boom.

  • BT

    Abbreviation for Bluetooth.

  • CALL BUTTON

    A button on the headset that is used to answer a call or to end a call.

  • CALL CLARITY ™

    Plantronics proprietary technology that uses electronic signal processing to improve reception and transmission with innovative noise cancellation technologies.

  • CLEARLINE ™

    Plantronics audio technology that helps reduce the incidence of the most common problems associated with poor call quality in corporate environments, including repetitions, errors and user fatigue.It is compatible with traditional phones and headsets, as well as VoIP phones and headsets that support broadband audio. It provides improved echo control, a consistent and comfortable volume during a call, reduces background noise, and protects against loud sounds.

  • DISC REGULATOR

    Designed to adjust the volume when using a landline phone, peripherals, etc.

  • CONTROL PANEL

    The Control Panel is part of the Windows operating system.In the “Sound and Sound Devices” section of the Control Panel, the user can change the settings for the sound devices of the computer.

  • TRANSFORMABLE CONSTRUCTION

    A headset with a choice of two wearing options: on the head or on the ear. This headset can be easily “transformed” with just a few simple motions to choose between two wearing options. Convertible headsets include DuoPro® (h271 / h271N), DuoSet® (h241 / h241N) and M170 / M175.

  • WIRELESS AMPLIFIER

    These devices connect to the handset connector and are supplied with a remote control that can be used at a distance from the workplace; they make the sound louder. The abbreviation CA (BU) is also used for their designation.

  • WIRELESS SYSTEMS

    A set of equipment that comes with a wireless amplifier and headset. The abbreviation CS (BS) is also used for their designation.

  • CROSS-CUTTING

    Unwanted signals that occur on the communication channel (when using a telephone, radio station or computer) as a result of the transfer of energy from another circuit (in the form of leakage or isolation).

  • DECT

    Abbreviation for Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications. Radio communication technology for transmitting and receiving voice data (for example, when using cordless telephones, wireless radio points, and even home cordless telephone lines).DECT is specially designed for use in a smaller coverage area with a large number of users, such as in cities and business centers.

  • DEVICE MANAGER

    Windows or Android program. It allows users to view and control equipment connected to the computer. One of the features of Device Manager is the ability to compile and display a list of drivers installed on your computer.

  • DOK STATION

    This term is used to refer to the base station of the headset, i.e.e device into which the headset is installed for charging or recharging. See Base Station .

  • SIGNAL LOSS

    Instantaneous loss of audio signal.

  • DSP

    Abbreviation for Digital Signal Processing. Mathematical transformation of the information signal to actively reduce background noise in order to improve sound quality. This can include sound frequency response correction (bass and treble adjustment), AEC (echo cancellation), noise reduction and sound equalization.DSP technology is used in Plantronics computer headsets that connect through a USB port rather than a computer sound card.

  • DYNAMIC NOISE REDUCTION

    This technology is used in many Plantronics products to detect background noise and automatically adjust noise reduction algorithms to reduce noise.

  • DOOR EARPHONE

    This is a small, compact in-ear earphone with a microphone located on the cable.Also called in-ear headset. Some of Plantronics headsets with these types of headphones are BackBeat GO, BackBeat GO 2 and BackBeat GAME.

  • HOOK-HOLDER

    A device with a minimum degree of rigidity, which is an earhook for wearing the headset on the ear.

  • NOZZLE

    A foam or plastic tip that fits over the headset to ensure optimal fit to your ear.

  • FULL DUPLEX SPEAKER

    This term refers to speakerphones with the function of reducing the microphone gain to a minimum level during a conversation with the other end of the line. This provides better two-way communication.

  • FIREFLY® ON-LINE INDICATOR
    The

    Firefly is a unique active use indicator light to inform others that you are on the phone. No one else will interrupt your conversation! This indicator is used in CT12 wireless headsets.

  • TELEPHONE PIPE (CONNECTOR)

    The part of the phone that is held in the hand during a call. As a rule, it is attached to the phone with a wire. The handset connects to a telephone handset connector (usually a square or rectangular modular plug).

  • PIPE

    The part of a telephone system that you pick up and hold to your ear to initiate a conversation.

  • HEADSET PORT

    Some phones have a headset port.This headset port can be a 2.5mm round plug or a square or rectangular RJ9 modular plug. However, most Plantronics amplifiers are designed to connect to the phone’s handset jack rather than the headset port.

  • HFP

    Abbreviation for hands-free profile. It is a more modern version of the Bluetooth HSP profile. It allows you to activate voice dialing, redial, transfer a call, and answer / end a call.

  • HSP

    Abbreviation for headset profile. A Bluetooth® profile used for voice transmission, listening to music in mono audio, and using Internet chat programs. This most commonly used profile allows popular Bluetooth® headset models to be used with mobile phones.

  • INTEGRATED CONTROLS

    Hand control device, usually located on the headset cord, used to mute the microphone and change the volume level of the headset.

  • BREAK CONNECTION

    Lost connection means that signal transmission between headset and phone is intermittently interrupted. If you experience a disconnected connection, we recommend that you establish a new connection between the headset and the phone by re-pairing them.

  • MODULAR

    Modular means “square or rectangular” and refers to modular RJ9 connectors. Most Plantronics amplifiers are equipped with modular connectors.

  • MONOPHONIC

    A headset that uses one earpiece to receive audio. A monaural headset covers only one ear, while a stereo headset covers both ears.

  • MULTIPOINT TECHNOLOGY

    Multipoint technology is also known as “multishifting”. While all of our Bluetooth headsets can be paired with up to four different devices at the same time, Multipoint technology allows some Bluetooth headsets to toggle active connections between two paired devices.Non-Multipoint headsets can only use one active device connection at a time.

  • MICROPHONE MUTE MESSAGE

    Audible alert used to notify the user when the sound is muted.

  • NOISE REDUCTION

    Microphone design that significantly reduces background noise and improves headset sound quality. Noise canceling headsets are especially effective in offices where employees have to work in close proximity to each other.Noise canceling microphones installed in mobile devices can reduce background noise when used in vehicles, airports or outdoors. The letter “N” at the end of the headset model number indicates that this unit is equipped with noise canceling.

  • OVERALL DIRECTIONAL MICROPHONE

    This is a microphone that picks up sound from all directions and in all directions. Plantronics uses omnidirectional microphones in some products along with noise canceling microphones.

  • OPENMIC ™

    Plantronics feature that lets you hear ambient sounds without removing your headphones. This is a process in which one or more microphones on the headset are activated to pick up ambient sounds and then transmit them to the headset’s earpiece. Also called “open listening” mode.

  • FULL SIZE HEADPHONES

    The term “over-the-ear” is used to describe Plantronics headsets with earloops for wearing on-the-ear or other headset-holding devices.Plantronics’ Savi CS530, 730, and Savi 430 models are examples of such headsets.

  • WITH HEAD MOUNT

    The most common type of headset with a headband for wearing a headset on the head. Usually offered in monaural and stereo versions.

  • PAIRING

    Pairing refers to the establishment of a wireless connection between the headset and the phone. This term is often used to describe the initial setup of a connection between a Bluetooth headset and a phone.

  • PAIRING MODE

    Indicates that the device is discoverable or should be discovered. Typically used when establishing a BT connection. Plantronics devices are alerted to this mode by rapidly flashing LEDs.

  • ACCESS KEY

    Passkey is the password required to connect a Plantronics Bluetooth headset to a Bluetooth device. Most Plantronics products have a passkey “0000” installed.The term “password” is also sometimes used.

  • RADIO COMMUNICATIONS

    Two-way radio communication systems. An active radio link means that the headset has established an active connection to a mobile phone or VoIP phone. An inactive line means that the headset is not currently being used.

  • RECEPTION

    Receive volume level is the volume level of what you hear. As you increase the receive volume, the other person’s voice will sound louder for you.This does not affect the volume of your voice for your interlocutor.

  • CALL DECLINED

    Headset feature that can be used to end a call or send a call to voicemail, depending on the device.

  • RESET

    Resetting your wireless headset can correct static interference and other audio problems. For instructions on performing a reset for your headset, see the knowledgebase on the plantronics website.com.

  • REPAIR

    See term Pairing.

  • RJ9
    The

    RJ9 is the standard modular jack found on most corded telephones. RJ9 has four positions and four contacts (4P4C). Many Plantronics amplifiers also use this size connector.

  • INTELLIGENT LOCK

    A screen lock / unlock feature that works in conjunction with the presence feature of Plantronics Legend Bluetooth® headsets.

  • SMART SENSOR TECHNOLOGY

    Convenient sensors that determine the status of headset use (on or off). The sensors are located in the headset and speaker housing.

  • Softphone

    Programs for making a phone call over the Internet using a regular computer rather than special equipment such as a standard desk phone.

  • SOUND BOARD

    A sound card is a computer component that is used to process sound.It is equipped with connectors for connecting audio devices such as microphones, headphones and speakers.

  • SOUNDGUARD®

    Automatic gain control system used in Plantronics adapters to provide natural-sounding voices and remove loud noises and intermittent line noises and crackles.

  • STANDBY

    Low power consumption mode in the computer. Also called sleep mode.In this mode, the screen and hard drives are off, but the random access memory (RAM) modules are constantly updated to preserve their contents. The central processing unit also operates at minimum power consumption.

  • STEREO

    Stereo sound is sound that transmits different signals to the left and right sides of the headset, as opposed to mono sound, which transmits only one signal. Stereo headsets are headsets that support stereo sound reproduction.

  • REGISTRATION

    This term is synonymous with pairing , but is used exclusively for corporate DECT devices. See term Pairing.

  • TALK TIME

    The number of hours the headset has been in talk mode before the need to recharge the device arises.

  • GEAR

    Transmit volume level refers to the volume level of your voice and headset microphone.As you increase the transmission volume, your voice will sound louder to the other person. But that doesn’t affect how the other person’s voice sounds to you.

  • USB

    USB stands for “Universal Serial Bus” and stands for a standard connector on a computer. Some mobile phones also use USB or mini-USB connections for data transfer.

  • USB ADAPTER

    USB device that provides UC functionality.

  • CAR CHARGER

    Allows you to charge the headset in the car. Typically plugs into the car’s cigarette lighter socket. The abbreviation VPC is also used for its designation.

  • VOICE NOTICE

    A recorded notification message that informs the user about a change in the state of the phone or headset (on or off, pairing status, incoming call, etc.).

  • VOICE MESSAGING

    A recorded message advising you to take an action, such as accepting or rejecting an incoming call.

  • SPEAKER PIPE

    Acoustic tubes, also called Attitube or “stick microphones,” are translucent plastic tubes that serve as microphones in some Plantronics headsets. The acoustic tubes are removable and can be replaced if necessary.

  • VOIP

    Acronym for Voice over Internet Protocol, a technology used to send voice signals and calls over the Internet.

  • WINDSHIELD

    A protective cover for the headset microphone that reduces wind noise to improve the quality of sound transmitted through the microphone.

  • TRAINING BRANCH CABLE

    Cable that can be used to connect two headsets to one phone so that two people can listen to the same call at the same time (for educational purposes).

  • Analog audio via USB Type-C

    In modern smartphones, the TRRS jack for connecting an analog headset with the good old 3.5 mm jack is less and less common.But there is a Type-C connector.

    The

    Type-C is designed for a USB 3.1 port, and since it is a digital port, it assumes a digital headset. Such a headset has a built-in DAC – digital-to-analog converter.

    Texas Instruments came up with the idea of ​​transmitting an analog sound signal through the Type-C connector. With this trick, smartphones work with relatively inexpensive, Type-C analog headsets. And through a simple adapter to the device, you can even connect an ordinary headset with a “jack” (TRRS).
    ⚠ This mode may not be supported by your device.
    ★ Analog audio transmission via Type-C is implemented in smartphones HTC U series, HTC 10 Evo, XIAOMI Mi, LeTV. The list is incomplete.
    ★ To connect a regular headset and charger to your smartphone at the same time, you need a Type-C splitter to 3.5mm and Charger.

    Type-C analog audio is called “Audio Adapter Accessory Mode”.
    The smartphone switches to this mode if contact 05 (CC) is connected to “Ground” in the plug ▼ of the headset or adapter (contacts 01 and 12 GND ).In most cases, the contacts are shorted with a jumper.

    Contacts for analog audio transmission:
    Left channel → Data− (A07 and B07)
    Right channel → Data + (A06 and B06)
    Common → SBU1 (A08)
    Microphone → SBU2 (B08)

    General diagrams. Wire colors are given conditionally.

    Wiring of the USB-C plug for analog headset

    Scheme for connecting headphones even simpler ▼

    A “Type-C to TRRS” adapter is used to connect a conventional headset with a TRRS plug to the USB Type-C port.
    General diagram of the adapter ▼

    Pin assignments G (common) and M (microphone) are not hardcoded. The USB-C port is able to independently determine the type of connected headset (CTIA or OMTP) and the orientation of the adapter plug.

    The existence of a reverse adapter in nature has not yet been proven. But the diagram of an adapter for connecting a analog USB-C headset to a regular smartphone with a TRRS jack is easy to imagine ▼

    A fatal flaw in this ▲ circuit is the need for precise orientation of the USB-C connector.In one position of the connector, we get a CTIA headset, in the other – OMTP. But with such an adapter, you can attach itself to any smartphone, regardless of the wiring of its socket.

    Features of detecting analog headsets in Type-C

    • In adapters for Xiaomi Mi and LeTV, a jumper is simply installed between CC and GND.
    TRRS → Type-C adapter circuit ▼

    • In HTC ▼ headsets, the CC and GND pins are connected through a 1 kOhm resistor .

    • In the adapter from TRRS to Type-C ▼ for Xiaomi Mi MIX2, the CC to Gnd connection appears only when connected to a headset jack with a “jack”. The separate contacts Detect in the TRRS socket are responsible for this.


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    We remake the standard headset of the Sony Ericsson

    cell phone

    This article tells about the alteration of a standard cell phone headset.The purpose of the alteration is to connect any type of headphones to the headset, as well as an external amplifier.

    The standard set of the Sony Ericsson K810i and K790 cell phones includes a wired headset, which can be connected to listen to your favorite music, FM radio, and saved voice recorder recordings.

    Everything is fine, but this headset has one drawback. The headphones used in this headset are uncomfortable and cause discomfort with prolonged use. The headphones themselves are pretty good, they reproduce low frequencies well.For in-ear headphones, this is an undeniable advantage.

    It is also worth noting that the sound processor and built-in audio frequency power amplifier in the Sony Ericsson K810i and K790i cell phones has such remarkable qualities as a rather high output power, which will delight those who like to listen to music at high volume, as well as a custom equalizer. … The cell phone has good bass reproduction.

    In a subjective comparison, even in these parameters, the well-known iPod and iPhone are noticeably inferior in sound quality to the Sony Ericsson K810i mobile phone.

    How can you use all the advantages of a mobile phone?

    In order to use all the possibilities of a mobile phone to the fullest, it is necessary to rework the standard headset. After alteration, you can connect any headphones to a cell phone, both miniature plug-in and arc – closed or open type.

    You can also use others – occipital, such as a clip, headphones of various form factors and manufacturers.In addition, the presence of a 3.5 mm jack socket allows you to connect an external audio power amplifier, which will undoubtedly come in handy when listening to music in field conditions. If you wish, you can independently assemble a miniature stereo system for listening to music on speakers.

    To alter the headset, you will need a female connector for connecting a 3.5 mm headphone plug, electrical tape or heat shrink tubing, mounting and soldering tools.

    Disassembling the headset should start with miniature headphones. Their bodies must be opened with a penknife blade or other suitable tool. The two parts of the headphone housing are connected to each other by plastic clips. The photo shows the composition of the headset earphone. As you can see, there is nothing special there – only a miniature sound capsule. 2 wires are soldered to it.


    Earphone capsule

    Having disassembled the case of both headphones – the right R and the left L, you need to unsolder the wires from the miniature sound capsules.

    In each capsule, one of the wires is common (GND), and the others are used to connect the outputs of the right (R) and left (L) audio channels. Next, you need to take 3.5 mm. connector and solder the common wire to it, the outputs of the right and left channels coming from the headset microphone module.

    Any headphone jack will work. There are a lot of their modifications. They differ both in size and in some functionality. There are connectors that have 5 pins, for example, as in the photo below.These connectors are used in household sound reproducing equipment and are used to connect headphones (Phone or Headphone jack).


    Headphone jack

    For 5-pin connectors, 1 output is common, 2 are used to connect the left and right channels, and 2 switched outputs. If external headphones are not connected to the connector, then the audio signal from 2 outputs (R and L) is connected to 2 switched outputs and then the stereo signal is fed to the audio power amplifier.

    There are also 3 pin connectors. They do not have additional switched pins, and they serve exclusively for connecting headphones. This connector can be easily found in cassette and MP3 players.

    The standard headset consists of two sound capsules used to reproduce a sound stereo signal, as well as a microphone module.


    Microphone module

    Microphone module is a microphone and a small-sized button. The button is used to answer a call.The schematic diagram of the headset of the Sony Ericsson K790, K810i cell phone is shown in the figure.


    Schematic diagram of a cell phone headset

    The photo shows an 8-pin connector that connects to a Sony Ericsson K810i mobile phone. The numbering of the connector contacts in the photo corresponds to the numbering on the schematic diagram. Contact 1 and 2 are closed together. Headphone sound capsules are connected to pins 4 and 5. Pin 8 is common for headphones.A printed circuit board of the microphone module is connected to pins 6 and 7.

    The diagram shows that two smd capacitors and a semiconductor diode are connected in parallel to the microphone. The micro button in the pressed state bypasses, short-circuits, the outputs connected to the microphone.

    The microphone module with the “Answer call” micro button looks like a small printed circuit board on which the button is mounted, two capacitors C1 and C2, smd diode D1. On the back is a sensitive headset microphone.


    Printed circuit board of the microphone module and its elements

    After reworking the standard headset, the schematic diagram will be as shown in the figure.


    Schematic diagram of a converted mobile phone headset

    Instead of miniature speakers, the J1 connector is installed, to which you can connect any type of headphones of various manufacturers and form factors. You can also connect to a cell phone and an external amplifier using the AUX IN input, which is found in almost any music device.

    A similar modification can be made for the standard wired headset of the Sony Ericsson K750i mobile phone.

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    How do I connect headphones to my phone?

    Today, headphones are an integral part of the life of any smartphone owner.This statement is especially true for young people. The headset allows you to receive calls without taking your phone out of your pocket, which is very pleasant in winter. Headphones for phones are especially popular with drivers. With them, there is no need to let go of the steering wheel to pick up the phone, besides, talking on the phone while driving is prohibited in many countries of the world.

    Instructions for connecting headphones

    Modern headphones for smartphones is a specialized audio headset through which you can not only listen to music, but also receive incoming calls.The built-in microphone, despite its diminutive size, clearly transmits sound information.

    Modern headsets for telephones are classified according to technical specifications . But first of all the connection method is considered:

    • Wired headphones. They are connected to the telephone by means of a mini jack with a diameter of 3.5 mm.
    • Wireless headphones .A headset of this kind connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth technology.

    Headphones are also divided according to the form factor. Wireless models are fixed on one ear.

    Corded devices have the standard shape of droplets or vacuum headphones. The model is not very common in society, as it requires a large battery charge. Most often they are used to connect to a PC, laptop or TV. But this does not mean that they cannot be used to connect to a smartphone. Moreover, the Android OS assumes the use of a headset of different designs.

    In general, it is not difficult to connect a headset to the phone. Each individual headphone model comes with an instruction manual. Wired models just need to be connected via a mini jack to a special connector on your smartphone. But to connect wireless headphones , you will need to establish a Bluetooth connection.

    Wired

    The process of connecting wired headphones to your phone is very simple.First of all, it is necessary to inspect the smartphone .

    Most often, the headphone connection is located next to the charging connector.

    Today, there are 2 options for connecting a wired headset:

    • Micro USB . This connection method is used for many operations with the phone, such as charging or transferring data.It is also suitable for connecting headphones.
    • Mini jack with standard size 3.5 mm. This type of connector is the most popular. Through it, you can connect not only a headset, but also stereo equipment, namely front, stationary and portable speakers.

    For the wireless headset to become active, just plug its plug into the corresponding socket on . The smartphone instantly detects the connection of a new device and starts transmitting sound only to the headphones.

    Wireless

    The process of connecting wireless headphones is a little more complicated. Today there are several ways to connect them to a smartphone. The distance between devices should not be more than 10 m. Premium models assume support at a distance of 100 m. activate

  • After the headphones are turned on, you need to go to the Bluetooth section through the Smartphone settings menu.Most often it is among the first from the general list of settings
  • After selecting the “Bluetooth” line, you must move the slider to the “on” position
  • Next, a window appears on the smartphone screen with a search for new devices
  • In the list that appears, you need to find the name of the headset
  • To pair, you will need to enter a code. Most often it is 0000.
  • If the bluetooth headset is used only for talking on the phone, it will be impossible to listen to music through it. However, the developers of the Android operating system managed to find a way out of such situations. They have created a special “Bluetooth Router” application that is available to all users on the PlayMarket platform. After downloading this utility, you need to connect Bluetooth on the audio headset and smartphone, then follow the standard pairing procedure and only then launch the program to install the router.

    How to configure

    Connecting headphones to a smartphone is one thing, but setting up a headset is a completely different matter.Before proceeding with the standard operation of wired headphones on smartphones with Android OS, , it is necessary to determine the compatibility of the devices:

    1. It is necessary to view the indicator of the headset resistance . It is indicated in ohms. Its digital value is located on the headset packaging. Headphones with an impedance of 16-32 ohms are ideal for smartphones. Some models of smartphones can be in contact with a headset with an impedance range of 50-64 ohms.Modern smartphone models do not have an amplifier. If you connect a headset with a high impedance level to your smartphone, the sound will be faint and indistinct.
    2. To be specified connection type . In this case, the options for audio jack trs and trrs are considered. In simple terms, trs is a regular audio jack with a diameter of 3.5 mm, and trrs is a mini jack of a standard size, which has an additional contact for transmitting a microphone signal. A good headset often comes with a balanced cable and balanced jack that looks like a plug in appearance.However, you cannot connect them to the phone.
    3. Volume check . If the headphone specifications match smartphones and the sound is quiet when connected, you need to check the volume level for applications. This feature is present in all phones with the Android operating system. For each individual application, you can set its own volume. Most likely, the player is set to a low sound rate.
    4. It is necessary to check the headphones by calling .If you can hear the interlocutor well during the conversation, there is no interference, then the headphones fit perfectly and went through the required setting. If suddenly there is no sound, you should check the health of the audio jack or the microcircuit operating the sound effects of the phone.
    5. After connecting the headphones, it is necessary to check if the smartphone has recognized the new device. Quite often, when a headset is connected, a headphone icon appears at the top of the operating panel of the phone.If it does not appear, then you need to check the tightness of the plug into the connector. As an additional check of the functionality of the purchased headset, you need to take other headphones with the same type of connection. If the other headset works perfectly, then the purchased headphones are faulty.
    6. After verifying the compliance of the headphones and determining that the headset is working, must proceed to adjust the sound. To do this, you can use a standard equalizer or an additional application corresponding to the operating system.It’s worth noting that third-party apps are the best customization option for smartphone users. With their help, you can change the general nature of the sound reproduction, increase the standard maximum volume, add bass, and much more.

    But the owners of a wireless headset for smartphones with the Android operating system are doubly lucky:

    1. A wireless headset is the most convenient for constant use, although it requires timely recharging.
    2. Setting up these headphones is much easier. There are practically no problems when connecting them.

    To configure the wireless headset, you need to turn on Bluetooth and use the system equalizer of your smartphone . You can also download a third-party application that matches your headset type. With it, it will be possible to establish not only the general configuration, but also various sound effects.

    Every headphone user needs to remember that prolonged listening to music at high volumes can damage your hearing and cause the headset to malfunction.

    Possible errors

    When connecting a wired headset, problems are extremely rare. Modern users don’t even look at the instruction manual. With her, everything is extremely simple and understandable. But , when pairing wireless headphones via Bluetooth technology, some difficulties may arise:

    1. A common mistake of smartphone users when pairing a bluetooth headset is disabled visibility of the smartphone for other devices. It is enough just to disable this parameter.
    2. The lack of connection between the headset and the smartphone may be in the mismatch of Bluetooth versions. This is, of course, extremely rare. But to resolve this issue, only updating the wireless technology on either one or both devices will help.
    3. After pairing, most gadgets remain connected until reset one of the devices to factory settings. However, some phones will still require re-pairing with the headset on subsequent connections.

    A detailed overview of connecting wireless headphones to your phone is presented in the following video:

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