Regular Price: $29.99
Talk on the phone, watch video clips, play games or listen to songs with the BlackBerry 3.5mm Stereo Headset. Lightweight and comfortable, the Blackberry Stereo Headset is designed to cut out wind and background noise to ensure great sound quality when you're on the go. The headset features an easy-to-use control button, so you can answer, end or mute phone calls and pause or play music, all with a single touch. Additional controls on your smartphone allow you to rewind, fast forward, skip between songs, change volume and more.Learn More
Regular Price: $9.95
The T-Mobile Universal 3.5mm Hands-Free Stereo Headset Features:
- Make phone calls and / or listen to music on the go
- Compatible with any electronic device with a 3.5mm headset connectivity port
- Easy-to-use control button, allowing you to answer and end phone calls
Note: For information about product condition and packaging, please visit our FAQ.Learn More
Regular Price: $9.99
Lightweight and comfortable, the T-Mobile Universal 3.5mm Hands-Free Stereo Headset enables you to carry on conversations, or listen to music while you're on the go. The T-Mobile Universal 3.5mm Hands-Free Stereo Headset enables you to connect to any phone with a 3.5mm headset connectivity port. It features an easy-to-use control button, so you can answer, end, or mute phone calls all at your finger tips.Learn More
Regular Price: $35.00
The Skullcandy Supreme Sound Riff Headset Features:
- Innovative design directs sounds into the ear for crystal clear sound
- In-line controls allow you to play and pause music, change tracks, and take and end calls
- Built-in high quality microphone
- Compatible with most smartphones
- Replaceable silicone gel tips
- Skullcandy Supreme Sound Technology
- Color Options: Black, White, Pink, Blue
NOTE: Refurbished items may contain slight scratches or blemishes. However, this item has been tested thoroughly and works perfectly.Learn More
Regular Price: $19.95
Just like the very nature of ink itself, the Skullcandy Ink'd Earbuds with Mic add permanence. It forces the visual representation of an idea, concept, ideal or experience, and tangibly commemorates it, like a tattoo, graffiti, or stretch marks. Until you're really ready to commit, go with the Skullcandy Ink'd Earbuds with Mic. Big sound, little price, no visible scarring.
Regular Price: $14.95
BlackBerry HDW-14322-003 Stereo Headset Features:
- This Stereo Earbud Headset allows you to enjoy stereo sound, from music or video, directly from your device
- Great sound quality that cuts through background noise
- Conveniently located one button control for answering, ending, and muting calls as well as playing and pausing music
- In-line microphone
- Comes with two pairs
Regular Price: $26.99
Listen to your favorite songs and switch over to incoming calls effortlessly with the Sony Ericsson Fast Port Corded Stereo Headset. The Sony Ericsson Fast Port Corded Stereo Headset are feature rich with their built in multifunction button and microphone, as well as optional ear bud foam covers and shirt clip. This Sony Ericsson Stereo Headphones provides users of Sony Ericsson Fast Port cellular phones a great hands-free option.
Regular Price: $19.99
You take your ear buds out of your bag or pocket and they've morphed into a giant, tangled-up mess. If this sounds familiar, try the HTC 3.5mm Stereo Headset (39H00004-02M) featuring a tangle-free cable! This headset has a flat cable that prevents it from bunching up into a knot that'll take too long to unknot. Use these headphones with any device that has a 3.5mm audio jack including your cell phone, tablet, MP3 player. and more. Say goodbye to tangled headphones with the tangle-free headset from HTC!Learn More
Regular Price: $14.99
Handle phone calls handsfree with this stylish, high-quality Sony Ericsson HPB-60 Mono Headset in silver and grey. The comfortable earpiece allows you to use it for hours on end, and the discreet microphone on the cord ensures that your voice is heard loud and clear.Learn More
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Wired headsets are essential and highly affordable accessories for music-lovers and those always on-the-go. A high quality headset brings you closer to the person on the other end of the line, adds dimension and clarity to your music, and frees up your hands for a variety of other tasks.
Wired headsets are most often dual-ear devices, designed to take advantage of the direct audio connection afforded by an attached cable. This means high-quality stereo audio and hands-free talking in highly portable, light-weight designs. Single-ear mono models are also available for those looking, above all, to increase their mobility and ensure an easy, comfortable conversation.
Wired headsets come in a variety of configurations, with earphones designed to fit ears of all shapes, sizes, and comfort preferences. Built-in microphones ensure your voice comes across loud and clear--whether you're walking, driving, or simply too busy to hold on to your phone.
These days, it's increasingly rare—indeed, almost unheard of—for a cell phone to function solely as a phone. New models strive to integrate the best attributes of a host of devices—mp3 players, cameras, video game systems, and the like—into a single, comprehensive unit.
Headsets, whether wired or Bluetooth, are an increasingly important component for those looking to get the most out of their phones. A high quality headset brings you closer to the person on the other end of the line, adds dimension and clarity to your music, and frees up your hands for other tasks. Wired headsets in particular are capable of delivering extremely high-quality audio over a broad frequency spectrum, making them ideal for audiophiles on-the-go.
Below, we'll look at the full spectrum of wired headsets available to consumers, and outline the most important variations to take into consideration when making a purchase.
Stereo or Mono?:Wired headsets come in two basic configurations: one-ear (mono) and two-ear (stereo). Increasingly, one-ear designs are employing Bluetooth technology to cut out the need for wires. There are, however, a number of corded single-earpiece designs available for those without Bluetooth equipped cell phones and looking, above all, to increase their mobility.
Most corded headsets, however, are two-ear, stereo devices designed to take advantage of the direct audio connection afforded by an attached cable. While sound quality among Bluetooth devices is getting better and better, it still can't quite match the fidelity of their wired counterparts. Corded connections also eliminate the (admittedly small) amount of energy used by Bluetooth, so battery life is never a direct concern..
Headsets are, in many respects, just like conventional headphones, with the one significant addition of a small microphone. The same basic considerations that go into selecting a set of headphones, then, should apply to your choice of headset:
Comfort is a central consideration in selecting a headset, and one you shouldn't take lightly--after all, whatever model you choose is likely to sit in or around your ear for a good part of the day. Among stereo headsets, earpieces are almost always of the in-ear (commonly known as "ear-bud") variety; this style, in addition to being compact and lightweight, allows other ambient sounds to enter the ear, so you won't be deaf to your surroundings.
Ear-buds fall into two basic categories--those that rest in the outer ear (the ubiquitous white Apple earphones are a good example), and those that extend into the ear canal. The latter are somewhat better at isolating external sound, and tend to offer a more immersive listening experience; the former are, in the opinion of some, more comfortable and less intrusive. A number of other smaller variations in shape, material, and size distinguish common designs (spherical vs. conical, plastic vs. rubber, etc.), but ultimately such a choice can only be dictated by personal preference.
Among mono headsets (those with only one earpiece, in which sound is condensed into a single channel), earpieces often fit around the top of the ear. This design incorporates the microphone into the earpiece, mimicking a phone held against the ear. This design is, again, best for those seeking primarily to converse hands-free, but it also eliminates the worry of dropping an ear piece, and allows for comfortable and totally unrestricted movement.
Like conventional headphones, headsets are available at a broad range of sound qualities, with the best matching those of the highest quality dedicated ear-buds. High-end offerings feature broad frequency ranges, well-defined bass, and noise-reducing designs, as well as durable materials and casings designed to prevent wear from extended high-volume use.
Some wired headsets--particularly those offered by phone manufacturers for their own products--feature controls that allow you to perform basic functions (answering or ending calls, muting, adjusting volume) without ever removing your phone from your pocket or center console. This additional functionality only increases the convenience of a headset, and allows you to stay even more focused on the task at hand, whatever it might be.
Why wired headsets?
Wired headsets provide an affordable, highly functional way of maximizing productivity, mobility, and enjoyment in many of the tasks associated with cell phone use. Driving, walking, and multitasking all become immeasurably simpler, and music takes on new life and immediacy. Pick up one—and put down your phone—today.