3 Best Headphones with Microphone in 2020
Welcome back to another post where we’re going to be talking about all the best headphones with microphone to buy in 2020. We’ve done this list before, which you can read by clicking here.
Seeing how much in demand headphones with microphone have become due to the ongoing pandemic, we thought we’d do another one, to give all people working from home more options.
Whether you’re taking Zoom meetings back to back, or need wireless headphones with microphone to take calls to stretch out your legs after sitting for long periods of time – you’ll be glad you clicked on our post.
At WowTechSound we give you nothing but the best and to-the-point reviews of audio headsets that you can find online or in stores.
So what is the hold up? Here we go!
We’ve never talked about headphones by SteelSeries before on our blog, however the Arctis 7 was too good to be missed. As a gaming wireless headphone it is a well performing headset that not only boosts clear and accurate sound quality but also has that little extra bass to get your grooving with music while working.
As a wireless options it is one of the best headphones with microphone that picks up your voice with such clarity and detail that even your breathing can be heard on the other side. As the headphones connect to your PC or gaming console through a 2.4GHz wireless RF USB dongle, this means you get a more reliable and stronger connection as compared to Bluetooth.
However, one of the best features of the SteelSeries Arctis 7 is the digital surround sound effect that gives you spatial awareness while listening to music and if you’re worried about background noise sweeping, then the passive noise isolation does cancel out noisy roommates and sounds from the street. Sound quality is pretty great for an affordable gaming headphone, with a great bass effect that isn’t overly powering like most headsets.
On first glance the Arctis 7 don’t look like a gaming headset with flashy neon highlights or LED and the matte black finish gives them a very edgy look. Add in the earcups and headband made with an airweave fabric that makes them comfortable to use for longer listening sessions, without causing ears to overheat. If you’re looking to connect these headphones with microphone with your phone, you get a 3.5mm audio cable.
Similarly, the battery life lasts for 24 hours and you can charge them through the Micro-USB port. Either way the SteelSeries Arctis 7 is a budget friendly headphones with microphone perfect for gamers looking for comfort, good audio quality and a responsive microphone.
- Amazing digital surround sound
- Affordable gaming headphones under $150
- Comfortable to wear for longer sessions
- Matte finish with a sleek design
- Long battery life for wireless gaming
- Great connectivity through a 2.4GHz wireless RF USB dongle’
- Need to use 3.5mm audio cable to use with phone
- Bass can be over amplified at some points
Finding budget friendly headphone with microphone isn’t a difficult task and the AKG Y500 is a prime example of a great headset that is under $50 and provides great sound. The Y500 are foldable headphones with microphone which means you can take them anywhere you go. As an on-ear headphone the Y500 comes in multiple colors, is lightweight, made with a combination of plastic and aluminium, with polished metal edges for a beautiful design.
The fit is tight on your ears which can be a bit of issue for people who wear glasses, but it can get better with time. The controls are located under the earcups with LED lights to denote when they’re on/off, along with the ambient aware mode which makes you aware of the surroundings you’re in.
When it comes to sound quality it is quite detailed and clear, which is quite surprising for a headphone priced under $50. The AKG Y500, are a simple, no fuss sounding headphones with microphone, that has a bass which just misses out on being truly energetic, but doesn’t leave you wanting.
One cool feature of the Y500 is how it automatically stops the music you’re listening to when you take off the headphones, and it resumes once placed back on. The battery life is a phenomenal 33 hours and with a quick charge for just 5 minutes you get 1 hour of listening time. The microphone is pretty decent, and works well to deliver a clear audio reproduction to the receiver.
However, the AKG Y500 feature Bluetooth 4.2 which is a bummer as Bluetooth 5.0 could’ve taken these headphones to the next level for stronger connection. But with memory foam ear cushions, generous padding on the headband, lightweight, a balanced sound, and a price under $50 makes it a steal when looking for headphones with microphone.
- 33 hour battery life
- Multiple color options
- Foldable design and easy to travel with
- Fast charging
- Lightweight and comfortable earpads
- Priced under $50
- On-ear design can hurt people who wear glasses for longer listening sessions
- Bluetooth 4.2
If you’re not looking to compromise for adequate or average sounding microphones and want a headset that truly has a phenomenal mic then the Plantronics Voyager Focus UC B825 is for you. Although it definitely isn’t budget friendly, but for people who work from home or out of an office, constantly joining in on online meetings, this is by far one of the best headphones with microphone.
It is a Bluetooth 4.1 wireless on ear headphone, which gives you 12 hours of talking time, and roughly 15 hours of listening time. The Plantronics Voyager Focus are a premium looking headphones with a black design and red accents, with a 2 inch long microphone boom that can be swiveled up or down, depending on your use. Both the earcups feature controls that are responsive and easy to use, where as the earcups are padded with soft cushion for maximum comfort.
Similarly, although on-ear headphones are notorious for hurting your ears by clamping too tightly, these headphones feature just the right amount of tightness with a headband that is padded for a more comfortable experience while using them. As far as sound is concerned, the Plantronics Voyager Focus UC B825, gives you an auditory experience that is full of a deep but balanced bass, without music distortion and active noise cancellation to really get you in the zone.
However, the active noise cancellation doesn’t full remove noises from the background including loud voices, objects tumbling etc but the real deal is the microphone! You get an HD voice option that amplifies a clear voice to the receiver, and gives it a premium finish. Moreover, there is minimum background noise from the speaker’s end and your receiver won’t have to ask you to speak up.
Overall the Plantronics Voyager Focus UC B825 are hands down the best headphones with microphone that makes call sound clear and fun, with an awesome sound soundstage while listening to music.
- HD voice option for extra clarity while taking calls
- Very comfortable to wear for long sessions
- Decent battery life
- Balanced sound profile with a perfect bass and no distortion
- The charging cradle doesn’t provide stability while charging the headphones
- No additional wired cable provided
- Bluetooth 4.1 technology
- Battery life could be longer
And there you have 3 of the best headphones with microphones each with their unique value proposition from comfort, price range, durability and of course an excellent microphone.
We’ll be back with another awesome post, so keep a look out to find more amazing recommendations.