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Monday, January 22, 2007

The Plantronics .Audio85 USB Headset

The Plantronics .Audio85 is a foldable USB headset that works great with a Mac. Its features include:

  • an adjustable lightweight headband
  • noise-canceling microphone
  • inline volume and mute control
  • 32-bit DSP (Digital Signal Processing) for superior stereo sound and speech recognition
  • USB plug & play

I recently purchased one for myself because I had been looking for a headset that I could use with iChat. I didn't want to just buy any generic headset because I wasn't sure if it was going to work well with my Mac. So you could just imagine how happy I was when I found this product and read straight from the box that it is "Great for iChat, Video Conferencing, Multiplayer Online Games, and Listening to iTunes, CDs, DVDs, and MP3 Music." It was exactly what I was looking for so I immediatley purchased it. It even works with an iPod.

Once out of the box, all you have to do is insert the headphone and microphone jacks into the USB adapter that comes with it. Then plug it into your USB port and your Mac will automatically recognize the headset. No need to install any software whatsoever. It's that easy.

Plantronics USB HeadsetThe Plantronics .Audio85 USB Headset

USB headphone and mic adapterThe USB headphone and mic adapter offers plug & play ease

It folds away for easy storage and even comes with a leatherette carrying pouch.

Plantronics .Audio85 Foldable USB Headsetleatherette carrying pouch

I'm very pleased with this product. The stereo headphones offer great sound quality and the noise canceling microphone does a good job of keeping your voice clear-sounding. It's really great for iChat video conferencing and listening to your iTunes music library. This is definitely a product that I would recommend for those who are looking for a USB headset for their Mac.

Product Specifications:

Digital Signal Processing

5 channel 16 bit, 48KHz data from USB
24 bit, 100dB signal-to-noise CODEC
32 bit digital audio processing
Headphone Output
2 channel 48KHz output to headphone
Headphone gain stage >80dB range
20Hz-20KHz speaker frequency response
Microphone Input
Mono, 16 bit, 48KHz data
Mic gain stage >50dBrange
Up to 25dB noise rejection (hypercardioid response)
100KHz-8KHz frequency response
Electret condenser microphone with -39dBV/Pa sensitivity
Cable length: 3 meters

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