Internet marketing has grown a lot since I first started. Gone are the days of just using text to promote products and grow our websites. The increase in bandwidth has led to the more prominent use of audio and video in getting our messages across to different audiences.
It is this movement that has spurred the need for Internet marketers to adjust to these new demands by buying computers for video editing, microphones, cameras and headsets in order to be able to produce multimedia-driven promotional campaigns.
An essential part of the modern Internet marketer’s arsenal is the headset. Aside from being a means to listen to music and other audio, most headsets also have a microphone that can be used to record your voice for podcasting and voiceovers.
With all the choices in the market, it;s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choices available. Well, don’t you worry because Ole’ Cuzin Andy’s got your back. I’ve done the research for you and I’ve got a number of recommendations:
Budget All-Purpose Headset: Plantronics Audio 655
If you want a headset to handle basic tasks such as the occasional Skype call and maybe record a quick voiceover or two then consider picking this one up. With an SRP under $50, this provides a good balance between price, features, and functionality.
The sound is clear and the microphone is pretty good if not a bit sensitive. In addition, it also comes with in-line (on the wire) controls where you can mute your microphone and adjust the volume. Setup is a breeze as it doesn’t require any special software or drivers to get it to work. Just plug it into your USB port and you’re ready to rock.
Mid-Range Headset: Turtle Beach Z6A
If you’re willing to spend a bit more, you can spring for the Turtle Beach Z6A 5.1 multi-speaker headset. Unlike other headsets which offer virtual or simulated 5.1 surround sound this actually has 4 speakers and a 40mm subwoofer in each ear. The audio quality as you can imagine is superb, and the microphone is very crisp and clear.
Setup is a little more difficult than the Plantronics headset as you have to plug in the in-line 5.1 channel amplifier. The good thing about this headset is that it comes with a pass-through kit allowing you to choose whether to output the sound from your headset or your speakers.
High-end Headset: Sony DR-GA500
If you’ve got the cash to burn, then this is the headset to buy. This baby packs 7.1 ch digital surround sound, a built in Dolby Pro Logic 2 decoder and Sony exclusive Virtualphones technology. In case that didn’t make any sense to you, let’s just say that it sounds really, really good. The microphone is compact, crisp, and noise cancelling.
Setting this up is simple enough with the instructions provided, and it comes with almost everything you need. I say almost because you might want to get a sound card that offers 7.1 support to really maximize your listening and recording pleasure.
Since you’ll be using these headphones for quite some time before you completely wear them out, it’s a good idea to invest in the best one you can afford at the moment. Regardless, you can’t go wrong with any of these headphones, whatever your budget may be, as they are considered some of the best in their class and price point.