Headset Styles

There are many headset styles and technologies to choose from. When selecting  your headset, consider these options:

Wired vs. wireless

Plantronics wireless headsets give you 30 to 300 feet of wireless range from your desk, enabling you to talk hands-free while accomplishing extra tasks, like grabbing that important document off the printer. Using a handset lifter lets you answer and hang up calls away from your desk, also.

Wired headsets connect to an amplifier or adapter cable, which then connects to your phone.

Noise Canceling vs Voice Tube

Noise canceling and voice tube describe the microphone styles on headsets. Noise canceling microphones have special filtering technology built in to block most of the background noise around you. This is ideal for call centers, cubicle areas and many offices.  If you are using or considering moving to a unified communications solution, noise canceling headsets should be used.

Voice tube microphones do not block background noise. They are replaceable, and should be replaced every 6 months, between users, or as they become soiled. Voice tube headsets are for use in quiet calling environments.

Monaural vs. Binaural

Monaural headsets cover one ear and can be worn on either your left or right ear. Your other ear is free to keep in tune to what’s going on around you. Binaural headsets cover both ears and block out much of the activity around you. Your personal comfort and background activities will determine which style is right for you.


Wearing Styles


Headband style headsets include adjustable headbands for a personalized fit. Click stop headbands lock in place, but can easily be readjusted. Headband style headsets can be worn on either ear. Standard binaural headsets will have a wire coming from each ear. Yokeless binaural headsets, such as the H261N shown here, have a single wire for both earpieces.

Over the ear

These lightweight headsets are worn over the ear, with an earpiece that either rests just outside your ear, or an earbud that sits just inside the opening of your ear.  They can be worn on either ear by rotating the microphone arm, and swiveling the ear piece.


Convertible headsets can be worn in a headband or over the ear style.  Accessory neckbands are available for some models, providing a third wearing style.

Which is best?

In the end, personal preference and the usage environment will determine which headset is best for you. If you’d like additional assistance selecting your headset, give us a call or email us for more information.