Guide to Using Headset Microphones

Author: Paige  

10 June 2024 

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At Telrex, we know the importance of a clear, quality communication experience. Crisp sound is important whether you're using a headset during a business meeting or a call on the go. 

This user guide will walk you through the essentials of using a headset with a mic, covering everything from initial setup to mastering their use. Download our Visual Guide here to start: Download the Visual Headset Mic Guide

Let's dive in!

Why Choose a Headset with a Microphone?

Anybody who needs hands-free, clear communication will find microphone-equipped headsets to be invaluable tools. They are especially useful for:

  • Business Meetings: Ensure you’re heard clearly in virtual meetings on Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams or other platforms.
  • Gaming: Communicate with teammates effectively. No matter the headset, it's important to know how to properly use a microphone on your headset. 
  • On-the-Go Calls: Maintain call quality without holding your phone while on business calls or catching up on recording notes. 
  • Noise Cancellation: Reduce background noise for better concentration and clarity. Stop using earbuds that stop you from coming out clearly; use the right tools. 
  • Remote Learning and Teaching: Facilitate clear communication in educational settings. When teaching, you want to be heard, so ensure your mic is placed right so everyone can hear. 

A great headset with a microphone can make a big difference whether you work from home, take online classes, or just need to keep your hands free while speaking.

What’s more important is knowing how to use it. 

How to setup your Microphone Position for Best Results

To ensure the most professional and productive conversations without distracting background noise, follow these tips from our headset microphone positioning guide​​:

  1. Bend the Mic: Adjust the mic to pick up your voice rather than surrounding noise.
  2. Face the Mic: Ensure the mic is directed towards your mouth.
  3. Positioning: Keep the mic one finger-width away from the corner of your mouth.

Proper microphone positioning can dramatically improve the clarity of your voice and reduce the pickup of background noise. This is especially important in noisy environments or during high-stakes calls.

Tips for Using Wireless and Bluetooth Headsets

  • Charge Regularly: Keep your headset charged to avoid interruptions during important calls.
  • Pairing: Ensure your headset is properly paired with your device. Repair if necessary.
  • Firmware Updates: Regularly update your headset's firmware for optimal performance.
  • Range: Be aware of the effective range of your wireless or Bluetooth headset to avoid connectivity issues.

Mastering Call Control

Most modern headsets come with intuitive call control buttons. Here's a quick rundown:

  • Answer/End Call: Press the call control button.
  • Mute/Unmute Mic: Press the mute button or the mic control.
  • Volume Control: Adjust using the volume buttons on your headset.
  • Special Functions: Some headsets have additional features like noise cancellation toggles, voice assistant activation, and customisable buttons. Read your headset’s manual to make the most of these features.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

Even the best headsets can encounter issues. Here are some common problems and how to solve them:

  • No Sound: Check if the headset is properly connected and selected as the audio output device in your settings.
  • Mic Not Working: Ensure the microphone is not muted and is selected as the input device.
  • Static or Distortion: Try moving to a different location to avoid interference or check if any updates are available for your headset’s software.

Advanced Tips for Power Users

For those looking to get the most out of their headsets, here are some advanced tips:

  • Equaliser Settings: Use equaliser settings to enhance sound quality. Many headsets come with companion apps that allow you to tweak the audio settings.
  • Comfort: Ensure long-term comfort by adjusting the headband and ear cups. Look for memory foam ear pads and lightweight designs.
  • Multipoint Connectivity: If your Bluetooth headset supports multipoint connectivity, you can connect it to two devices simultaneously. This is great for effortlessly switching between your phone and computer.


Popular Headset Types with Microphones

Here are some of the top options available:

Wireless Headset with Mic

Wireless headsets offer the freedom to move around without being tethered to a device. They are ideal for multitasking and can be used with various devices, including PCs, smartphones, and tablets. The best wireless headsets provide long battery life, comfortable design, and superior sound quality. Popular models include:

  • Jabra Evolve2 85: Known for its exceptional noise cancellation and comfortable fit, this headset is perfect for professionals who must stay focused in noisy environments.
  • Plantronics Voyager 5200: This headset offers excellent call clarity and wind noise reduction, making it ideal for on-the-go calls.
  • Poly (formerly Plantronics) Voyager Focus UC: This headset features active noise cancelling and a comfortable design, making it a great choice for long workdays.


Bluetooth Headset with Mic

Bluetooth headsets are a subset of wireless headsets that use Bluetooth technology to connect to devices. They are particularly useful for connecting multiple devices simultaneously, such as your phone and computer. Top choices in this category include:

  • Jabra Evolve2 65 Flex: Compact and comfortable, this headset offers great sound quality and seamless connectivity.
  • Poly Voyager 6200 UC: This neckband-style Bluetooth headset offers versatility and excellent audio performance for calls and music.


USB Headset with Mic

USB headsets are a great choice for those who need a reliable connection and easy setup. Simply plug the USB connector into your computer, and you’re ready. They are particularly popular for professional use and online gaming. Notable options include:

  • Jabra Evolve 40: This headset offers great sound quality and comfort, making it ideal for extended use.
  • Plantronics Blackwire 5220: Known for its robust design and excellent audio quality, this headset is perfect for office use.
  • Poly Blackwire 3220: This affordable option provides good sound quality and comfort, making it a great choice for budget-conscious users.


Setting Up Your Headset with Microphone on PC

Using a headset with a mic on your PC can seem daunting, but it's quite straightforward. Here's how to do it:

  1. Connect the Headset:
    • USB Headsets: Simply plug the USB connector into a USB port on your computer.
    • Bluetooth Headsets: Turn on the Bluetooth on both your headset and PC, then pair them.
    • 3.5mm Jack Headsets: Plug the headset into the appropriate audio jack on your PC.
  2. Configure Audio Settings:
    • Go to your PC's Sound Settings.
    • Under the Input section, select your headset's microphone.
    • Under the Output section, select your headset as the playback device.
  3. Test the Microphone:
    • Speak into the microphone to check if it's picking up your voice.
    • Adjust the volume and sensitivity settings as needed.
  4. Using Headset Controls:
    • Many headsets have built-in controls for volume, mute, and call management. Familiarise yourself with these buttons to make your experience seamless.


Choosing the right headset with a microphone can significantly enhance your communication experience. Whether in a high-stakes business meeting, gaming, or taking calls on the go, Telrex has the perfect headset for you. Remember to optimise your setup and mic positioning for the best results.

For further assistance or to explore our range of headsets, visit Telrex.


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