[ubuntu-uk] Headsets & VOIP

mac ammonius.grammaticus at gmx.co.uk
Mon Mar 2 21:01:37 GMT 2009

Colin Murphy wrote:
> On Monday 02 March 2009 07:04:45 mac wrote:
>> [...] I've also used usb Plantronics headsets (which have their own
>> external sound cards - brilliant with laptops, 
> I've not experimented with VOIP very much, but, when using a standard audio 
> socket headset I've struggled to overcome a buzz that gets included with my 
> outgoing audio, when I use a laptop.  It does seem to be a standard laptop 
> problem anyway, people seem to, instantly, know I'm on a laptop because of 
> the buzz.  Do USB headsets overcome this problem?

Yes, the reason I got a Plantronics DSP-100 headset was that I wanted to 
use voice recognition software (WinXP only, I fear), and the sound cards 
in laptops are just not up to it.  The tightly packed electronics in a 
laptop produce considerable interference, which messes up the signal, 
not to mention the fact that laptop sound cards aren't that wonderful 
anyway.  The DSP-100 sound card is in a 'pod' in the cable, outside the 
laptop, and it therefore avoids the problem of interference, besides 
being a better quality audio system than the ones in laptops.


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