Skype Headset Reviews

Plantronics Headsets Comparison Chart



  Audio 40 Audio 45 Audio 60 Audio 70 Audio 80 Audio 90 DSP-100 DSP-300 DSP-500
Price £14.99/
$29
£26.99 /
$51
£18.99/
$36
£21.99/
$42
£23.99/
$46
£29.99/
$58
£59.99/
$114
£69.99/
$133
£79.99/
$152
120 Free Skype minutes included   YES YES     YES      
Plug and play via sound card YES     YES YES YES      
USB plug and play   YES         YES YES YES
Stereo speakers YES YES YES YES YES YES   YES YES
In-line digital volume and mute controls     YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
QuickAdjust™ microphone placement       YES YES YES YES YES YES
Noise-cancelling microphone YES YES              
Digital noise-cancelling microphone             YES YES YES
Superior speech recognition microphone       YES YES YES      
PerSono™ Audio Control Software             YES YES YES
Multimedia gaming             YES YES YES
PC compatible YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Mac compatible             YES YES YES
Sound quality (marks out of 10) 7 7 7 6 7 7 8 9 9
Ease of installation (marks out of 10) 9 7 9 9 9 7 5 5 5
Design (marks out of 10) 6 6 8 7 7 8 7 8 8
Durability (marks out of 10) 8 8 9 8 7 8 8 8 9
Comfort (marks out of 10) 8 8 8 5 6 8 6 7 8
Usability (marks out of 10) 7 8 8 7 7 8 8 8 8
Value for money (marks out of 10) 8 5 9 6 7 8 5 5 7

Overall score

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The Plantronics DSP range represents a major leap in pricing, but do you get a major leap in quality?
The answer really is both yes and no, and much depends on what you plan to use the headset for. Certainly if you have a Mac and want a Plantronics headset you will need a DSP model.

The DSP range needs to be installed using software called PerSono, provided with the headset. Using this software you can fine-tune the bass, treble and speaker balance. This makes these headsets great for listening to music and playing games, but it is not really necessary for just making calls.

All the DSP models also come with a USB adaptor so you can use the headphone at the same time as your speakers. As for the actual sound quality, computer-to-computer was not really that different to the Audio range, however, when calling mobiles and landlines there did seem to be a slight improvement.