With most of the UK working from home to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus, video conferencing has understandably boomed. There are a number of reasons why all remote workers should invest in wireless headphones.
Apart from just avoiding how annoyed your housemates get by your (probably) questionable music taste, there are some technical reasons why using wireless headphones to video call will improve the experience for everyone.
With so many of us using
laptops or PCs to dial into video calls on the likes of
House Party, there’s a huge battle for the network to keep things smooth. It’s also very common, especially for
budget laptops, to have poor microphones and speakers.
Let’s not even get into webcam quality and poor placement!
Connect a pair of wireless headphones to your device and you’ll get the audio feed straight into your ears for starters.
Furthermore, the microphones, which most pairs have, will also be closer to your mouth meaning better recording quality and better accuracy for the software to know when you’re talking. Most video calling software will automatically mute you until you say something.
You’re almost guaranteed to avoid feedback, too. This is where people on the call can hear an echo of themselves because their voice is coming out of the speakers, then straight back into a microphone in an almost endless loop.
It’s a common problem when you have to turn your volume up to max to hear people properly and why people calling into radio stations are asked to turn their radio off while they are on the air.
This is one of the key reasons we’ve been doing it while recording our
weekly podcast Fast Charge you can find on YouTube.
Wireless earbuds like
Apple’s AirPods Pro are popular for this purpose, but plenty of
wireless headphones also have a good setup. The
Xiaomi Redmi AirDots are amazing value if AirPods are too dear..
Sony WH-1000XM3 sit atop our overall
best headphone chart but you can spend a lot less if your
budget is tight. The
Soundmagic E11BT are excellent for just £69.
You can also use wired headphones, of course, but your device will need a headphone jack (or headphones that fit the port) and you’ll be physically tied to the device meaning you can’t just easily pop and grab that USB stick that’s upstairs with an important file on it.
On the wired side, the
Rock Jaw Alfa Genus V2 are some of the best in-ears we’ve tested while the
OnePlus Type-C Bullets are only
£22 and perfect if you don’t have a headphone jack.