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The Best Headset Mics for Speaking

Posted: November 19, 2021
Author: Chris Bentley
Best headsets for speaking/best headset microphones

When you’re taking phone calls for work, you’ll want to make sure that every word you say gets through to the caller. Doing business over the phone requires you to make sure that your headset microphone provides the high-quality audio you need. Some headsets are designed mainly for listening, with high quality speakers but low quality mics. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of our best headsets for speaking. We’ll help get you hooked up with a headset that sounds as good as if you were speaking to someone face-to-face!


Our recommendations of the best headset mics for speaking

Sennheiser OfficeRunner

Sennheiser OfficeRunner wireless best single ear headset


  • Price: $489.95

  • Range: up to 400 feet

  • Battery life: up to 12 hours of talk time

  • Warranty period: 3 years

What our Customers are saying about this headset mic

Per a review on

"I ordered the Sennheiser OfficeRunner with the handset lifter and I love it. The headset is very lightweight and comfortable while the sound quality is amazing.”

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Multi-device connectivity: With this noise-canceling headset, you’ll be able to connect up to 4 headsets to the same base. This is an excellent feature to have if you make calls throughout the day where multiple people in the same office need to be present. It means that you don’t need to coordinate dialing everyone in separately. Instead, quickly pair to your base, call in on one phone, and enjoy your seamless conference calls.

  • Comfort: The OfficeRunner is made to keep users comfortable throughout long hours of wear. In fact, it’s the favorite of multiple of our Headset Advisors. The ability to change from over-the-head to on-the-ear ensures you won't get tired of wearing the headset. It’s adjustable, it moves with you, and you’ll be able to chat all day without needing to adjust your headset.

  • Hearing protection: With Sennheiser‘s ActiveGard technology, you can rest assured that all those hours of calls won’t result in hearing damage. That’s because the speakers on each ear will automatically sense sudden increases in volume and prevent them from reaching your ears. It’s safer, and it makes for a much more enjoyable call.

Look for a different headset if…

… you work in an environment where you need Bluetooth connectivity. Customers love how long the battery lasts and the ability to connect up to 4 headsets to the same base. However, if you need the ability to take calls from your cell phone, consider looking for a Bluetooth headset such as the Leitner LH370.

Leitner LH280

Leitner® LH280 On-the-Ear Wireless Best Headset Mics for Speaking


  • Price: $259.00

  • Range: up to 350 feet

  • Battery life: up to 8 hours of talk time

  • Warranty period: 5 years

What our Customers are saying about this headset mic

Per Amazon reviews (1 and 2, respectively)

“I tried all kinds of microphones and earpieces, and finally bit the bullet and gave this one a try. The reviews I am getting about the sound quality of my voice and the low profile headset design make this a winner.”

“The sound quality is fantastic: from my end, the sound is crisp and clear. From the other end, it doesn’t pick up background noise, and others have asked me what headset I use (Leitner, of course!) as they hear only crispness and clarity from their end too.”

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Conferencing capabilities: Because of Leitner's own UniBase technology, you’ll be able to merge calls from different devices to this noise-canceling headset. If you’re already on a Zoom call, and someone gives you a ring on your desk phone, you can merge the two calls into one seamlessly. It makes for a much smoother workday and easier conferencing experience.

  • Replaceable battery: Many on-the-ear headsets die with their batteries. Because their battery isn’t fully replaceable, when it bites the dust, you’re stuck needing to get a new headset altogether. With the LH280, you can simply remove the old battery, pop in a replacement one, and be on your merry way.

  • Guaranteed fit: Many people have found on-the-ear headsets to be uncomfortable. That won’t be the case with the LH280. First of all, the ear loop is contoured to sit comfortably and securely all day. Second, three different sizes of interchangeable ear tips are included in the box. You can swap them out as you please to find the perfect fit.

Look for a different headset if…

… you need Bluetooth capabilities. Many people love the sleekness of this on-the-ear model, but they need to connect to devices like tablets and smartphones. If that rings true for you, check out the Bluetooth enabled version of this model, the LH380.

Jabra Engage 75

Jabra Engage 75 Single-Ear Wireless Best Headset Mics for Speaking


  • Price: $459.95

  • Range: up to 490 feet

  • Battery life: up to 13 hours of talk time

  • Warranty period: 1 year

What our Customers are saying about this headset mic

Per an Amazon review of the dual-ear version (which uses the same mic):

“So I tried out 6 different noise cancelling headsets for me to work from home now with two noisy kids, dog, and all the noises associated with working from home. The Jabra Engage 75 blew away the competition on sound quality, noise cancellation, distance, and comfort.”

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Convertibility: If you love the freedom of a wireless headset, but you still spend time at your desk throughout the day, the Engage 75 could be a great option for you. It has a detachable cord, so you can switch between a wired and wireless device easily. It’s great for anybody who forgets to charge their headset and doesn’t want to interrupt their workday to hook it up to a base.

  • Jabra apps: You can connect your headset to both Jabra SDK and Jabra Xpress in order to get metrics regarding headset performance and call quality. It makes for easy tracking and troubleshooting, and it’ll help you make sure you’re getting the best performance out of your headset.

  • Advanced connectivity: The Engage 75 not only has the ability to connect with virtually every device in your office; it can connect to up to 5 at the same time! You can hook this noise-canceling headset up to whatever technology you need, and you don’t have to worry about disconnecting from other devices.

Look for a different headset if…

… you’re not looking for extra frills. The Engage 75 has all kinds of features that you might not have even known you wanted: a built-in busy light, a touch screen base... However, not everyone needs the extra bells and whistles. If you don’t see yourself using all of these added features, you can check out other models on this list that will get the job done at a lower price.

Executive Pro Harmony

Executive Pro Harmony Binaural Noise-Canceling Best Headset Mics for Speaking


  • Price: $129.99

  • Range: up to 8 feet

  • Battery life: not applicable

  • Warranty period: 2 years

What our Customers are saying about this headset mic

Per a review:

“We have two of these head sets in our office where we take reservations for a theme park all day. Because our office is on location there can be occasional interruptions and distractions in our office and the noise canceling on this head set is great for us.”

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Noise cancellation: Customers rave about just how effective the noise canceling abilities of this headset are. Whether you’re concerned about barking dogs at home or noisy coworkers in the office, you can set your worries aside.

  • More corded mobility: Many corded headsets only have about 3 feet of cord. They’ll more or less keep you confined to your desk. The Harmony, however, gives you 8 feet of cord, so you can have more freedom around your desk space.

  • Quick Disconnect: One tricky thing about corded headsets is the process required to get up from your desk. Do you remove your headset, and risk messing up its position (or worse, your hair)? Do you fully unplug it from your phone and go through reconnecting it as soon as you get back? With the Harmony, neither! Using the Quick Disconnect cord, you can easily plug and unplug your noise-canceling headset from the connected phone, so leaving your desk doesn’t need to be an ordeal.

Look for a different headset if…

… you’re looking for extra features. This headset is sure to deliver great quality calls. However, it doesn’t come with too many capabilities beyond the baseline ones. You won’t have call control on the ear piece or wire. If you’d like some more advanced functionality, we recommend checking out other devices.

Leitner LH245XL

Leitner® LH245XL Dual-Ear Best Headset Mics for Speaking


  • Price: $114.00

  • Range: up to 3.5 feet

  • Battery life: not applicable

  • Warranty period: 5 years

What our Customers are saying about this headset mic

Per an Amazon review:

“The Leitner LH245XL is a fantastic headset for call centers. We have over 100 customer service reps and we needed to transition to something wired, due to issues with pairing and connectivity. This was the perfect solution.”

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Maximum comfort: With ear cushions twice the size of your average headset, the LH245XL practically gives you a pillow on each ear. If you’ve ever had a hard time finding a comfortable headset, this one will put an end to your struggle.

  • CleanSound technology: The microphone on this noise-canceling headset is great, but your caller won’t be the only one impressed by the sound quality. Thanks to CleanSound technology, the background noise coming from your callers will be filtered out, keeping them sounding crisp and clear.

  • Budget friendliness: At under $115, this is the least expensive headset on this list. However, you certainly aren’t compromising quality to get this low price. You’ll still have amazing sound and all-day comfort, and you won't break the bank to get it.

Look for a different headset if…

… Standard sized air cushions do the trick. If you don’t feel the need to get a headset with XL cushions, check out the LH245. It’s got all the same functionality as the LH245XL with average sized ear cushions that lower the price.


We’re here when you need us

Some headsets are only optimized for listening. We’re here to help you find the best headset mic for speaking, so you’ll communicate clearly on every phone call. If you want to walk through your options in more detail, reach out to our Headset Advisers to chat. Just call 1-800-HEADSETS (432-3738) or email