Mac Compatible Headsets With MicrophoneShopping for an Apple compatible wired or wireless headset with built-in mic for Mac Skype, FaceTime, Apple Dictation, Videoconferencing or Gaming? Mono and stereo headsets compatible with Mac have been a bit problematic historically. For a long time Apple used different line voltage standards for 1/8" plug microphones that fractured the Analog headset market into those that were PC compatible and others that were Mac compatible.
As such, USB headsets for Mac became a far wiser headset choice for assured Mac compatibility. Currently you'll find three types of wired Apple compatible headset hardware: All-Digital USB headsets with a simple USB cable that's instantly recognized by OSX in Sound Preferences Pane, and PC-Style Analog headsets that include a USB Audio Adapter Dongle that converts the dual 1/8" headset audio and microphone cables to a single USB connection, and newer TRRS 4-Pole Analog headsets that use a single plug like the iPhone, iPad and newer Mac's use.
Apple Compatible Headsets With Mic
|Creative USB Headset||Quality Headset w/Mic||Best-Selling Headset|
|Creative Labs Headset
30mm Drivers w/Adjustable Mic
|Plantronics Stereo USB
32mm Drivers, Call Controls
|Logitech's Newest Model
On-Ear Volume and Mute
Analog Mic Headsets For Mac : 4-PoleMore recently, Apple standardized on a single 4-Conductor 1/8th inch plug for earbuds and headsets with integrated microphones. This occured both on desktop Macintosh and MacBook laptops - along with iPads and iPhones. The PC and cell-phone world saw the appeal of this and many manufacturers are now delivering Apple compatible TRRS 4-Pole headsets with mic that use a single 4-pole plug that work the same with either Mac's or PC's.
For Mac - iPad - iPhone
Many older Macs used 'Microphone Level' rather than 'Line Level' input voltages in their audio jacks. The standard 1/8th inch plug looked the same, but many PC analog headsets with microphones with 2 separate plugs, one for it's built-in mic simply did not work on a Macintosh. They failed to deliver adequate volatge to the audio in port for the microphone to produce an audible level of sound.
USB-C Digital Headsets For New MacsA new generation of all-digital Mac compatible USB-C headsets with mic can use the Type-C USB 3.1 / Thunderbolt 3 ports on newer MacBook Pro and Air laptops, as well as the latest iMac and Mac mini desktop computers.
Type-C or 4-Pole TRRS Connection
Shop carefully if you want a Type-C connector; there's still a million rectangular Type-A USB mic headsets out there. However, you can use them on a newer Mac with the addition of a USB-C to USB-A adapter or hub if needed. Apple compatible USB-C earbud style headphones with inline mic are easier to find because so many new smartphones are also adopting the Type-C USB-C interface for audio and charging.
Wireless Mac Headsets For MacFor cordless freedom, some may prefer a wireless Bluetooth headset with mic. You can roam a bit while in use, though headset recharging will still need to be done via USB periodically.
2-Device Bluetooth Pairing Support
Headset For Mac Features To Look ForWhen shopping for a headset to compliment your Macintosh computer setup, consider the varied uses and OSX applications you'll likely use. For iTunes music enjoyment, ponder headsets with larger 30mm to 50mm driver elements to reproduce deep bass frequencies most music lovers and gamers prefer. For Apple Dictation needs, some may prefer a lightweight Mac mic headset design that can be worn for extended periods. Some small business and VOIP users might actualy prefer a single-ear monophonic headset so that they can more easily interact with a conventional desk phone or converse easily with coworkers.
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