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What's the best noise-canceling microphone for remote VOIP calls?


by @mikevallano | 5yr  | 16 comments

Being nomadic comes with its fair share of background noise (roosters, motorcycles, speakers on trucks announcing todayโ€™s fruit specials, celebratory explosions, etc.).

While lots of fun, it can be distracting during client calls, which I typically hold via Google Voice or Skype just using my macbookโ€™s built-in microphone.

I donโ€™t want to carry an extra headset, especially if itโ€™s over-the-ear and looks like Iโ€™m working at a call center.

Itโ€™d be really nice to have quality earbuds that also have a decent mic built in, but I have yet to find anything that fits the bill.

Does anyone have a good earbud/microphone solution?

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@nomadcoach | 5yr

what did you settle in with. Iโ€™m so surprised at the lack of testing and reviews re: microphone noise canceling. As a coach that is on the road it is critical that my clients hear no background noise. Iโ€™ve been using a product made by theboom.com for the past 10 years that is excellent but it is super fragile and in constant need of repair. I actually have 4 that are constantly rotating out of the shop. Curious to find out what youโ€™ve learned and what you ended up settling with.

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@mikevallano | 5yr

@NomadCoach I still have not found a good solution, so Iโ€™ve put off buying something. Iโ€™m actually making few calls these days and Iโ€™ve got a quiet home base for the next several months. However, Iโ€™m hoping that by the next time Iโ€™m on the road I can find a good option.

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@leerosen | 5yr

Just to through another option into the mix - these will be my next purchase. They have always made a quality product for use with the Bose headsets and are now coming out with something new that can be used with laptops and cell phones. Should be available soon.

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@keybrownhill | 5yr

Hey Mike,

I have decided to stick with the headphones I already have for now which are these:

https://www.jbhifi.com.au/computers-tablets/accessories/logitech/logitech-h800-wireless-headset/89797/

I am going to use the money instead to get some noise cancelling Bose headphones for personal use :smile:

Although I did a lot of research and I think these are the best

http://www.plantronics.com/uk/category/internet-calls-voip

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@mikevallano | 5yr

Cool. Sounds like a good plan :slight_smile:

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@gawin | 5yr

Sennheiser Presence
Bluetooth headset. Very happy with the noise cancelation, pairs with 3 devices at the same time (in my case phone and laptop), very comfortable and has never failed me. Was quite amazed by the battery life time, donโ€™t use it that often though since it doesnโ€™t have stereo audio. So only if people start complaining about the keyboard noise of my MacBook Air while on a VoIP call. Works great in a noisy environment, but will not work when riding a bike at 30 km/h (to much wind).
http://amzn.com/B00ES51QWO

Sennheiser CX870
These are noise isolating (no active cancellation) headphones, and I love them for their clarity and noise cancellation. Donโ€™t even hear the alarm of my phone go off when itโ€™s right in front of me. Especially in a crowded places, like a train or airplane they are extremely useful. No battery, so they always work. The only downside: no microphone. But I like them to much to trade them for something else.
http://amzn.com/B0035JKJAE

Other options
Havenโ€™t bought this yet, not convinced yet. External Microphone so I can keep using my Sennheiser in-ear. Doubt the quality and microphone placement.
http://amzn.com/B00JQ3OBZM

There used to be a lot more, but most of them seem to be out of production:

Griffin is about to release a external mic that might be interesting though:
http://store.griffintechnology.com/lapel-mic

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@mikevallano | 5yr

@chuckh thanks chuck. i guess โ€œi havenโ€™t noticed it suckingโ€ is a good endorsement :smile:

@gawin great info. i personally donโ€™t want a bluetooth as iโ€™d rather hardwire in and have one tool for the job, but itโ€™s good to know those work well. Sennheiser needs an in-ear set with a good mic.

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@gawin | 5yr

Agree on the bluetooth, personally I also prefer hardwired. Simply because that always works when I need it.

Sennheiser has 2 models that you might find interesting, although I havenโ€™t tested them yet:

Sennheiser CX 275 S
http://amzn.com/B008V6T1IW

Sennheiser MM 70 S
http://amzn.com/B00B4RCHWW

Or for example Shure:

Shure SE112m+
http://amzn.com/B00NY5ZROW

ps. Depending on your budget there are also the Sennheiser IE 800 and Shure expensive versions that have microphone cable/adapters.

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@keybrownhill | 5yr

Hey Mike,

I am looking for the same product, what did you go with in the end?

Any recommendations? I need to find a solution, at the moment I am using a Logitech headset, good quality audio but I think it will pick up the infamous rooster in the background.

Kieren

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@mikevallano | 5yr

Hey Kieren,

I havenโ€™t pulled the trigger yet. Iโ€™m partial to Sennheiser though, so Iโ€™d probably go with one of the ones recommended in this thread.

Please post in here once you pick one and let us know how they work out.

Thanks!

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@chuckh | 5yr

I absolutely adore the Bowers & Wilkins C5. The audio quality for music is brilliantโ€”especially great low levels for earbudsโ€”and the mic quality is good enough that itโ€™s never given me pause.

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@mikevallano | 5yr

Chuck, those look great (and thatโ€™s an excellent product page, btw). As for the mic quality, can you provide more specifics? At that price range Iโ€™d want to make sure the mic is top notch.

The ones Lee describes above is what Iโ€™m looking for in mic quality. I want to be able to be in a somewhat noisy area and have a mic that filters out background noise.

If Iโ€™m having a call with a friend or family I donโ€™t care, but I have some corporate clients thinking Iโ€™m in an office and I need to be able to sound โ€œprofessionalโ€.

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@chuckh | 5yr

Any benchmarks I can use to test them for you? For my purposes, โ€œI havenโ€™t noticed it suckingโ€ is the highest praise I can offer.

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@sarab | 5yr

I was using a good pair of Sennheiser in ear, the noise cancelling for me was great, I think the mic quality was good too, and these were about ยฃ30 at a uk airport. Theyโ€™ve been stolen now, so I am on the lookout too for a good new pair.

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@mikevallano | 5yr

@sarab, good to know. i use sennheisers for headphones and i love them. i found these on amazon. they seem good, but no reviews talk about using the mic for important calls: http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-MM-30i-MM30i-Headphones/product-reviews/B004HD4L2E/ref=sr_1_1_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

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@nickdanforth | 5yr

Iโ€™m always on the look out for new earbud/mic solutions as well.

Right now, Iโ€™m using a Jawbone ERA bluetooth headset, as it has the best noise canceling mic that Iโ€™ve found so far.

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Hi everyone and nice to e-meet you!
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Dear all
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by @panoramica | 1yr 1 year ago | 3 comments

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Does PayPal need me to be a resident to the country i register my account to? Are there complications being a non resident to get other payment solutions?

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I really want to avoid paperwork and book keeping. I hate it.

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in Amsterdam, Netherlands by @think | 2yr 1 year ago | 1 comment

Hi all,

I am moving to Amsterdam in January and looking for advice regarding legal status.

I work for a small French company. They agreed to let me move to Amsterdam as a remote worker starting January. :v:

However, they have no business entity and no employee in the Netherlands, so we have no idea how to set up the whole thing legally speaking. Should I remain an employee of the French entity, should I charge them as a consultant/contractor?

Of course, I am looking for a solution that is both simple and with minimum taxes :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

Thank you for your help!!
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PS: If you can recommend a good accountant that is competent on the topic, I an happy to pay for the service too!

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Where can I go for remote working while surrounded by nature (ocean waves, mountain, etc)


by @nish81 | 2yr 1 year ago | 7 comments

I have this dream scenario in my head, and Iโ€™ve searched for a while without figuring out how I might best achieve it. I donโ€™t need many places, just one or two that I can go back to over and over again. I want to be working on my laptop while being surrounded by nature; for example a place right on the ocean where I can hear the waves crashing and look up and see them, then look back down and go back to work (but it would have to be very close by to achieve this feeling, not a distant sea view).

In itself this might not be so hard but my total list of requirements makes it difficult:

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What's the best bank for South African digital nomads?


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Iโ€™m a South African about to become a Nomad next year. I will still be employed by a South African company and receive a salary into my FNB bank account monthly.

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Iโ€™m going to travel to Mexico by the end of february and i would like to know which place do you recommend to stay at for a month or so. Which one would fit better for a digital nomad? Pros and Cons for each place are welcomed :smile:

thanks!

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