Headsets for Remote Studios
We usually think of headsets with noise-cancelling mics as being just for Sportscasters. Let’s look a little deeper.
Broadcast headsets come in several varieties, with more uses than you may have considered. It’s time to think outside the Pressbox.
You may have a person that moves around when they talk. They just can’t stay in front of the studio mic. A mic attached to their headphone would give them the freedom to roam.
For those times when the talent is working from home, a headset mic provides enough isolation that the sound isn’t colored by the imperfect acoustics of a home office.
Start with an excellent studio headphone, like a Sennheiser HD280 or an AKG K271MKII. Both industry standards. Great sounding, and comfortable for long listening sessions. Then add a pro microphone with just enough noise cancellation to keep things quiet (while delivering the voice at broadcast quality). An XLR mic plug and TRS ¼” headphone plug are pre-attached. As headsets, (with the mic installed) these are called HMD280 and HSC271.
Some of the sports headsets have mics that do a lot of noise cancellation. These can sound a bit constricted if used in a quiet setting. These aren’t the type we want to use for this discussion. There are several models with surprisingly “open” sounding mics. Throw in just a little bit of EQ, and no one will know that you’re not in the studio.
Here are some popular headsets that work very well as studio mic alternatives.