Skype headset for Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by kikedeolivos, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I have an October 2008 white Macbook, which has audio and headphones 3.5 mm females. I would like to know if buying a cheapo headset (with mic) with the 2 x 3.5 miniplugs would work for Skype phone calls or I would rather get a USB headset?

    Thanks
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    If you have the separate in/out audio jacks that will work fine, as will the usb headset.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes I do.

    So., lets say I get a regular analog headset, Mac OSX - via System Prefs/Audio-will recognize that an "external" mic has been plugged in?

    What about a Plantronics Bluetooth (Mono) headset?

    Thanks
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    I don't see why it wouldn't.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors member

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    Mic clarity and audio (for a phone conversation) would be the same as in with a regular headset or should I be looking for certain features, Skype specific?

    Thanks again.
     
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    Wehrwolf

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    You need a USB headset. The audio input on Apple notebooks is a line level input, not a microphone input. The difference is that the former requires a stronger signal than a microphone input; you won't get any input if you try to use the built in microphone on one of those cheap headsets.

    Why not just use a pair of headphones? You can set the audio output through the headphones and use the notebook's built in microphone.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors member

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    You were right: it didn't work with a regular Senheiser headset.

    I just can't do what you are suggesting:I have an XP partition (Cad soft and other Windows only soft) and have to review on my big screen drawings with some colleagues. I wish I could get something that would work fine, either in Mac OSX and XP.
     
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    spectre51

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    USB headset with mic?
     
  9. thread starter macrumors member

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    That's the route to go, I guess.

    Thanks
     
  10. macrumors regular

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    Can't you use a Bluetooth headset like one for cell phones? I used to use mine on Bluetooth on my pc laptop years ago. Haven't tried it with mac yet.
     

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