Headset advice suitable for prolonged home working

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Hi
Due to Covid-19 I am now working from home for the forseeable future and wanted some advice regarding on ear bluetooth headphones. I don't know if it is currently possible but I would like headphones which enabled me to use my windows laptop whilst also taking calls on my Iphone. I would need to be able to hear audio from my phone and pc at the same time so I can read things and take notes when on a call. I am aware there are some headsets which let you pair more than one device but am I right you can't hear both at once?

Currently I'm having a headset on for the pc and in eaar headphones for my phone.

Also any headset if it exists with these features would need to not have significant lag with voiceover or jaws.

Does anyone have any suggestions or is this configuration something I will need to wait for until new improvements in bluetooth come out later this year?

Thanks

Louise

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Submitted by Lielle ben simon on Saturday, May 16, 2020

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Hi, i uses in Bose Qc35 ii and i love them. I can connect up to 8 devices but work with 2 devices at the same time. I haven't experienced anny lags with Voice Over except after i am dooing a call. Turn ithem on and turning them on solve the problem. There are even an nice app witch is accessible with Voice Over.

Submitted by Travis Roth on Saturday, May 16, 2020

Hi, I understand what you are saying. To my knowledge there is no bluetooth headset that mixes two sound sources simultaneously. This used to be done with cables and adapters in the analog times but I think now this would be hard to figure out with an iPhone.
I do have a suggestion. Must you use the iPhone? Using the Pc for all audio would greatly simplify things. If you are making outtbound calls using a service like Google Voice you can call just using the web browser. Zoom phone may also be interesting they recently made this available to non-enterprise accounts though it still may be harder to set up. I read the page about it but it was a bit vague. If you must still receive calls on the iPhone you could temporarily go old school and have the phone automatically forward calls to the phone number your Pc is using. Each carrier has a slightly different method to set this up and then turn it off. Google can find your carrier instructions in a minute though. So maybe not perfectly elegant but with all sound being handled by the Pc the audio experience would be much more pleasant. And you would not need to wear two headsets.

Submitted by Louise R on Saturday, May 16, 2020

In reply to by Travis Roth

Hi, thanks for the idea about forwarding audio to the pc. I will definitely take a look at this. Frustratingly due to the nature of my work my work laptop has a lot of security on it and doesn't allow you to install things. So if you have install applications that could be a problem.

Submitted by WellF on Saturday, May 16, 2020

I can't say 100% sure it is good, but some friends of mine have it and they like it a lot. It can connect with 2 devices at the same time and it's battery lasts for an eternity.

Submitted by Ben Bloomgren on Saturday, May 16, 2020

I use the Sony MdR-X951B1 headset. It's $150 on Amazon, but it's amazing in what it can do. Yes, it has a base booster in it, but for your purposes, it's very nice. What I would recommend is to have that headset over your ears. It is not noise canceling, though other Sony MDR's are. Then, turn your speech up a bit, so that you hear it fine. I've done just such a thing during these calls which pass as meetings.