While my old Plantronics headphones produced pretty good sound quality in my screen-capture recordings, my replacement Plantronics headphones produce poor sound quality. I record a lot of instructional screen-capture recordings for clients. Good audio quality in those recordings is a big deal.
I know it's possible to achieve reasonably good audio quality without spending a fortune on the headphones. What do I focus on when I make my next headphone purchase and configure those headphones with my laptop?
The Headphones - The physical headphones themselves are probably the most important piece to good audio quality. Is there an independent agency that rates audio quality of headphones. I checked, Consumer Reports rates headphones, but not headsets.
The Audio Driver - Believe it or not, I've achieved pretty big differences in audio quality by swapping out drivers. Is there any literature on this?
The OS - I'm not sure it matters at all, but I can use my MacBook Air or my Windows 7 laptop.
Other Factors - Are there other factors that affect sound quality? USB standard? The quality of the USB circuitry attached to the motherboard? Is USB the way to go? My old Windows 7 laptop has an analog audio port.