Solved

Innexpensive headset with ext speaker option

Posted on 2015-02-24
8
198 Views
Last Modified: 2015-02-28
Innexpensive headset with ext speaker option

I need a headset that will allow me to talk with skype users, and hear other audio from the computer.  The reason I want to do this with a headset is so that others around me are not disturbed.  This is what a headset is for after all.

However, occasionally I want others in the office to hear what I am hearing, and it would be ideal, if I could press a button on the headset to make that happen right from the headset.  This is to say that I need the headset to have an external speaker built-in.

The other challenge is that I need to save cost because I want to buy more than one of them.  Assistance is greatly appreciated.
0
Comment
Question by:frugalmule
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 3
8 Comments
 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:JAN PAKULA
ID: 40629520
0
 

Author Comment

by:frugalmule
ID: 40629543
Interesting.  It says external speaker 'option'.  Does that mean that you have to plug-in external speakers?  I was hoping for a single unit solution such that the computer audio also happened to be the headset.
0
 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:JAN PAKULA
ID: 40629573
0
Connect further...control easier

With the ATEN CE624, you can now enjoy a high-quality visual experience powered by HDBaseT technology and the convenience of a single Cat6 cable to transmit uncompressed video with zero latency and multi-streaming for dual-view applications where remote access is required.

 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:JAN PAKULA
ID: 40629574
they both have speakers build in
0
 

Author Comment

by:frugalmule
ID: 40629651
30 dollars is a significant cost for 1 pair of headphones
0
 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:JAN PAKULA
ID: 40630034
well yes- but you will struggle to get anything which does what you want under that budget.
0
 
LVL 23

Accepted Solution

by:
Danny Child earned 500 total points
ID: 40633433
Or, you can have a set of desktop speakers, with a headphone jack on them.  Pretty common.  Then, put your audio through whatever you want.

And note, the eBay site above is in the UK, so that's £30, not $ - works out at approx. $45

Here's a mini speaker I can thoroughly recommend - XMI X-mini II

However, all these options are just for audio output, not input - so there's no microphones involved.

Your best bet would be the XMI speaker as above, running in parallel with your current headset, and then you use Windows to change the Playback device from the Headset to the Speaker as you wish.  You may need a short 3.5mm extension cable for the speaker, as it's designed for use with mobile devices and so only has a 100mm cable (approx.)

I would think that any headset that can double up as an external speaker would need to be quite hefty to do this, and therefore heavy and potentially uncomfortable.  Adding in your need for a mic too makes it even more specialised, and probably more expensive.  The suggestion above gets you some flexible options at a reasonable cost.
0
 

Author Comment

by:frugalmule
ID: 40637245
I have purchased the item from here http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-XMI-X-Mini-II-Mini-Portable-Capsule-Speaker-BLACK-worldwide-FREE-shipping-/301404231595?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item462d1797ab.  I am now looking to locate a good solution for an innexpensive USB headset that I could leave in various places that we do business.

We would put a tag on it that says "donated by wacohelp.com" along with our phone number.
0

Featured Post

Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Does your iMac really need a hardware upgrade? Will upgrading RAM speed-up your computer? If yes, then how can you proceed? Upgrading RAM in your iMac is not as simple as it may seem. This article will help you in getting and installing right RA…
This article outlines why you need to choose a backup solution that protects your entire environment – including your VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization hosts – not just your virtual machines.
The viewer will learn how to successfully download and install the SARDU utility on Windows 8, without downloading adware.
The viewer will learn how to successfully download and install the SARDU utility on Windows 7, without downloading adware.

737 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question