Since apparently my life for the forsseable future is one long video call, I need to up my headphone / microphone game. Probably wired to work without hassles on my Debian powered computers, but I'm open to ideas.

What do people suggest? I hear gamer headphones are a good option, if one can get behind the aesthetic. Or find a more sober looking pair.

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@bremner I bought a pair of HyperX Cloud II headphones in December. Use them daily with Linux. Comfortable on my head, and I find the audio quality to be good. I've not had complaints from people in meetings, either.

@bremner In my experience, most hardware marketed at "gamers" is overpriced for the quality, with "gaming mice" being the exception. Since the A/V quality on video calls is rather poor anyway, I dont think it's worth getting anything fancier than whatever brand and model the local computer shop has on the shelf. Although those are a crap shoot for comfort.

@bremner If you want to get something more expensive, start looking at brands that have a good reputation with audio nerds, not gamers, like Sennheiser. (I have a a pair of Sennheiser headphones, but they also do headsets with mics.)

@aidalgol I order a set of Sennheiser GSP-300s. So if they are terrible I shall blame you! 😉

@bremner My personal choice for maximum comfort in hour-long calls is simple "flat" earphones with a microphone (that have a 3.5mm TRRS audio jack for my laptop).

By "flat" I mean shaped in a way that was common in the 2000s, say for a portable CD player - as opposed to more modern smartphone earphones that are literally "plugged" into your ear which I find quite uncomfortable.

The combination of old-fashioned flat earphones with a built-in microphone is not seen very often, but it exists.

@bremner audiophile headphones. I have Meze 99 classics 🤐

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