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We are a lean, experiment-based company and always interested in hearing from our customers. Have any new ideas or features you think would help make The Headset App better? Wanna run an experiment with us? Let’s talk! 

Hardware for your team.

The Headset App works just with your phone. No hardware purchases required. And, we get it! You also need hardware for the right job, and we can help!

Because we are not a hardware company and don’t sell directly, we give you the option to choose the hardware that makes sense for you and your team. Hardware technology is advancing at lightspeed and we want to embrace that, not compete with it. There are dozens of good hardware options at your fingertips that can deliver a great experience for your team and many of them have great support, warranty and replacement policies, so keep an eye out. Below are some of the best hardware options we’ve utilized with our users based on the team. Check them out. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask us!

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Football Headsets & Gear

Football teams are utilizing The Headset App in new, unique and innovative ways. Coaches are putting earbuds in QBs ears to provide instant feedback during drills, connecting to Bluetooth speakers to communicate with entire position groups and more. Gameday headset needs can differ drastically from practice-use needs. We’ve compiled our coaches’ favorite gameday and practice hardware below. 

coach talking into a headset while standing on a field

Product

Use

Brand

Description

Our Rating

Purchase

BlueParrott S650-XT headset

Coach

Sideline | Booth

BlueParrott 

Series: 650-XT

The BlueParrott 650 XTs are by far the best double-ear option for gametime noise and tough weather conditions. These are the highest quality commercial headsets available. Learn more about BlueParrott’s whole line of products with pricing options that fit most budgets.

Coach

Sideline | Booth

BlueParrott 

Series: 450-XT

The BlueParrott 450 XTs are the single-ear-only option to the 650 XT, but are the same product (and priced a little better). Perfect for coaches who only use a single-ear headset. Learn more about BlueParrott’s whole line of products with pricing options that fit most budgets.

Coach

Booth | Practice 

AirPods Pro

Gen: 2nd – 3rd 

Apple Airpods Pro 2nd Gen and later are equipped with a “voice isolation” feature that dampens background noise better than any other earbud on the market right now. You must have an Apple Phone to access this feature. Learn more

Coach

Booth | Practice 

Shokz

OpenComm 2

Shokz OpenComm 2 headset uses bone-conduction to allow ear canals to stay clear. The mic has a 60% noise reduction rate to help with environmental noise. They are weatherproof and a durable product for all situations. 

Player

Players at Practice

Beats

Powerbeats Pro 

Powerbeats Pro are our favorite QB/player earbuds. They have great range away from a phone with Class 1 Bluetooth range, they’re sweat/water resistant, and the earhook helps keep the earbud in place. 

Gameday Headsets

A detailed look

BlueParrott S650-XT headset

BlueParrott 650-XT and 450-XT

What we love: We love that this headset can be single-muff or double-muff. It’s your choice and you can change your mind based on your environment. Best part? It's the best water-resistant option on the market. Also, Active Noise Cancelling and a windscreen mic offers both physical and technical advances in keeping your staff in, and your environment out. The adaptable button works as a mute button. This version also comes with single-only or double-only muff options.

Our Ratings:
ANC Capability: YES
Noise Cancelling Mic Rating: 96% mic
Weatherability Rating: IP54-rated durability against dust and water
Comfort Rating: 10/10
Battery Life: Up to 36 hours of talk time
Mute Button: Yes

Price: $$$
Manufacturer Webpage / Amazon

Airpods Pro with "Voice Isolation" feature

What we love: Apple has by far the best earbud option available to maximize noise cancelling features for you AND minimize the noisy environment around you to help others hear you clearly with its new "voice isolation" feature. Learn more (***must have an iphone to use this feature***). This feature is available in the Airpods Pro Gen 2 version or later. They are not a perfect solution for extremely noisy environments, but if you're looking for an earbud solution, these are definitely the best option to help minimize a noisy surrounding environment.

Our Ratings:
ANC capability: YES
Noise Cancelling Mic Rating: Up to 75%
Weatherability Rating: IP54
Comfort Rating: 8/10
Battery life: Up to 6 hours
Mute Button: No

Price: $$$
Manufacturer Webpage / Amazon

SHOKZ OpenComm2 Bone Conduction Headphones

What we love: Bone conductors are a great (and comfortable) way for coaches to communicate. The bone conducting technology allows you to hear your environment around you and you are able to hear communications clearly in all environments. The noise cancelling mic allows others to hear you well but you will notice some more background noises coming through if you're in a loud environment.

Our Ratings:
ANC capability: Yes
Noise Cancelling Mic Rating: Up to 60%
Weatherability Rating: Sweat resistant
Comfort Rating: 10/10
Battery life: Up to 16 hours
Mute Button: Yes

Price: $$
Manufacturer Webpage / Amazon

Practice & Player Earbuds

A detailed look

Powerbeats Pros

What we love: With Class 1 Bluetooth range, these earbuds have more than enough range to let you keep your phone one the sidelines while you're taking reps. Plus they offer ear-wrapping security inside your helmet.

Our Ratings:

Weatherability Rating: IPX4 Weather Rating
Comfort Rating: 10/10
Battery life: Up to 9 hours
Mute Button: Yes

Price: $$$
Manufacturer Webpage / Amazon

Bose SoundLink Flex

What we love: If you're in the booth, this is a great tool to help you talk to entire position groups at once. Plus it's waterproof and has a built-in microphone so you can have dialogue with your players.

Our Ratings:

Weatherability Rating: IPX67 Weather Rating
Comfort Rating: NA
Battery life: Up to 12 hours
Mute Button: No

Price: $$$
Manufacturer Webpage / Amazon

What to Consider:

When over-ear headsets with a "mic boom" make sense​

If you are working in loud environments with a lot of noise around you, such as a sports stadium, concert venue or public arena, investing in a headset with a good mic boom is as important as the headset itself. An over-ear headset with a boom, is designed to to provide you the highest quality audio while minimizing others hearing the noise & bustle around you. You may also consider in-ear with mic boom options depending on your preference.

Noise cancellation? Tell me more...

Without a doubt in our testing, the ability to minimize the noise around you is The number one thing to consider when using a headset as a coach on the sidelines of a loud environment.

There are two (2) ways to cancel nose, 1: reducing unwanted noise around you that you hear, which is called ANC (or active noise cancelling) feature, which suppresses noise around you to allow you to hear the person on the other side of the channel. If you want to nerd out on this, check out this website. and 2: reducing the unwanted noise around you that others hear on the call, what we'll call a "noise cancellation microphone."

ANC technology has been showing up on the scene in the last year in almost every new earbud or headset. Your Apple Airpods or your Samsung Earbuds most likely have ANC at this point. There are a multitude of ANC options online and with a quick google search, you can find plenty to choose from.

Noise cancelling microphones are a little bit of a different story. This technology continues to get better over the years and there are many different variations and qualities of noise cancelling microphone options. It's important you find a noise cancelling microphone that fits your needs. If you're in a loud stadium, this feature is easily the most important thing to consider for the sake of all the other coaches in your channel. Through our research & testing, the below list is a cumulative ranking taking into account our top 3 things to consider.

Weatherability ratings

The second most important thing to consider is weatherability. If you're playing in the elements, you want a headset that can withstand poor weather, rain, etc.

There is a rating system on electronic headset systems called an "IPX Rating." At the end of the day, these are sort of like SPF ratings for sunscreen, anyone can rate their product however they like, no real rules... Perhaps the easiest way to explain this is: IPX:0 = bad, IPX: 8 Great.

Comfort & preference

It's important to consider the environment you are using The Headset App. For example, if you are a football coach and you are using The Headset App for practices & games, it's important to consider what you might need from a hardware perspective. While a football coach will most likely be able to use earbuds for practice, it's important to consider the game-day environment and prepare accordingly. High-noise situations call for different hardware, and anyone in a high-noise environment will want to consider a headset with a mic boom.

Baseball Earbuds & Gear

For coaches, catchers and players

Coach-to-catcher communications is brand new. Coaches and players are trying to understand what options are available to them. The Headset App is a coach to catcher communication system that doesn’t have any hardware requirements. Coaches and catchers download the app and they get to choose the hardware that best fits them (no requirements from The Headset App). We have done extensive testing to understand how this works best on the field and we wanted to share our favorite earbuds for coaches and catchers below.

Product

Use

Brand

Description

Our Rating

Purchase

Catcher | Player

Beats

Powerbeats Pro 

Powerbeats Pro are our favorite catcher/player earbuds. They have great range away from a phone with Class 1 Bluetooth range, they’re sweat/water resistant, and the earhook helps keep the earbud in place. 

Catcher | Player

JLab

Air Sports

JLab Air Sports are a great, and more affordable option to the Beats earbuds. The earhook and water resistance, and Class 1 Bluetooth make it a fine solution for catchers/players.   

Coaches | Dugout

Shokz

OpenComm 2

Shokz OpenComm 2 headset uses bone-conduction to allow ear canals to stay clear. The mic has a 60% noise reduction rate to help with environmental noise. They are weatherproof and a durable product for all situations. 

Coaches | Dugout

BlueParrott

M300 XT

BlueParrott makes some of the highest quality products on the market for coaches. This is a great single-ear option for coaches. Class 1 Bluetooth, very durable & comfortable. 

Coaches Earpieces

A detailed look

SHOKZ OpenComm2 Bone Conduction Headphones

What we love: Bone conductors are a great (and comfortable) way for coaches to communicate. The bone conducting technology allows you to hear your environment around you and you are able to hear communications clearly in all environments. The noise cancelling mic allows others to hear you well but you will notice some more background noises coming through if you're in a loud environment.

Our Ratings:
ANC capability: Yes
Noise Cancelling Mic Rating: Up to 60%
Weatherability Rating: Sweat resistant
Comfort Rating: 10/10
Battery life: Up to 16 hours
Mute Button: YES

Price: $$
Manufacturer Webpage / Amazon

BlueParrott M300-XT SE

What we love: For coaches calling plays, without a doubt, the BlueParrott M300-XT SE is our top-rated in-ear, single ear microphone. The mic-boom provides 80% background noise reduction which is why it tops our list. Additionally it has a weather resistant rating as well as boasts a 300ft range.

Our Ratings:
ANC Rating: 8/10
Noise Cancelling Mic: YES
Weatherability Rating: IP54 Weather Rating
Comfort Rating: 10/10
Battery life: Up to 14 hours
Usable Distance from Phone: 300 ft
Mute Button: YES

Price: $$
Manufacturer Webpage / Amazon

Airpods Pro with "voice isolation" - Better (for coaches)

What we love: Apple has by far the best earbud option available to maximize noise cancelling features for you AND minimize the noisy environment around you to help others hear you clearly with its new "conversation awareness" feature (***must have an iphone to use this feature***). This feature is available in the Airpods Pro Gen 2 version or later. They are not a perfect solution for extremely noisy environments, but if you're looking for an earbud solution, these are definitely the best option to help minimize a noisy surrounding environment.

Our Ratings:
ANC capability: YES
Noise Cancelling Mic Rating: Up to 75%
Weatherability Rating: IP54
Comfort Rating: 8/10
Battery life: Up to 6 hours
Mute Button: YES

Price: $$$
Manufacturer Webpage / Amazon

OPN SOUND CHAT+

What we love: Another great bone-conductor option for coaches. Clear, comfortable, reliable. Compared to the Shokz, the Chat+ from OPN are similar in almost every way, and three-quarters the cost. The noise cancelling mic drowns out a lot of the background noises.

Our Ratings:
ANC capability: Yes
Noise Cancelling Mic Rating: Up to 80%
Weatherability Rating: Sweat resistant
Comfort Rating: 10/10
Battery life: Up to 16 hours
Mute Button: YES

Price: $$
Manufacturer Webpage

Catcher and Player Earbuds

A detailed look

Powerbeats Pros

What we love: With Class 1 Bluetooth range, these earbuds have more than enough range to let you keep your phone in the dugout while you're behind the plate. The ear wrap allows catchers/players the security they need behind the plate.

Our Ratings:

Weatherability Rating: IPX4 Weather Rating
Comfort Rating: 10/10
Battery Life: Up to 9 hours
Usable Distance from Phone: 300 ft
Mute Button: Yes

Price: $$
Manufacturer Webpage / Amazon

JLabs Air Sports

What we love: Another class 1 bluetooth option, These beats have a smaller profile and also wrap around your ear, they are a bit less comfortable over long periods of time, but definitely a great, more affordable option.

Our Ratings:
Weatherability Rating: IPX4 Weather Rating
Comfort Rating: 6/10
Battery Life: Up to 9 hours
Usable Distance from Phone: 300 ft
Mute Button: No

Price: $$
Manufacturer Webpage / Amazon

Sennheiser MOMENTUMs

What we love: Has ANC capabilities that adjust to your environment. Overall an extremely high-fidelity sound. While on the high-end pricing side, it truly one of the best in-ear options on the market.

Our Ratings:
Weatherability Rating: IPX4 Weather Rating
Comfort Rating: 10/10
Battery life: Up to 9 hours
Usable Distance from Phone: 300 ft
Mute Button: Yes

Price: $$$
Manufacturer Webpage / Amazon

Most Earbuds (these days)

What we love: Technology is advancing so fast these days with earbuds. There are waterproof, over-ear for athletes, ANC options galore. If you're looking for different earbuds, we suggest you click through your favorite earbud provider... Amazon, eBay, Best Buy and look specifically for the features we have rated other headsets & earbuds with.

What to Consider:

When earbuds make sense​

If you are in an environment that has relatively low background noise, in-ear earbuds may be best for you. We have football coaches that use earbuds for practice, then headsets for games. We have baseball teams using earbuds because they're small and fit under catchers gear. You just need to find what works for you.

Still have questions about earbuds vs. headsets with mic booms? Check out our blog that breaks these two down even further.

You may also consider in-ear with mic boom options depending on your preference.

What to consider in baseball

While most Bluetooth earbuds will work just fine. You should consider the distance from the dugout (where you will store your phone) to the plate or to your position. When looking for earbuds, you want to look for a Bluetooth classification of "Class 1." This will provide you with the longest available range on the market.

Other considerations are comfortability and durability. You will be wearing the earbud for a full game (or double header) make sure it's comfortable. Also make sure they are sweat/weather resistant.

Will my AirPods work?

The short answer is yes!

Airpods will work just fine. We've tested their usability distance and it should work fine for most baseball fields (from dugout to home plate). We recommend AT LEAST gen 2 Airpods with Bluetooth 5.0.

Airpods will generally stay in your ear just fine during play, however because they don't have an ear wrap, they will naturally be less secure on a catcher.

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