SONY WH-1000XM3 Best headphones with a mic for voice and video calls 2020
21 Mar 2020
Now is the time to invest in headphones that can deliver excellent audio for phone or video calls.
Best headphones with a mic for voice and video calls Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best headphones with a mic for voice and video calls.
Time was, long distance calls were a luxury. Nowadays, voice and video calling apps such as Skype, Zoom, Google Hangout, FaceTime and WhatsApp have shrunk the world, enabling us to virtually meet up with friends, family and work colleagues – anywhere in the world.
Whether you're working from home and need to do a conference call to Singapore or just have a catch-up video call to your mum, a decent pair of headphones are a must. They'll bump up audio quality and help you hear every word clearly – without disturbing anyone else around.
But what are the best headphones with a microphone for voice and video calls? Choose wisely and you'll be rewarded with best call quality. The latest wireless models are a good bet as they allow you to go hands-free. And many feature the latest Bluetooth 5.0, which should ensure a great match between audio and video, plus a 40m indoor range (compared to Bluetooth 4.2's 10m range).
If it's in-ear headphones you're after, you'll want a pair with a decent battery life and an in-line remote control for answering calls. And if you tend to make calls outdoors or in busy offices, noise-cancelling technology will block out external sound such as wind, rain, rumbling trains and loud chatter.
To help you make the right choice, we've recommended the best headphones with a mic for voice and video calls – read on to find a pair that matches your budget.
Sony WH-1000XM3, Premium wireless headphones, perfect for video calls.
Bluetooth version: 5.0 with support for aptX
Battery life: 30hr
Built-in mic and controls: Yes
Reasons to Buy
Detailed dynamic sound
Clever, intuitive features
Great noise-cancelling, battery life
Reasons to Avoid
Touch controls feel fiddly at first
Sony's wireless noise-cancelling headphones are one of the most comfortable pairs of over-ears we’ve ever tested, so they're perfectly-suited to extended voice and video calls, not to mention box-set binges. The open, spacious soundstage provides plenty of room for sparkling vocals and ensures that the person on the other end of the call can be heard clearly.
They also sport Bluetooth 5.0, meaning they have an outstanding 40m indoor range, giving you the freedom to pace around the room or gesticulate without getting tangled up in a cable. The quick-charging battery is impressive, too: it goes from empty to full in three hours, while a 10-minute charge returns five hours of playback.
Perhaps the most impressive feature here is the noise-cancellation, the intensity of which can be adjusted to suit your surroundings. There's also Atmospheric Pressure Optimiser (which boosts the noise cancellation when you're flying), plus intuitive touchpad controls and Sony's Headphones Control app.
If you're looking for outstanding music playback and excellent call quality, these talented Sony Bluetooth headphones should be top of your list.