Plantronics - .Audio 355 Stereo Headset - Black

.Audio 355 Stereo Headset is ideal for games, music, Internet talk, video conferencing, and PC voice applications with bass-boosting, full-range stereo resonance. The feather-light, flexible headband and soft, swivel-mounted ear cushions deliver acoustic precision and ensure all-day listening and gaming comfort. A noise-canceling microphone enhances speech recognition, while the Quick Adjust telescoping, bendable boom assures ideal microphone placement. Convenient in-line volume and mute give you full control over your listening and speaking experience. Compatible with popular PC sound cards for plug-and-play ease.

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
87% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (866 out of 1003)

Features


Connectivity Technology: Wired

Cable Length: 9.84 ft

Sound Mode: Stereo

Impedance: 32 Ohm

Minimum Frequency Response: 20 Hz

Maximum Frequency Response: 20 kHz

Earpiece Design: Over-the-head

Earpiece Type: Binaural

Driver Type: Neodymium

Driver Size: 1.57"

Microphone Technology: Noise Cancelling

Microphone Design: Boom

Microphone Sensitivity: -39 dB

Host Interface: Mini-phone

Color: Black

Form Factor: Ear-cup

Country of Origin: China

Limited Warranty: 2 Year


Customer rating

4.2
87%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

3.8

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great....for it's price

    Posted
    Anonymous

    I understand that when you're not spending 50 and over for a headset, you're not gonna get the greatest product...which is why this headset still gets some decent numbers in the ratings. A few things I can't accept though is the inability to use your entire volume range without interference, aka a buzzing (happens at about 1/2 to 3/4 volume). This is because the cords are small and poorly shielded allowing for a lot of static and other waves to be picked up on the way to the headset...I'm considering attempting to rewire, but don't know if it's really worth it. Also, as expected from pretty much every headset I've ever owned, the ears get hot because there's no ventilation...that didn't affect my ratings but it's something people should be aware of...if your headset encloses your ears, and you expect some kind of sound blockage, it's gonna get hot... On the plus side, this headset is the best priced item for it's quality for both headsets and headphones on this website (when I looked for it about June 10th, 2009 or so), it runs off a mini phone jack which I like much better than the USB counterparts, and it has a volume control and mic mute/unmute on the cord making it easy if I need a quick volume change, It's made of the typical plastic, but it's slightly thicker than others of it's type, and there are almost no moving parts which is awesome for it's durability, and with an extra $5 to best buy for a warranty ( you still save at least 10 -20 dollars on this baby) it should last me a while. Also, I'd like to mention the cushion on the top of the headset...SO MANY HEADSETS DON'T HAVE THIS AND THEY SHOULD, it makes the entire unit SO much more comfy. Unfortunately, I don't know how well the mic works as my computer isn't allowing me to use my mic jack currently, something I am trying multiple fixes of (already unmuted it in the volume controls, looking for an extra driver, but that shouldn't be necessary because it's not USB) I will say that from the look of it, it seems very well designed, as it comes down at comfortable distance from the face and has a little maneuverability regarding it's distance to the mouth. Overall, I'm VERY satisfied with this product, and the only reason it doesn't score better in the overall is because you get what you pay for, and compared with other (more expensive) headsets I've had, it is average. I still encourage anyone who reads this and wants a headset that works for a decent price to purchase this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not great, not bad

    Posted
    Marxus

    So I needed a new set of headphones for playing mmorpgs since my busted set of cheapo noise cancelling headphones bit the dust finally. They were an ok brand (Phillips) that I think I got for like $20. figuring I would need to spend a bit to get a HP/Mic combo that didn't look/feel/perform like it was made in a third world country for pennies on the dollar I jumped on this set that was on sale from like $32 or so to $19.99. Performance: This set actually has performed exceptionally well! More than I would expect a set twice its price to perform. I can set the volume to uncomfortable levels and still not receive any feedback or interference. The mic is kind of hard to review for most normal ppl but at least for me my buddies on ventrilo have reported that the sound is good and not too high/low and does not have any weird feedback problems that I have had in the past with cheaper sets. Comfort: I wouldn't say terrible, but this headset is prolly better suited to people with really small ears. Either that or I just have gotten spoiled by headphones that actually cover the whole ear. Don't get me wrong, this does not interfere with the sound, but people with even normal sized ears will not be able to have these cover them. The padding is ok, but after extended hours of gaming or jamming out they get a bit uncomfortable. Overall: Sales aside, if these were placed head to head with the next step up that is only a little more I would go with the bigger ones, but with the sale price of almost half off this is absolutely one of the best performance to price HP/MIC sets you can get.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good to use BUT like many others, not durable.

    Posted
    509david

    I bought this set to replace a much more expensive Logitech set which lost its microphone after a couple of months...because I had snagged the flimsy, long wire on that otherwise perfect set. The Plantronics set has worked perfectly...with great sound and a powerful microphone (keep it high, well away from your mouth). 9 months on, the lead mounted, rotary volume switch which I have hardly, if ever used, has developed an intermittant fault. I now get sound sometimes in both ears, sometimes in one ear, sometimes not at all. Squeezing the switch case seems to help...sometimes...so I guess it's either a switch failure, or more likely a wiring connection problem, despite me being extremely careful not to snag the wire. Overall, I've been satisfied with this set from the performance point of view, so I'm intending to buy the same set again. They all appear to have the same flimsy wiring which breaks too easily, so why pay more. Nothing at this price lasts for long...but for $30 I'll buy the same set...it's not worth the cost of posting any set back to the manufacturer for a possible (?) repair.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent, but definitely not the best

    Posted
    RobDR

    I bought my headset a bit ago, and it was black and red. It was unimaginably amazing at first. The sounds came through clearly and the microphone, according to my friends over voice chat, was loud and clear but not overbearing. had my headset for about 2 months now and it's working fine, but since I use a laptop on a recliner, the long cord gets caught in the footrest on occasion. The cord eventually pulled loose near the headset's top and I have to use tape (at the moment, scotch) to get it just the right way and wrapped around the headset 100 different ways to get it fixed. Then I learned that the headset's mic will send out wierd electric feedback (nicknamed alien messages by my friends) when the box with the mic and volume controls go near it. Summary of cons: The headset cord is delicate. Alien Messages Sound can't be muted via headset Microphone can still pick up loud noises when it's 'off'. Not fit in a way comfortable on ears after extended use. Summary of pros: Sound quality Mic quality Long cord Volume/Mic control Cheap Go for the Creative Labs Fatal1ty headset if you're shoping for a headset. I've gotten recommendations that it's the best out there.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great headset for the price!

    Posted
    Melodica

    After reading some of the other reviews, I was somewhat hesitant to purchase this headset, but now I'm glad I did. Sound quality: I played a few different songs and a couple of videos and I have to say the sound quality is excellent. I've had much more expensive headphones that weren't as crisp and clear. Recording quality: I haven't yet used it for voice chat, but I did use the sound recorder to get an idea of quality. I have no complaints thus far. Comfort: Some people mentioned that the set is uncomfortable. It is somewhat heavy and would be incredibly uncomfortable for someone with larger ears. My ears are not that large, so the padding fits around them nicely. I also wear glasses and had no comfort issues. Durability: It seems durable. It's not flimsy, though the cord is somewhat thin. If you're looking for a nice headset that won't break your budget, this is definitely worth it. If you're a serious gamer or musician, you'll probably want to go for something a bit more sophisticated.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    For the price - 4 stars.

    Posted
    Allnet911
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I was looking for a low-cost headset of decent sound quality that I could use with both my cell phone and computer. Pros: This unit definitely fits the bill. The headphone sound quality is surprisingly good, actually acceptable for casual music listening in addition to voice quality. And the mic is completely acceptable too. The headset comes with an adapter so that it can easily be used with either a 4-conductor jack on a cell phone or the two separate mic and sound a jacks on a computer. Cons: The quality of the wiring and connectors is marginal. This is probably not the best choice for kids, unless they're unusually gentle with how they treat this kind of equipment. But otherwise fine if you take some care. The overall fit of the headset and the ear pads are also pretty marginal. If you have a large head, it's probably best to look elsewhere. And the ear pads are definitely not comfortable enough for hours of continuous wearing. I replaced the ear pads with an extra, softer set that I happened to have laying around, and that helped quite a bit. All that said, you generally get what you pay for, and in this case I think it's actually a pretty good deal. I'm happy with the cost vs. quality and performance.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Had high expectations given the brand

    Posted
    Tim24
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I need a headset for online electronic meetings and webinars and a wired headset for voice communication is perfectly adequate for my needs for when I work remotely. At work I have a wireless Plantronics headset that operates flawlessly and I have been using it for several years. Although a Plantronics branded head set, this wired headset was a real disappointment and doesn't even come close to my expectations. Yes it is inexpensive and when it worked had decent sound quality, but it should at least function for more than a few days! After the third day of use people in meetings would complain they couldn't hear me due to distortion and my mic was periodically dropping out. After some testing I figured out that the jack plugged into the computer was bad. After some research I found a much better alternative for the same price that I have been using it continuously for over a month without any issue. The Plantronics headset was summarily returned to Best Buy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      PlantronicsRepresentative

      Thank you for your honest review on our .Audio 355. We are sorry for your experience, our customer care group is available any time at www.plantronics.com/support in order to assist you before returning your product. Plantronics

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Read this before buying

    Posted
    Linsanity
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    It's not bad as a microphone headset for the price I paid. I like the microphone and headphone, separately. There isn't any instructional manual. This package it came with a headset, a 3.5 mm adapter, warranty card, safety pamphlet, limited warranty and arbitration agreement and something in Chinese. They are all printed in Mexico. On the package, I see "Windows Compatible" but not knowing which version of Windows. In reality, it works without the adapter if you have a computer comes with both microphone and headset jacks. If you have a single jack, the adapter won't work. So, I ended up buying a USB adapter to work. If I knew this, I'd buy a USB microphone headset instead. I didn't test it on smart phone yet. Because it's not what I needed it for.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      PlantronicsRepresentative

      Thank you for your honest review on our .audio 355 headset. This model is intended for PC use and by default it connects to separate audio ports (one for the microphone, the other ones for the speakers) but can also be used on computers with 3.5mm headset ports and mobile devices that use the same combo jack. Please don't hesitate to contact us at www.plantronics.com/support if you require assistance. Plantronics

What experts are saying

Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars with 1 review

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about noise isolation, price, sound and bass quality. Editors are less positive about reliability and have mixed opinions about portability. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 68/100 = Good quality.
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    The Plantronics .Audio 355 headset can be used for VoIP or voice chatting in online games.Full Review


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