updated 05:30 pm EDT, Mon June 6, 2005
Plantronics USB headset
Plantronics today announced , a foldable, multipurpose USB-based stereo headset that provides high quality listening for the iPod and Apple's Macintosh computers. The company says it can be used with iChat and GarageBand, as well as online gaming, speech recognition and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communication applications. "The .Audio 85 features advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology for superior noise canceling in the microphone -- improving speech recognition accuracy and providing excellent voice transmission -- and brilliant full-range stereo sound. The QuickAdjust microphone boom ensures correct placement for speech applications and the inline volume and mute control enables effortless control." The .Audio 85 headset offers an adjustable headband, soft swivel-mounted ear cushions, and a leatherette carrying pouch; it is available for $80.