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Jabra Elite 65t

Jabra's totally wireless earphones feature dual microphones in each bud and a side-tone feature that allows you to hear your voice in the earphones as you talk. They work extremely well as a stereo headset for making calls. I have even worn them under a ski helmet and callers said they could hear me fine as I skied!

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Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless

Sennheiser's first true wireless earphones not only offer excellent sound for totally wireless 'phones, but do a nice job picking up your voice in noisier environments when making calls.

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Apple AirPods

The AirPods' look may not be everybody's cup of tea, but they do work really well as a headset.

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Beats Studio Wireless 3

Beats has improved the noise cancelling in its Studio Wireless 3 and it works quite well as a headset, with a side-tone feature that allows you to hear your voice inside the headphone as you talk.

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Plantronics Voyager 6200 UC

With a list price of $300, the Plantronics Voyager UC is pretty pricey, but it delivers business-grade voice calling performance.

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Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless

The Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless is Sennheiser's answer to the Bose QuietComfort 35 and like the Bose, it delivers business-class headset performance.

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Plantronics Backbeat Go 410

The BackBeat Go 410 doesn't offer quite the voice-calling performance of the Voyager 6200 UC, but it's still quite good -- and the headphone costs a lot less.

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AKG's N700NC premium noise-canceling headphone sounds excellent and is also strong in the voice-calling department.

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Bose QuietComfort 35 II

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II is a full-size, around-ear wireless Bluetooth headphone that also includes active noise cancellation and doubles as an advanced headset for making cell phone calls.

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AfterShokz Trekz Air

A lot of runners and bikers like to use bone-conduction headphones like AfterShokz's highly rated Trekz Air because they leave your ears open to hear the outside -- and traffic around you. But they're also very good for making calls and actually sound better for listening to speech than music.

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BeatsX earphones are designed to be worn around all day (you will barely notice you have them around your neck). In our tests, they worked well for call-making duties.

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Microsoft Surface Headphones

Microsoft's new premium noise-canceling headphones are equipped with eight microphones, including four beamforming mics (two on each ear cup) that not only help with making your voice sound clear on calls but also for issuing voice commands using Microsoft's Cortana digital voice assistant.

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Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2

Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 remains on of the better values in full-size wireless noise-canceling headphones. As you might expect from Plantronics, it doubles as an excellent headset.

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Bose QuietControl 30

The Bose QuietControl 30 is a noise-canceling in-ear neckband-style wireless headphone that delivers strong performance as a headset.

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Jabra Elite 25e

Jabra's affordable neckband-style headphone, the Elite 25e, does a nice job as a headset.

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Jabra Halo Smart

While I wish Jabra's Halo Smart neckband-style headphone worked a little better as a sports headphone, with fins to secure the buds in your ears, it certainly delivers as a headset.

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Plantronics BackBeat Sense

The BackBeat Sense is very comfortable for an on-ear headphone, sounds good and is great for making calls.

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Sennheiser HD1

The HD1 In-ear Wireless is Sennheiser's first neckband style headphone and is designed to be worn around all day for both music listening and making calls. It's $100 on Amazon.


Plantronics Voyager Focus

The Plantronics Voyager Focus is the business-class version of the Plantronics BackBeat Sense. For music, it's going to sound the same as the BackBeat Sense, but as you can see from the picture, the Voyager Focus has a boom microphone. It also includes a USB dongle to connect directly to a PC. It's $174 on Amazon.

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Dolby Dimension

The home entertainment-oriented Dolby Dimension wasn't really designed to be a mobile headphone, but it it does a great job with voice calls.   

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