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Old 11th December 2011, 05:02 PM   #1
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Default Head Mic Or Collar Mic?

I am seeing many videos with onstage presenters walking around with head mics (like the old-fashioned telephone headsets without the earpiece) rather than a collar mic (a mic attached to one's collar) as commonly used by television presenters.

Does anyone know why this is? Is it just a habit formed in a particular industry, or is one device better than another?

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Old 12th December 2011, 11:13 AM   #2
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I am seeing many videos with onstage presenters walking around with head mics (like the old-fashioned telephone headsets without the earpiece) rather than a collar mic (a mic attached to one's collar) as commonly used by television presenters.

Does anyone know why this is? Is it just a habit formed in a particular industry, or is one device better than another?

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I'm thinking I may have answered this one before

I believe it is a matter of aesthetics. The head set give a techy appearance, while the collar mic does not.

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Old 12th December 2011, 02:58 PM   #3
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I have done seminars for years and have used both. It's my opinion it has more to do with sound quality. I record all my seminars and the headset has by far the best quality sound.

The collar mics can sometimes lessen the quality if you turn your head away while talking.

By the way, the headset I'm referring to is called the "countryman". I was forced to use it when I was a guest speaker and loved it so much I now own several and will not travel to speak without one.

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Old 12th December 2011, 04:41 PM   #4
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Hi,

As the head mic is very noticable, I think that it makes the wearer look like an amateur, even a bit of a numpty, whereas a colloar mic as it is generally hidden is much more professional looking and gives the wearer a greater air of authority.

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Old 13th December 2011, 11:26 PM   #5
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I think it's definitely an industry thing. I sometimes wear the headset when I'm presenting on any techy issues even if it is just setting up Wordpress or HTML basics.

It gives me the "geeky" look which helps with these webinars. (Not that I don't already have geek written all over lol)

But then when I'm presenting on "How to start a business", it's always the clip on.

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As for me I see no difference between them and every speaker chooses what is more convenient for him or her and the main thing in fact is that a mic should work well.

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Thanks for the posts, everyone, I was thinking it might be a technical issue. Seems it is more an appearance issue or an industry habit. I have only used a collar mic for public speaking and non-studio recording. As recording is a future consideration I will definitely experiment with a head unit for quality.

Thanks again for your assistance.

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Modern mics as collar so head are equal and there is no difference between them at all!
Just imagine a showman with head mic - it's silly and he doesn't need to be so clear in pronunciation as well. So these two types of mics are equally good.

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