Headsets & Boom Mikes for Baofeng UV-5RA (Part #2)

Headset for Baofeng UV-5RAThis the second article in this series of headsets with boom mics for the Baofeng UV-5RA. In Part #1 I reviewed –

  • Wouxun 2-pin Headset – $10.99
  • Bigstone 2 Pin Overhead Earpiece Headset – $10.99
  • Retevis 2 Way Radio Headset – $14.99

In this article I will review the –

  • Baofeng 2-Pint PPT Headset – $13.99
  • Arama B380K01 Overhead Earpiece Headset – $15.98
  • SUNDELY® Over Head Earpiece/Headset- $23.99

If you haven’t read Part #1 yet, you probably should, lots more info and it will help you to understand the testing I did. < click here to read Part #1 >

Remember what the mission is –

“To provide more effective and efficient radio operations in environments where noise and privacy is an issue.”

Restrictions and requirements –

  • The headset must be functional and comfortable in conjunction with a “bump” or ballistic helmet.
  • The reception and transmission must be at least as good, if not better, that the radio’s built in speaker and microphone.
  • The unit must be able to withstand a moderately harsh environment and remain operational.

And there are two basic styles of headsets that I tested –

  1. Securing band over the head that uses tension on the band to hold it in-place.
  2. Securing band running behind the head with a “loop” going over both ears for added stability.
"Over the Head" model

“Over the Head” model

"Over the Ear" model

“Behind the Head” model

Both styles of headsets use a single padded earpiece for your left ear and a boom mike coming around the left side of your face. Yes, you can switch it and run the headset on your right side if you wish.

SUNDELY Over Head Earpiece/Headset –

Sundley HeadsetAs with most of the other units, the over-the-head support band fit well, expanded to the proper size with sufficient tension to hold it in-place. The earpiece adjusted properly and laid on my ear very comfortably. I was able to hear a person talking naturally to me from a normal conversational distance on that side with no problem.

I turned the radio to a mid-volume setting and requested a “5-count” radio check on a clear GMRS channel. The sound was very clear. I adjusted the volume knob just right. and requested another 5-count. Nice. But, and there is a moderate sized “but” here. At the end of the incoming transmission there was a loud static “click.” Loud enough to be uncomfortable.

I did a 5-count for the other person and asked for a quality check. They said my transmission was clear and easy to understand. And then came their static “pop” once again. As with other models, I tested it multiple times on multiple radios on multiple frequencies and each time…mini-ouch. Yup, it was loud enough and sharp enough to actually be uncomfortable in my ear.

So it was a really decent quality headset with clear transmission capability. The incoming sound is clear and easy to understand. And the headset is unusable due to the static “click.” Yes, you read that right…this headset is a strong “Do NOT buy!” as well.

Then I noticed that this unit also felt familiar…and it was. This is essentially the same unit at the Retevis and the Thumbs Down ReviewWauxum units. The only difference is the “coiled” cable on the Sundley unit.

So once again, this unit…especially at this price isa no hesitation, resounding…

Fail…Do NOT Buy!

Baofeng 2-Pint PPT Headset –

Baofeng radio Headset - over the earAs I got everything lined out to test the next headset I was not encouraged.Actually I was very discouraged…the testing was going poorly and I was beginning to think that I wouldn’t find a decent headset to recommend. And honestly, it was looking as if all the headsets were made by the same company in China and they would all end up basically being the same thing.

I also started thinking that maybe it was the price range that was dictating the quality of the equipment. I kind of worried that this headset might be just as bad due to its price alone.

I got it all set up. The fit was surprisingly comfortable and stable. Strange, it had the least padded earpiece but felt just fine. Next I asked for a 5-count…no “pop.” The incoming transmission sounded very clear, I would say “crisp” and easy to listen to. I asked for another 5-count, same results. I was gaining hope. Now, it was my turn to give a 5-count, then another. When I asked for the quality check I received a “very clear” as the response. They said it was easy to understand what I was saying even when I spoke softly into the boom mic.

Being very encouraged I started paying attention to the quality of this headset. But, before I share that with you let me digress just a little. As I was putting it on, it felt a tad weird at first. I had to make four tries to get the fit just right and feel like I had the headset adjusted and secured. Remember, this is the headset that fits over the ears and then support band goes behind that head, not over the head.

Remember, I had that fear of the “over-the-ear” fit, worried that it would put stress and/or weight on my ears? Well, that was all for naught. The fit was fine, the little parts of the band that went over my ears felt fine and very comfortable. The earpiece felt especially comfortable and lay nicely against my ear.

I kept looking the unit over for quality control issues. Here is were the rubber meets the road…this is not a military grade piece of radio equipment. This is a $14.00 piece of radio equipment from China. It won’t make it through some Navy SEAL field trial or a month-long Delta Force operation. But, this piece of equipment is very decent. I like it and I am going to use it, it will become part of my communications center kit. I would also not hesitate to use this on guard duty or a patrol mission.

Undoubtedly it will break. I have already started looking for ways that I will fix this headset when the break does happen. I am also look for other configurations that might make it more battle worthy. But, don’t get wound around the axle in regards to the quality…it is plenty good enough. And if are that worried…buy 2 or 3 of these units for back-ups. One thing I noticed since I originally purchased this headset for testing is the price increase. This Buy It !headset is not $14.99. This is a…Amazon - Headset - Baofeng

Buy!!!

But, there is still one more headset to review…hang on!

Arama B380K01 Overhead Earpiece Headset –

Arama radio Headset baofengI am trying to figure out the best way to review this headset…

Well, let’s go with…REALLY HIGH QUALITY HEADSET!!!   The only “over-the-head” model that I would recommend. Worth the Arama radio Headset baofengmoney…period.

  • Excellent reception clarity, no “pop” or “snap” sound.
  • Well padded earpiece that is very comfortable.
  • Sturdy expanding, adjustable, metal headband. The ONLY unit tested with a metal headband.
  • By far the best PTT switch, well protected. Maybe not weather-proof, but I wouldn’t doubt it.
  • The only headset tested that fits under a bump or ballistic helmet.

Buy It !Amazon - Headset - Arama

Arama radio Headset baofengRecommendation…

>>>>> BUY ! ! ! ! !

Note #1 – Since the review the price went down by $1 to $14.98

Note #2 – I bought a second one, for my wife.

Summary –

Here is the ranking…

  1. Arama B380K01 Overhead Earpiece Headset – $14.98
  2. Baofeng 2-Pint PPT Headset – $14.99

All tied for Dead Last (do not buy) –

  • Wouxun 2-pin Headset
  • Bigstone 2 Pin Overhead Earpiece Headset
  • Retevis 2 Way Radio Headset
  • SUNDELY® Over Head Earpiece/Headset

You would think I am done with this review of headsets with boom mics…yeah, not so fast! I am trying out one more option that is way off the chart for what I normally would have considered. But you will have to wait for the next part of this review series. I should have it completed within 7 – 10 days for you to read. Hand in there and keep your eyes open for it!

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7 thoughts on “Headsets & Boom Mikes for Baofeng UV-5RA (Part #2)

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    • Glad to help out Steven! 🙂 I am determined to make sure that every edge and option is laid out there for my friends. We gotta figure out which gear is good, which is junk, then save money and not get into the junk. Or worse yet, have the junk fail us when we really need it. Thanks for your input. Anything special or specific you would like to see? AH

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    • Hey Rod, Yes sir…I have the evaluation units sitting right here ready to be tested. Probably a month or maybe two before I can get to them. Great thinking on your part!! Always gotta be thinking of how to improve operational capability. Would you mind emailing me any thoughts on em? AH

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      • Great minds think alike. Ha. Let me dig around a little, see what I got and I’ll let you know what I come up with. Change of subject….Can I get your books on kindle or ebook? I looked but could not find them on kindle. Thanks Rod

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