I've seen interpreters use lots of different types of headphones (and not the ones supplied in the meeting room).
What are the pros and cons of the different types and models?
I found this article on the Verband der Konferenzdolmetscher blog on the BDÜ site (CIs, members of the German Federation of Translators), but I'm also interested in your opinions.
Edit after reading some initial answers below:
After you've had to contend with some of the old-fashioned heavy or tight-fitting material still doing the rounds, anything lighter will be welcome.
I've only used the kind that loop over your ear - the Bang & Olufsens and now a Sony model.
B&O - pro: light, great sound, extension cord, beautiful design, easy to put on and adjust; cons: price, inconvenient fiddly leather pouch (that's easily remedied!), temptation for thieves (yes, mine are gone).
Sony - pro: light, ok sound, stay on my ears; cons - not adjustable; somehow not as easy to put on as B&Os, short cord
I believe low impedance helps sound quality as a rule, depending on the console, but don't quote me on that one... or at least do get some input from a sound expert.
answered 12 Oct '11, 21:52
For somebody like me that sits nearly 20 days per month in the booth, headphone and sound quality is essential. Our standard headphones can literally give me a headache because they can be too tight which is why I bring my own B&O's to work. They are light, allow you to listen with just one ear or both ears, and you can keep the volume button turned if not down at least lower than with the standard headphones. An added plus especially for us women is that the B&O's do not restrict your choice of earrings :-).
answered 13 Oct '11, 00:09
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