Best headphones with a mic for voice and video calls 2024

The best headphones with a mic for voice and video calls rounds up the top picks from our best headphones and wireless earbuds for call quality overall. All these headphones incorporate an array of tiny microphones in the earcups. Primarily, these are included as part of any built-in active noise cancelation technology, but bring additional benefits with two-way voice and video calling, too.

Tom's Guide has been testing headphones as a useful working-from-home tool since before remote working became a thing. Each model listed here has been assessed for its call quality capabilities when making or taking calls indoors and out, as well as while traveling. Testing in these different scenarios helps us to make sure that all these headphones work on team calls, as well as catching up with family or friends. What's more, as they're all headphones designed for listening to music, you can bet that they'll sound great too.  

Check out the list below to discover our pick of the best headphones with a mic for voice and vide calls models at all kinds of price points.

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Lee Dunkley

Hi, I'm Lee and I cover all things audio for Tom's Guide, including maintaining our buying guides on the best headphones with a mic for voice calls, best wireless earbuds, best soundbars, and best Bluetooth speakers. I am passionate about sound quality whether that's listening to music in the highest quality or making and receiving voice calls while working at my desk or on commutes and travels. I've been testing and writing about audio for more than 30 years, and have tested all kinds of tech to help shoppers make informed buying decisions and get great sound. 

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Best over-ear headphones for call quality

Bose 700Editor's Choice

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The absolute best headphones for voice and video calls

Specifications

Size and weight: 8 x 6.5 x 2 inches; 8.8 ounces
Battery life (rated): 20 hours (ANC on)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 with SBC, AAC
ANC: Yes
Durability: Not specified

Reasons to buy

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Adjustable ANC levels
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Slick, attractive design
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Excellent noise canceling on calls and music
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Smart, intuitive buttons and touch controls

Reasons to avoid

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Clamping force may be too high for some

Bose is the class leader when it comes to active noise cancelation (ANC) on headphones, and its mastery extends to voice calling quality as well. Although these have since been replaced by the new QuietComfort Ultra Headphones as the flagship model in its line up, the Bose 700 are the better headphones for making calls (if you can track them down).

In our review we found that the 700’s extensive microphone array picked up our voice with outstanding clarity while simultaneously blocking out loud ambient noises for fewer distractions on calls even when used in busy places. Combine that with a comfortable fit, excellent sound quality for music and strong ANC, and the Bose 700s are worth hunting down. 

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Best value over-ear headphones for call quality

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Best value headphones for calls

Specifications

Size and weight: 6.4 x 1.8 x 7.6 inches; 7.8 ounces
Battery life (rated) : Up to 50 hours
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2 with SBC, AAC and aptX HD support
ANC: Yes
Durability: Not specified

Reasons to buy

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Great ANC battery life
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Effective noise canceling
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Robust build and good comfort levels

Reasons to avoid

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No on-ear detection
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No carry case
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ANC cannot be deactivated

Sennheiser Accentum are a mid-priced ANC pair of headphones with plenty of flagship features. Probably the most outstanding thing about the Accentum noise-canceling headphones, though, is the 50-hour battery life and quick charge that's achieves up to 5 hours of listening time from a 10-minute top-up.

Our review mentioned that voice calls with the Accentum were loud and clear via the two built-in microphones. Background interference and wind noise was kept to a minimum, although a few people complained about the reviewer's voice sounding tinny at certain points. The SideTone feature was useful for increasing how loud I sounded on calls and helped to keep conversations feeling natural. 

ANC mode was also very effective at reducing background sounds to a pool of silence, and Transparency mode was effective during my testing, too. Multipoint seamlessly switches from one Bluetooth device to another, so you don't have to worry about connectivity when calls come in.

Best Sony headphones with a mic for call quality

Sony XM5 headphones in ecru (off white) placed outdoors on a garden table

Stellar call performance in a sleeker design

Specifications

Size and weight: Not specified; 8.8 ounces
Battery life (rated): Up to 40 hours; 30 hours (ANC enabled)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2 with SBC, AAC, LDAC
ANC: Yes
Durability: Not specified

Reasons to buy

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Articulate and engaging sound
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Great control options
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Impressive noise-cancelation
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Long battery life
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Stellar call quality

Reasons to avoid

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Redesign and eco credentials ups the price
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Gets hot around the ears during longer listening

The Sony WH-1000XM4 over-ear headphones had been wowing us for a while, although call quality wasn't one of their strongest features. But the surprise launch of the WH-1000XM5 back in May 2022 introduced significant advances in a new design that we didn't bargain for. Call quality is one area where significant improvements have been made, thanks to the XM5's eight mics which help it exhibit call quality quite easily described as ‘exemplary’. Wind-noise is kept to a minimum, and both ends of a conversation prove distinct and direct.

If you need to be aware of your surroundings from time to time, Transparency Mode steals the show with up to 20 levels of ambient control. The mics are strong enough to pick up sounds and conversations around me, and is particularly handy when listening out for fast food deliveries. In terms of music listening, Sony’s sound profile has been tweaked to produce crisper mids and highs, while maintaining its signature punchy and energetic presence. The XM5s are are one of the most versatile headphones around right now. 

Best headphones with a mic for iOS

Comfort being tested on the AirPods Max

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The best Apple headphones for voice and video calls

Specifications

Size and weight: 7.4 x 6.6 x 3.3 inches; 13.6 ounces
Battery life (rated): 20 hours (ANC on)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 with SBC, AAC
ANC: Yes
Durability: Not specified

Reasons to buy

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Luxury design
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Excellent noise cancelation
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Spatial Audio sounds great

Reasons to avoid

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Incredibly expensive compared to rivals

While not quite on Bose’s level, Apple knows a thing or two about making headphones that can double as great calling headsets. Its best effort is also the most expensive, but the AirPods Max has a few tricks that help justify the higher price. Transparency mode is one: this lets you hear you own voice when speaking, which in turn helps you moderate your own volume and make sure you’re coming through clear.

Not that the latter takes much effort, as the AirPods Max do fine work in reducing the impact of ambient sound on the microphones. These ANC headphones also feel a lot lighter on the head than their weight might suggests, which is useful for longer listening sessions or meetings — or just if you have particularly talkative friends.

Best value Bose headphones

The Bose QuietComfort 45 being tested outside

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Best Bose headphones for ANC playtime

Specifications

Size & weight: 7.25 x 6 x 3 inches; 8.5 ounces
Battery life (rated): 24 hours (ANC on)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.1 with SBC, AAC
ANC: Yes
Durability: Not specified

Reasons to buy

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Elite active noise cancelation
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Refined sound signature
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Increased battery life
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Self-Voice mode for natural-sounding calls

Reasons to avoid

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Can’t turn off ANC
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Lacks several features found on previous Bose headphones

The Bose QuietComfort 45 were replaced by the QuietComfort Headphones in late 2023, but the QC45s continue to be available and are a great value option. 

During our QC45 review, we found that the mic array was powerful and demonstrated great intelligibility with voice commands when using the native assistant. The mics worked well for voice and video calls, and the QC45 produced loud and clear results in most environments, though resistance to wind noise isn’t the strongest. Battery life runs to 24 hours on a full charge, whish is a strong as the updated version, but you can't turn ANC mode off to increase battery life further. 

Whichever way we look at them, these are versatile headphones that suit all kinds of activities. Whether you're working from home or need to take calls while you're out and about, these are worth tracking down while you can still find them.       

Best earbuds for call quality

Bose Quietcomfort earbuds II

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Best ANC with great call quality

Specifications

Size and weight: 1.2 x 0.68 x 0.88 inches (per bud); 0.21 ounces (per bud)
Battery life (rated): 6 hours; 24 hours (charging case)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.3 with SBC, AAC
ANC: Yes
Durability: IPX4

Reasons to buy

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Unbeatable noise cancelation
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Refined and well-balanced sound
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Excellent call quality
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Great customization settings
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More compact and stylish design

Reasons to avoid

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Battery life bettered by rivals
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Finicky touch controls and app connectivity

Bose did a big revamp of its line up in 2023, and despite being superseded by the QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds, the QuietComfort Earbuds 2 continue to be available and are the best wireless earbuds for voice calls. They deliver great sound, strong call quality and ANC performance, while proprietary technologies like ActiveSense and CustomTune balance sound and noise neutralization extremely well. 

The QC Earbuds 2 kept vocals prominent over noisy backgrounds during our voice call tests. Using the Self Voice feature via Bose Music app increases vocal volume to hear yourself louder on calls, which our reviewer recommended. 

Best $99 buds for voice calls

OnePlus Buds 3 in charging case held in hand in outdoors

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Superior call quality and features for $99

Specifications

Size and weight: 1.24 x 0.79 x 0.96 inches (per bud); 0.16 ounces (per bud)
Battery life (rated): 6.5 hours (ANC on); 10 hours (ANC off); 28 hours (ANC on w/charging case), 44 hours (ANC off w/charging case)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.3 with AAC, SBC, LHDC 5.0
ANC: Yes
Durability: IP55 (earbuds); IPX4 (charging case)

Reasons to buy

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Refined audio with well-controlled bass
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Powerfully adaptive ANC
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Superior call quality

Reasons to avoid

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Real-world battery life is shorter than claimed

At $99, the OnePlus Buds 3 are one of the most affordable flagship wireless earbuds around. They rank as one of the best wireless earbuds overall thanks to their great sound performance and personalization modes. ANC does a great job of eliminating unwanted noises, and helps ensure strong call quality experience. 

In our tests we found these to some of the best headphones with a mic for voice and video calls. Call quality was impressive and voices sounded loud and clear with zero background noise. Wind resistance was also strong and didn't enter conversations. 

They are stacked with more features than that have any right to at the price, and everything is available to Android and iOS users via the HeyMelody app. Just be sure to keep an eye on battery life as these can deplete more rapidly in ANC mode with several special features enabled.

Best for Galaxy phones

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro review

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Next-gen flagship ANC earbuds are Samsung's best so far

Specifications

Size and weight: 0.7 x 0.85 x 0.7 inches (per bud); 0.19 (per bud)
Battery life (rated): 5 hours (ANC on); 8 hours (ANC off); 18 hours (charging case with ANC on); 29 hours (charging case with ANC off)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.3 with SBC, AAC, SSC
ANC: Yes
Durability: IPX7

Reasons to buy

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Wide soundstage
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Effective ANC
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Compact and practical design
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Easy to use features
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Excellent connectivity

Reasons to avoid

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Bixby needs some work
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Most coveted features are exclusive to Galaxy devices

A worthy addition to the list, Samsung’s three-mic array produces loud, clear-sounding calls with minimal background interference. Whisking effects were reduced heavily when chatting with the missus outside. There was mention of minor muffle, which occurred in all settings, but nothing too worrisome. The buds were also reliable for video conferencing, with several clients complimenting the loudness and clarity on my end. 

Samsung’s ANC holds its own against the best ANC models and blocks out close to 90% of ambient noise although it’s disappointing to see such a short ANC playtime. Sound alone makes the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro worth the investment, though, giving you a high quality audio experience and compelling 3D sound with precise head tracking. The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are a versatile option with excellent mic quality for calls.

Best for business calls

Jabra Connect 5T held in hand

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Great buds for conference calls and casual listening

Specifications

Size and weight: 0.787 x 0.809 x 1.063 (per bud); 0.17 ounces (per bud)
Battery life (rated): 7 hours (ANC on); 9 hours (ANC off); 28 hours (charging case with ANC on); 36 hours (charging case with ANC off)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2 with SBC, AAC, aptX
ANC: Yes
Durability: IP55

Reasons to buy

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Powerful mic performance for calls and digital assistance 
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Strong ambient listening mode
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Good sound performance
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Long battery life
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Stable fit

Reasons to avoid

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Ineffective ANC
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Missing some Jabra flagship features
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Slightly uncomfortable

Available exclusively from Best Buy, these are Jabra’s best buds for call quality and a great productivity companion to have, be it working from home or in the office. Sound is vibrant, battery life is lengthy, and cool features like multipoint technology allow for seamless switching between devices. Had noise cancelation and comfort been better, these would have earned a higher rating, but a 4-star review still makes them worth checking out.

These are a well-featured set of buds and come packaged with a wireless charger. Call Experience enhances call quality, and you can adjust how loud you sound on calls and turn on functions like auto-answer or mute through wear detection, while soundscapes acts as a meditative tool that plays different ambient sounds to mask distractions around you, which could be useful at the end of the working day.

Best budget wireless earbuds for calls

Reviewer Alex Bracetti wearing Skullcandy Dime 3 earbuds outside

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Best budget buds for call quality

Specifications

Size and weight: 1.06 x 0.77 x 0.73 inches (earbuds); 0.14 ounces (per bud)
Batter life (rated): 8 hours; 20 hours (charging case)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.3 with SBC, AAC, LC3
ANC: No
Durability: IPX4

Reasons to buy

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Great call quality
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Impressive sound with well-engineered EQs
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Effective transparency mode
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Durable design
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Multipoint connectivity

Reasons to avoid

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Poor control scheme
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No wear detection
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No companion app support

The Skullcandy Dime 3 are the best cheap wireless earbuds for call quality. They come with multipoint connectivity and the mics do a solid job with noise reduction and voice recognition.

The charging case is nicely compact and small enough to be a neat key-fob addition. Sadly, there's no companion app to let you tweak the sound profile to suit your preference, but Music (the default), Bass Boost, and Podcast serve listeners well.

At the price, it's not surprising to find that some features are a bit clunky. There’s no way to assign and personalize the controls, and there's no wear detection to auto-pause playback when removing the buds.  The IPX4 rating for durability means they're as well protected from moisture ingress as Apple's AirPods Pro 2.

Also consider

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Anker PowerConf H700: $129 with charging stand @Amazon
Although we've not reviewed this headset at Tom's Guide, contributor Alex Bracetti recommends the Anker PowerConf H700 with boom mic as the best working from home headset. They have built-in productivity tools and user-friendly controls. He regularly uses them with video conferencing platforms, including WebEx, Google Meet, FaceTime, and Zoom, and says that they boast one of the comfiest designs thanks to their use of lightweight materials and plush cushioning for all-day wear. 

Bluetooth connectivity is strong, plus the bundled USB adapter extends wireless range by up to 100 feet.  Battery life is solid at 24 hours, and accessories like the charging stand double as nice desk décor and power up the headset in minutes.

Best headphones with a mic FAQ

How to connect headphones to your work device? 

To get your headphones working with your computer, laptop, or mobile device, it's usually a simple case of pairing them to your device once. The next time you put on the headphones, you'll be connected automatically. Volume can usually be adjusted via the controls on your playback device to make voices sound louder or quieter in the earpieces.

Which are the best wireless headsets for office calls?

The Bose 700 headphones have been the absolute best design for voice and video calls for some time, and by a comfortable margin too. They pick up your voice with outstanding clarity while simultaneously blocking out loud ambient noises, allowing fewer distractions on calls even when you’re in busy places. Combine that with a comfortable fit, excellent sound quality for music and the absolute best active noise cancelling (ANC) performance on the market, and the Bose 700s are worth paying a little extra for.

If you're looking for an in-ear design with outstanding performance, go for the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2, which are the best earbuds for voice and vide calls as well as the best noise-cancelling earbuds overall. 

Also consider the Sony WH-1000XM5 over-ear headphones, which offer strong performance across the board.

How to choose the best headphones with a mic for voice and video calls for you

First, consider whether you’d prefer over-ear headphones or a pair of in-ear buds. There’s no rule of thumb that suggests one style is inherently better than the other for calling quality, though both have their pros and cons.

Wireless earbuds, for example, are more portable but don’t create a seal around your ear; as a result, over-ear headphones might be better if you expect to take calls where there’s a lot of ambient noise that could make it harder to hear what other call participants are saying.

Over-ear headphones also tend to have longer battery life, though most true wireless earbuds will last upwards of 4.5 hours between charges. That’s enough for all but the longest voice and video calls.

Don’t forget, also, that the main benefit of buying a pair of headphones over a headset or standalone microphone is that you can use it for music and podcasts too. So think about whether you want to pay extra for ANC, which enhances your listening experience in busy areas or on transport, as well as how important sound quality is for you more generally.

How we test the best headphones with a mic for voice and video calls

We test the calling capabilities of mic-equipped headphones exactly as you’d expect: by making calls. This lets us make sure each pair delivers the sound quality needed to ensure other callers are clearly audible, and we ask whoever we call for their feedback on how we sound. This helps us identify any problems with microphone volume or clarity — or, conversely, if we sound clear to others.

This is one of many tests to which we subject each pair of headphones. We also judge overall audio performance by how well each pair handles a variety of music genres, and will measure how long we get out of the battery before it runs empty.

To test comfort, we make sure to use the headphones over several days, including sessions wearing them for 2-3 hours at a time. This gives a good indication of how comfy each pair is, and whether that comfort is maintained in extended use.

Finally, we score each pair of headphones on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is the lowest, 5 is the highest, and the most impressive headphones might get an Editor’s Choice badge as well.

Discover more about our reviewing process and how we test headphones.

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