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Sennheiser MB Pro 2: Serious Headset For Mobile IT Pros

The Sennheiser MB Pro 2 isn't fashion forward, but if you need to make sure your voice calls are clear and high-quality, it's something to consider.
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The Sennheiser MB Pro 2
(Image: Courtesy of Sennheiser)

The Sennheiser MB Pro 2

(Image: Courtesy of Sennheiser)

We keep hearing about the end of the telephone call -- you know, the meme that tells us that actually using our voices to communicate with one another is sooooo last year. The funny thing, though, is that I'm spending as much time on the phone as I ever have. And I strongly suspect that I'm not alone: There is someone on the other end of all those calls, after all.

When you're a mobile professional the sound of your phone calls matters almost as much as your ability to hear the person on the other end of the call. I know that many people use in-ear headsets to make calls, and I've used a number of them myself, but the in-line microphones tend to be of so-so quality, at best.

When Sennheiser offered to let me test one of their higher-end over-the-ear headsets, I was pleased to spend some time with the MB Pro 2.

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My expectations for the MB Pro 2 were high. Sennheiser has a long history as a vendor for studio headphones and microphones. I've used a number of Sennheiser headphones in music recording and always found them quite good: I looked forward to nothing less from these.

Now, you should know something at the beginning: This headset was designed for use in call centers and similar settings. The practical implication of that is that, if you're looking for a telephone headset that makes a fashion statement, this isn't the headset for you. It makes a statement, but it sounds more like "I value the quality of my telephone sound," than "I want to look cool while I’m on the phone."

With that in mind, let me start walking through what I found when I spend some serious time with a serious headset.

Curtis Franklin Jr. is Senior Editor at Dark Reading. In this role he focuses on product and technology coverage for the publication. In addition he works on audio and video programming for Dark Reading and contributes to activities at Interop ITX, Black Hat, INsecurity, and ... View Full Bio

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Curt Franklin,
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6/22/2015 | 11:44:36 AM
Re: Excellent!
Thanks, @Somedude8! I'm in the "function over form" camp, myself, but I know that there are many people who think of headsets as fashion accessories. I'll try to get a photo of me wearing my Heil headset at some point -- it's my go-to for amateur radio and when I need solid voice quality (but don't want to haul around a separate mic).

Sennheiser just sent me another set of headphones to review: These are considerably different than these, but I'm looking forward to the review.

Thanks for reading, and for your comments. I'd love to start some good conversations around audio quality and audio gear here on InformationWeek.
Somedude8
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Somedude8,
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6/20/2015 | 4:41:35 PM
Re: Excellent!
Should add that they are about $200. That is comparable to solid Pro Audio headphones like Beyer DT 770 (which of course has no mic).
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Somedude8,
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6/20/2015 | 4:39:00 PM
Excellent!
I might pick up a pair of these, thanks for the review.

My view may be slanted as well, as a programmer with a previous career in Pro Audion, but when I get on a video call and see someone using a headset with the form factor of this one, my impression is that they are both technically adept and super professional. And I don't have problems hearing them, or them hearing me.
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