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PLANTRONICS .Audio 480 3.5mm/ USB Connector Canal Stereo Headset

  • 20Hz-10KHz
  • 3.5mm/ USB Connector
  • 4 ft. Cord Length
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Here's a little stereo headset that is all about versatility. The plugs fit in your ears without the need to adjust a frame, and the microphone position is easily adjustable as well. Then there's the connection, which can be either a regular 3.5mm plug, or a USB plug.

The ear canal speakers have great sound isolation, keeping ambient noise from disturbing you, and the noise-canceling microphone does the same for anyone you might be talking to. Made by Plantronics, who manufactured Neil Armstrong's headset when he walked on the moon, so you know they have plenty of experience. Its four foot cord makes it comfortable to use whether connected to your desktop or your laptop. Whether you're using Skype, Windows Live or Yahoo! Messenger, you can be sure you're getting through.

So look around, check the price, remember the quality, and make up your own mind. But if you need a compact, comfortable headset that is easily portable, this just might be the one you're looking for.

  • newegg Noise-isolating Earbuds Plantronics' noise-isolation technology plus the in-ear design effectively blocks out ambient noise for optimized sound quality.
  • newegg Noise-cancelling Microphone The noise-canceling microphone minimizes background noise for optimal voice clarity, so you can speak softly for privacy.
  • newegg Convenient In-line Controls With the convenient in-line controls and mute switch, adjust the volume or mute the microphone easily.
  • newegg Plug-and-play Convenience The Plantronics .Audio 480 plugs into any audio device featuring a standard 3.5mm audio jack. A convenient USB adapter is included for plug-and-play convenience.
  • newegg Superior Portability With a low-profile design and stowable microphone boom, the Plantronics .Audio 480 folds away easily into the included carrying case so you can bring it anywhere with you.

Learn more about the Plantronics .Audio 480


.Audio 480


Headphone Frequency Response
3.5mm/ USB
Ear Coupling
Cord Length
4 ft.


Microphone Frequency Response


High-quality stereo—Sound-isolating earbuds help keep noise out, so that you can tune in to music, movies, or streaming Internet audio without distraction.
It's like being in your own private phone booth, where you can focus on conversation without distraction.
Comfortable microphone placement—place the microphone exactly where you want it.
Wind noise reduction improves voice clarity when you're in transit.
The noise-canceling microphone helps block out external noise, making it easier for callers to hear and understand you.
Stow and go - the boom conveniently folds out of the way and the headset is extremely portable. In just a few seconds you can fold up the headset and be on your way.
Laptop-friendly - the .Audio 480 enables you to plug in to Internet calls and great music wherever you go with your laptop.
Works with Windows & Macintosh Optimized for SKYPE, Windows Live and Yahoo! Messenger

Manufacturer Warranty

1 year limited
1 year limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

Customer Reviews of the Plantronics .Audio 480

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/6/2010 10:35:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot amazing, but not bad

Pros: It is very easy to use and most computers can recognize it very easily. Works with most instant messengers and works great with Ventrilo for the World of Warcraft players.

Cons: Very short cord and the mic slowly becomes closer to your mouth when your distance is far from the cord. Be sure to reposition your mic so it's not too close to your mouth or you will be very loud.

Other Thoughts: Other than that, it's a fairly good mic. It's sufficient for what I do, so I can't complain very much.

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  • Ian M.
  • 12/30/2009 8:13:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat while it worked; good customer service

Pros: Good sound and microphone quality when I got it in April. Love the USB adapter that it uses. Great customer service when I requested a replacement: took about 5 minutes on the phone with Plantronics to get an RMA. Haven't shipped yet, but very easy to deal with so far. Fits multiple size ear canals.

Cons: Broke in about October, with complete loss of sound in one ear (headset only; USB adapter unaffected). Tend to get crusted with wax.

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  • Kimberly M.
  • 12/24/2009 9:26:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggssucked

Pros: comfortable and worked nicely when they did.

Cons: worked very well for a short amount of time then quit out after 30 day warrantee. would not reccomend.

Other Thoughts: could have gotten a better headset.

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  • Kai R.
  • 12/7/2009 10:58:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOverall not worth the 10 bucks

Pros: Cool looking headset.

Cons: If you plan to wear this thing more than an hour long, it gets very uncomfortable, entire thing feels very cheap.
The audio quality is mediocre at best, over all I don't think it's worth 10 bucks.

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  • Pofu C.
  • 12/4/2009 8:11:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great mic and headphones they are very clear. Easy to carry. No software needed.

Cons: Headphones do not stay in my ears, they fall out very easily.

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  • rickie j.
  • 12/2/2009 3:00:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI own 3 of these now


Cons: short cord

Other Thoughts: I own 300$ AKG 280,s and STUDIO STANDARDS 120$ AKG 270,s 4 pair, I allso use SHURE EARBUDS 100$ I read the reviews where other said they fall apart fragile...... I bought my first pair over 2 months ago! to use to play ONLINE COOP GAMES, I have stepped on, bent, twisted, the mic stem it allwayes works! I bought 2 more of these! I have SILCONED a velcro to MY first set and have attached them to my akg 280,s to use the MIC only with my AKG 280,s! the get toosed on the floor NOT OVER ABUSED but not gingerly handled! it still works! DO NOT BELIEVE THE CHILDREN! buy a pair when they are on sale! they sound allmost as good as my 100$ shure earbuds! THE MIC KICKS BUT! it is not a recording mic but GREAT FOR ONLINE GAMEING AND phone IF YOU FIND SOMTHIN BETTER PLEASE LET US KNOW!

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/1/2009 7:09:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsAVOID

Pros: None

Cons: low quality

Other Thoughts: Good replacement for a weak wire tie.

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  • rickie j.
  • 11/30/2009 11:06:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI love them!

Pros: EVERYTHING! very light, great sounding! NIce hard case! U can use other gear with the dongle, MAJOR PLUS!

Cons: short cord!

Other Thoughts: After owning a set of these for a while now! I,m the guy with the AKG,s, They went on sale on blackfriday with free shipping for allmost the price a dongle! I bought 2 more 1 set for my breifcase laptop and a set as a back up! If you game on line and like nice gear ! LOOK NO further! these are well worth 50$ but they go on sale for less then half that often!


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  • rickie j.
  • 11/10/2009 6:44:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGAME ON

Pros: GREAT SOUND! very light!

Cons: short cable get an EXsion!

Other Thoughts: I own 300 $ 280 AKGS and STAndard AKG 270,s I have SHURE EAR BUDS! for LIVE gigs!

I would not use these for LIVE but the SOUND is VERY respectfull! I use thes for online gaming! I use a SHAKER under my chair! EVERYONE ASK,s what MIC I have!

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  • David F.
  • 11/5/2009 6:52:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Blocks out all noise, sweet mic, sleek design, carrying case, adjustable ear pieces, and inconspicuous. I game in public all the time with this headset and it works great!

Cons: Had to find the right combination of ear stabilizer and ear bud combo to make it feel comfortable.

Other Thoughts: Some reviewers had durability issues so I bought the 1 yr warranty with it. It feels really sturdy to me.

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