Originally Posted by hiddenphantom
5 minutes?? You mean 5 sec of that crap.
So as far as a headset, which is better the throat mic set up, boom mic or a hanging mic thingy? I understand that money wise you get what you pay for but for general style which meshes best with paintball??
Hanging mike with an ear piece. Nothing beats the absolute sheer reliability of that setup. Not to mention, you can take your vest off, and you don't have to take off anything else.
If you are technically inclined, and are careful not to broadcast outside of citizen's band wavelengths, I have a Puxing 777 and I love it to death. It puts out about 5 watts of power (costs about $85 with shipping from China). Most of the so called 10 mile radios put out about .5 watts in comparison. Just keep in mind, you can do illegal things with that radio, that can land your butt with a pretty stiff fine if you screw around with it too much... and it isn't exactly easy to find and program in the frequencies for your normal motorola and midlands, but it's worth it.
I have this mike
and it has a plug in ear piece that I use. It's always easy to find, I can unplug the ear piece and everyone around me can hear orders being shouted over the radio. I filled it with paint, sticks and mud on a regular basis, but all I have to do is spray it off in a sink and it works just fine.
I can tell you from experience that throat mikes suck. They only marginally work under perfect conditions. They are always moving on you. Further more, the good ones have extra elastic closures and crap on them to keep the mikes pressed into your neck... taking the dang things off is like trying to crawl out of a straight jacket.
Boom mikes are good, but often are uncomfortable under your mask, or may work with one kind of mask, but not another... Some require your mask to be tethered to you at all times.
I just like to keep it simple. Go with a good, heavy duty, speaker mike.