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Yamaha CM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone

B&H # YACM500 MFR # CM500
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Product Highlights
  • Boom Microphone
  • Circumaural Closed-Back
  • Flexible Headband

The Yamaha CM500 is a Circumaural headset that combines a pair of comfortable, noise-attenuating earcups and flexible headband with a full-range, dynamic boom microphone. This headset is designed with quality frequency reproduction and high output in mind, and is an equally viable solution for a variety of applications such as Gaming, DJ performance, Music Labs and other group tutorial settings.

Note! Do not use phantom power. The maximum voltage is 15v which is provided by the included bias adapter.

Circumaural closed-back headset with boom mic for Gaming, DJ's and Music Lab tutorial applications
Comfortable earpads and flexible adjustable headband
Adjustable microphone boom positioning with flexible boom arm
Noise-attenuating earcup design
Full-range headphone sound reproduction and microphone frequency response
Type Circumaural Closed-Back Headset with Boom Microphone
Frequency Range 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Microphone Type Dynamic
Mic Frequency Response 100 Hz - 20 kHz
Impedance Headset: 120 Ohms
Microphone: 600 Ohms
Sensitivity (0 VU) 96 dB/mW
Maximum Input Power Not Specified by Manufacturer
Connectors 1 x 1/4" Stereo Phone Adapter
1 x 1/8" Stereo Miniplug
1 x 1/8" Mono Miniplug
Cable Length 9' (2.74 m)
Weight 10.6 oz (300.5 g)
Yamaha CM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone
  • Bias Adapter
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    YamahaCM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone
     
    4.5

    (based on 65 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (41)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (58)
    • Lightweight (43)
    • Easy to use (42)
    • Versatile (21)
    • Durable (17)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (4)
    • Not durable (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (10)
    • Amateur recording (9)
    • Amateur radio (8)
    • Ham radio (7)
    • Outdoor events / games (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (62)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best Communications Headset for the $$$

    After years of using different, more expensive (2 - 4X the cost of the CM500) headsets, I tried the CM500. My current radio accommodated both the 3.5mm jacks of the CM500 as...Read complete review

    After years of using different, more expensive (2 - 4X the cost of the CM500) headsets, I tried the CM500. My current radio accommodated both the 3.5mm jacks of the CM500 as well as provided the bias for the electret microphone element. I didn't even need the supplied adapters! The CM500 microphone has a much wider audio passband than needed for communications but my radio has an internal 8 band equalizer which allowed the desired tailoring of the audio response. The headphones are lighter than any of my old ones and the cups are deep enough that they don't mash my ears and cause pain after hours of use. Their noise shielding is very good. I'm very happy with the CM500 and, at their nice price, will probably purchase another set for a spare.

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    Disappointment

    I wanted a headset with a decent mic. Looking at the response range, it seemed that this would be a decent microphone. Though the price was cheap, there is a persistant whine in...Read complete review

    I wanted a headset with a decent mic. Looking at the response range, it seemed that this would be a decent microphone. Though the price was cheap, there is a persistant whine in the background that probably has to do with the phantom power injector. Recording quality is not very good. Furthermore, the nylon strap on the top broke almost immediately. It's not an isolated case; one of my colleagues reports the same issues. Needless to say, I got what I paid for.

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    5.0

    Nice and comfortable

    By tony

    from Sonoita, Az.

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Yamaha CM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone:

        Works great with the Elecraft K3 and KX3

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        3.0

        The mic is an electret - needs power

        By StudioDesigner

        from Boston, MA

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              Comments about Yamaha CM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone:

              A good product - but not what I needed. I bought one for the dynamic mic (no phantom power needed with those), but this mic does not work without phantom power.

              Otherwise, well made, comfy.

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              3.0

              It is OK...

              By K8JHR

              from MI

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Breaks Easily
              • Pricey / Poor Value

              Best Uses

                Comments about Yamaha CM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone:

                Good headset overall - but its overall quality is reflected in its price - this works OK for many computer uses, such as for gaming, and it is popular among ham radio operators as an inexpensive alternative to HEIL products... and I agree - it IS just that. But it has only average light weight construction and mediocre average mic and earphone audio. It is largely the same build and quality as even less expensive KOSS SB-40 (which still has a dynamic mic unit - like older CM-500 used to have) and the KOSS SB-45 and SB-49 headsets, which are just as good but which typically sell for less than $40.

                I prefer a higher quality headset, such as the Shure SM-2, or the AudioTechnica BPHS-1 or even the Sennheiser line, such as the HMD-45-6 headset.

                Frankly, many inexpensive computer gaming headsets would work as well or better than the CM-500 - but ham operators are a funny bunch, they like to copy what the other guys have - so this set is becoming a legend among ham ops - although I cannot see quite why, myself.

                So, it is OK, but just OK, in my view. I will work well with ham radios (which use a very narrow audio bandwidth anyway) but it is overall an inexpensive, average performer. I have repaired multiple units for friends who like them - usually having to replace the mic boom arms as they develop an intermittent in the boom arm pivot over time.

                Just MY take... your mileage may vary.

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                4.0

                Excellent for the price.

                By Harold

                from Haleyville, AL

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                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Limited Functions

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Yamaha CM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone:

                  It would be great if it had a larger more robust mic cable with a standard XLR male connector thus being able to utilize phantom power instead of the inline triple A battery power and a mini jack.
                  Sounds and works good otherwise.

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                  5.0

                  Great Headset

                  By W5GFR

                  from Lampasas, Tx

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Yamaha CM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone:

                      This works great with my Yaesu FT1000MP.

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                      5.0

                      Awesome Headset/Mic Combo

                      By Wally

                      from Duluth, Georgia

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Comfortable
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Yamaha CM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone:

                        I use this product to record and edit an annual Christmas message. Coupled to my computer I am able to put together a fun and informative recording for family and friends. The headset is very comfortable to wear and the attached mic allows hands free operation for access to the computer keyboard and mouse. I am very well satisfied with the quality, comfort and cost. Yamaha nailed this one.

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                        4.0

                        Great except for voice reproduction

                        By Chris Love Productions

                        from Austin TX

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Limited Functions

                        Best Uses

                        • Communication
                        • Gaming
                        • Monitor And Talkback

                        Comments about Yamaha CM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone:

                        I bought a pair of these to be used as commentator mics for a live internet broadcast. I remember they felt great for all-day use, the sound in our ears was just fine, and the windscreens did a good job keeping the wind noise out. But looking at the video now, comparing the sound of our voices to those coming from my Sony F112 Omni-directional ENG Handheld Microphone (B&H # SOF112 Mfr# F112), it sounds like we were commentating via telephone.

                        The quality of material, comfort and audio quality in the headphones cannot be beat for this price, and if quality of voice reproduction is not important, then I would highly recommend buying these (hence the 4-star rating), but do not make my mistake thinking that you can get truly broadcast quality microphones in a headset for a price that's too good to be true. This year I'll be using something else and handing these babies off to the director and camera operator, probably exactly the people they were designed for.

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                        5.0

                        CM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone by

                        By Mike

                        from Lockport, New York

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio

                          Comments about Yamaha CM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone:

                          Excellent Headset for Communication applications
                          Pros:price,performance,great for radio or stage
                          Cons:NONE

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                          5.0

                          Great Value

                          By W7ZR

                          from Lake Havasu City, AZ

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                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Yamaha CM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone:

                              Using this with an Icom IC-7800. Great reports. Fantastic service. Ordered on Tuesday and received on Friday on the other side of the country. And that was with standard shipping.

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                              5.0

                              Great Value, Great Sound

                              By Dan / AB0RE

                              from Marshall, MN

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                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Comfortable
                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Radio

                                Comments about Yamaha CM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone:

                                At the recommendation of many others I gave the Yamaha CM500 headset a try in conjunction with my Elecraft K3 HF Transceiver (ham radio). Transmit and receive audio quality are great. The mic element provides more than enough gain to fully modulate the signal. The headphones are comfortable after several hours of use - they don't clamp down too tight on my head. I was pleased to see the included 1/4" stereo & mono adapters and the bias voltage battery case should I decide to use my CM500 headset for other applications. The best part about the CM500s is they cost only a third as much as my previous headset from a different manufacturer, making them a tremendous value.

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                                5.0

                                Great Product

                                By Radio man

                                from San Jose, CA

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                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Computer And Radio
                                  • Events
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Mobile DJ

                                  Comments about Yamaha CM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone:

                                  A great product at a great price and you got it here before Christmas with free shipping. I don't know how it could get any better. Very comfortable to wear.

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                                  5.0

                                  HAM Radios Best Kept Secret

                                  By N2KI

                                  from NY

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                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Yamaha CM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone:

                                      Very comfortable especially on long contest weekends. Great audio reports from the boom mic using the bias box. I replaced a set of Sony MDV 107 which were twice the price. No RFI issues even at 1500 watts. As the headline says; its one of HAM radios best kept secrets.

                                      73 de N2KI

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                                      5.0

                                      Good Value for intended use

                                      By VO1MP

                                      from CANADA

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                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Sound
                                      • Clear Stereo Sound
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Not Too Tight
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Yamaha CM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone:

                                          Works great with my K3 elecraft transceiver headset is comfortable... get lots of good audio reports would recommend to any Ham looking for a very well priced BOOM MIC headset ..

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                                          5.0

                                          Good product

                                          By Mike from Canmore

                                          from Saskatoon, Sk., Canada

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                                          Pros

                                          • Clear Sound
                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Versatile

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Yamaha CM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone:

                                              Using the CM500 for ham radio application. Headphones are comfortable for long periods of time and have great sound. Attached mic has had good reports from contacts I've made.

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                                              4.0

                                              I would recommend this product to friend

                                              By aj

                                              from PA

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                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Clear Sound
                                              • Durable

                                              Cons

                                              • Bulky/Heavy

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Working

                                              Comments about Yamaha CM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone:

                                              I use the headset for work on computer.
                                              I have been through 4 other brands and they don't hold up. these headset are working great.

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                                              5.0

                                              DOES WHAT IT SAYS IT WILL DO

                                              By jay the radio guy

                                              from sacramento ca

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                                              Pros

                                              • Clear Sound
                                              • Durable
                                              • Easy To Use

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Yamaha CM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone:

                                                  I use the CM500 on my Ham gear. It drives my 756 Pro III very well. The audio out of the headphones is pleasent to my ears and they are very comfortable. I am planning to use the power out of the radio to drive the electric mic so I don't have to use the battery pack. I think this a great value and a great way to save some hobby money for other things.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Quality and nore

                                                  By N4EO

                                                  from Columbia, TN

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                                                  Pros

                                                  • Clear Sound
                                                  • Durable
                                                  • Lightweight

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                      Comments about Yamaha CM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone:

                                                      Surpasses other set which are three times the price!

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Yamaha CM500 Phones

                                                      By Vic

                                                      from UK

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                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Clear Sound
                                                      • Durable
                                                      • Easy To Use
                                                      • Lightweight
                                                      • Versatile

                                                      Cons

                                                      • Not available in UK

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Amateur Recording
                                                      • Home Studio
                                                      • Mobile DJ
                                                      • Professional Recording

                                                      Comments about Yamaha CM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone:

                                                      I bought these for my ham radio equipment.
                                                      They were recommended by many ham radio friends.

                                                      I found them to be very comfortable to wear over long periods. The phones sound great on my radio equipment - audio is crisp and clear and the ear cups cover my ears fully giving a good degree of isolation from external noises . The microphone is an electret and this works well with my radio . For ham use I use the mic close to my mouth and this one works very well with no popping or breath noises coming through.

                                                      I also use this headset for Skype on my pc - again works very nicely and far better than the cheapo headset I used to use.

                                                      The very long lead is handy when I want to walk about the room while wearing the phones!

                                                      I am very pleased with these and I would recommend them for ham radio, skype and genaeral pc use and gaming.

                                                      I ordered mine online from B&H - Fast delivery by UPS and free delivery - Good price , too - would recommend B&H also !

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                                                      4.0

                                                      Tough - nice mic audio!

                                                      By Mickey N4MB

                                                      from Fort Lauderdale, FL

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                                                      Pros

                                                      • Clear Sound
                                                      • Compact
                                                      • Durable
                                                      • Easy To Use
                                                      • Lightweight
                                                      • Versatile

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Communications

                                                        Comments about Yamaha CM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone:

                                                        I use this headset for amateur radio. Amateurs are very tough critics about microphone audio, but I've received nothing but accolades on this mic.

                                                        The headset is light weight and comfortable. Sound reduction is adequate for using in a communications environment and the ear cushions wear exceptionally well over time. This is my 2nd pair, I still have the original pair and expect them to expire over my abuse, but the first set (3 years old!) is doing well, despite being dropped many times and my running over the cord with my chair wheels almost continuously.

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                                                        5.0

                                                        Nice

                                                        By RydgeRyder

                                                        from Wisconsin

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                                                        Pros

                                                        • Clear Sound
                                                        • Easy To Use
                                                        • Lightweight

                                                        Cons

                                                          Best Uses

                                                            Comments about Yamaha CM500 - Headset with Boom Microphone:

                                                            A friend refered me of this headset and mic for gaming. Been using them for a week and gameplay is awesome.Hearing so much that I was missing and family happier too. Very Affordable!!!

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