Reading Assistant headset requirements

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Students must use an approved headset and adapter with Reading Assistant and Reading Assistant Plus. Items not included in this list have not been certified to work with our software.

Tip: Scientific Learning customers may be able to receive a discount on Andrea headsets and adapters, if purchased directly from Andrea Communications.

Computer/Chromebook headset requirements

Using Reading Assistant or Reading Assistant Plus on a computer, laptop, or Chromebook requires an approved headset with either an integrated USB connection or an approved USB audio adapter.

If you plan to use Reading Assistant or Reading Assistant Plus with the Fast ForWord programs, all of the headsets in this table will also work with the Fast ForWord products except for the Logitech H390 headset, which is not recommended.

Headsets for computer use

Needs USB adapter

Durable

Easy to clean

Use with FFW

Price range

Andrea EDU-455 USB

 

$26-$28

Logitech H390 (ClearChat Comfort USB)

 

 

 

 

$25-$35

Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000

 

 

 

$20-$35

Andrea EDU-455

 

$15-$17

Califone 3066AV (not USB)

$25-$35

Cyber Acoustic AC-960

 

$20-$30

When purchasing a USB adapter for your computer headset, choose the exact model number shown. Other adapters sold by the same manufacturer are not approved.

USB adapters for computer use (pair with any approved headset)

Andrea EDU-USB – $11

Parts Express USB Sound Adapter (with mic and headphone jacks) – $15-$20

StarTech ICUSBAUDIO – $10-$20

StarTech ICUSBAUDIOB – $10-$20

SYBA SD-CM-UAUD – $5-$10

SYBA SD-AUD-20066 – $5-$10

iPad headset requirements

iPad mobile digital devices provide a single headset jack for the Reading Assistant headset, which lets you use a single cable to connect the headset to the device. To provide the best audio quality and user experience, choose an approved headset that best meets your implementation needs.

  • For iPad use only, choose a headset with a single plug. Existing dual plug headsets can also be used by combining the headset with a dual plug to single plug adapter.
  • For iPad and computer use, choose a headset from the table and combine with an appropriate adapter.

Scientific Learning supports most mobile headset adapters (dual plug to single plug/single plug to dual plug), so you can use these headsets across devices. To use a single-plug headset on a computer or Chromebook, combine with a single plug to dual plug adapter and a USB audio adapter. To use a dual plug headset on an iPad, combine with a dual plug to single plug adapter.

  • The C-100 dual plug to single plug adapter and the C-200 single plug to dual plug adapter can be purchased from Andrea Electronics.
  • To search for mobile adapters online, use the following search phrase: “3.5mm 4-pin to 2x 3-pin headset splitter adapter”

Headsets for iPad use

Plug type

Needs mobile
adapter

Durable

Easy to clean

Use with FFW

Price range

Andrea EDU-455M

Single

 

$15-$17

Califone 3066AVT

Single

 

$25-$35

Cyber Acoustics AC-204

Single

1Cyber Acoustics AC-204 comes with a single plug to dual plug adapter, making this headset usable on desktop and laptop computers with a USB adapter.

 

 

 

$10-$20

Andrea EDU-455

Dual

$15-$17

Califone 3066AV

Dual

$25-$35

Cyber Acoustics AC-201

Dual

 

 

 

$20-$30

Cyber Acoustics AC-960

Dual

 

$10-$20