You’d believe that the U . s . secret service (being the American secret service and everything) would have access to an earpiece a little bit cooler that just the conventional ‘curly cable’ job, wouldn’t you?
If forced, I have to state that I usually imagine some old fella, like Desmond Llewelyn in the Bond movies, (or maybe a younger model like Ben Whishaw from ‘Skyfall’) producing many of the devices himself and then explaining them to the agents before they go out and protector the President’s life.
This is just not the case. They use the versions they use because they work plus they work well. Essentially, wired models continue to be more dependable than their wireless counterparts. With wireless, you tend to get more interference, as well as having to deal with more limited bandwidth. Essentially, you will need dependable tech when you’re in the field. Lives are at stake in a number of cases.
This simple, trusted earpiece might be relied upon to accomplish the job, every time.
Another advantage that wired earpieces have over wireless ones (in this example, at the least) is the proven fact that a wired set needn’t take an additional battery. Wireless earpieces would need charging and, as a result, would possess a somewhat restricted operational capacity. It just causes a lot more headaches for people who, let us face it, already have a good bit on their plates to begin with.
Reported by ‘AskJeeves.com’
“The ear piece and mic that the secret service uses is called a Throat Mic. The Throat Mic has clarity that is unsurpassed, great sound quality, and allows for discreet interaction. It also has an acoustic air tube that makes it comfortable when worn for long periods of time”.
The ‘curly earpiece’ technology is really rather common and has been used by a variety of people and businesses beyond the secret service. It is possible to even buy a wireless version, but do not expect the FBI to be interested!
I might argue another point, but that is merely a pet theory with very little research to back it up. Psychologically speaking, when y’see a FBI agent, you identify them as such without seeing them in any form of uniform (beyond a dinner suit, sun glasses and a Radio earpiece), the headset, then, is really a subtle reminder to you, the civilian, that not merely is this not a regular person inside a suit, but also the area in which you now find yourself is being strictly monitored.
With one word to his/her earpiece, the agent in question can probably call down many of the other agents within the direct area, also as police, fire brigade and anyone else he/she believes is essential. That subtle reminder is probably a very potent crime deterrent. No guns need to be displayed, no helmets or flak jackets worn and yet y’know that this individual has eyes everywhere and could, probably, actually ruin your month. As I said, it’s merely a hypothesis, but It looks like it makes sense.