Plantronics has introduced the .Audio 655 USB stereo headset for PC-based communications and multimedia.

The company claims that the .Audio 655 is the industry's first headset to take full advantage of the "crystal clear audio quality" of calls in the all-new version of Skype for Windows.

Certified to work with Skype's new "SILK" speech codec, which delivers super wideband audio, Plantronics says .Audio 655 offers deep bass and full-range digital audio through 40mm speakers.

There's also a noise-cancelling microphone and the "Fast Mic Mute" tech that lets users quickly mute the microphone by raising the boom.

With soft, swivel-mounted ear cushions and a lightweight design, the new headset is said to be comfortable for all-day use.

The device uses a plug-and-play USB connection and features one-touch volume controls on the earpiece.

The Plantronics .Audio 655 USB stereo headset will be available from the start of April for £39.99.