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Old May 2nd, 2010, 10:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there an equalizer on this puppy and I'm just looking in the wrong place? Personally I think the volume thru headphones is a little weak, too, but I am using the top-quality stock iPhone earbuds . can anyone recommend some nice Bluetooth headphones at a good price? I was thinking about the MOTO rokr s7-hd.

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Is there an equalizer on this puppy and I'm just looking in the wrong place? Personally I think the volume thru headphones is a little weak, too, but I am using the top-quality stock iPhone earbuds . can anyone recommend some nice Bluetooth headphones at a good price? I was thinking about the MOTO rokr s7-hd.
I have the Motorola S9-HD, and if the phone isn't in your back pocket when you're outside, it will skip something horrible. Inside, it's good up to about 30 feet.

That's how I know I've stepped off the treadmill at the gym and left my phone there...
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Is there an equalizer on this puppy and I'm just looking in the wrong place? Personally I think the volume thru headphones is a little weak, too, but I am using the top-quality stock iPhone earbuds . can anyone recommend some nice Bluetooth headphones at a good price? I was thinking about the MOTO rokr s7-hd.

As for the EQÖ. Not that I know of, but there is probably an app for that???. As for the Bluetooth headphones, maybe I can help. Iíve been through several BT headsets over the years, never finding the perfect one, until now (for me that is, others will probably disagree).

I had certain requirements that made finding the right headset difficult. I wanted something small and light. I wanted in ear, ear buds. I couldnít have any hard/rigid/stiff/semi flexible band behind my neck. I ride a recumbent bike with a headrest that leaves no room for any behind the neck plastic band. That is also the reason for ear buds; my bike helmet straps would cause problems with any large headset. Also I have owned Motorola HT820ís and if you lay down to listen to music the band behind the neck pushed the headphones off the ears.

So my requirements were:
Bluetooth
Small and light
Good functionality (at a minimum, volume, pause, skip)
Compatible with the HTC Incredible
Stay in the ear ability (some headsets are heavy and with the slightest bump they fall out)
Ear buds so I have room for sunglasses. (Any over or behind the ear set was out)
Sound quality was important, but not real high on the list. Both music and voice quality; my voice for prople I call, and for listening to people that call me.
Battery life of at least 4 to 6 hours.
Bluetooth range is not an issue.

To keep this short I wonít go through all the headphones I looked at, but will mention a few and why I didnít buy them:
Sony HBH-IS800, Battery life too short, limited functionality
Plantronics Backbeat 903, Behind the neck band too stiff, over the ear sunglass issue.
Jaybird (various models) Over the ear issue for some models, and in the ear, ear buds looked heavy and reviews confirmed they are not good for even light sports.

Anyway, I settled on Sony Ericsson HBH-DS980. Here is what I like about them:
Small and light (they fit in my pocket when not wearing), and while they rest on the back of my neck, I do not feel them, nor do they interfere with the placement of the ear buds. It is because they loop behind the neck, that there is no weight on the ear buds, so they stay in place no matter how rough my ride is. They are also very comfortable; I hardly feel them and can wear them for hours with no problems.

Functionality and compatibility; all functions are compatible with the Incredible. Volume, pause/play, and skip. Also, I can scroll through my song list and/or skip alphabetically through it via an LCD one line menu. I can scroll through my contacts or skip alphabetically and place calls. Now if only Google can fix the hands free Bluetooth issue Iíd be all set.

Sound quality is better that I expected. As for volume, of all the headsets Iíve tried as well as owned, they are slightly above average. I could probably stand a little more volume when they are at the max level (been to too many rock concerts), but I really donít need it. On some songs I actually felt like I needed to turn them down a bit, but not many songs.

Battery life is rated at 6 hours full use (talk). Standby is 300 hours. I have only had them long enough to have gone through four charge cycles, and Iím getting close to 6 hours out of a charge.

I think I read somewhere where their range was supposed to be 90 feet. ???? I never heard this out of Bluetooth, I though thirty feet was max? Anyway, my son tested this and he walked about 45 feet without issue. That was with the BT receiver in front of him with his body between it and the phone. He then turned around and kept walking and got maybe another ten feet. For this test, he left the phone on the table inside the house and walked outside and across the street, so the outside wall of the house (aluminum sided) was also between him and the phone. Still, at 55 feet I was impressed; itís not 90 feet, but under the conditions 55 feet is pretty good for Bluetooth.

One last thing, I was concerned that the dongle, the Bluetooth part that hangs down, would be a problem. I thought it would always be in the way, or bumping stuff. I keep it inside my shirt/let it hang free inside, and itís completely out of the way; also itís quite stealth that way. The buttons are easy to push through my shirt and the only time I need to take it out, is if I want to use the menu functions for song lookup or calling, which isnít that often.

So there you have it, my feelings about Bluetooth headphones. Iím sure others will disagree as always. Oh yeah, with Amazon and other review sites, this headset only gets 3 stars out of 5. The reason is because itís not fully compatible with the iPhone/Pod. The reviews that were not from owners of the iPhone/Pod, were all 4 to 5 stars out of 5.

ďcan anyone recommend some nice Bluetooth headphones at a good price?Ē Nice headphones at a good price, is kind of an oxymoron, isnít it? The MOTO rokr S7-HD MSRP for $150, but can be purchased from Amazon for around $40. The MSPR for the Sony HBH-DS980ís are also $150, but I got mine from MobileCityOnline.com for 69.99. Amazon had them for $80. You can get them for $30 to $40 from e-bay, but my guess, is that they are cheep Chinese imitations. I always look for a good deal, but if itís too good a deal, I feel like Iíll get what I paid for.

Good luck to you, I hope this helped.
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Is there an equalizer on this puppy and I'm just looking in the wrong place? Personally I think the volume thru headphones is a little weak, too, but I am using the top-quality stock iPhone earbuds . can anyone recommend some nice Bluetooth headphones at a good price? I was thinking about the MOTO rokr s7-hd.
I have a Jawbone Icon I got from Verizon for $80 (normally $100). Actually it was less with a promo code and my corp discount But, I love it, and would recommend it. If you keep an eye on the 24 hour deals on their website, it seems like that one is on there once a week or so.
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thanks lavin, great post! Really informative. Just one question, though -- Although I like the ear buds, I always worry about mic quality when the mic is dangling like they do on the ear buds. Ever had any problems with that? Also, I'm mainly looking for headphones to get away from wires, although those ear buds do look nice. I'd probably prefer the behind-the-neck sets. I guess yer right about good headphones at a good price, too . I'm looking to spend around $80 or less, so I'll def be looking at those ear buds after your review. And jazz, I do like the Jawbone Icon and I've heard great things about it, but because I listen to a lot of music on my phone, too, I'm trying to find a good multi-purpose stereo set. Thanks again guys!

i think those plantronics might be the pair...$60 on newegg and they look nice...
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For earbuds, the best ones i've run into are the klipsch image s4, they are $80 and sound phenominal. They aren't blue tooth but you can get a wireless bluetooth reciever to plug them into and clip on your shirt or waistband pretty easily. As for eq, i was told its not possible with the android platform, at least not yet. I've looked high and low for one and haven't run across one yet. I don't know why it couldn't be done or why it hasn't been done but thats just how it is right now.
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Sound quality through the mic is pretty good. I bought two of the HBH-DS980's and two Incredibles. One for my son and one for me. We talk to each other on them all the time. If we are both inside with normal background noise, I can't tell the difference. I have to ask him if he is on the BT set.

I've had several wired buds with mic's and have never really had bad sound quality, and some of the sets were pretty cheep buds. I do remember one time when I was talking to my daughter on a set of buds I bought from Verizon and she couldn't hear me for a short time during one call because I had started down hill, and the wind noise was too much for the mic to pick up my voice. It wasn't till I slowed down that she could hear me again.

Funny you should ask about mic sound quality, my son again wanted to test the mic on the HBH-DS980's, so while he was mowing the lawn, he wanted me to call him. This set is suppose to have noise canceling and he needed proof. Well I called him and believe it or not we could talk to each other. It wasn't great because the mower was quite a bit of background noise, but I could hear and understand him and he could hear and understand me. Also I was not shouting either. I spoke normally.

The Motorola HT820's I mentioned above, had good mic quality as well. People didn't know I was talking to them through my headset. I really didn't have a problem with those, and sound quality was great, but like I said, I just couldn't use them while biking, or resting my head on a couch pillow, or swinging in the hammock.
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