Cut the Wires

20 different bluetooth headsets in the test. From the smallest to the largest design headsets music headphones. By Tomas Nilsson

A few years ago, bluetooth headset a product for technology freaks who are not part of that look as if they escaped from the set of a science fiction movie with low budget. Today, there is something for all tastes. With the A2DP bluetooth profile, you get stereo sound and music in the headset, and you will find six different stereo headset in this test. All headsets are tested against mobiles Nokia N80, Sony Ericsson K610i and against a computer with Toshiba bluetooth stack.

Iqua BHS-302

Finnish company Iqua has been around since 2004, but is new on the Swedish market. Iqua BHS-302 has an earpiece and microphone on the cord while the function keys and the volume sits in a small device that can be attached to your clothing. The clip on the back of the unit are in metal and both work well and raising quality sense for this headset. The cord has a spun Outer fabric that hopefully increases the service life. Functionally offers not BHS-302 on any major surprises. The buttons are hearty and works as you would expect-it is enough with a quick glance at the manual to get started. The memory holds up to eight different phones, so you won’t have to make the connection to the sample to use the BHS-302 both to job mobile and to your private mobile. Iqua BHS-302 is comfortable to wear-with cord and everything is weight 17 grams of which a failure to warn small part hanging in the ear. The sound is great in earphones, but the microphone is not the best. The defendant was sometimes hard to hear what was being said and it comes with a lot of wind noise.

Plus: easy to use.

Minus: poor microphone

Iqua BHS-306

Iqua BHS-306 is an in-ear headset that has much in common with the BHS-302. The difference is that the earphone and microphone moved into the device itself and the metal clamp is replaced with a removable plastbygel. BHS-306 is far from the most convenient headset in the test, but it’s pretty easy and stays in your ear even no jumper so long as they do not engage in some cooler moves. With jumper on is the risk to lose the headset is minimal, but the comfort. Just as in the BHS-302 there is a memory for eight different mobiles. The sound is of good quality and the conversation goes in both directions even if it is a little noisy or if the weather is windy. Iqua BHS-302 and BHS-306 available in the colors white, silver and dark gray.

Plus: Easy, hearty buttons

Minus: the inconvenient hoop

Iqua BHS-701

The easiest stereolurar is also the best. Pivoting ear pads Springs good so that it stays in your head without squeezing too hard. Buttons in hard rubber and the yellow color brings to mind the old sports walkman and BHS-701 really feels like a durable product that works at the training session. If you like not yellow, see the headset also in silver. Just like most other stereo headset, you can control the music player, and for example replace the song with the help of bluetooth profile AVRCP. To connect to the BHS-701 cell phone works fairly intuitive, but it’s a good idea to read the manual thoroughly to understand all the different light signals. For example, the alternating blue and red light means headset is ready to be attached to a new cell. The sound when listening to music is good, but the quality is just a bit below the stereo headset from Plantronics and Jabra. In the phone call, it sounds good in the headphones, but the microphone sensitivity is low so the person on the other end is sometimes difficult to understand what is being said.

Plus: fits well.

Minus: poor microphone

Jabra JX10

What’s neat is, of course, a matter of personal preference, but there is no denying that the Jabra made a serious commitment to design with its headset JX10. The design is the Danish firm Jacob Jensen and it places the JX10 in good company with the likes of many Bang & Olufsen products that have the same author. The design adds not directly something new, functionally, but personally I think it is a really neat headsets and Desktop Charger that comes with makes it even better. JX10 is available in silver, black and red for those who dare to stand out a bit. The material is painted plastic, but because the low weight make much for comfort, I prefer it in front of real metal when it comes to headsets. The headset can be worn in-ear or with a small jumper. Both solutions are comfortable and JX10 stays in your ear even without the jumper. However, there is no extra earbuds in different sizes. On the technology side invites JX10 on a DSP to reduce noise and it does its job-the sound is good both in headset and of the counterparty.

Plus: the design, the sound

Minus: Only one size for your ear

Jabra BT-320s

Size and shape are reminiscent of a simple mp3 player, but the music, mobile stand for. BT-320s have a standard 3.5 mm jack connector for headphones and you can clip it to your clothes or wear it around your neck. The headphones that follow I would value to about £ 100 as standalone product-they sound good, but there are many that sounds better. The strength of this headset is that it can be combined with favorite headphones. The microphone works great if you wear it close to your mouth. Do you wear it around your neck and the device hangs around the bottom rib, there must be quiet around you for what you say should go forward. The sensitivity of the bluetooth receiver seemed rather weak. Compared to other stereo headset sound fell away quite often just a few meters from your phone. The scope was rather 50 cm than specified 10 meters for best sound. Getting started with and using BT-320s, however, was no problem. Connection to various mobiles and controlling the music player via AVRCP worked fine.

Plus: Standard connector for headphones

Minus: poor range

Jabra BT 620s

The second stereo headset with jumper behind the neck plays music with really good sound, but don’t have the same great fit as the Iqua BHS-701. Jabra BT 620s weighs 100 grams and sits a bit too loose to feel really comfortable. It is also slightly more plastic than Iquas headset. The threshold for getting started with BT 620s is high compared to other headsets in the test, but when you’ve learned where the buttons are, and how long to push to activate different functions, it is not so difficult. The microphone has poor sensitivity and it pulls down the sound rating of something. The headset can remotely control the music player on your phone.

Plus: Great sound for music

Minus: loose

Logitech Mobile Pro Headset

I was initially quite skeptical of this headset-it’s huge and reminiscent of Ericsson or Nokia’s first headset from 2001 or possibly 2002. The generous dimensions is not only detrimental-they also make the headset feels solid and that it sits well on most ears. The microphone sits on a floating boom that can be set at different angles for best sound. The headset also includes technologies for noise reduction. Sound quality is good in the earpiece and the good of the other party. Logitech Mobile Pro Headset than not a headset to wear around town, but well in front of the computer or in the car. A combined desktop charger and storage jar.

Plus: Solid and comfortable

Minus: big and ugly

Logitech Mobile Traveller Headset

It is the microphone that makes this simple headset stand out. Logitech Windstop technology call Microphone and the result is in class with much more expensive headsets in the test. The microphone filters especially away wind noise, but also works well in traffic noise. The sound in the earphones are not as impressive but more what I would expect of a headset in the lower price range. Mobile Traveller Headset has basic functionality and is easy to get started with the weight is low and the headset sits nicely on the ear.

Plus: Microphone

Minus: nothing special

Microdia AiroBlue G5 Pro

Even a budget headset with good sound. Despite the low price has AiroBlue a signal processor for noise reduction and it works fine. Both the microphone and the earpiece has good sound quality. It is a little worse with the construction quality-any “pro”-feeling arises, not despite the name. It’s a bit too much cheap glossy plastic and flashing light for my taste. AiroBlue goes to carry both in-ear and headband. The weight is low, but the headset is quite far and would like to fall out of the ear unless the jumper is in place.

Plus: Sound

Minus: Quality Feel

Motorola HS815

The cheapest headset comes not from some new comers but from Motorola. HS815 is a large headset with a weight of 20 grams, but it fits well and is comfortable to wear, even over long periods of time. HS815 contains, as expected, only the basic functionality. The sound from the microphone is really good, but you can’t turn up the volume especially loud in the earpiece.

Plus: Rate

Minus: The Size

Nokia BH-200

Nokia’s cheapest headset is a simple product, but it looks nice out and actually contains also the up-to-date technology in the form of Bluetooth 2.0. Nokia has chosen to provide several of their headsets with double yoke that clamps the headset around your ear, but I prefer the solution that BH-600 and multiple headsets from other manufacturers with a detachable headband-then fit the headset more carriers and in more situations. The headset is made of shiny black plastic that turns into a party with clear plastic that is set-up for the two gummibyglarna. BH-200 is not very compact, but it does not feel bulky and position themselves in a weight class right between the lightest headsets and Motorola HS815. The buttons are well placed and you can quickly find the correct function even when the headset on your ear. To get started with BH-200 is easy, but I still recommend a glance in the manual not to miss the practical features, such as a pressure in the middle of the volume key mutes the microphone. The sound quality is good, but I notice no difference in sound quality or range of headsets in the same price range with older bluetoothversion. All Nokia headset in the test using the charger with the narrow contact tip.

Plus: Friendly User

Minus: No adjustments for different ear

Nokia BH-800

The Nokia BH-800 is called design headsets and is a top notch competitor to Jabra JX-10 and Samsung WEP200 if you want an easy and neat headsets. The BH-800 has a matte finish and is available in black and silver. In the box there is a detachable headband for ears and a bracket so you can carry your headset in a strap around the neck between the talks. With a weight of 9 grams belongs to the BH-800 the lightest headsets in the test, but the part of the headset that is pressed in the ear is the longest team, so the headset feels heavier and clumsier than the competition. With the jumper on, however, it is really comfortable to wear and you can adjust the jumper after the ear. The sound is good and the buttons are well designed and well placed just as in Nokia’s other headsets. A great feature is that when you change the volume gives the headset will emit a tone that tells you which level is set. Low pitch means low volume and tone increases in frequency with higher volume. You learn quickly to recognize the tones and do not have to be startled by loud noises. The main difference between the BH-800 and Nokia’s other headsets is the price tag. Nokia also has a similar-sounding headset called BH-700, which is about 5 mm long and 1 gram heavier-but costs about half as much. The price tag is also difficult to justify when compared to the Jabra JX-10 and SamsungWEP200.

Plus: Easy. User friendly.

Minus: The Price

Nokia BH-900

Microphones on the boom keeps noise from the environment and Nokia has managed to get the microphone close to your mouth without the headset becomes clumsy. Sure, BH-900 bigger and heavier than the lightest headsets in the test, but despite the microphone boom feels it’s not heavier to carry than, for example, BH-200. With the microphone flush, it is not that much greater. The headset also includes a DSP to make the other party “hear what you say, not where you are” according to Nokia’s marketing. The function is doing miracles, but the sound is really good even when the surroundings are noisy properly. Compared to Logitech’s Mobile Pro Headset BH-900 is a little uncomfortable to wear over long periods of time, but in return, it is much more elegant and has even better sound. The buttons are the same as on other Nokia headset, but BH-900 can also turn push-to-talk by a keystroke on the day we receive access to the service here in Sweden.

Plus: great sound

Minus: No adjustments for different ear

Plantronics Pulsar 590a

This headset is supplied in a large cardboard box filled with gadgets. In addition to the headset is a desktop charger, a Bluetooth, p > Plus: good sound and fit

Minus: Plastic

Plantronics Pulsar 260

There are many similarities between the Pulsar 260 and Jabra BT320s. One important difference is that you cannot use the headphones to a Plantronics headset. Instead of using a standard 3, 5 mm connector so have Plantronics opted to use a thinner four pole connector which makes it possible to put the microphone on the headphone cord. The advantage is that the MIC light hear it you say, but I feel that many people buy this type of product in order to be able to choose headphones. Fortunately it is no bad headphones Plantronics has shipped with music the sound is great and I think the quality is equivalent to regular headphones in the price range around $250 call quality is also gaining much on that microphone sits on the cable and ends up near the mouth. As in the rest of the stereo headphones, you can control the music player.

Plus: great sound

Minus: no standard connector for headphones

Plantronics Discovery 655

An easy and convenient headset without major design ambitions is the Plantronics Discovery 655. The headset looks pretty ordinary, while the charger is in fact a bit special. It looks like an overgrown hat to a fountain pen and the similarities with pens increases if you connect the charger with the battery holder. You can download the Discovery 655 both via the AC adapter, and from a standard AAA (LR03) batteries. The sound is excellent and the built-in signal processor removes noise and gives good sound in noisy environments. As in-ear headset is the Discovery 655 the most comfortable headset in the test. Three rubber Stoppers included with that makes most people can find a favorite that fits in the ear. The features are many in this headset. In addition to everything you would expect is vibrator, auto reply and indicators for missed calls and battery level. Unfortunately, the price is high, but there is a budgetvariant named 640 with equally good comfort, but without noise reduction.

Plus: fits like molded

Minus: high price

Samsung WEP200

Samsung headset looks a bit like a brand’s sliding mobiles in miniature. It is an in-ear headset and with a weight of 10 grams, it is not heavy to carry. To fit different ear rings are available with different size to pin on ears plug. The sound quality puts Samsung’s headset on an average score and either microphone or headphone has a few unforgivable vulnerabilities. WEP200 contains the basic functionality and is easy to get started with … just like the Logitech Mobile Pro WEP200 charging in a small jar, but the size of Samsung’s charger is just like the size of the headset itself is significantly smaller. The minimal size and a good quality feel means that I expect a pretty high price, but surprises the Samsung WEP200 and get a high score when it comes to the price value.

Plus: low price

Minus: nothing special

Sony Ericsson HBH-IV835

IV835 is the largest in-ear headset, but the weight is low 10 grams. I enjoyed not really with this headset because the part to be inserted in the ear is very long. Either sits the headset quite wobbly, or so I have to push it much further into the ear than what feels wholesome. It comes with rubber gaskets of different size, but does not solve the problem with the long protruding earpiece. The fit is, of course, inp > Plus: great sound

Minus: Sit in your ear

Sony Ericsson HBH-GV435

GV435 is reminiscent of a large hearing aid in silver. The greater part of the headset rests behind your ear and the earpiece is sitting on a small arm. Unlike IV835 Stoppers do not fully recognize the headset ear GV435 have both battery life and comfort which makes it operate for a full working day. Although headset weighs twice as much as the lightest in the test never uncomfortable. The noise level does not hold for noisier environments, but in the car or at the Office, it works great. The sound quality is high due to noise reduction.

Plus: Easy

Minus: low volume

Sony Ericsson HBH-DS970

Sony Ericsson delivers the single displayf√∂rsedda headset. No silly shtick actually-one display is better than blinking LEDs to show the headset settings. In addition to being helpful when you plug the headset to different mobiles, you can see the number from your phone’s caller ID when calling. Of course there are also buttons to control the music player. Cord to the earbuds are stuck in the drive, with the display, so you can’t plug in your own headphones. Just like Plantronics, Sony Ericsson mounted microphone and answer button on the cord to one earpiece. It gives better sound in telephone conversations. The headphones are good quality-best among those manufacturers send with headsets in this test-so it’s a really nice headset to listen to music. The device also features a signal processor for noise reduction, so you don’t need to compromise on call quality. Compared to its competitors, Sony Ericsson Iqua Plantronics and managed to produce a really smooth drive. The weight is slightly higher, but the format and the built-in display makes this feel like a more exclusive product. Unfortunately, also the price a few hundred higher.

Plus: Display. Good sound. Convenient format.

Minus: no standard connector for headphones

Winner

Mono-headset: Jabra JX10

A really neat and convenient headset that also sounds like it should.

Stereo-headset: Plantronics Pulsar 590A

A couple of real music headphones with good audio for both music and phone calls.

Good buy

Samsung WAP200

Low weight, small size and good sound = a lot of headsets for the money.

Box: Bluetooth versions and profiles

Bluetooth v1. xmax speed 721 kilobits/s

Bluetooth v2.0 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) max speed 2.1 megabits/s

Headset Profile (HSP)

Headset connects a digital audio connection with mono sound.

Hands-Free Profile (HFP)

Which Headset profile, but with more advanced features for phone calls.

Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)

The profile required for stereo sound in bluetooth headset.

Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)

The profile that allows you to control the music player on your phone. Supported by most products that support A2DP.

Fact box: use your headset for Skype

A bluetooth headset also works with Skype and other telephony applications on your computer:

1.Se sure you have a bluetooth driver in your computer that supports headset and put your headset in pairing mode.

  1. start the wizard to add a new Bluetooth device from the bluetooth icon in the lower right corner or in the control panel.
  2. Go through the wizard to install your headset. If the computer is asking for a code is 0000 you should turn into. Tap on the headset’s answer key for connecting to your computer.
  3. start Skype and select “Preferences” under the “Tools” menu. Click on the “audio devices”. Select bluetooth option in the drop-down menus “Audio out” or “Audio in”. Click “Save”. Now uses Skype your headset instead of the computer’s speakers and microphone.

Unfortunately, there are few headset that lets you use the reply button for its real purpose-to answer a call-in combination with Skype. Several manufacturers, however, have such a headset on. One example is the Voyager 510 USB from Plantronics.

 

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