Pros Design is phenomenal, light, great audio in and out
Cons Wind, but its solved (read further down).
Summary This replaced my Jawbone, and Jawbone2. Plantroics 925 surpasses these by aeons.
Great design, Great Fit, Great little charger, Extremely easy pairing, Great incoming sound, and very good outgoing. Audio IQ is pretty smart but not a genius. Worked good and was audible with my car windows down (all four) and an 18 wheeler passing by. I was impressed.
Then I took a walk....light breeze made the Audio IQ into a babbling fool. It cannot handle wind of anysort going into the mic. So I was about to return it, but held on til I tried the etyBLU.
Bought the etyBLU looked great, looking forward to using the boom with the windscreen, but the fit was torturous. Went too far into your head, and never, never, never stayed put. It sounded good out going. But answering or making a call pressing the button felt like I was going to do brain surgery through my ear! ONE GOOD thing came out of it. I put the wind screen onto my Plantronics 925.
Now my Plantronics 925 is outfitted with the windscreen I immediately bought from the Etymotics site, slightly shaped the foam to be tailored to the 925 boom. Viola! I tested it 3" from my fan on high and I was PERFECTLY AUDIBLE!
So here's the perfect combo in my opinion.
Plantronics 925 with the etyBLU small windscreen. Now I'd give it a 10/10 Audio IQ got it's genius.
Pros Great sound, nice design and fit, and wonderful battery-charging case
Cons None yet - it's perfect for me
Summary So, I am a former Jawbone user who has tried many headsets. I have tried expensive and inexpensive units, and this is by far the best. Most recently, I had an original Jawbone, which had some flaws, but was usable, if expensive.
After losing my Jawbone in a thunderstorm, I tried to replace it with the Jawbone 2, which took some minor flaws from the original and blew them up to major status. I tried and tried and eventually returned it for a 925. What a difference!
The 925 has great sound, no volume issues, fits p[perfectly in my difficult to fit ear, and has some very nice touches that make it the best in class. First of these is the carrying case, a necessity for me as a frequent flyer. Not only is there a nice case, but the case has its' own battery and charges the unit when docked The case is nice and small, and fits easily in any pocket, while protecting my prized 925.
The other small but nice touch is a lanyard that attaches to the 925, so you never have to worry about losing it when it's being worn.
All this, plus a pretty design, great sound and full features have made this my new favorite toy, despite a previous dislike for having to use a headset at all.
You won't be disappointed - guaranteed. Also, look for sales, as I found mine for $100, saving $30+ off the jawbone for a much better product.
Pros Looks good, Light Weight, Excelent Sound Quality
Cons Expensive, 3 position Volume Switch.
Summary My Jabra JX10 died so I replaced it with the Plantronics 925, I think the 925 is the best looking headset avalable by far but thats pretty subjective I guess, I hate the looks of the Aliph Jabone for example. Pairing was a no brainer and the sound quality couldnt be much better, The volume is changed to one of 3 settings by pressing a volume control button on the top read of the headset, A rocker switch for the volume would have been a nice touch, it is so light and comfortable that after wearing it for a few minutes you forget it's there and it has no earhook. it is recommended that the earpiece be charged for 3 hours before use but mine came fully charged as did the charging case, I think the 925 costs a bit too much but all in all it does what it is supposed to do very well and has a solid feel to it.
Pros Great sound (for Bluetooth), lightweight, great fit
Cons Not as immune to wind as some
Summary I bought and briefly tested the Aliph Jawbone II, the the Jabra BT8040, the Motorola H800, the Blue Ant Z9i, and the Plantronics 360, 520, and 925. I didn't use any of them for an extended period as I was mainly trying to get the best sound both for receiving and talking. The Jawbone II and Blue Ant Z9i both sounded a bit tinny to me, probably due to excessive DSP. The Jabra 8040 was so quiet that it was unusable if there was any ambient noise. The Plantronics 520 and the Motorola H800 both had decent sound, but in A/B testing the Plantronics 925 sounded significantly louder and clearer than any of the others. I did not do any A/B testing in noisy environments, so the noise cancelling technology of the Jawbone or Blue Ant may be better there, but I was mainly going for normal sound quality. I also love the fit of the 925 (no annoying ear loop).
Pros Fit, sound, charging options
Cons No mute button on headset, volume control is a toggle up only rather than a rocker. The mic boom rubbing alongside of your face can get annoying at times.
Summary I have been using a Jabra JX10 for the past couple of years, and have been looking to change it. I initially tried a Blueant z9, but that was nothing short of a horrible product in just about every way. The Discovery 925, on the other hand, is quite a good product overall, and performs well beyond expectations.
Setup/Pairing with both an older BlackBerry 7xxx series as well as my 8100 series Pearl was easy and quick. Reconnection once you have paired the device is essentially immediate so no problems there. It works seamlessly with the Pearl's voice activation feature, redial, and other calling features without issue.
The 925 controls are very easy to access and use - they are not small or awkward like the ones on the BlueAnt. The volume is a toggle-up switch, giving you three levels, low, mid and max -- in that order. When you reach max and tap the volume control it moves back to the lowest volume setting. One particularly neat thing about the volume is that the 925 controls the volume of the phone rather than the headset itself.
I find that this actually sounds better than any of my previous bluetooth headsets, including the Jabra. One word about overall physical design, though. The 925 has a very long and relatively thin mic boom which extends along the side of the face. I found it a bit annoying at first, but am getting used to it over time as it rubs against my cheek rather than sit just off the surface of the skin. It doesn't irritate, but is just a bit annoying. One other shortcoming is that the unit does not have a mute button - so you have to control that from your phone directly. A bit of an inconvenience, but with an acceptable work-around.
The in-ear fit is excellent. Plantronics includes 3 different sized earpieces in the box - small/medium/large - anyone should be able to find one that will work for their specific ear. The unit comes with the medium sized earpiece attached, and that one seems to work fine for me -- but I haven't tried the others yet either. It is by far the most comfortable earset I have worn, hand's down. After a period of time both the Jabra and the Z9 tend to rub the outer canal of the ear, making it tender when worn over time. Adjusting the Jabra earhook sometimes fixes it, but with the Z9 nothing could relieve the extreme discomfort I was feeling. I admit, though, that it does feel a bit weird not having a loop around my ear, but on the other hand taking glasses on and off is great without having an earloop to contend with. I have used this while driving in car, and also on lengthy conference calls and can't tell it's even in my ear at all.
Incoming sound is outstanding -- the best of any of the headsets I have used. On the other side of the call, callers have mentioned that there is sometimes an echo depending on where I am speaking from. I understand of a fix that uses a windscreen from a competitor's headset, but haven't tried that yet. Other owners report that this does improve outgoing sound - and especially takes care of wind noise which can be problematic when out of doors.
Charging options are typical to Plantronics in that they supply three different options for charing the unit. Mini-to-micro USB cable to a PC, AC adaptor and a clever leather charging case. You charge up the case and once fully charged, you have enough power to fully charge the headset from zero charge. This is a really good feature, and is in-line with previous Discovery products which used a battery-pack type case to charge remotely when you didn't have access to power. It's a really good feature. The only downside to this product is the charging indicators which do not flash continuously, so you can't tell at a glance whether you are in charge mode or fully charged. The indicators flash red on a very slow cycle, so you have to look carefully to see if you are charged or not. In the end, it is something you get used to, I'd just like to see a flashing red when charging changing to green when charging is compete, that's all.
Overall this is an excellent headset. It is not cheap, but it is a very high-end product from Plantronics that performs exactly as advertised.