"Smallest stereo BT headset in the world."4.0 starson by shinklee
Pros: Very small, no loop in the back, excellent sound quality.
Cons: Short battery life, heavy ear pieces, no volume control (hence NOT iphone compatible).
Summary: The sound quality of this BT in ear headset is the best I have tried.
Far better then the Motorola S9-HD and even better then most of Son's other BT stereo headsets. Good enough to listen to classical music and enjoy the nuances. Its even better then the $79 wired in ear headset sold by Apple (which isn't very good actually). The sounds are very realistic, good enough, that a nature CD fooled me into think I heard animal sounds and wood crackling when I was hiking with the music on.
I was really surprised at how good it sounded when I used the PSP Go as my MP3 player. Only problem was that the PSP's BT signal is sooooo weak I had to place the PSP in line of sight of the headset or else the signal would be interrupted. Even my arm or hand was enough to block the signal, but I am pretty sure thats the fault of the PSP and not this headset.
I didnt test the mic because Skype on the PSP wasn't working properly with any of my BT headsets. Skype really should be a background daemon on the PSP rather then a application that takes up the entire PSP when its running.
The ear piece was a little big for my ears, but manageable. I was able to jog for 30 minutes with it on and it didn't fall off.
The battery on its highest volume setting lasted 2.5 hours for me. Literally as I got home at the end of my day and just after I took off my jacket the unit shut off. About 15 minutes after the battery warning.
I imagine if I used the mic the battery would have been shorter.
The unit is NOT iphone compatible. Why? Because in Apple's often weird driver policies, they disabled the ability to control the volume on bluetooth headsets from the phone itself. So this unit not having a volume control on the headset itself, the volume defaults to a low setting, too low to use it for a phone conversation. Just above a whisper.
1 - size, smallest stereo headset in the world.
2 - sound quality. Awesome base and very detailed mid and treble.
3 - no back loop that interferes with lying down or sitting.
1 - not iphone compatible, due to its inability to control volume (always on low).
2 - low battery life. only about 2.5 hours listening to music at highest volume.
3 - highest volume is equal to only about mid volume on a wired headset. Hence, in a noisy area one can not hear the sound coming out of the headset.
4 - the weight and leverage of the earpiece and wire is less then well designed for jogging and other active sports.It could fall off easily unless properly secured and adjusted constantly. The Earpieces should have been made lighter. and not so long.
5 - NO USB charger ! It can only be charged off of a AC power supply. The plug is so proprietary, there is nothing else like it on the market. Its a low amp, 5 volt charger, hence it would have been easy to make it USB. Extra mobility except when its being charged !
6 - Volume is too, I couldn't hear the music when I used it in the gym and there was background music being played on the overhead speakers. A opened car window while driving i enough noise to drown out the headset. The maximum volume is just too low.
I think I am gonna keep it, simply because its sooo small and the sound is excellent.
Its just a shame that Apple does not allow volume control of a BT headset from the phone itself. They'll probably make us by the next generation iphone just to get volume control. Sheesh, corporate America.