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  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Price: 4
  • Quality: 3
  • Ease Of Use: 4
  • Usefulness: 3
works well, but sounds bad – Hifi Bluetooth Stereo Handsfree Headset (10-Hour Talk/200-Hour Standby) Reviews

posted by JAmBer on 02/07/2011 Certified Owner

Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

Bluetooth pairing works seamlessly with my phone and computer.
Sound quality is really not great. I've had $20 Jabra bluetooth headphones that sounded a lot better than this. I'd hate to see a frequency-response plot of these 'phones. The high frequencies roll-off quite dramatically making all music sound muted, dull and washed-out. Also, it seems there's some funny business going on in the compression system. No matter how I adjust the relative volumes, everything sounds like it's been over-compressed. Again, other bluetooth phones don't sound like this so it's not some inherent problem with my source. There are only two buttons: play/skip-back and answer/skip-forward. To skip then, you have to hold the button down for a while. This makes lots of songs painful.
I wish I could find a decent pair of headphones on DE but the other options are even worse. I had hoped that these 'phones would be functionally useful for casual listening at work but I honestly can't stand how they're colouring my music. I will have to retire them in favour of something a little more natural.
For the price, it's probably still a good deal but if you're picky about audio quality, don't bother with these.


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