Since yesterday was payday, bonus day and friday, i decided to take half day and go shop. Nothing much i wanted to buy that is available yet. Being holding out for a new macbook pro and ipad and iphone. Any case, i am still in search of the perfect bluetooth headset that allows me to listen to music/podcast and answer phone.
I have tried many bt headsets. My current one is a Jabra earpiece that works very well except the volume is too soft when i am traveling in the train. I cant hear my podcasts other than when i am in a quiet room.
Yesterday while shopping i came across the Nakamichi TS1. It is a stereo bt headset, looks nice and boy was the volume loud. I was pretty happy with it when i walked out the shop. On reaching home i found one small annoyance. The main button is loose and will have a rattling noise when i jump. As i was planning on using it for jogging it could be a minor annoyance. But i thought i can live with that. Then came the major issue. When i try to make a call, the microphone is virtually not working when it is in my ear. If i put the headset right in front of my mouth, it works. Some test calls to philippines as well as testing it on my laptop proves the problem.
I brought it back to the shop and i was surprised the shop was willing to refund me as he says it is a problem with my iphone 3GS and if he had known that was the phone i was using he would not have sold me. I wasnt too convinced.
Any case while researching for the issue i came across the Sony Ericsson HBH-IS800. It is positively the smallest and nicest looking bluetooth headset i have seen. And since i managed to get a refund, i thought i will go get it. Although i do realise from the reviews that it does not have volume control and is dependent on the phone for that. This is know is likely not possible with the iphone but i thought that is a small issue. So i went ahead and bought it after testing out the mic works well.
Now …. after spending all night up looking for a workaround for the volume issue, i am still stuck with an extremely loud pair of headsets as apple apparently sends 100% volume to all bluetooth headset and expects the volume control to be on the headset.
So what am i going to do …. i think a high chance that i am going to get an audio bluetooth dongle which i know will work with the iphone and gym trackmill or any other audio output. But it is just such an inelegant workaround. Sigh.
Of course another stupid workaround is to convert all my audio to a much lower volume in the file itself. …. dont bother.