Bluetooth Headset saga continues ….

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.

2 thoughts on “Bluetooth Headset saga continues ….”

  1. Hi! I was also in search of the ultimate bluetooth headset.

    I’m currently using the Jabra BT3030 that you posted some time back (the one that looks like a dog tag). In fact, I got it after seeing your post! Thanks man!

    It works great on my phones. I carry a HTC Touch HD and an iPhone around and I was able to pair it with both phones such that if I were listening to music on one, it’ll pause and notify me if there’s an incoming call from the other phone.

    iPhone wise… the only thing I can’t do is change tracks but volume control works fine. The supplied Jabra in-ear head set gives excellent sound quality too! The one that I have is actually my second set. I kinda ruined the first one when I left it charging for a couple of days when I went overseas. I don’t use the chain as it gets in the way but the supplied clip accessory doesn’t add any bulk and works pretty well.

    What’s more, I love the blue glow it emits when you press any button. Definitely an eye-catcher.

  2. Cool. Thanks for the feedback. I was looking at that. It is much cheaper now but i did not like the idea of the chain as it will bounce when i go jogging and i was afraid it will spoil due to the sweat if i put it inside my shirt. Did not know there is a clip option. Actually i do like the SE IS800 although i am not sure about the calling voice quality at the moment. Am even tempted to try the Nexus One phone to use with it as i think it allows volume control on the Nexus One. Imagine changing phone (such a betrayal as an apple fanboy) because of the headset.

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