The sad story of stereo Bluetooth headphones

I own about 8 stereo Bluetooth headphones (I’ve lost count). I use none of them as my main music headphones, because none of them satisfies me. Usually, one of the four important features are missing:
* Good sound quality
* Good battery life (10 hours)
* HSP/HFP and sometimes AVRCP support is missing
* Are uncomfortable and painful to the back of the ear

The best pair I got, made by Plantronics, feature everything I need except good sound quality. Some Bluetake headphones I got have everything except good battery life (5 hours). A Logitech pair I got is perfect, except that it doesn’t have phone hands-free support. And the list goes on this way. I wonder what these companies are smoking when they screw up such a seemingly simple product. Why can’t they get it right? Especially for the price tag of $100-$150 that these headphones are usually selling for.

I almost wish that Apple will eventually offer such a product for their iPhone, as I would buy it in a heartbeat, because I am certain that it would be a product that it is as I expect it. The only fear that I have about such a potential Apple product is that it won’t be tested against other A2DP/AVRCP devices and so their compatibility might be limited to the iPhone. And that would suck.

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kevin wrote on February 13th, 2007 at 7:14 AM PST:

Have you tried The Sony DR-BT10CX? earbud, bluetooth with hands free..


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Eugenia wrote on February 13th, 2007 at 8:59 AM PST:

Erm, this thing is far from “wireless”. It has wires, even if the end does not connect to the audio device itself. I don’t like this design. I prefer around-the-neck or over-the-head true wireless headphones when it comes to Bluetooth audio.


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