Sony DRBT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headset
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Product Description

Sony's worldwide reputation for creating unique, attractive, high-quality, advanced technology products rests on a long line of innovations embraced by people from all walks of life. With a diverse product lineup serving a variety of lifestyles and industries, Sony continuously strives to introduce new products and technologies to meet changing market needs.PRODUCT FEATURES:Over band type wireless Bluetooth Stereo headset compatible with Stereo Bluetooth devices (A2DP) such as mobile phones;Mobile phone headset functionality with in-built microphone;Volume control and Skip tracks (FF/RW) on the headset;Complete cord free style;40mm driver unit capable of reproducing vocal and instrumental sound with vivid clarity;24bit DA converter for high quality sound;Luxury ear pads for comfortable fitting;Folder changing function for Walkman's connected with WLA-NWB;17 hours continuous playback time (600 hours on waiting time);Full battery charging in approx. 2.5 hours.

Features:
  • 40mm headphone driver units with Neodymium magnets
  • Auranomic design on the earpiece from w/in the earpiece
  • Stand by time approx 200 hours
  • Rechargeable function
  • Remote control within the earpiece

Customer Reviews:

  • Full size but very light, superb sound, so convenient
    I bought these from Amazon to complement my Sony Ericsson Walkman W580i phone / music player. They function as both a bluetooth headset and wireless stereo headphones. I wanted something that would block out the sometimes noisy environment at work, but would sound very full, rich, and clear, which they do a great job of both.

    I am thrilled with the excellent sound, the comfort and light weight, the long battery life, and the freedom from wires! I usually get 14 hours of play time between charges. The controls are convenient and simple once you get used to the location on the right earcup.

    The Walkman phone is a great player; when a call comes in while I'm listening to music, I press a key and the music pauses, and the call comes thru over the headphones. They function OK in this mode, but I would not recommend these if you are a heavy phone user; they are ideal for music but not the best for talking. When you hang up the call, your song continues from where it paused.

    Overall I am very happy with these headphones and highly recommend them, but many people do not like headphones which cover their ears. If you are listening at a comfortable volume, you probably will not hear someone call out your name in a normal voice.
    ...more info
  • Great convenience over ultimate sound quality
    I own quite a few sets of headphones and earphones including quite a few other Sony products (like the similarly styled MDR-D66). This is my first pair of "cordless" headphones/earphones though. I will be mostly comparing the DR-BT50 to these other products.

    Audio Quality:
    I haven't used any other bluetooth or even cordless headphones or earphones before so I can't comment on how this pair stacks up. The sound quality seems very dependent on the A2DP source. My Blackberry Bold, Dell D610 notebook (Toshiba BT stack) and Jabra A120s audio transmitter all sound noticeably different. Overall though, sound quality is pretty decent considering the audio needs to be recompressed for transmission over BT. The sound is more muddy and compressed compared to some of my better gear like the Etymotic ER6i IEMs, Sony MDR-D66 and Sony MDR-CD770. Bass is quite good and tight though. Treble seems kind of lacking though. Overall I would say the sound quality is decent but not great.

    Comfort:
    I would say the DR-BT50 is one of the more comfy headphones I've ever used. The padded "leather" earcups and headband do a good job and the fit is quite nice with the adjustable headband. The set is quite light so they don't feel tiring to keep on your head even for long hours.

    Design:
    I think they look quite stylish and the blue and purple (Sony calls it red in the user manual though) LEDs add to the high-tech look and also provide quite a lot of status information as well. The foldable design makes them quite compact for transport/stowage. You won't realise how freeing wireless headphones are until you try them. :) One note though is that the DR-BT50 uses it's own special charger and that can be quite troublesome if you intend to use them in more than one place. Mini-usb charging would have been great.

    Features:
    The pairing and connecting all work painlessly and quickly. Battery life is excellent as well, lasting far longer than your listening habits would be within a typical day. The built in controls for controlling playback and volume work as long as your paired device supports the AVRCP BT profile (it works seamlessly with my Blackberry Bold). The built in handsfree though leaves much to be desired. I suspect the mic is way too far away from one's mouth to adequately pick up one's voice without sounding like you're trying to talk to someone across a large empty room. It's basically useless and included as some sort of marketing feature or something.

    Value:
    My Sony MDR-D66 headphones which are very similar to the DR-BT50 cost me (back then) about US$30 less than what I paid for the DR-BT50 so I think the DR-BT50 is well worth it.

    If you value convenience over sound quality and have compatible BT gear, I'd say the DR-BT50 is your best bet. They by no means sound bad but for the same amount of money you could get wired headphones/earphones that would sound much better. There is something very liberating about not having to worry about wires though. ...more info
  • I broke them!
    I have had these headphones for over a year. The sound quality is not quite as good as my aging Sennheiser HD-530-II wired phones, but the best currently available in bluetooth headphones.I love the freedom!

    However, this morning I broke them. They were in my backpack and as I leaned back I heard a small crack noise. Later when I took them out I discovered that the one side of one of the yokes that hold the cans had broken. They still function and I can wear them, but I am bummed. Cheap plastic!

    Worse, you cannot easily contact Sony repair. You can call them if you are available for a phone call during working hours. Otherwise you have to e-mail them and they say to expect three days for a reply.

    I love these headphones for the freedom and high quality sound. But if you buy them get yourself a sturdy plastic box to carry them in lest you break them like I did....more info
  • Works like a champ
    Tired of being corded, I ordered these for use on my tv ( for Rock Band without disturbing the others in the house ), and for my listening pleasure at work.

    I use the Sony HTS-BTA2W adaptor to go from stereo-out on whatever bluetooth-less device that I want to hear, and it syncs quickly and reliably. Note - turn on the headphones first, then the BTA2W ( once they've been paired ) and you'll get a quicker syncup.

    The phones have a great comfortable seal, and block out much external noise - I occasionally wear them in the datacenter and it blocks out probably 70% of ambient even when turned off.

    Sound quality is great, but not stellar. My Sennheiser HD555s beat them, but not by much. With MP3s you might not notice the difference.

    I would have given these five stars, except for:
    No removable battery.
    Can't listen and charge at the same time.

    Not a terrible problem - batt life is at least 6 hours - but eventually rechargables lose their ability to hold a charge and this pair will be done... or subject to surgery.

    ...more info
  • Great Sound; decent range
    Just received these today. The sound quality is better then I expected to find in a bluetooth headset. These actually have some pretty decent(not amazing, but certainly not bad) low end...will do more testing with some more difficult music tonight.

    Haven't had time to rate battery life yet, considering I just received them a few hours ago.

    Call quality is about what you would expect from a higher end bluetooth headset. Can't complain.

    Noise cancellation is only provided by the foam cushions. It's not significant, however I don't think that's really this models selling point. That said; with music playing at low-medium volume; I could not hear other conversations in the same room.

    Saying they "fold up for storage" might be pushing it. They do "fold up", but they have a pretty solid headband, so they're only going to fold as small as the headband is wide. Not a con for me; but might be for some.

    If I had to nitpick, I'd say the buttons for volume are awkward to find without looking at them; but I imagine I just need to get used to it. Not much else to dislike here. ...more info
  • I recommend it to BlackBerry 8320 Curve Owners
    I have received my DR-BT50 a couple of hours ago and here are my first impressions:
    1- Paired seamlessly with my MacBook Pro running Windows XP with an Anycom USB-250 dongle; and with my BlackBerry 8320 Curve.
    2- Sound quality is great, listening to songs in stereo.
    3- As soon as I paired it to my Curve, a friend called overseas and I had to take the call in a hurry while I had the headset on! I heard her quite well and she understood me without any problems (I did not have a chance to ask about the quality of how I sounded...).
    4- The controls on the phone (STOP; PAUSE; RW; FW) worked just fine for both the laptop running iTunes, and the Curve.
    5- Everything about the headset oozes high quality and comfort.

    I will leave an update if my impressions change, but so far so good. I could not find any first-hand review of DR-BT50 by a Curve owner, that's why I wanted to post this ASAP. Happy New Year's to everyone!

    1/1/08 Addenda:
    1- Putting the phone into its holster while listening to music does not cause any interruption;
    2- You cannot listen to your videos--only your "music". This must be related to the a2dp protocol or something, rather than the headset itself...

    1/10/08 Addendum:
    1- I wanted to correct the 2nd point above. I can listen to videos playing on the computer. I cannot listen to videos playing on my Curve.

    1/1/09 Addendum:
    I was not able to use this great headset with my iMac G5. Well, summoning all the courage there is, I have (finally) upgraded from Tiger to Leopard two days ago. I am very satisfied with the Leopard 10.5.6, and the biggest bonus is to be able to listen to iTunes using my DR-BT50, since Leopard has a2dp support for bluetooth stereo headsets. After one year, I am still enjoying the headset as I did the first day!...more info
  • Excellent Headset
    I've had this headset for a little over 2 months. It shipped quickly ( despite being during the holiday season). It's a very sturdy headset, extremely comfortable even over hours of play (even with glasses). Great Battery life and the 8 last paired memory makes pairing with your most common bluetooth devices simple and easy. I would recommend this headset to anyone who needs a stereo bluetooth headset or is replacing an older one....more info
  • Lightweight, comfortable, not so great sound
    Used it as a transmitter for TV. Works great if you are sitting in one place. Not good if you move around and still want too keep listening.

    The Good:
    Setup was a breeze.
    Lightweight and comfortable.

    The Bad:
    Expensive for what it does NOT offer.
    Not so great sound.
    Small area of reception.
    More problems when there is a wall between you and the transmitter.
    I lost reception easily when I moved about 20 feet on to the porch (wall in between)....more info
  • nice headphones, pity about the bluetooth
    Excellent sound quality, and very comfortable. Unfortunately, pairing (with macintosh and audio/bluetooth bridge) and range were both very spotty. Worse, as some other reviewers have pointed out, there's a slight delay (about 1/20th second) in bluetooth stereo audio transmissions; for music, it's fine, but watching TV/video it's just enough to drive the sensitive crazy as the sound is just a hair behind the video....more info
  • May not be comfortable for all...
    I've used 'circumaural' headphones since the 1960's starting with my first pair of Koss Pro4A headphones. I prefer this style because by surrounding your ears, rather than resting on top (supra-aural), environment sounds can be blocked out, important when listening to music with a broad dynamic range without having to turn the volume up too loud. (You can achieve the same effect with canalphones, but I find those uncomfortable.)

    These headphones do indeed have comfortable soft pads that totally surround your ears, but the volume enclosed is quite small. Because of this my ears become over heated within about 15 minutes of putting them on. I can wear full-sized studio headphones all day without this problem, but I've had this same problem before with other 'compact' surround-the-ear headphones before. I couldn't tell for sure from the photos if these would be too small, so I took a chance. They went back the same day. The sound and functions seemed fine, but I didn't test them for long....more info
  • Amazing sound
    I have this headset since 2 weeks ago, and i cant be more happy about that purchase. I use the DR BT-50 paired with my ipod video (via jabra a125s bluetooth adapter) and for the first time i feel that am getting the greatest and clearest sound i can get from my ipod. Plus i have it paired simultaneously with my cell phone, so when am in the street listening to my tunes and i get a call, the music pauses automatically, letting choose to take the call or not, and when i end using the phone, the music unpause by itself. The mic is not the greatest thing. People have problems listening to me when am in the street or in traffic, but in a close place, it works fine. Very easy to use, excellent battery and great connectivity, i recomend it 100%....more info
  • Lovely sound, great performance, made for iPods!
    These are just great headphones. I am using them with my iPods (80gb classic and 2nd gen Nano) via the Sony Bluetooth wireless transmitter for the iPod, and occasionally with my MacBook Pro (10.4). While the headphones pair fine with my Mac's Bluetooth and I can listen to any audio easily, the sound is indeed lousy under 10.4 because the A2DP bluetooth protocol is not enabled. It sounds mono and flat, with some artifacts. Fine for spoken word like news podcasts, but pretty bad for music. I may move to 10.5 some day and look forward to using the headphones more.

    The headphones were GREAT with my iPods though, and that is what I got them for. I'm very happy with the sound quality, comfort, battery life, and overall performance. The bass is nice, the whole range is clear, and life is good. I can wear them all day at work with only minor discomfort from my prescription glasses earpieces by the end of the day. I loved losing the wires. The buttons are tiny and fiddly, but I have come to terms with them. Note the buttons will not run iTunes (7.6) on the Mac, but will operate the iPods fine.

    Bottom line is that as long as you don't expect them to provide a great listening experience with 10.4, you will likely find these to be a great investment....more info
  • Great Bluetooth headphones
    Wife bought me these for birthday. Love em so far.

    I listen to music all day at my desk in the office via my laptop that has built-in Bluetooth (I use iTunes).

    Sound quality is great; certainly better than I expected for a wireless headphone. Could use a bit more base, but I am not complaining at all. Over the ear design is critical for me... to block out the noise in the surrounding office environment.

    I LOVE the fact I can get up and go to the office fridge, printer, whatever and never take my headphones off or stop the music.

    I paired with my AT&T 8525 smart phone, and when I get a call, I hit the button on the headphones, take the call, music from computer pauses automatically. End call, music starts back up. LOVE THIS!

    Only con's are that I have to 'connect' to the headphones in Vista first, then start my music player, else no sound. Took me a few hours to figure this out, but now it is no big deal. Seems if the head phones are on, then turn on laptop, I don't have to 'connect'.

    ...more info
  • Worth every penny
    Here are my two cents regarding these headphones:

    They sound pretty good IMO, good bass. The quality of the sound can depend on the bluetooth device and drivers you have for it.

    I used them with a bluetooth usb dangle for my netbook and it didn't sound well (there was perceivable noise), I had to turn the PC volume at around 5%-%10 and turn the headphones' volume up to decrease the noise I was hearing, I'm not sure I was able to eliminate it, though this could very well be due to the generic usb dangle or the drivers I used them with. I'm being exigent here, you may not perceive the noise, provided you're not an audio enthusiast.

    Keep in mind you may have to buy an adapter if you want to use them with a regular headphones-out. I bought the sony one and it (obviously) works great, the noise problem is less perceivable than with the dangle, and I was able to completely get rid of it at low PC volume (5%-15%), this might be an issue with my netbook though. Again, I'm a little exigent here, don't think this noise problem is a big issue cause it may not be, if only for audiophiles. Also, I've gotta say that after having decreased the volume on the PC, there was still quite a bit of room for increasing it on the Headphones' controls, so you will be able to hear anything at reasonable loudness.

    The design is sleek and comfy, I can wear them for a long time without any sort of disconfort.

    They're not really noise cancelling but they do isolate a little.

    The battery life is amazing, at least compared to other such sets, they last for about 16-17 hours straight, and they charge in 3 hours or less!

    They come with a very nice carrying case.

    I am very satisfied of having bought this set, so much as to write a review about them, this is my first here on amazon, FYI.



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  • Uncomfortable
    I bought it to use with my iMac Intel, but found OS X 10.4 does not support A2DP. I was able to install a hack to get it working. But I felt quite a bit of discomfort around my ears after listing on this headset for a couple of hours. I bought this pair along with a pair of Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headset. The Sennheiser did not cause me any discomfort. The Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headset's ear muffs are bigger and come more patting than the Sonly DRBT50. I am returning the Sonly DRBT50 headset....more info
  • Bad mic
    Overall it is great. It is very comfortable to wear, it has good speakers, it is easy to use, and what else can i say it is bluetooth. The one downside is the mic, evertime i call someone they can hardly understand what i am saying. They tell me it sounds muffled. I tried it on three different phones to multiple different people. But as I said before overall it is great(for listening to music)....more info
  • Phones are OK, mic is horrible
    Bottom Line:
    Phones are OK (not great, but OK)
    Mic is horrible (people constantly telling me they can't understand me)

    ***

    I got this for the long phone calls on cell phone with my girlfriend. I hate the numb ear you get when talking on the phone a long time, and standard one ear bluetooth pieces just hurt my ears.

    I shelled out good money (these are one of most expensive headsets out there) for quality. I thought it would be nice to listen to music on computer while roaming around house either.

    When on phone with girlfriend for long periods, I am constantly hearing her ask me to repeat myself. I've only been using them 3 days, and within those 3 long phone calls each time she was constantly saying she either couldn't hear me or couldn't understand me.

    My quality (the sound from headphones) is OK. It's definitely not distorted and volume is fine, but it does sound a little crackly or "interrupted" once in a while....more info
  • Nice headphones, terrible microphone
    I bought this headset wanting to be able to roam freely about the house while listening to music and/or talking to my parents on Skype. Unfortunately, it does neither well. The range in my house is less than 5 metres for listening, and once I walk out of range, it disconnects and must be re-paired and set up on the computer again. However, when it does work, the sound is impressive.
    The microphone is a complete joke. The sound comes through extremely garbled and while it seems to have a hard time picking up my voice while I am wearing them, it detects and amplifies the shrieks of my children on the other side of the house. I tried phoning on Skype as well as through my cellphone, and both times the recipient said that my voice was barely intelligible.
    It's a shame, as I had my heart set on these microphones for months, but they are going back tomorrow....more info
  • Poor audio quality, plus problem with vista
    I returned this item after three days of playing with it. On the first look it works fine, great range (about 4 meters). But than I starting notice problem with vista + winamp + hibernation . I need to restart my headphones couple times before it actually starts playing music. Audio quality is from time to time is really bad , and battery can handle only about 2hours of continuous playback. ...more info
  • iPhone/iTouch users & Pros + Cons
    If you don't have an iPhone/iTouch skip down to the pros vs cons if you want.

    I have an iPhone and after seeing these and reading some reviews I was sold (you can talk, listen to music, and best of all NO wires!).

    When they arrived I found, but was not shocked to find, that I could not listen to music on them (that would make it to easy), but I could talk on them... They charged in 2-3 hr and I did find them very comfortable and was upset to be sending them back.

    the next day a friend (also has the iPhone) said "O yea, i forgot to tell you that you can't listen to music on the iPhone through bluetooth. You need an adaptor, my bad" He also said that that the iPhone was capable of playing music via bluetooth, but Apple would never approve an app that aloud it. He also had a reason why but I can't remember it at the moment.

    So, I went looking and found the a2dp infinxx adaptor (there is most likely better and cheeper ones, but I liked this one because it is small). Unfortunately the only place I found that had it was some place in Hong Kong, but I bought it anyway.

    The site in Hong Kong came threw and I got my adaptor, plugged it in, and a message came up on my iphone saying "THIS ACCESSORY IS NOT MADE TO WORK WITH iPHONE" and under that it asked if I wanted to switch to airplane mode so that it would not interfere with the adaptor to headphone signal. After testing both modes i found no noticeable difference.

    It is a little bothersome to hook up the adaptor to the headphones. But I don't mind because it takes about 5 seconds

    I find that the iPhone with the adaptor goes threw power faster then the Sony DRBT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headset also be warned that you can not charge your iPhone when the adaptor is plugged in.

    That was more of a story than a review, so:

    Pros:
    comfortable
    can fold up nice and compact
    controls are easy
    very good sound quality - (from what i can tell)
    can play rather loud
    talk on them
    NO WIRES
    long battery life
    can get rather far away before the connection breaks (the connection will relink when your back in range)

    Cons:
    They are not the best looking
    other signals can interfere with it (I find my microwave to do most of that, and by interfere i mean the music stops for a second)
    it is easy to hit the skip song switch when reaching for the volume buttons
    --the pause button is the skip song switch-- <<--WORST THING (for me, and its really not that bad... but the worst thing might be looks for someone else)

    I find that the pros much out weigh the cons. And for anyone looking at these I would suggest them. I would also suggest that they look around a little more to make sure these fit what you want them for. For me they work great for listening to music and short phone calls. Also the main reason I gave them a 4 out of 5 is because I did not do my research, not because they deserve it, they deserve a 4.5 (that rounds up to a five :) )


    Please say if this review helped at all (or not)...more info
  • Love these headphones
    I have to admit I was pretty amazed at these cans they sound pretty dam good. I was a little sceptical but it is well worth the price. I use these with my Samsung SCH-1760. The beauty here is I bought a Cirago BTA-3210 bluethooth adapter for use with my laptop (Movies and Music) while traveling and my home computer.... It works beautifully. The only downside is music will not broadcast with the PS3. This this has somthing to do with the BTA stack or somthing like that.... "Come on Sony get with the program... hello both are Sony poducts and both are Bluetooth".
    As far as a headset it takes a little getting used to, but everyone tellms me that they hear me perfectly....
    These cans also hold a pretty good charge. I do want to add through that although these cans rare awesome once in a great while there seams to be an interuption whilst streaming for just a brief second. (That is with the phone within a few feet from me). It does not happen often so it still gets 4 stars otherwise it would have gotten 5.

    The buttons on the right side of the can are pretty tiny but you do get used to them..... All in all if you looking for set of cans and have a laptop for movies and a phone that supports these they are well worth the money.......more info
  • excellent headphones, great price
    i bought these as christmas present in december. the owner of these is especially particular about his electronics, so i did a lot of research prior to ensure that the headphones purchased were a great product while being wireless (extremely important). after receipt of the product, we are happy of the sound quality, the product manufacturing, and the simplicity of instruction to connect the computer and cell phone. he uses it for work listening to music on his computer and ipod (mostly), and the occasional phone call. the headphones have great sound quality for both music and phone calls. he says the music sound quality is "amazing". when talking using the headphones, the receiving sound is great as well. not muffled, or distorted. for ipod connection, you do have to buy the wireless transmitter to allow connection between the two. yes, the buttons are small, however, you get used to where they are and how to function them. the range is great. we believe it can go a bit further then the stated distance, too. the headphones are actually not big either. i read a review stating that they were of princess leia size, but they are definitely around the same size as these types of headphones. it's easily packable, because they fold down nicely. the battery life is excellent, too. and the added touch, they come in a nifty protective dust bag. the amazon price is also great too. ...more info
  • Quality product with a few drawbacks
    First, I'll give you the bad:
    -When there are high frequencies, such as an electric guitar, or symbals, there's a static-y sort of distortion... not a deal breaker for me, but definitely takes some getting used to, as I listen to a good deal of heavy-metal music. It's probably not due to the quality of the headphones themselves, just bluetooth technology, it's just not quite up to wired standards just yet, but seeing as bluetooth is the only way you can connect these headphones, i'm going to have to count that against them. (UPDATE: it depends on the bluetooth device, the cirago bluetooth adapter provides superior audio quality)

    -When gaming, there's a certain lag to the audio transmission, I don't know if this can be fixed. Audio lag to me is not as significant as input lag you'd get with wireless mice/lcd monitors but it's still a bit annoying. Again, it's probably just the bluetooth technology. (UPDATE: with the cirago adapter the lag's still there, but it's hardly notceable at all)

    -The mic is very sensitive and pics up EVERYTHING. Every little bit of background noise, even in a relatively quiet room

    -I don't really care about this one, but for some it's worth mentioning: the vol+ and vol- keys are hard to distinguish from each other just by feeling them. But it doesn't matter much to me, because you'll know which key you've hit once you've hit it.

    -I have other issues, such as how it pairs with windows system, but it's probably due to my bluetooth adapter/drivers, so I definately can't count that against these phones

    Now for the good stuff:
    -Looong battery life! They're claiming 17 hours of continuous use, I'm thinking they're right! I could use these under normal usage conditions for two days before I even think about charging them. That's convenience! Also makes my next point all the more relevant

    -Comfortable! I could wear these for hours and hours and the only complaint I'd have is my ears are slightly warmer than the rest of my body (a plus in the winter months!).

    -Superb audio quality (for a bluetooth headset at least, see above complaint)

    -Feels like it's built pretty solid. A definite plus when you're a klutz with your electronics sometimes like I am.

    All in all I think the pluses outweigh the negative aspects, and I'll be using this as my primary headset for sometime, at least until I hear about some wireless headset with a more advanced bluetooth/wireless capability that's also built with the quality that this headset is.

    UPDATE: If you are planning to use this with a bluetooth usb adapter, please do yourself a favor and get yourself a cirago bta-3210

    the drivers provide superior audio quality, and as for the lag, it's still there, but it's almost non-existant, I mean, it's seriously not noticeable, If only I could change my review to 5 stars... oh well......more info
  • Sony did Well
    Pros: Very comfortable, High quality sound, ease of use, long lasting rechargable battery.

    Cons: Built in mike, does not sound good to the party you are talking to.

    Comments: I have tried several other bluetooth headsets, and these are by far the best!...more info
  • May not be comfortable for all...
    I've used 'circumaural' headphones since the 1960's starting with my first pair of Koss Pro4A headphones. I prefer this style because by surrounding your ears, rather than resting on top (supra-aural), environment sounds can be blocked out, important when listening to music with a broad dynamic range without having to turn the volume up to load. (You can achieve the same effect with canalphones, but I find those uncomfortable.)

    These headphones are indeed have comfortable soft pads that totally surround your ears, but the volume enclosed is quite small. Because of this my ears become over heated within about 15 minutes of putting them on. I can wear full-sized studio headphones all day without this problem, but I've had this same problem before with other 'compact' surround the ear headphones before. I couldn't tell for sure from the photos if these would be too small, so I took a chance. They went back the same day. The sound and functions seemed fine, but I didn't test them for long....more info
  • Quality product with a few drawbacks
    First, I'll give you the bad:
    -When there are high frequencies, such as an electric guitar, or symbals, there's a static-y sort of distortion... not a deal breaker for me, but definitely takes some getting used to, as I listen to a good deal of heavy-metal music. It's probably not due to the quality of the headphones themselves, just bluetooth technology, it's just not quite up to wired standards just yet, but seeing as bluetooth is the only way you can connect these headphones, i'm going to have to count that against them. (UPDATE: it depends on the bluetooth device, the cirago bluetooth adapter provides superior audio quality)

    -When gaming, there's a certain lag to the audio transmission, I don't know if this can be fixed. Audio lag to me is not as significant as input lag you'd get with wireless mice/lcd monitors but it's still a bit annoying. Again, it's probably just the bluetooth technology. (UPDATE: with the cirago adapter the lag's still there, but it's hardly notceable at all)

    -The mic is very sensitive and pics up EVERYTHING. Every little bit of background noise, even in a relatively quiet room

    -I don't really care about this one, but for some it's worth mentioning: the vol+ and vol- keys are hard to distinguish from each other just by feeling them. But it doesn't matter much to me, because you'll know which key you've hit once you've hit it.

    -I have other issues, such as how it pairs with windows system, but it's probably due to my bluetooth adapter/drivers, so I definately can't count that against these phones

    Now for the good stuff:
    -Looong battery life! They're claiming 17 hours of continuous use, I'm thinking they're right! I could use these under normal usage conditions for two days before I even think about charging them. That's convenience! Also makes my next point all the more relevant

    -Comfortable! I could wear these for hours and hours and the only complaint I'd have is my ears are slightly warmer than the rest of my body (a plus in the winter months!).

    -Superb audio quality (for a bluetooth headset at least, see above complaint)

    -Feels like it's built pretty solid. A definite plus when you're a klutz with your electronics sometimes like I am.

    All in all I think the pluses outweigh the negative aspects, and I'll be using this as my primary headset for sometime, at least until I hear about some wireless headset with a more advanced bluetooth/wireless capability that's also built with the quality that this headset is.

    UPDATE: If you are planning to use this with a bluetooth usb adapter, please do yourself a favor and get yourself a cirago bta-3210

    the drivers provide superior audio quality, and as for the lag, it's still there, but it's almost non-existant, I mean, it's seriously not noticeable, If only I could change my review to 5 stars... oh well......more info
  • Worth every penny
    Here are my two cents regarding these headphones:

    They sound pretty good IMO, good bass. The quality of the sound can depend on the bluetooth device and drivers you have for it.

    I used them with a bluetooth usb dangle for my netbook and it didn't sound well (there was perceivable noise), I had to turn the PC volume at around 5%-%10 and turn the headphones' volume up to decrease the noise I was hearing, I'm not sure I was able to eliminate it, though this could very well be due to the generic usb dangle or the drivers I used them with. I'm being exigent here, you may not perceive the noise, provided you're not an audio enthusiast.

    Keep in mind you may have to buy an adapter if you want to use them with a regular headphones-out. I bought the sony one and it (obviously) works great, the noise problem is less perceivable than with the dangle, and I was able to completely get rid of it at low PC volume (5%-15%), this might be an issue with my netbook though. Again, I'm a little exigent here, don't think this noise problem is a big issue cause it may not be, if only for audiophiles. Also, I've gotta say that after having decreased the volume on the PC, there was still quite a bit of room for increasing it on the Headphones' controls, so you will be able to hear anything at reasonable loudness.

    The design is sleek and comfy, I can wear them for a long time without any sort of disconfort.

    They're not really noise cancelling but they do isolate a little.

    The battery life is amazing, at least compared to other such sets, they last for about 16-17 hours straight, and they charge in 3 hours or less!

    They come with a very nice carrying case.

    I am very satisfied of having bought this set, so much as to write a review about them, this is my first here on amazon, FYI.



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  • Sony wireless headphones
    I purchased these headphones (along with the Sony Bluetooth Wirleless Transmitter for iPod) because I was tired of yanking the headphones off of my head while working out, doing yard work, or any other remotely physical activity.

    I am normally a Harmon Kardon, Infinity, Klipsch, or Boston Acoustics supporter/purchaser; however, I thought that I would give these Sony's a shot. Without a doubt, I am impressed with the overall range in music. I favor bass and it is certainly there, but it is not over powering. Your mids and highs are well represented throughout a variety of music genre's.

    As far as the wireless application, it is fairly seamless. Since they are both Sony products, the bluetooth devices mated quite easily.

    I love how you can flip through songs directly via buttons on the headphones; i.e., you don't have to fumble for your Ipod if you are in the middle of an activity. The volume is also controlled on the headphones as well. I have also linked up my bluetooth Razr cell phone to the headphones and that is a nice little feature I must say. So, if I am out mowing the lawn with my headphones on I receive a beep in my headphones to let me know I have an incoming call - no missed calls anymore.

    As I stated above, all of these features are all controlled by buttons on the headphones. Here is the only negative I have for this product. The buttons are quite small and are a bit difficult to differentiate. I suppose if you have small fingers it won't be as much of an issue; however, for the typical guy it can be a negative. However, I would not let this deter you from purchasing these headphones if your primary concern is a quality product that has great sound, and above all NO WIRES!

    In short, well worth the money, great sound, excellent bluetooth application, I highly recommned these headphones.

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  • CGA Review
    These headphones are light, compact, and work very well. They have changed the way I listen to music. Until now, I did not realize how confining wires were....more info
  • Disappointment
    Cannot believe the hype written about this product.
    Bought this in Finland together with Logitech FreePulse. Sony is practically useless for classical music due to inferior, muddy sound quality. The earphones are comfortable, but controls are minuscule - push buttons for audio level are about 5 mm. You either control volume from audio source or draw off the earphones. Are these for pygmies?
    Check the product before buying. FreePulse audio quality is far better, at 40% cost of Sony.
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