Bluetooth headphone recommendations?

13 04 2009

With the upcoming iPhone v3.0 update, Apple has said they will be supporting Bluetooth stereo headphones via A2DP. This is a huge win for me, as now I can have a set of comfortable headphones that can double as my hands free link to my phone.

I used to have a set of bluetake headphones for use with my Treo, and for the most part liked them. Alas they’ve gone missing and I suspect the technology has progressed significantly.

So I’m searching for a new headphone arrangement. My requirements are:

1) must support A2DP (stereo Bluetooth)
2) must support the standard hands free profile everyone uses for phones.
3) behind the neck / neckband styling. I find these the most comfortable, and east to just ‘dangle’ when not in use.
4) microphone that doesn’t require extra dangly hardware, or at least an arrangement where the mic folds out of the way.

Supporting multiple Bluetooth stereo sources would be a win, but I’m not sure if that’s possible (ala, be able to listen to music streaming from my laptop on occasion, without having to reconfigure the phone.)

I’ll be doing lots of googling in the next few days, but I’m open to suggestions.

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2 responses

15 04 2009
amygus81

Wow, Apple has outdone themselves again, I heard of rummors that this update was coming but now that it’s confimed, I’m set!. I’ve got the JayBird iPhone Bluetooth Stereo Headphones. Love my wireless headphones and now workouts will be a huge improvement without the little adapter plugged in the bottom of the iPhone.

16 04 2009
bluetoothstore.wordpress.com

I have not seen any behind the neck wireless headsets in a while. I think most people don’t really like them. I use the Plantronics Pulsar 590A, which I love. It’s an over the head style though and Plantronics has just discontinued them, so if you want to get one, you should get it soon. Oh, and I use the included adapter to plug into the 3.5mm jack on my MP3 player, but if you don’t need that, you can get the 590E, for a better price.
We do carry the Jabra BT8010 Stereo Bluetooth headset which has pretty good sound. It doesn’t have a behind the neck band, but rather a cord that runs behind the neck connecting the two earpieces.
Both are bluetooth and both the Pulsar and the Jabra one support the A2DP and the HSP profiles.

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