Rated 5 out of 5 by 2
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tinaung Great Gadget
I've bought and used many bluetooth headphones over the years, and I've been disappointed with every purchase I'd made. This SBH80 is the first one that works well for me. I'm tickled pink. My phone is an iPhone but it works very well together. The pairing is a cinch!
October 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by apartoflife Functional and great sounding headset.
I've purchased at least 3 Bluetooth headsets and have been been generally happy with them but never got the perfect mix of quality and functionality. I've owned the SB50 52 and 40 models. Two had OLED screeds for notification which were helpful but I discovered a true Bluetooth headset needs to be comfortable and practical and have quality sound above all. I found I rarely used the OLED function in previous models and found the clip on of the main unit along with the ear bud cord to be less than comfortable and constantly suffered slippage, and either the main unit clipping off or the ear buds falling off.
After continuing to search for the perfect Bluetooth companion for my Xperia ZL smart phone I noticed these which are not widely available. Specialty online stores like Amazon and Ebay were the only place I could find them. My biggest fear was the quality of the sound coming out of the ear buds as they looked small and the wire attached looked thin but went with the reviews claiming they sounded excellent. The price was high but decided to take the plunge and give a try for myself. I'll break down my review in segments.
As for as design goes, they are definitely beautiful but have an odd look to them since there is little out there that resembles this design. Really light, love how they stuck to the silver button theme their Z smart phone line have on both ear bud controllers. The design is ingenious.... the left side has the silver pause button with the volume rockers on either side of it. It's very easy to find the buttons on touch alone which does not require you to lower your head to find them. Very easy to control music without looking. On the right ear bud cord there is a controller for the phone which looks exactly the same except it has a little phone imprinted on silver button. This button allows you to answer and hang up and also has volume rocker. Never had such an intuitive Bluetooth headset which requires no effort to control music or phone calls. The design is also ingenious because it provides perfect balance on both cords avoiding that uneven feeling a lot of smart phone ear buds come with when the control is always located on one side. To add to the balance the main body of the headset is a plastic body you rest on the back of your neck. It's heavy enough to stay in place but not heavy enough for you to notice it. This portion includes the battery, NFC function and led light for charging. I will definitely preface this by saying this Bluetooth headset is NOT for work outs. It is for normal everyday use. It stays in place but if you're active it might not be the best headset for you. So far I've warn these doing everything from computer work to cleaning to even bike riding but I would not test it beyond that.
Bar none best Bluetooth sound I've heard. These beat my previous sony Bluetooth models and my dedicated wired smartphone ear buds form Sony which cost 70 bucks. The base is deep with crystal clear sounds. I'm seriously in heaven. Normally sound does not have anything to do with the base unit but I have a feeling this one does have something to do with it along with ear buds themselves.
I don't have complaints with this category but do have wishes. The constant use time is anywhere form 5 to 7 hours and this is if you are playing music consistently without stopping. Standby anywhere from a week to 3 days. To charge fully about 2 hours. Not too bad but I would prefer at least 10 to 12 hours of constant use. Certainly not enough to not give this wonderful product a five star rating. It also has a wonderful feature on Android that shows you the battery life and estimation of use and standby time. It's located in the slide down menu which is easy to see quickly but I would recommend to Sony to include a widget for the lock menu to make it even easier to view battery levels.
Sound quality is amazing on my end but i have had issues with people hearing me. Small glitch but these do do the job just fine.
As I said before not OLED screen on these and pretty much no notification light but it does vibrate with texts and phone calls. The point of this headset is it does not rely on visual notifications as the purpose of this is to wear it without knowing it is even there. most comfortable headsets I've ever warn, they almost feel attached to your body that is how comfortable the feel which of course what they are arming for.
Yes I am a Sony Fanboy but cannot express how wonderful this product is, quality sound and one of the most functional products I've ever warn. So good my wife is getting annoyed with the fact I wear them everywhere. I simply forget I have them on sometimes. Great Job Sony!
September 11, 2014