Ultimate Bluetooth Headset??

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    Looked over the forums, but don't find my "ultimate" headset....

    I need multipoint because I carry 2 phones (work & personal) and need to answer whichever one is ringing, especially if I'm on the road.

    Would also really like to get all sounds through the headset, specifically TV.com, radio, video, other media so if I take a break and want to listen to the radio or watch a video I can do so with the headset.

    Finally, I'd want to use the headset while at the gym, so need something sweatproof, can use while lifting weights (ie bench press while on my back) and on the treadmill, etc.

    Not too terribly concerned about music sound quality. Want it to be decent, but I'm not all that picky about it.

    Saw one (model forgotten...) that would be both a mono & stereo headset with the left earpiece being detachable, but had many reviews of not staying in the ear. Something like that would be wonderful since I could use just the one earpiece most of the time, but when I want better sound I could use the second ear piece.

    Any suggestions on a headset??

    Thanks
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    Of the headsets that I know about or have, the one that comes the closest in my mind is the Jabra BT8010. Unfortunately, it is no longer made. My wife and I both have them, including the detachable stereo extension earpiece. Even though it is no longer made, I am mentioning it in the hope that someone will know about ones that are similar. The Plantronics Voyager 855 is similar, but I don't know how well it stays in the ear. The BT8010 stays in the ear well. Here is the 855 at Amazon:

    Amazon.com: Plantronics Voyager 855 Bluetooth Headset (Black): Cell Phones & Service

    Perhaps there are others like these.
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    I know, but I think that some or perhaps most of those are reconditioned ones. There are a lot of products on Amazon marketplace that buyers say are obviously reconditioned products. That is why I only buy things on Amazon that are from Amazon directly and then I avoid those that are marked "bulk" or "OEM". It is also the same at Newegg. The OEM headsets are often reconditioned ones.
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    The Plantronics looks promising, but no multipoint....
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    Plantronics Discovery 925. You'll love it. And, yes, multi-point. And a charging pouch as well.

    Bit expensive, but excellent quality and value.
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    Yes, it looks very good and it is currently on sale at verizonwireless.com for $49.97 and the ACC20 discount code might still be valid. However, it is not stereo and if it is like most mono headsets, it will not play music, which is one of the things that the OP wants.
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    I think a major feature you may have missed out is that he needs it to play music. I am fairly certain that it does not play music. I have one.
    That headset is now 69.99 at vzw I believe not sure though. The new version (975) is 129.99 I think adds advanced NC removes MultiPoint

    I have an 8010 and 8040 the 8010 does multiple devices and has a detachable headset, sounds very good it is uncomfortable and easy to loose the ear hook. The 8040 is amazing comfort good sound

    I have used the plantronics stereo detectable system it sucks boomy bass slides out of my ear.

    I have owned/used over 40 models of headsets in the past 5 years (manufactures used to send trial pieces)

    The 8040 is the best overall headset that I have ever owned.
    I'd rate it as fallows
    5/5 Size
    5/5 Comfort
    3.5/5 Battery life (last more than a day for talk less than half a day for music LOL)
    3/5 Noise canceling (sound quality is amazing but nothing spectacular in the NC department)
    5/5 Features
    5/5 Volume (most in ear gel style headsets are very loud)

    I believe it meets all of your requirements. As far as pricing... I would jump on the lowest price from a reputable source and I would NOT care if it is refurbished. If the 925, 975, or JawBone2 had mono a2dp, multipoint, and advanced NC I would say they take the cake but the 925 lack a2dp and advanced noise cancelling and the 975 lacks a2dp and multipoint LOL the JawBone2 lacks a2dp and isnt very loud the prime is louder with the ear gels but still not loud enough lol.


    Jabra BT 8040 Bluetooth Mono/Stereo Headset - Jabra Bluetooth by Starlightmobile INC
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    Does anyone know if refurbished items like this have new LiION batteries installed? If they do then I can agree with this statement. If they come with the original battery then I wouldn't touch a refurbished headset. Many people tend to keep their headsets fully charged and at room temperature. This condition causes the battery to lose 20% of its capacity per year and the battery is only good for 300 to 500 recharges.
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    By far best option

    I have been using a set for every instance you have discussed, and by far the best option based on trial and error is the Motorola S9 HD bluetooth headsets. They have multipoint capability. Has controls for music and volume on headset. Easy to switch between music and calls. The most comfortable headset you will ever wear in you life. Stays in your ear because they seem like they are specifically designed for the active life style. The only even strictly headphones that I have ever owned with similar sound quality is the Bose headphones that aren't bluetooth. You can find pairs on Amazon almost anytime from between 35 and 99 dollars.

    Not to mention one time I lost the rubber earbuds that go on the tips of the in ear speakers. It comes with like 3 or 4 sizes, but I had my one favorite size on there and my 3 year old ripped them off. I looked everywhere for replacements. Finally I decided to call motorola to try to order some, but they informed me that they would not sell me another set of earbuds. He would however send me out a free pair of replacements with no charge for the buds or shipping.

    I owned the S9s and said I would never buy another bluetooth unless they came out with an upgrade. Then along came the S9 HD and I was like a giddy school girl and paid $129 to make sure I had them when they first arrived in stores.
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    What do you think of the call quality, not what YOU hear but what the person on the other end hears. For example, driving in a car or in a crowded area. Where is the microphone or are you using the phone mic?
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    Call quality is fantastic. You just have to get used to the fact that when you switch from music to answer the call it goes back to standard sound, and you only hear the person in one ear. The only time I had a problem with this is when I was trying to carry on a conversation with someone so I had one earpiece off and would answer the call and say hello three times and realize I'm an idiot and had the wrong side off.

    Oh yeah you do use the phone mic, but I think it receives as it would in speaker mode because if it is sitting in my passenger seat or within about 7 feet everyone hears me fine.

    I can sit it on my kitchen counter and walk upstairs and basement and have stereo. Cept one dead spot on my stairs where there is like three walls between myself and my phone.
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    i love the Motorola S9....has the "best" sound quality of any bluetooth headphones i've ever heard
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    We should start a lovemymotorolas9forums.net... jk, but you really do have to hve a pair to understand the comfort, richness of sound, and music control of this device. The best part about them is that you never have to worry about slippage or it repositioning itself in your ear. Not to mention its a motorola product.
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    I just realized that it does have a mic. Don't kno exactly where it is. I only figured it out today after today when one of my friends helped me test it out. I walked outside and it picked up perfectly. He said I still sounded like I was in the room. I also don't know if I mentioned that you can skip songs, go back, pause, play, answer calls, control volume all from the headset. This makes the stoc kmusic app very bearable because you don't have to look at it. Just shuffle and enjoy!
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    Scosche makes an excellent headset for active use

    I'm not certain I could ever say there is any "Ultimate" headset for your application because you mention using it on the road (in car I assume) and in the gym, which means you need stereo for the gym and media, but single ear for legality on the road. With that said I think there are two options you may want to consider: First, an in-car bluetooth solution that stays installed in the car with a visor mount mic for full hands-free. This option is great if you use the same car all the time and are not worried about privacy since passengers can hear everything. The second option would be the one I use- an earpiece bluetooth handsfree (a Jawbone in my case) which you can use in car, etc. and I trade it out for a full bluetooth stereo headset at the gym which also has a mic to take a call if I am so inclined.

    One of the product brands my company sells is Scosche, so just yesterday I bought a set of the Scosche HZ5 TuneStream stereo headset to use at the gym and after using them last night I think you may find it perfect for your needs, well your gym use needs anyway.
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    The HZ5 is an over the head style which I normally do not like, but since I wear glasses I have found this is more comfortable than the type that hook on the ear and sit on the outside. The weight is light enough that I don't notice it, and it has a slightly grippy texture so it doesn't move around when I run the treadmill or pedal the bike hard. The cool thing about this set is it has AVRCP control functionality so you can change tracks and volume on the Droid right from the headset.

    Now I noticed a couple things about this right off the bat. First, I have several music apps and they conflicted when I first tried to use the headset. The buttons on the headset automatically launched Meridian while I was trying to use the stock Music player. I discovered this is due to the fact that each application I installed had the "Enable Headset Button" setting turned on by default.
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    This means that if you have multiple music apps as I do, they are all fighting for use of the headset button. Even though the Meridian app wasn't running, the headset button automatically "woke" it up and began playing over the top of the Music player app. By the way, the stock Music player app does not have this headset button functionality (nor does Pandora as I just tested) so I switched to TuneWiki, turned the headset button control off for all other apps except TuneWiki and all is well.

    As for sound quality, the Scosche HZ5's actually sound pretty decent. They're not gonna win any sound quality contests, but they beat the hell out of the Skullcandy Ink'd earbuds I was using- this headset actually has some bass response! Plus, if someone calls while working out I have the option of taking the call with a simple button press on the headset. Until I got the HZ5's, I had to take my Droid out of my arm band holder (so the mic was not covered) in order to take calls, then fight with the slightly undersized holder to get the Droid back in. This is were the HZ5's are awesome- no more wires snagging on the machines, or pulling out of my ears when the cord catches my towel while wiping my face. Plus, I don't have to wake up the Droid, twist the armband to see the display, unlock the screen, and then hit the application to change songs- I just hit the button on the headset to skip to the next song.

    You can check the HZ5's on Scosche's website here: iPod & iPhone Accessories Earphones tuneSTREAM - Bluetooth Headphones or at our site here: TuneSTREAM Bluetooth Headphones - HZ5 by: Scosche - iPodCarParts.com:. If you want a set just PM me and I'll give you a discount code I made for forum members.
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    i have the oakley o rokr pro s best headset ever but they are sunglassess i work outside for phone company (verizon) i do phone cable work with load truckd and equipment and i hear great you can listen to your music also they have a answer button volume up and down fast foward rewind play and pause on the glassess in stereo very loud you can order them from www.oakley.com and goto electronics they will cost you $249.00 but worth it for driving and outside work i own two pairs the best also the electronics in glassess are motorola
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    Mi-Sport VBT. The ultimate bluetooth headphones for the gym

    The best solution to listen to music wirelessly but stay connected to your phone is here: Wearable Bluetooth Stereo headset + built in Waterproof Mp3 Player
    You can put 4gb worth of music directly onto the headphones, [therefore no signal drop out and great depth of bass] get voice cues to guide you through playlists and albums, but still stay linked to your phone for calls via the bluetooth. It`s also fully waterproof for the gym - or swimming. For me, this is far better.
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