LG Tone HBS-730 Wireless Stereo Headset - Black
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- Enhanced Audio and Bass Response
- A2DP Bluetooth Profile, apt-X Audio Compression
- Noise Reduction Technology, Text-to-Speech Conversion
- Advanced Multipoint Communication, Up to 10 Hours of Music Playback
- Up to 15 Hours of Talk Time, Neck-Worn Form Factor
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The LG TONE+ Wireless Stereo Headset delivers a high quality audio experience in stereo sound with the convenience of Bluetooth technology. Up to 15 hours of talk time and 10 hours of listening time keep you connected socially and musically while at home, at the office or on the go. with its unique form factor and sleek design, the LG TONE+ is worn around the neck, ensuring you comfort throughout the day.
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LG Tone+ Features
- Talk/Music Time: Up to 15/10 hours
- Bluetooth Version: 3.0
- Long Battery Life
- Microphone Mute
- aptX Compatible
- Audible Battery Status Alert
- Vibrating Call Alert
- Text to Speech
- All Day Comfort
Witness the enhanced audio and bass response of the next evolutionary step in the LG TONE family. Tone+ Wireless Stereo Headset delivers a high quality audio experience in stereo sound with the convenience of Bluetooth technology. Music and phone conversations sound better with enhanced audio and bass response that compliments a wide range of music genres. Built in apt-X technology reproduces CD quality sound over a Bluetooth connection when Tone+ is paired with a source device that supports it. Music retains its full digital integrity, and speech sounds more natural.
Unique in shape. Ultimate in sound. Tone+ is uniquely designed for comfortable all-day wear—if you’re relaxing at the beach, between meetings for work, waiting at the doctor’s office—anywhere. When you’re ready to enjoy your favorite music in stereo, just remove the magnetically snapped earphones. All the music and call controls you need are conveniently located on the memory-flex neckband. Enjoy an active lifestyle with the convenience of the LG Tone+.
Stay on top of your messages with LG's downloadable BT Reader Application (Android OS) available from Google Play that enables LG Tone+ to read your incoming text messages in real time. You can keep your conversations going with a talk time of up to 15 hours. Or, listen to music for up to 10 hours. And don’t forget, Tone+ features Noise Reduction and Echo Cancellation technologies to block out background noise and improve voice quality.
Combine all of the features and you have the ultimate headset for making and receiving calls or listening to your favorite tunes. The LG Tone+ is the perfect accessory to enhance your lifestyle.
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Tone+ delivers superior audio. We’re talking high-quality stereo sound, improved bass response, aptX compatibility—the details a music lover can appreciate.
Convenience and Comfort
Go ahead and wear Tone+ all day, even if your day is full of errands, meetings, soccer games, and workouts. Tone+ is fun to wear and very versatile. The comfortable neckband and conveniently placed call and music controls make Tone+ your on-the-go accessory.
No More Noise
With less background noise — thanks to Noise Reduction and Echo Cancellation — you won’t miss any important details of your phone conversation while using Tone+ at the office or wherever work takes you.
More Than Music
Keep those tunes going — practically all day. Tone+ will vibrate if you have an incoming call and alert you if your battery gets low. So it’s the perfect entertainment for relaxing at home, doing things around the house, making dinner, or working in the garden.
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Personally, I prefer the look of the 700 model. It is straight white, not pearled like the 730. I prefer simple white. As far as comfort--both models are the same. Both are relatively comfortable, except when jumping around. The device bounces around on your collarbone which is annoying--but this is only if you're jumping with reckless abandonment like I was :)Otherwise their is only minute movement, nothing too troublesome or uncomfortable. I heard negative reviews on the way the ear buds fit to the device. They said the magnets were a joke. I've found that the magnets work just fine--assuming you place them properly in the device. Otherwise they will fall out, but that's user error. I purchased these devices for working out in the gym mainly. I did my best using both devices to jump up and down, bend over, jog, etc. Both devices ear buds stayed in place just fine. There was no breaking up with sound in either device when the phones were next to me, or near my person. This includes in pockets, under my shirt, behind me,on my arm, etc. I even swung the phone around me, and there was no sound disturbances for either device.
Now, when it came to the phone being separate from my person. Both devices had comparable range. However, it seemed the 700 model was slightly superior, but only by a few feet. I'd say the range I managed was 30+ feet for both devices, and this was in my house, with my cell phone on the charger in my bedroom at the far end of the house. Both devices started to break up to the point of no sound when I reached the kitchen on the other end of the house (1700 sqft house). The 730 model started going choppy at around the 25 ft range. The 700 model seems to stay consistently clear up until no signal, and then cuts off. The 700 model is also superior when it comes to reconnecting. With the 700 model you can go in and out of range, and it reconnects fluidly. This is my only real complaint with the 730 model. Once it completely disconnects, you are forced to walk all the way back to the cell phone for it to reconnect. For someone who wasn't carrying their phone on their person, I could see where this could be annoying.
Now for sound quality. The 730 is far superior to the 700 model. The 700 model is decent, but sounds flat--noticeably so. I went from listening to the 730 model to the 700 model, and it literally sounded like there was a damper on the music. The same was true for voices on calls. The 730 model came in rich and clear--with a dynamic range in sounds. I'm not super picky when it comes to speaker sound, but I'm pretty impressed by the 730 model. The 700 model is about what you'd expect from simple speakers.
As far as calls--on both devices no one asked if they were on speaker phone, or complained about sounding strange.
Ways the 730 model differs from the 700 model. The 730 model speaks to you (along with vibration)--telling you if you're out of range, connected, and the battery power level. This to me isn't important, and can be a little annoying if your device keeps disconnecting and connecting--which won't be a problem if your phone is on your person. It is nice knowing the battery level though. The 700 model conveys the same things with beeps and no vibration. Far less annoying, but doesn't tell you of battery power level.
The 700 model is quite a good device if you are not concerned with the quality of sound. If you plan on being away from your phone on a regular basis, and are predominately using this device for work calls--this is probably the device for you. It is also a good device if you plan on just listening to audio books (like myself), or you don't mind your music sounding dampened.
The 730 model is great for sound, and for the user that has their phone continually on their person. As long as your phone is with you--it has all the pros and none of the cons of the 700.
As far as reliability--I've only had these devices for 24 hours. I haven't run into any problems yet--like a lot of the reviews are speaking of. I will update my review if I notice any faults in either device.
July 27th 2013 Update:
I still enjoy this device, though have experienced the cutting in and out as some other posts have talked about. Every once and a while the device will disconnect, and sometimes my phone will just turn off the bluetooth setting. Not sure if that's because of the headphones or because of my phone. Also, one day the device refused to turn on. I called customer support, and apparently the switch had broke. I sent it back and they gave me a new device, which was nice, but I don't think I should have had to pay to ship it there--considering the device had malfunctioned. Above all, however, I would still recommend this device. The perks outweigh the problems.
I own both the 700 and 730 models. I purchased the 700 3 weeks ago and used it extensively. I love the 700. The sound is not stellar, but it isn't totally crappy. The sound lacks depth, like the difference between AM sound and FM sound, though not as extreme. The sound also distorts on the loud end. However, it worked great.
The 730 has a few extra features that make it better, like the voice battery status and other messages. The sound is much better. The sound quality now rivals mid-tier phones that would please the average user who likes bass and mostly clear sound. It's full sound, but not audiophile quality. I am no audiophile and do have mild-medium hearing loss. I hate total flat response, anyway, even if it is "pure." I like good clean sound with a little extra nice, tight bass. Compared to my Bose QC15s, this is not too far off. I'd say this is pretty darn good for BT headphones. This would be worth the upgrade hands down if not for one big flaw.
The range of this is far inferior to the 700 I own. It drops out sound and makes it choppy after 10 feet. With the 700, I can be 2 stories down, 20 feet away, and choppiness is minimal. Not so with 730. Just turning my back to my phone from 10 feet away and sound drops. Knowing the battery life is a little better on the 730s, it makes me wonder if LG didn't simply reduce the BT radio power for more efficiency? I hope not. I was perfectly fine with the battery life of the 700s. That's just speculation, but the radio performance between the two headsets is huge.
What I love about BT headsets is the freedom I have to leave my phone down and do things. With the 700, I had this freedom with OK, but nothing special sound. With the 730, I have great sound with good bass, but can't go more than 5-10 feet without having annoying drops in sound.
Which one to send back?
***Update 9 OCT 2012***
I really love the sound improvement over the 700. I find I am using the 730 all the time and have modified my behavior in order to prevent the dropped sound. One thing to note is that these in ear phones are comfortable, but are so because they don't jam all they way in the ear. There is a little more air that gets in. In the office or at home, no issue, sound and bass is great. While driving in the car, I lose a lot of bass and have to turn it up more and stuff them tighter in the ear. It is still a clearer, more open sound.
Based on the few comments left, I will be calling LG to see if my unit is defective.
I also want to note that the color difference where the buds attach is much better. The silver color is less obnoxious. I tend to be more conservative in dress and don't like loud colors that scream, "look at me."
I do wish the wires were a more flexible as the stiffness causes them to stick out. Thankfully, the wires are very thin and most people won't notice them from a distance.
I also wish the magnets were a little stronger. It's easy to knock them out of the holder area.
In spite of these other little points, I still think this is the best BT headset I've ever had. The biggest advantage is that they are "there." With my past headsets, once they are out of the ear, I kept losing them all the time. Not so with these. It's also way better for listening to music, way better. I also like that when it's loud, I can put both buds in and actually hear the conversation I am having.
***Update NOV 27 2012***
I ended up keeping both. I'm using the 730 less and just starting going back to the 700 because of the better range. The big reason for this is because the 730 began dropping out in the middle of a longer phone conversation. This was getting very annoying, especially with my 35 minute each way drive to and from work. I'd have to scramble to turn on the speakerphone. All it took was a shut off and turn back on to make it connect, but this is not good. It does this even being fully charged. I wanted to send back the 730, but with my busy schedule, I unfortunately missed the deadline.
With the latest problem, I can't recommend these. Short range for music is one thing - it won't matter in certain situations. Drops during calls is a deal killer for me.
I am also finding the magnets to be more of an issue, though more a minor annoyance. I tuck everything in under my collar and fish out the ear buds by pulling on the wire. I'd rather just go to where it is supposed to be seated. This is true of both 700 and 730.
***UPDATE 19 FEB 2013***
After several more months of use, I almost exclusively use the 700s while the 730 sits collecting dust. Why? The only major advantage the 730s has, with its range issue, is the sound quality. So, if it's just going to be headphones, I'd rather use good headphones. That's what I've done - first with the V-Moda M-100 (which include a mic, a great portable headphone with really good sound) and now the HiFiman HE-500, which gives me awesome premium sound, though no mic and not really portable.
I still use the 700's paired to my phone because it is more reliable. Still, it does drop on me, an issue I'm going to blame on my phone, as it has other quirks that lead me to believe that.
After reading some comments below, those who were in the same boat as me, until LG offers a fix, or a better model, go with the 700s. If sound is really important to you and you are just going to sit in an office, buy yourself a nice in ear buds or headphones with great sound quality and a built in mic. There are a lot of choices that way.
***UPDATE 6 NOV 2013***
For those of you who are having issues with the tips, I have found a happy solution. I got the Comply T-400 foam tips and they greatly increase the noise isolation as well as staying in the ear better with activity. The set comes with three sizes and I use all of them with various earphones. They are pretty tight going on, but can be wiggled on with a little muscle.
Comply T-400 Isolation Earphone Tips (Black, 3 Pairs, S/M/L)
Comply offers white and sets with one size.
***UPDATE 20 DEC 2013***
I finally retired the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. I now have the Verizon LG G2. I did not choose the phone with BT headsets in mind at all. I mainly choose if for the battery life and Snapdragon 800/Adreno 330 combination. The LG G2 phone does have BT 4.0.
I wasn't looking for it, but I dug up the HBS-730, which has been missing for some time, but not missed. I charged it up and gave it a try with the LG G2. Holy smokes! The connection problems are greatly reduced! In fact, I'd say the range is about 85%-90% of the the HBS-700s, which is about twice the range I got with the Galaxy Nexus. The choppiness does not start until I get a respectable distance away, even through a wall. I can put my phone in my back pocket without it cutting out. The range is good enough that I now have some freedom to move about.
With the range issues minimized, it's like I just got a new device and am giddy and happy! I can now enjoy the feature improvements that lured me to the 730s in the first place, to include the vastly superior sound quality, and being able to connect to 2 devices (need to power off, hold call button while powering back on to pair to second device) which I really appreciate since I use the Cowan Z2 for my music and audio books. I'm loving that I can go wireless with both devices, and know I can still get my calls while listening to the Cowan.
The HBS-730 just took on a whole new life and I can't wait to start using it again!
Based on my own experience and from the posts from other users, the HBS-730s seem to be device specific for the best experience. Maybe it's because LG specifically made sure the G2 works well with the 730, but I'm glad that it does, as I love the G2 phone (other than Verizon messing up the buttons on the back.)
I will continue to use the 730s for a bit longer and if it holds up, I will change the rating.
Thank you all for the great discussion down below!