Outdoor Tech OT1000 Tags - Wireless Bluetooth Earbud Headphones (Black)
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- Wireless Bluetooth earbud-style headphones
- Make and receive calls with the built-in mic
- Minimal design with simple interface
- 5-6 hours of Hi-Fi sound or talk time
- 33-Feet range to any Bluetooth-Enabled device
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Fashioned to hang like dog tags, the Outdoor Technology wireless Tags make a bold statement and impress audiophiles alike. We redefined the perception of Bluetooth audio from the traditional mono piece to a modern lifestyle accessory. Hi-Fi sound is delivered wirelessly. Make and receive calls with the built-in mic. Connect to any Bluetooth-Enabled device. You'll love the minimal design and simple interface. When it's not in use, there's a 32-Inch cord for wearing it around your neck. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery will give you 5-6 hours of Hi-Fi sound or talk time and up to 120 hours of standby time. It has a range of up to 33 feet to any Bluetooth-Enabled device. Includes USB to Mini-USB charging cable, multiple size ear tips, sport clips and carrying case.
From the Manufacturer
Outdoor Tech Tags Wireless Bluetooth Earbud Headphones
The Tags are wireless, Bluetooth earbuds ready for the trail. Or college. Or your old bunk bed when you're home for Thanksgiving. Hey, we support you. Fashioned to hang like dog tags when not in use, they feature the same rubberized finish as many of the other products in the OT line. Listen to music, skip tracks and control volume, all without touching your Bluetooth device.
Fully Wireless, Fully Portable
The Tags wirelessly connect with your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any other Bluetooth-enabled device. They stream crystal clear audio for a range of up to 30 feet for 6 hours on a single charge. So sure, you could go boating on your favorite pond with your laptop on the shore, provided your favorite pond is less than 30 feet wide. If this is the case, a larger pond may improve your life experience. But then you would be taking your laptop boating. Look pal, just find a bigger pond, I don't even know what we're talking about.
Built-in Call Functionality
When connected with your smartphone, the Tags' built-in microphone allows you to make and receive hands-free calls from anywhere, any time. So now you can dominate the seesaw and trade a few stocks at the same time. We support your pastimes.
The Tags come with a set of removable over-ear sport clips. Now those suckers will stay in place whether you are ruling the bouncy castle or ditching your slow buddy during the Zombie apocalypse. Yeah, we know you were thinking about it. Help him or her out though, you might get lonely later.
The Sky is the Limit
The Tags are practically limitless. Not only do they feature Hi-fi sound that delivers your favorite sing-alongs with the same satisfaction as a perfectly bronzed grilled cheese sandwich, they look cool just hanging around your neck. Cool like, I-support-sweatpants-in-the-workplace cool. Maybe that's not cool. They just look cool; you need to stop reading into things so much, it's honestly starting to cause a problem.
- Lightweight wireless audio ear buds deliver rich, clean sound with 8mm drivers
- Wirelessly connect to any Bluetooth-enabled device with easy one-touch pairing
- Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- Built-in microphone, because those conference calls don't get done without you
- External controls allow you to adjust volume, change tracks, play/pause and answer calls
- Reconnects automatically to previously paired device
- Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP for high quality stereo sound streaming & AVCRP to control track and volume remotely
- Play Time: 6 hours
- Standby: 120 hours
- Wireless Range: up to 32 feet
- Size: 0.7 inches x 1.5 inches x 0.2 inches
- Weight: 0.5 oz
- Includes: Sport ear clips, USB charging cable, stash pouch, and user manual
Top customer reviews
I first started with the Plantronics backbeat go 2. They looked nice and sounded okay but they are one of the worst fitting earbuds I have ever tried on. None of the including tips would fit my ear with comfort. It was either too big or too small and worst, they kept falling out no matter what. The sound weren't as good but it was pretty good for a wireless headset but I couldn't get over how uncomfortable it was. I returned it.
Next I tried on the JLab GO. Sleek design, futuristic looking but they sounded horrible. There was absolutely no bass whatsoever but the build quality is A+. I also didn't like how it wasn't really compact so you can't just shove it into a pouch or anything. The reception was pretty bad as well but I couldn't get over how horrible the sound was so.......back it went.
Third one I tried was the Jaybird freedom. A little more pricey then the one's I've tried so far but if I wanted a great quality earphone, I would need to open up my wallet a little more. These sounded great and were really comfortable when worn and I thought I would stick with this but the battery life is pretty bad. I typically work out 2 hours a day and also use it on my commute which takes up to a hour. The jaybirds didn't even last for 3 hours. I let it charge overnight but some how, the next day, the battery was even worst. Back it went.
I also tried a bunch of bluetooth receivers that clips onto your clothes and lets you use any kind of earphone you want. They were great and simple but one problem is that there were still wires everywhere. I had a hard time finding a good wire managing system and I just didn't know where to put the wires. I didn't really want to purchase a short cord earbud since I wanted to use my own. It wasn't as wireless as I had hoped and it was also pretty difficult at changing tracks on the devices since their buttons are pretty small. Another one bites the dust.
Now I got this. Outdoor Technology OT1000 Tags. I have never heard of this brand before and only stumbled upon it from a youtube video. Purchased it via amazon the next day and I received it today. These earphones are absolutely amazing. They stay in my ear and it feels really comfortable. The tips are just the right sizes and best of all, these sound fantastic. The sound beats out the jaybirds in terms of clearness and bass. I listened to to a track with very deep, loud bass and they sounded perfect. No distortion whatsoever. I like the mini clip so you can clip both sides of the earphones together. It comes with sport hooks that hooks over you ears when you're running or at the gym. The build quality is excellent so far but I've only had it for a hour so I'm not going to really get into that. So far, the best bluetooth earphone I have ever used, hands down.
The sound quality is absolutely fine for spoken word. Though far from audiophile quality--Bluetooth may never deliver that, and who cares when you're on a bike and only listening through one ear anyway?--the stereo sound for music, with both earphones in, is perfectly okay.
I keep the (non-standard) charging cable permanently plugged into a USB wall adapter, and routinely stick my QT1000 on it every night before bed. The charge seems to last through three or four hours of audio playback.
I've paired the device with my Ubuntu laptop as well as my Android phone (Samsung Galaxy S3) and an obsolete Honeycomb tablet--all painless and near automatic. The audible signals for pairing, connecting, volume max, and battery warning are clear and pretty unambiguous. Whichever audio app I've got running on my phone, tapping the earphone button starts or stops it--Play Music, Audible, BeyondPod, Overdrive.
If a phone call comes in, one tap answers it.
On my first set, the connecting wire succumbed to very heavy and constant use after about nine months, though at that point I was also noticing that the use time per charge was dropping. Didn't matter: I loved the convenience so much that I replaced it with another pair. The second pair's cable seemed much more flexible and less likely to crack (and I'm also a little more gentle with it). That one tragically got lost yesterday in a snowstorm, and I simply can't go back to the hassle of wired earphones, so I'm ordering my third one.
So why not five stars? Because for that rare phone call that comes in when I could really benefit from hands-free operation, the sound quality is absolutely abysmal. The caller sounds fine to me, but they beg me to "pick up the phone," I sound so bad to them. "You sound like you're in a tile bathroom," and "you keep dropping out" and "What? I can't hear you." Terrible. Like, really, really bad.
So, sadly, I continue to dream of the perfect five-star wireless headset that works as well for phone calls as for music and books. Meanwhile, the OT1000 is worth a third purchase to me.
A note on the form factor: my first set was white--the wire was black but the earphone units were white. They're fairly large--considerably bigger than just earbuds, as the picture shows--and those white lozenges hanging down around my neck were like clashing jewelry against a lot of my clothes. Not a major deal, but something to consider if you don't want your look to be too techie.
BUT (and it's a big one) I bought them in September and by May of the following year, the headphones would no longer charge. They didn't even make it a year!
Update: OT is sending me a new pair because the headphones are under a year warranty. They've been so amazing that I'm getting another set!