Photive PH-BTE50 Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Sports Headphones with Built-in Microphone
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- Wireless Bluetooth Headphones- Advanced Bluetooth 4. technology with APTX codec
- Ergonomically designed - Compact and lightweight wireless earbuds with in-ear design for secure fit and premium sound. Long lasting 7 hour Lithium-Ion battery
- Convenient on board controls allow you to change volume, play and pause your music, and answer the phone without skipping a beat.
- Sweat resistant protection- Designed with durable materials to withstand sweaty workouts
- Designed for all users - Ideal wireless ear buds for the Gym, Hiking, Cycling, Jogging for simple casual listening without those annoying cables
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Wireless Sports Earbuds
Weekend warriors and pro-athletes alike will appreciate the wireless freedom and excellent sound quality of the PH-BTE50 earbuds. Built to endure the active life, these earbuds are well-constructed and thoughtfully designed. They feature a built-in mic that allows you to answer calls, as well as on-board buttons that directly control your music. Thanks to a lithium ion rechargeable battery, the PH-BTE50 earbuds also charge quickly and deliver hours of music. Whether you like to lift, run, or dance, the PH-BTE50 earbuds provide the convenience and motivation you need to meet your fitness goals.
- Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
- Premium Sound
- Secure fit
- Built-in Microphone
- 7 Hour Rechargable Battery
- Tangle Free Cord
The PH-BTE50 earbuds will capture your senses with rich, complex audio. These earbuds are equipped with powerful drivers that can handle the subtle variations of your favorite music, with crisp treble notes and deep bass for the best possible sound.They boast state-of-the-art CSR audio enhancement technology. This advanced technology, combined with premium audio components, delivers gratifying, high-quality audio that you’ll lose yourself in.
7 hour battery
Photive Sweat-resistant Wireless Earbuds PH-BTE50:
Weekend warriors and pro-athletes alike will appreciate the wireless freedom and excellent sound quality of the PH-BTE50 earbuds. Built to endure the active life, these earbuds are well-constructed and thoughtfully designed. They feature a built-in mic that allows you to answer calls, as well as on-board buttons that directly control your music. Thanks to lithium ion rechargeable battery, the PH-BTE50 earbuds also charge quickly and deliver hours of music. Whether you like to lift, run, or dance, the PH-BTE50 earbuds provide the convenience and motivation you need to meet your fitness goals.
Wireless music streaming + Superior sound quality:
These innovative earbuds employ Bluetooth 4.0 technology to stream crystal-clear sound without a physical, wired connection. They capture the high treble and deep bass of your favorite songs with clarity and precision. Also include comfortable ear tips of varying sizes for a customized fit and noise-isolating properties.
Designed and tested for the active lifestyle:
We know your workouts can get sweaty. The PH-BTE50 earbuds were specifically made to handle a little sweat, so you can focus on crushing that last rep or crossing the finish line with time to spare. They’re constructed with sturdy, yet lightweight materials for long-lasting comfort and durability. If you like to move, the PH-BTE50 is a perfect match.
Built-in mic and controls for ultimate convenience:
When your phone is out of reach, you can control your music or take calls using an on-board mic and buttons. Physical controls on the PH-BTE50 earbuds allow you to change the volume, play and pause your music, and answer the phone without skipping a beat.
Hours of streaming on a single charge:
The PH-BTE50 earbuds feature a long-lasting, rechargeable battery that delivers up to 8 hours of uninterrupted playtime per charge. That’s enough time for multiple workouts, or even a full marathon. When these earbuds run out of juice, power them up again with a USB port on your laptop, car charger, or wall charger.
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EAR STAYING POWER MUCH IMPROVED -- SOUND QUALITY FALLS TO MAYBE PAR RATHER THAN OUTSTANDING
BODY OR CASING IS STILL PLASTIC, SO OF COURSE IT CAN BE MORE EASILY BROKEN THAN SOME (mine have not broken yet, I have been both lucky and careful)
RUN & GYM USE - (From someone who does run and workout regularly) Keep in mind that every ear is shaped differently and different people can have different experiences. However, here is what I found in general: Setting the right nibs on the ear pieces to fit your ear canal is critical. There are rubber wedges you see in the photos that are meant to fit up under a ridge in your ear for added stability. With the redesign, this new model stayed in very well during runs and I didn't adjust a single time on my first trials. Keep in mind that many runners have minimal problems with wires anyway because they are not brushing their hands across their body where the wires dangle. However, there is something about the lack of wires that feels good. FOR THE GYM, Here is where the Bluetooth ear buds shine a little more. Unless you are doing Cross Fit or other high intensity programs, you are not doing consistently herky jerky movements comparable to running so the ear buds generally stay in a little better. Weight lifting can also involve a lot of cross body movements so lack of wires is a much bigger deal. Though I might bob a little still, usually the idea is to keep proper form most of the set so my body is much more stable than say on runs. I definitely like these ear buds for lifting days in the gym. There is no way to guarantee they will never fall out. I am just saying these perform well for their type of head phone.
ANOTHER BENEFIT: The ear pieces are flat because of all the extra controls and power access. This has a side benefit if wearing a beanie or lycra stretch cap because they fit under the hat without getting pushed all cock-eyed like a regular pair that sticks out more. I only do that in the winter, but the cap actually helped seat the ear buds in that case.
WEIGHT AND WIRE GAUGE: The ear pieces are bigger but flatter than most normal ear buds. Though they are surprisingly light for their appearance, they are heavier than a good set of regular ear buds. I actually weighed these on a sensitive food measuring scale. The Photive blue tooth single ear bud was about .30 oz. That's not necessarily bad. But a single ear bud from my quality running ear phones (direct connect) was only around .16 oz per ear bud. Also understand that the wire gauge on the Photive blue tooth is somewhat thicker than many regular ear phones, but flattened somewhat. The tradeoff that makes them work is that the wire is not hanging down jerking around and creating torque to tug at the ear buds. Also, with the redesign these are somehow seating and sticking much better despite the weight on that outer shell.
SOUND QUALITY: The sound quality on this new model is nice, but not as excellent as the previous version EB10. The early reviews touting the surprisingly above average sound quality are almost certainly referring to the EB10 and not the BTE50. It's important to have sound quality. But for a pair intended for exercise (in my case) that comes in a close second to functionality. Keep in mind that I tested these side by side with the version you see listed, the old EB10, and a semi high end Sony direct connect pair ($80) so each was completely fresh in my mind. There is a noticeable difference in the still decent BTE50 that is being shipped on this listing through Amazon (remember that independent sellers may still have old stock of EB10). The bass is slightly less and the fidelity across the spectrum has also come down a touch in the redesign or new model.
LAPTOP, WORK RANGE, & MOVIES: So I found another few good uses. I can use my laptop while working and move around a couple rooms without being attached. Yes, you can just use your Ipod for that, but it's something. I often work overseas also and it's nice watching movies in bed at the end of the day. It's nice not to get tangled up in several different wires as I move the laptop around. If you get up to go to the kitchen, you don't have to stop the movie or music as you walk away (so long as you only need the dialog for a moment). I found the range around 20 ft, even on the other side of non concrete walls or light doors.
IMPORTANT NOTES ON OLD EB10 vs. CURRENT BTE50: UPDATE 7/23/2016 -- It has been a while since Photive updated this model. But it is still possible for users to come across both versions. Each of these products were being shipped under this same listing so the reviews are mixed, particularly for anything prior to perhaps March 2015 or earlier. Make sure you are getting the proper information (the older set had more difficulty staying in the ears), and make sure you are getting the set you expect when ordering from independent sellers. The manufacturer has updated the photos and nomenclature on Amazon. I don't know why they just didn't create a new listing. To recap, the old EB10 had above average sound for their price class. The new BTE50 are still decent, but not as high fidelity. The controls on the new model are better positioned and the design more sleek. Naturally the casing is still big though. They stay in the ear much better. If I could get all the good in one package, I would likely give them five stars. As it stands, I have actually increased my star rating to a full 4 now that they stay in better, but sad the sound quality drops from outperform to just perform.
I contacted the seller about this and only got a reply once(but the conversation did not end), I would like to at least be told the problem was not covered by the warranty. But I was not told anything conclusive.
I had noticed that when I received them the right ear piece was a little loose, compared to the left. Didn't really think anything of it at the time, but as I wore them I noticed it was getting looser and looser and two days ago as I was pulling the right ear piece out, it came apart (see pic). My guess... bad soldering.
Not sure if I can get them replaced, but if I can I will update this review...
Since the introduction of the iPhone 7, the availability of Bluetooth headsets has grown exponentially across all price ranges. Like with wired headphones, choosing the most suitable has become increasingly difficult with the availability of choice. One person's idea of value varies completely with the next person's. how does one compare a top of the range of $500 headset with those that cost $20. To simplify this decision, I have created a multi-criteria model, using 16 criteria. Each of the criteria is scored with a maximum of 10, and each of the criteria is given a weighting according to its relative importance. Some of the criteria have an arithmetic weighting, while others are simple arithmetic weight. To date, I have conducted evaluations on six different Bluetooth headsets.
The score for the Photive PH-BTE50 is 265 (out of a possible 674). The table below sets out the different headsets that have been tested, and provides a score for each. Below that is an explanation for each of the criteria.
Model Type Price Score Link
MonsterCube MC801 in-ear $20.99 413 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N5CQO0F
Phaiser BHS-750 in-ear $45.99 487 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M3575QC
Ghostek soDrop 2 over-ear $79.95 474 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M7PV6PN
SoundPEATS QY7 in-ear $19.99 390 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PEPIWNI
Photive PH-BTE50 in-ear $29.95 265 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QMSGGIO
Sony MDR10RBT over-ear $134.99 459 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FJISZ8M
Evaluations are naturally subjective. Technical products have numerous criteria, and these have relative importance. In looking at Bluetooth headsets, sound quality is far more important (at least for me) that looks. Some of the criteria, like sound quality and price that have values that change exponentially. This evaluation is part of a test using a number of different headsets from different manufacturers, with prices ranging from $20-$200. To provide equivalence, 16 criteria have been used, each with its own weight. Three of the criteria, sound, price and durability use a geometric scale. Although the model is complex, the result produces a single score for each headset, that simplifies comparison.
Within each of the criteria there are factors that have affected the evaluation. These are set out in more detail below:
Sound is complex. I'm not an audiophile. I prefer the sound to be as close as possible to the original, rather than enhanced. That said, it should be rich. Because sound is so important, the waiting is on a geometric scale.
When a product fails, the evaluation of the support is based on the response. Otherwise, the availability of an online manual and the technical details provided on the website is used as a proxy.
Price is scored inversely, with low prices scoring more highly. The prices are ranked using $25 increments, and weighted geometrically.
This is the measure of the materials used, including the body, cabling, buttons, earpieces and packaging, where applicable.
The measure of durability is difficult to determine in the absence of more rigorous and extended testing. To some extent, durability can be determined looking at the quality of construction. Some of the products failed or broke, and this provides clear evidence of the durability. All the Bluetooth products are reliant on built-in rechargeable batteries, and this has a direct impact on the lifespan of the product. Only those products that have a cable as an alternative input can be expected to have an extended lifespan.
This is a very subjective criterion, and has been given a low weighting.
There are a number of factors that affect comfort. Fit is particularly important. The in ear headsets are evaluated taking consideration that the earpiece need not be forced into the ear to ensure good noise isolation, and that even with extended wear, do not become uncomfortable. Ideally, the fit should ensure that the headset stays securely in place. Similarly, the over ear headsets should not cause any discomfort. Over ear can cause the wearer to feel uncomfortably warm in temperate climates, and this is also affected into the scoring.
Binding, switching on and off, and charging are all included in measuring ease-of-use.
A 15 hour long distance flight is used to define the full score for battery life.
Buttons that are used to switch the device on and off, switch tracks, and bind are evaluated in this criterion.
Ease of portability, and protection during travel was used for the evaluation of this criterion.
Cases, additional earpieces, and fitting accessories are used to determine the score for this feature.
This refers to the Bluetooth connectivity, both in the initial connection, and interference from connectivity during extended play.
The Skype call testing was used to determine phone call quality.
The ability of the headset to eliminate the sound of a full stream of running water with music playing at a moderate level is used to determine noise isolation.
The noise that one can hear from somebody else's headphones defines secondary noise. The less there is, the higher the score.
I hope that this helps in choosing a headset that works for you.