Sony DRBT21G/B Stereo Bluetooth Headset (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Wireless neck-band style
- Remote control on the earpiece
- Subtle built-in microphone
- Rechargeable function
- A2DP profile to transmit stereo sound
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I had previously tried the Motorola HT820 Bluetooth headphones because I've long been interested in wireless audio, so most of my comparison will be to those.
The Street Style form of these headphones is excellent - I prefer this style compared to over-the-head headphones, and I have a terrible time with earbuds.
The neck band is almost exactly the same as a pair of wired Street Style headphones, with a little less bulk and no rubber "ear rests" that would sit on top of your ear. The band doesn't seem to grip your ears as well as a pair of wired Street Styles, but they are nearly as comfortable.
The "foldable" design is something I could do without. I wouldn't care whether or not they folded, but the stock photo does not show how they redesigned the neck band to accommodate the fold. Instead of being a perfect curve, the neck band comes to a subtle pointed shape where it folds. Less attractive, but it makes no difference while you're wearing them.
These headphones offer excellent sound quality, but only expect to get this when using the A2DP (advanced audio) Bluetooth profile (this goes for any Bluetooth headphones). This is only available on certain cell phones, with an adapter, or with special software on a computer. In my situation, I set these up with my MacBook Pro's built-in Bluetooth, but I have to use a software workaround to broadcast A2DP in Mac OS Tiger (a Google search will help you find that).
The sound is surprisingly rich and satisfying.Read more ›
Things I like:
-Comfortable, at least much more so than the Moto S9's and the Bluetrek ST1
-Decent sound quality with a fairly flat response, but can still be EQ'd to your taste. IE, the low end doesn't distort or whimp out if you boost it with an EQ.
-Phone calls come through in stereo
-Caller can hear me fine in a normal speaking voice
-Better battery life than most competitors
-Nice that they fold, but I pretty much keep them at work
-They block out most, but not all sound so I can still hear people come up behind me, the phone ring, etc
-Buttons are easy to use and have a good tactile response and "seperate" feel. The motos have this touch snsitive thing going on, and it is hard to tell when your htting the right button. The Sony's have a different type of rocker for volume vs track advance/pause, so it is easy to tell which one you are touching.
Things I don't like:
-A bit finicky when pairing, especially when using it with more than 1 source. For instance, if I use it with my laptop then go to use it with my PDA Phone, I have to "trick" it into reconnecting by first calling a phone number. This may not be true for all phones though.
-Not snug enough to wear while running / working out.
-Take longer to charge than most.. more then 2 hours, although it is rare they run out mid day and I can usually time it so I charge them over night.
So I am stuck with the problem :) of having to use my Moto S9s for workouts and these for work. Actually this winds up working out quite well because while the Moto's are better at fitting snugly for work outs and block out more noise (like the huffer on the treadmill next to you), they make my ears sore after more than an hour or so.Read more ›
My impressions of the Sony's are from the last couple of hours, since I just got them, but I did compare them side by side with the Jabra's and the Logitech, although, it is difficult to compare the sound quality with the Logitech since only one side is workiong at the moment.
Overall impression of the Sony's are good, not great, but better than most. Truth is that each of them have their pros and cons and I have not found any that are all around perfect. It really depends on how you plan on mostly using them. I wanted them for working out first, while listening to spoken word audio, books on tape, podcasts, etc.. So, for me, first importance was comfort and size, then sound quality and features.
I have not found either the Jabra's or the Sony's (just made a call with them), to be very good as cell phone headset. I spent so much time looking for a decent bluetooth cell phone headset, that I doubt one of these multi-tasking headsets are able to as good of a job as my Jawbone, with it's noise cancelling feature.
Anyway, I figure I would write a short review on all my bluetooth headsets, since most people may be wondering which ones to get.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am very satisfied with the stereo Bluetooth headset this is the second set I have hadPublished 16 months ago by Ralph lunsford
Couldn't wear it for longer than few minutes. Also had hard time figuring out button functionality cause they didn't work with all sony prducts.Published on July 27, 2013 by Syed Raza Ali Abidi
The product arrived defective, it will not charge the battery and make the claim, but I have not had a reply.Published on October 4, 2012 by Juan Esteban Osorio
I've had these phones for a little over 2 years now, having originally gotten them to use with my 2nd generation iPod Touch - and they were fine back in the beginning. Read morePublished on January 1, 2012 by Robert Fately
i was getting irritated that my headphone cables were getting caught on to peoples bags in the trains, so i bought this to pair with my ipod touch and its been great. Read morePublished on September 26, 2011 by ccccccc
First thing I noticed while using this headset is that construction quality is very cheap. The plastic has sharp edges along the top edges of the ear rests which can cause some... Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by Joel Barger
This item practically never function. Bluetooth is damaged, only restoring pairing mode, one time was successful. After that, never can be used (in 4 months). Read morePublished on May 10, 2011 by bmtd006