Lubix Stereo Bluetooth Headset ReviewRA1D - July 29, 2008
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To test the Lubix Stereo Bluetooth Headset, I will use them for about a week in varying environments using varying connections methods. I will connect the device to both my phone, an LG VX 9900, as well as my laptop, a MacBook Pro 15". Both of these devices have bluetooth built in, so I won't be using any external connectors. Then I will either listen to music, or make a phone call, depending on what I am connected to, and report my findings.
- 15" MacBook Pro
- LG VX 9900
The music that I listened to on the Lubix Stereo Bluetooth Headset left me with much to be desired. All files played were V0 quality MP3s, but all of them sounded about like 48Kbps quality. Bass was practically non-existent and the entire thing simply sounded "twangy."
While the Lubix didn't do very well with music, it did a much better job with calls. The main reason for this is because you don't need super high quality sound reproduction when you are talking over a cellphone since the compression applied by the carrier already knocks the quality down. I found these suitable for listening to calls, and the people on the other side of the phone had no complaints either. While it is a little different to have something in both ears for a phone call, it wasn't too bothersome.
There are some features a headset like this needs to have, one of them being the ability to seamlessly transfer from listening to music to making calls. If you have both a music playing device and a phone connected when a call comes in, pressing any button except the disconnect handles this for you, and sends you back to the music when you are finished. The only complaint here is how the buttons are situated, which could lead to accidentally pressing the disconnect button when someone calls. Another feature unique to this headset is the 3D sound modes. These allow you to change how the sound is processed when it is presented to you, however I found that I enjoyed the standard setting more, and left it there. Finally, the issue of comfort. This headset uses the ear-bud style that any iPod user will be familiar with. While obvious efforts were made to make these more comfortable, they really didn't do much for me, still making me want to yank them out after just a short amount of use. This might be an issue more with my ears than the headset, and your findings might differ.