Lubix Stereo Bluetooth Headset Review

RA1D - 2008-07-09 08:21:09 in Mobile
Category: Mobile
Reviewed by: RA1D   
Reviewed on: July 29, 2008
Price: $49.98

Introduction:

As our lifestyles become more and more mobile, we are always in search of something that can let us have less wires and become less tethered to our homes and devices. One device that came out a while ago, that many are familiar with, is the bluetooth headset. These allowed people to talk on their cellphones without having to hold anything to their ear, and didn't have very many flaws. Now, while these are great for talking on the phone, they aren't very good at doing things that phones are now able to do: listening to music, for example.

The Lubix Stereo Bluetooth Headset is an answer to this problem. They use the A2DP stereo profile to allow a stereo audio stream to get sent to your headset, and keep the support for the old mono audio and microphone profiles in order to allow you to use the device as a wireless headset. Lets take a look at how the A2DP preforms, and see how well these headphones work.

Closer Look:

The Lubix Stereo Bluetooth Headset comes in a standard cardboard box packaging and has a protective plastic case that holds the headset in a small window letting you see it through the box. Listed on the front and back are some of the products features.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside the box are several accessories that come with the Lubix. There is a USB cable for charging the device, and a wall adapter to allow the USB cable to be used in conjunction with a standard wall outlet. There is also an instruction manual and several different ear pieces.

 

 

 

Closer Look:

The Lubix Stereo Bluetooth Headset itself has two halves that stick to each other using a small magnet. These two sides can be separated to form the left and right ear bud. The left ear bud has several controls - an on/off switch, and a USB plug to charge the device. The controls allow you to manage what song is playing, or accept/hang up on calls, depending on what mode the headset is on. While the controls are small, they are still quite usable, and if you have a memory good enough to remind you which one performs which function while in your ear, you'll be all set.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specifications:

Product name
Lubix NC1 Stereo Bluetooth Headset
Wireless standard
Bluetooth 2.0 Class 2, Bluetooth 1.1
Supported profiles

A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP

Operating time

6 hrs talk / 5 hrs music playback / 150 hrs standby

 
Max. output power
10 mW + 10 mW
Frequency response
20 – 20,000 Hz ± 3 dB
Sensitivity
110 dB
Wireless range
33 ft. (10 m) maximum
Power source

Lithium-polymer battery

Recharge with USB cable or wall adaptor (both included)

 
Colors
Available in white, black, and blue
Size
38mm x 42mm x 13mm
Weight
22g (0.8 oz)

 

Features:

 

Testing:

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.

 

Testing Setup:

 

Music:

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."

 

Calls:

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.

 

Overall:

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.

 

Conclusion:

The Lubix Stereo Bluetooth Headset was somewhat of a disappointment for me. While I didn't expect great things from a wireless pair of headphones/headset bundle, I at least hoped that the sound quality would be acceptable. It turned out that this setup returned shoddy quality over A2DP, but acceptable quality for telephone use. The added buttons that allow control over your mp3 player or phone are a nice addition, although they might not all work, depending on what equipment you decide to use them with. At least Lubix put in the forethought to provide a generous amount of accessories that will allow you to charge the device anywhere, as well as find the ear bud adapters that are most comfortable for you. In conclusion, the Lubix is a nice bluetooth headset to use in a telephony situation, but not a very good device to listen to your tunes on.

 

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