Treo A2DP Stereo Motorola S9 Bluetooth Active Headphones Review
There is no doubt that Bluetooth Stereo Headphones for your Treo are becoming increasingly popular even though for now only the Windows Mobile Treo 750 fully supports the A2DP and AVRCP profiles required for use with these headsets. Having said this, many Treo 680, 700p and 650 owners have recently also been able to enjoy the freedom of wireless audio thanks to an application called Softick Audio Gateway – the first Bluetooth audio streaming solution for PalmOS devices.
The latest set of stereo Bluetooth headphones that I’ve had the opportunity to test are the Motorola S9 Bluetooth Active Headphones pictured here and I have to admit that in a very short period I’ve come to like them at lot. So much so in fact that they have now become my preferred headsets (combined with the ActiveLife WorkoutCase) for running in the morning because the lack of cables makes it that much easier to move freely.
Clearly the Motorola S9 headphones have been designed with this “active” lifestyle in mind as there are no cables of any kind to fumble with, there are no small pieces that could go missing, the entire headset is extremely light and solid, the combination of hard plastic, rubber and black/red color further enhances the “sport” look while still being discreet enough to use in any situation.
The back of the headset (above) features a simple and large On/Off button, indicator light and also the charging connector – all of which are covered in red rubber.
The left ear loop provides touch sensitive volume controls and also the Call Answer/End button while the left side offers track Forward/Back controls as well as the Play/Pause button. The speakers are large, loud and comfortable and three sets of different shaped and sized ear cups make it easy to find your perfect fit.
Aside from the three sets of ear cups, the Motorola S9 kit is pretty basic and includes a wall charger but suprisingly and annoyingly for a headset priced above $100 no USB charging cable is included (my only complaint really).
As I mentioned earlier, I found the S9 headphones to be extremely comfortable to wear for long periods of time – at only 36 grams the weight is easily balanced between your right and left ears – barely noticing that you’re wearing them. The cantilevered design also ensures that the back of the unit normally “floats” over your neck without actually touching it.
Separately, I found Bluetooth audio quality and volume to be extremely good and I was also particularly impressed by the range which allowed to easily move over 5 meters away from my Treo without any sound distortion. Inbound and outbound call quality is also good (a rated 6 hours of talk time) but for extended calls I feel that dedicated Bluetooth Wireless Headsets are still a better choice.
Overall what I like the most about these new S9 headphones is how simple to use, comfortable to wear and extremely solid they are – a combination that makes them ideal for sports but equally great if you just want to listen to music or watch movies while on the go. Although I won’t be replacing any of my favourite Bluetooth headsets to make calls I am nonetheless now happily keeping the Motorola S9 for my morning runs. My rating: Very Highly Recommended.
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