Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sony Ericsson HBH-IS800 Bluetooth stereo headphones

Register Hardware has posted a review of Sony's high-end bluetooth stereo headphones.

Excerpts follow:

"Review Sony Ericsson has a lot riding on these tiny wireless headphones. Barely bigger than wired earbuds, they're a flagship product for a company known for its quality peripherals, and SE wants these boys to cement its reputation."

"[They] are very small. The buds fit into the ear canal and stick about 1.5cm out of it, so each headphone is about twice the length of a regular bud earphone and slightly bulkier towards the back."

"Bluetooth stereo is, of course, dependent on both the headset and the handset supporting the same codecs - the standard only mandates a very basic wireless stereo coding, so manufacturers tend to implement their own but are generally reluctant to talk about it for fear of confusing consumers."

"The difference was audible when we tested the HBH-IS800s with a Sony Ericsson Walkman handset and non-SE phones, but the quality was very acceptable with Nokia and Samsung handsets we used."

"The HBH-IS800 is close to perfect - if you want wireless stereo then there's little reason to chose any other product. The only drawbacks emerge if you're planning to go jogging, or are very cost sensitive. (final price is still unknown, but this will be a premium product). Everyone else will be happy to see wireless headphones as they ought to be seen: compact, comfortable to wear and as user-friendly as wired 'phones."

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