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      Apr 12th, 12, 6:47 AM
So I'm once again hunting for a Bluetooth headset for an iPhone 4S.

My ideal headset would be capable of pairing to 3 devices at once, at
least three with a headset profile and two with A2DP.

My current headset can do multi-point, but only one A2DP connection,
which means that whichever phone pairs first gets the A2DP connection,
so audio output is somewhat unpredictable.

Beyond that, voice and audio quality is my top concern, with decent
noise cancellation being the second. Price and battery life isn't as
relevant (in other words, I charge frequently)

Any particular favourites?

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      Apr 12th, 12, 7:00 AM
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> So I'm once again hunting for a Bluetooth headset for an iPhone 4S.
>
> My ideal headset would be capable of pairing to 3 devices at once, at
> least three with a headset profile and two with A2DP.
>
> My current headset can do multi-point, but only one A2DP connection,
> which means that whichever phone pairs first gets the A2DP connection,
> so audio output is somewhat unpredictable.
>
> Beyond that, voice and audio quality is my top concern, with decent
> noise cancellation being the second. Price and battery life isn't as
> relevant (in other words, I charge frequently)
>
> Any particular favourites?


i like my blueant which has voice control, so there's no need to fuss
with impossible to remember button combos. it supports up to 10 devices
if i recall but i don't know how it handles more than one a2dp.

there are also bluetooth headsets with iphone apps that let you
configure it.
 
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      Apr 13th, 12, 11:35 PM
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>In article <>, DevilsPGD
><> wrote:
>
>> So I'm once again hunting for a Bluetooth headset for an iPhone 4S.
>>
>> My ideal headset would be capable of pairing to 3 devices at once, at
>> least three with a headset profile and two with A2DP.
>>
>> My current headset can do multi-point, but only one A2DP connection,
>> which means that whichever phone pairs first gets the A2DP connection,
>> so audio output is somewhat unpredictable.
>>
>> Beyond that, voice and audio quality is my top concern, with decent
>> noise cancellation being the second. Price and battery life isn't as
>> relevant (in other words, I charge frequently)
>>
>> Any particular favourites?

>
>i like my blueant which has voice control, so there's no need to fuss
>with impossible to remember button combos. it supports up to 10 devices
>if i recall but i don't know how it handles more than one a2dp.


Sorry if I wasn't clear, I want something that can do multi-point or
multiple connections, not just remember pairing to multiple devices.

A lot of headsets can do 2 headphone profiles, a few do 3-4 but they
often only do one A2DP at once. I'm really looking for one that can do
3-4 headphone+A2DP sessions at once, so that I have a consistent
experience regardless of which device pairs first.

My current Jawbone headset supports 2 headset profiles but only one
A2DP, so depending on whether it pairs with my iPhone or my other phone
first, it's 50/50 whether playing audio on the iPhone will come out the
headset or the iPhone's speaker.

I could probably be happy with something that pairs to two devices, but
I'd prefer three since I occasionally pair with my iPad instead of my
second phone and I'd prefer to not have to play games to pick which two
devices when I have all three with me.

Oddly I think I'd actually prefer something that doesn't have voice
control or lets me turn it off, for what little I need I'd rather let my
phone do the work. I don't really trust voice controls anyway, since
when I have two phones connected the command can go to either and I
can't risk personal vs business calls going out the wrong phone.

I realize a need to do my own research, but in case anyone has a "OMG I
have the same needs and I found a 'x' that is perfect", I thought I'd
ask

>there are also bluetooth headsets with iphone apps that let you
>configure it.


Yup. I can't say that any such configuration options really appeal to
me, I pretty much just want a dumb headset that focuses on sound
quality, A2DP and BT connection reliability over feature sets.

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      Apr 13th, 12, 11:41 PM
In article <>, DevilsPGD
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> >> Any particular favourites?

> >
> >i like my blueant which has voice control, so there's no need to fuss
> >with impossible to remember button combos. it supports up to 10 devices
> >if i recall but i don't know how it handles more than one a2dp.

>
> Sorry if I wasn't clear, I want something that can do multi-point or
> multiple connections, not just remember pairing to multiple devices.


my blueant supports two simultaneous phones and remembers up to 10
devices, but i don't know what it does with a2dp.

> Oddly I think I'd actually prefer something that doesn't have voice
> control or lets me turn it off, for what little I need I'd rather let my
> phone do the work. I don't really trust voice controls anyway, since
> when I have two phones connected the command can go to either and I
> can't risk personal vs business calls going out the wrong phone.


the voice commands go to the headset, not the phone, unless you tell it
to send voice commands to the phone. you can change its settings as
well as check status, such as "am i connected?" or "check battery."
 
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      Apr 16th, 12, 6:19 AM
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>In article <>, DevilsPGD
><> wrote:
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>> >> Any particular favourites?
>> >
>> >i like my blueant which has voice control, so there's no need to fuss
>> >with impossible to remember button combos. it supports up to 10 devices
>> >if i recall but i don't know how it handles more than one a2dp.

>>
>> Sorry if I wasn't clear, I want something that can do multi-point or
>> multiple connections, not just remember pairing to multiple devices.

>
>my blueant supports two simultaneous phones and remembers up to 10
>devices, but i don't know what it does with a2dp.


Unfortunately a good chunk only connect with A2DP to the first device
that supports it (or worse, to the first device that's connected at all)
and manufacturers are somewhat stingy with this particular information.

>> Oddly I think I'd actually prefer something that doesn't have voice
>> control or lets me turn it off, for what little I need I'd rather let my
>> phone do the work. I don't really trust voice controls anyway, since
>> when I have two phones connected the command can go to either and I
>> can't risk personal vs business calls going out the wrong phone.

>
>the voice commands go to the headset, not the phone, unless you tell it
>to send voice commands to the phone. you can change its settings as
>well as check status, such as "am i connected?" or "check battery."


Right -- And this is where you get inconsistent results. If you tell the
headset to make a call, which phone will it use? The difference will
sometimes be a free in-network call vs a $2/minute call, so it matters.
In this sense, dumber headsets serve me better, since I'll easily tell
the difference between Siri's beep and it's ability to actually do
something vs my Motorola Razr's beep and inability to do much of
anything.

However, I really have little interest in interacting with my headset at
all, as long as it accepts volume control from my phone, and returns
battery status to the phone.

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      Apr 16th, 12, 6:47 AM
In article <>, DevilsPGD
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> >the voice commands go to the headset, not the phone, unless you tell it
> >to send voice commands to the phone. you can change its settings as
> >well as check status, such as "am i connected?" or "check battery."

>
> Right -- And this is where you get inconsistent results. If you tell the
> headset to make a call, which phone will it use?


i think it uses the last phone that was used for a call but i have no
way to test that anymore.
 
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