Thursday, 10 April 2008

etyBlu Dual Mode Bluetooth Headset


The new etyBlu Bluetooth Headset from Etymotic Research Inc features two microphones - one located internally at the end of the earpiece and one at located in the BLUmaxx boom. The microphone located in the boom features noise cancellation.

The boom microphone and an in-ear noise isolating earphone work together to provide clear, high quality sound at both ends of the conversation in environments with high background noise. The etyBlu noise canceling boom microphone can be quickly plugged in when required for noisy environments. When the boom is unplugged, the internal microphone automatically takes over.

This Bluetooth Headset is compliant with the Bluetooth Core Specification 2.1, Headset 1.1 and Handsfree 1.5 profiles. The etyBlu Headset is a class 2 device with an operating range of up to 10 meters.

Talk time is up to 7 hours and standby time is up to 100 hours.

The etyBlue Bluetooth Headset is available to buy now for a recommended retail price of US$129.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just got my etyBLU yesterday after months of waiting. I was very excited to use this thing after tryng many different bluetooth headsets that failed to live up to expectation. I eventually would end up back with my old trusty headset, a wired Shure Quitespot.
So the Pros and Cons
Pros:
It fits great in the ear
Easy to put on/off
Lighwight even w/boom
Led blinks different while on the phone.
Sound in the ear isolation is better than any I have tried
Noise reduction/rejection on mic is good. (not as good as the Shure however. I use the toilet flushing as the standard, if the other person can't hear it, we're good:-))
Sraight forward button configuration
Very natural sounding
Cons:
Working range is realistically 4 ft from phone and very suseptable to phone position. i.e earpiece on right ear and phone on left hip. Tried it on 3 different phones to make sure it wasn't my phone
Talk time is no more than 3 hrs, advertised as 7 hrs!
Charging can only be done on USB.
Charging is done through the same jack that the boom plugs into requiring the user to remove it after every 3 hrs of use to charge.
Without the boom installed, it is unusable to marginalat best.

Bottom line is that this, much like the others I have tried, it has some good features but very disappointing for 130 bucks. I expected better from a company that does "In ear technology" I could almost live with the 3 hrs battery life but the fact that I can't leave the phone on my desk and stand up without the connection being compromised, I can't live with.....back it goes.

DJ said...

Thank you for the informative comment! I'm sure your feedback will be useful to anyone considering purchasing the etyBlu Bluetooth Headset.

Cassandra said...

I've tried the etyBLU and I did like how it fits as well as the noise-reduction.

LOL @anonymous with the toilet-flush test! I'll add that to my Bluetooth-testing repertoire for sure.



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