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Good Sound, Easy To Use, Great.

  • Jul 15, 2009
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This is my first set of stereo Bluetooth headphones, but I'm really happy I finally got a set. I'm not a big fan of single Bluetooth units, so I've resisted getting one. However, with my G1 now supporting stereo units, I decided to give them a shot.

Bottom line is that these are pretty great. You charge the headphones and dongle simultaneously with the included double-headed adapter. Charging time is reasonable (1 hour to get going, or 3 hours for a full charge). After setting up your initial pairing (very easy), any time you want to use them you simply hold the power button down until you hear four tones and you're good to go. This can be done in the middle of a phone call if you want, which is nice. They stay powered up and paired until you power them down again. Talk or listening time is listed at 7 hours (haven't tested that yet) and standby is listed at 7 days.

Controls are simple and straight forward: the left ear has an answer/hang up button and the power switch, the right ear has music controls and a volume control. The buttons on the phone side side allow you to answer, end, and reject calls, turn the headphones on and off, and check the battery level. The buttons on the music side allow you to start and stop songs, skip forward and back, control overall volume, reject calls while listening to music, mute calls, and enable/disable the "bass boost". Note that your phone must support the AVRCP profile in order for the music player to be controlled by the 906 headphones. Volume, however, will work regardless (assuming your phone can stream stereo via A2DP or you are using the dongle). The dongle also works great - I tested it with a standard MP3 player - though as I mentioned above, controls are limited since you aren't able to actually control the MP3 player controls from the headphones.

Sound quality is quite good. The fact is that you're never going to get great, booming bass out of small speakers - certainly not the kind that don't seal into your ear - but these are certainly better sounding than most standard ear buds. The bass boost works alright with some songs, not so much with others - I'm undecided on it overall, though I'm sure some people will love it. The also don't sit in your ears in such a way as to block outside noise too much, which I like about them. Altec Lansing has struck a nice balance between sound quality and allowing ambient noise in.

The overall experience is great. Hearing a phone call in stereo is far better than I would have thought. It's totally natural, and the healthy range of this unit allows me to leave my phone in a place that gets good reception (it's spotty at my house) and pace around to my heart's content while I talk. They are also very comfortable, and I am able to wear them easily with glasses - a great bit of news. Plus, now my phone can double as a good MP3 player. I listen to music as much as I want, when I answer the phone the music is paused, when I hang up it resumes. What could be better?

So I can recommend them. These really do sound quite good (can't say great, but close - that's the reason for 4 stars), do everything I need them to, the battery lasts a good long time, and they don't look completely ridiculous when I'm walking around with them (no huge glowing blue light!). A great combination of positives. A total keeper.

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