Bluetooth headset (speakers and mic) recommendation?


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John Doe

Headset microphone must work for speech recognition input. Speakers
are for recreational music.

Hopefully spend no more than $150 (USD).

Thanks.
 
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John Doe

Maybe I should forget Bluetooth, if the microphone input sucks.

Definitely need to hear examples on YouTube or wherever.
 
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BillW50

Maybe I should forget Bluetooth, if the microphone input sucks.

Definitely need to hear examples on YouTube or wherever.

Well I am not up on all of them, although I have a few and I got one of
these. And so far these are the best ones I own (with Bluetooth). You
can use them with a cord too if you want (it isn't using the battery in
this mode), but I noticed frequency sounds kind of flat from wire.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MEElectroni...o-Bluetooth-Wireless-Headphones-/131139956547

It has a mic, but I never tried it yet. It does get 4 out of 5 stars on
Amazon.
 
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Jeffrey Kaplan

Previously on comp.mobile.android, John Doe said:
Headset microphone must work for speech recognition input. Speakers
are for recreational music.

It took a few tries to get a working replacement out of the
manufacturer, but I'm now quite happy with the LG Tone+ HP-730 stereo
bluetooth headset.
Hopefully spend no more than $150 (USD).

$50.99 on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronic...UTF8&qid=1401157536&sr=8-1&keywords=lg+hb+730

The bulk of the thing sits around the neck, earbuds on wires, very
comfortable. The mic, despite its placement below the chin, is
apparently quite good. And by that, I mean that people I've spoken to
via this headset have not complained of sound issues, which I sometimes
get even with a Plantronics Voyager headset and its long mic boom and
multiple noise-canceling mics.

As long as BT will work with the software, it should work for you.

--
Jeffrey Kaplan www.gordol.org
Double ROT13 encoded for your protection

"Herein lies the value of free speech. It makes concealment
difficult, and, in the long run, impossible. One heretic, if he is
right, is as good as a host. He is bound to win in the long run. It
is thus no wonder that foes of the enlightenment always begin their
proceedings by trying to deny free speech to their opponents. It is
dangerous to them and they know it. So they have at it by accusing
these opponents of all sorts of grave crimes and misdemeanors, most of
them clearly absurd - in other words, by calling them names and trying
to scare them." - H. L. Mencken
 
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John Doe

Some Turtle Beach Z300 reviews that include a microphone test...



Trying to find the same for the Turtle Beach XP400.

Way too many reviews of cell phone earpiece headset microphones
that do not include a sound test, even though it's Bluetooth. They
come with a dongle that the reviewer can plug into their computer.
Maybe they don't know how to change recording device options.
 
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John Doe

Amazon is wrecking its review section by allowing manufacturers to
give products away so they can get good ratings. Some of the
ratings are very distorted by their "vine" program. It's obvious
by the fact "Vine Customer Review of Free Product" review ratings
are much higher than normal reviews. They choose those people
probably by their tendency to give very good ratings on products.
I can see limiting the reviews to verified purchasers, but that
Vine stuff is no better than spam. Whenever I see one of those
with a glowing title, I neg it.
 
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John Doe

To get my feet wet, I bought a Motorola HK250 dirt cheap. It's a
mobile phone headset worn on your ear. Music output sounds great! Too
bad it's mono. Of course it paired/connected easily with my Android
tablet. It doesn't come with a Bluetooth dongle, so pairing it with
my computer is a problem. I would like to use a Logitech Bluetooth
dongle, but no luck yet. Recording my voice on the tablet and then
playing the file on the PC... My voice sound is very good, but it
doesn't block background noises. My PC headset microphone sounds very
good while blocking background noises. But I'm not sure if high
quality mobile phone headset noise canceling works as well (or the
same way). I can find out with an expensive model, but of course
would be better to just hear them first. Trying to find such
recordings is very difficult. The sample recordings I've heard are
made in high noise environments and the speech sounds robotic. Don't
know if that's because the noise canceling hardware and algorithm is
different than my PC microphone. I need to hear their speech in a
normal noise environment to hear if the resulting voice quality
qualifies for speech recognition.
 
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John Doe

I said:
My voice sound is very good, but it doesn't block background
noises.

I might have been listening to the built-in microphone. Seems the
Bluetooth microphone does block background noise. Sound quality is
not very good though.
I need to hear [Plantronics Voyager Legend & Pro] speech in a
normal noise environment to hear if the resulting voice quality
qualifies for speech recognition.

There are some easy access downloadable file recordings on this
page...

http://soundingboard.plantronics.com/thread/37524

Recorded in a quiet setting. I sincerely hope that's not how the
microphone on the Plantronics Voyager Legend or Pro sounds. It
sounds muffled and slightly distorted. Overall, it sounds little
better than my $20 Motorola HC250, and that would be really weird
IMO. There must be something wrong with those recordings, but it
scares me off from buying one without more information.
 
J

John Doe

I found what claims to be a recording of the VXi VoxStar UC
Bluetooth headset/earpiece.


That sounds very good for my expectations of Bluetooth. But first
I will try a VXI BlueParrott B250-XT+. There are no easy to find
recordings in quiet or normal environments. It's for truckers in
noisy environments who aren't doing much speech recognition. But
improvements over the prior version (like wideband audio) suggest
it will work. Will find out very soon. Requires separate purchase
of a Bluetooth dongle/adapter for your PC, like an ASUS USB-BT400.
 
J

John Doe

the mic specs...

Microphone
Primo EM-152N,
Sensitivity -41 to -51dB @ 1KHz
Ambient Noise Suppression
95%
Frequency Response
90Hz to 15KHz
 
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