10-11-09 01:33 PM
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  1. chynnamann's Avatar
    Man I thought this was about the 925? Well, I bought it and it sucks! It's suppose to have audio iq noise cancelling etc... but people have a hard time hearing me.

    I was in a restaurant talking on it and someone from over 12 feet away was getting ice... I was talking to the wife and said, "wow what was that? it hurt my ears!" She thought I was getting ice not someone over 12 ft. away. C'mon $140 for this!?!

    In most cases my phone is in my pocket or in my hand and there is a bunch of static. Geez even generic BT's should do fine if your phone is in your hand. Way too expensive for poor quality.

    What I do like about it is that it has a different look than most traditional BT's and I personally like that it doesn't have a clip (I know most BT's with clips are removable). It's light-weight and very comfortable. Bottom line it has to go back as I paid $140 with tax and IMHO it's quality is worth $40 bucks.
    Last edited by chynnamann; 07-10-08 at 10:55 AM.
    07-10-08 03:00 AM
  2. kwsmithphoto's Avatar
    My guess is that it's "Audio IQ" is in the special education range.

    Before the 925 I tried a 655 with the same feature and it wasn't very good either. Like I said, you just can't break the laws of physics - if you don't have a directional mic near your mouth there's going to be problems.
    07-10-08 07:06 AM
  3. brazilboytroy's Avatar

    My sister is dating a trucker. Ya, skip the jokes, I've heard 'em all. Truck cabs are LOUD and it's very unsafe to drive one while holding a phone to your ear. VXI makes this product specifically for truckers: Products - VXI Parrott CP110 Headset
    FINALLY! I thought I was the only other person on the planet that wants a microphone that sits DIRECTLY in front of my mouth. I am also only interested in wired solutions (for best possible sound quality), which seem to be all but extinct in the marketplace.

    I would actually be reasonably happy if there existed a dual-3.5mm to standard 2.5mm adaptor so that a PC headset could be used with a cell phone. Then at least I could buy a relatively inexpensive headset with long gooseneck boom and use it.

    The question: Does anyone have direct experience with the BlueParrott CP110? Does this have a directional microphone? I saw that a couple of you recently purchased the B250; how would say (or guess) that the Bluetooth headset compares in terms of sound quality with the CP110?
    07-11-08 01:16 PM
  4. kwsmithphoto's Avatar
    My guess is that it sounds a little better, but I've tried using a couple of 3 prong 2.5mm to 4 prong 1/8" jacks and they didn't work very well on my 8330. Weird loading problem of some kind that made my voice change in volume or cut out intermittently.

    But others have had luck with the adapter sold on this site which I'm guessing are wired differently or something than the ones I tried.

    My thinking is that there's a lot to be said for NOT having a wire to get tangled up with! How many times have you walked away from your desk and had the phone get dragged behind you, or stepped out of your car and had the earpiece get yanked out of your ear? Used to happen to me all the time.

    The B250's sound quality is so good (for speech) that you won't miss it - it has the best audio quality both ways of any headset I've used, wired or otherwise. And that includes my old Shure Quiet Spot which was my previous benchmark.

    Yes they cost more than the CP110 but are worth it, IMO. I was on a one-hour call last evening with the Curve in my pocket. The guy I was talking to had an earbud BT headset and was hard to hear because of all the background noise (in his living room) but the B250's incoming audio is so good I could still hear him well enough.

    Towards the end of our conversation I asked him if he was using a headset and he said ya, an expensive Motorola something or other. I asked him if he ever has to repeat himself, or turn down the AC in the car because people can't hear him. Affirmative...and he's sick of it.

    Then I said I was on oe too, and while talking to him I hosed down my backyard, washed some dishes by hand, and fired up the Weber to make dinner.

    He had no idea I was even on a headset, didn't hear -any- of the background noise and I never had to repeat myself. Plus, I didn't have to worry about a dangling cord while doing all that other stuff.

    Then I told him about my freeway test (he's on the road a lot) - that sold him, he emailed me this morning saying he just ordered one.

    BTW, you don't want the mic -directly- in front of your mouth, just below the corner of your lips seems to be ideal.
    07-11-08 02:00 PM
  5. footmatix's Avatar
    I am extremely satisfied with this device. Like I have reported on other forums, it is clear and loud. For my use, it needs to be loud enough as I drive on noisy highways or expressways at 60 to 70 clicks on a constant basis. The noise cancellation is very good. The unit can be connected to 2 devices simultaneously which I do (one for work, one for personal). We have jurisdiction here that imposes the use of a handsfree device while driving (which is 50% of my job). I love the design as well, and quite a comfortable fit with this fairly innovative system. I am not fond of 'over the ear' hooks, just a personal preference, so the jawbone and z9i are not a consideration, although I understand they are among the best available as well.
    Great work from Plantronics.
    08-03-08 08:56 AM
  6. mededitor's Avatar
    Well, I've now had time to play with both the B250 and the Calisto headset, and here are my thoughts:

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    Plantronics Calisto Headset

    This is a really nice headset. It has a boom and is very light. You don't have to buy the entire Calisto phone set - you can just order the BT headset as a replacement part. You'll have to buy the power plug separately, but if you have a Plantronics 510 or other headset that uses the same connector, you're all set.

    The headset is $89 from Plantronics directly, charger about $15, but you can find them for less online.

    I may be a bit biased to towards the Calisto headset because it is very similar to what I wear at work. I'm used to the earhook it comes with, so putting it on isn't a chore. It will take a bit of getting the hang of it to someone new to it though. One thing to keep in mind - it's bigger than most headsets out there today - not small like an H680, Plantronics 925, Jabra BT8040, etc.

    The audio on both ends is very good. On your end, the volume can be turned up nice and loud if you need it that way. Not as loud as the B250, but loud nonetheless. On the other end, the sound is very good. I did call a few people as well as my voice mail to leave a recording. Here's how it went.

    People could not tell I was in the car, until...I rolled the windows down. Then, I sounded fainter to them with some interference. They could hear me, though, and we could carry on a conversation. The noise reduction works great, although my voice was not as crisp as on the B250.

    One nice thing the Plantronics has that the B250 lacks is multipoint - I do use two phones at the same time, so this is good for me.

    Both headsets have booms, which place the mic much closer to your mouth for better sound quality.

    Which headset would I keep? The Calisto one, but that is going to be a personal thing. I don't drive with the windows rolled down, use my headset at home, work and in airports (won't get a chance to try it out there for a couple of weeks but I'll report back when I do) so I need something I can throw in my briefcase.

    So there you have it, my contribution to the confusion of "what BT headset should I buy?" question so often asked.
    I have a couple of questions about the Calisto, if you don't mind. I went to the Plantronics site to look at it and I can't find a picture with the actual earpiece showing. I have very small ears and ear canals, and the Jabra mini gels seem to be the only ones that work for me; I guess it has to do with their direction as they point directly into the ear rather than sitting on top of the ear. How are you finding the fit of the Calisto earpiece? Do you know if a Jabra mini eargel would fit on it? I tried a Plantronics Voyager in the past and the earpiece didn't seem to fit me well; I don't know if the Calisto uses the same earpiece.

    I'm not sure what to purchase to charge the Calisto headset. I know that you said that the charger was around $15 and I do see one (the Calisto AC Adapter for $14.95), but I'm not sure that I'm looking at the correct thing on the Web site. It looks like the headset has to plug into the "base unit," so I'm not sure if where the charger would connect to the headset.

    I apologize for the questions, but I definitely want to try the Calisto or the B250, and if the Calisto works well I would go with that simply based on the size.

    08-03-08 08:38 PM
  7. grandpa's Avatar
    Wow! I can't believe all the trash talk on the 925. I have done a lot of searching and bought 6 different BTs in the last couple of months and think the 925 is definitely the best of all. I have Jabra, Plantronics, Motorola and the Jawbone.

    I work as a consultant in the oil & gas field and find myself around very large and loud diesel engines along with a lot of other rig noise and the biggest problem I've had is I have to hold it to position it in high noise, so I can here better. People on the other end don't seem to have too much trouble. Ear piece fits good though not as good as the Jabra.

    I bought the 925, it was like the 5th BT, and love it. I lost it after a week and had to buy another one. Saw Tiger Direct had a sale and had to buy the Jawbone, too good a deal, because it is the best according to all the guru's like CNet and the like. I barely got it out of the box before I was giving it away to my youngest boy. He must not have liked it either cause he tried it on and kept using his Jabra.

    I also drive a straight piped loud Dodge diesel and don't have any problem with it driving down the road. Of course, I don't roll down all my windows and turn up the stereo and the fan or what not. It's like 100 degrees here, I leave the windows up and a/c on. I either got 2 really good ones or y'all all got bad ones.
    08-05-08 02:18 AM
  8. whitewolf's Avatar
    How the **** does the thing fit?? I cannot for the damn life of me figure this out. I am used to the ear hook style. Perhaps I am just BT challenged or have too small of ear canals.

    Any help guys is grateful.
    09-12-08 10:21 PM
  9. SevereDeceit's Avatar
    My 925 rocks! I love it, so light, sound and reception is great, and it so easy to use...
    09-12-08 10:26 PM
  10. grandpa's Avatar
    How the **** does the thing fit?? I cannot for the damn life of me figure this out. I am used to the ear hook style. Perhaps I am just BT challenged or have too small of ear canals.

    Any help guys is grateful.
    Sorry so late. I haven't been on in a while. It comes with the smallest or medium ear piece, can't remember which, installed. All you have to do is turn the loop opposite the mic and push it straight in your ear. Slips in and stays quite nicely. New info is the ear piece gets loose and the mic starts falling down. A small dot of rubber cement fixes this plus still makes it relatively easy to change ear pieces if need be.
    09-20-08 12:53 AM
  11. notqytryt's Avatar
    I have used the 925 for only a week, and I work outside with the public and have no problems with it. I also use a jabra bt8040 the 8040 is very good for the price. the 925 is better. I have not had a single complaint on the sound quality of either. both suffer when walking into a headwind. the 925 handles it a bit better than the 8040. I have these paired to a bb8330. for what either one of these are going for on ebay they are definitely worth it.. 20 for the jabra 30 for the plantronics. BTW you dont jam the earpiece in your ear, you let the ring set in your earfold to secure it in place. I have small ears and use the large earpiece to hold the 925 in place.
    update: I rate the sound quality of the jabra as better than the plantronics.. the plantronics sound is a bit hollow compaired to the jabra bt8040 and bt4010. also both the plantronics and the jabra require you to go into the bluetooth properties and turn echo control on (not auto) if not you will hear your own voice coming thru the headset when speaking. the jabras completely eliminate this from happening. the plantronics suppresses the voice echo but does not completely eliminate the echo. both jabra and plantronics devices have excellent incoming sound. Note I have these paired to a BB8330 curve. Your milage may vary depending on road conditions and driving habits.
    footnote: I forgot to mention I had to pair the plantronics 925 to my blackberry 4x before it stayed paired. ( I would turn it off and when I turned it back on the curve couldnt find it. I had to keep deleting it from my bt devices and re-pair (no pun). After 2 days the 925 stayed paired to the curve.. dont know which device was the culprit but it works now
    Last edited by notqytryt; 12-29-08 at 02:13 PM. Reason: update.
    12-25-08 08:52 AM
  12. DCAce's Avatar
    I have the 925 and mostly love it. But I've had a weird problem...I'm on my third replacement from Plantronics as a result. It works brilliantly for several months, then without warning, the microphone just goes dead. Call Plantronics, get replacement (they're great about that as long as you're under warranty), and the cycle repeats. Each time, the functioning time has grown shorter.

    Has anyone else had this problem??

    The 925 is my sixth Plantronics headset (the others still work, I just like new toys!), and it's the first time I've had any problems.

    I'm thinking that if it fails again, I'll go for the new model, since it seems to have a redesigned mic, and hope for the best. If not, I'll probably go for the Jawbone Prime.
    10-11-09 01:33 PM
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