Kyocera’s A2DP Bluetooth Stereo Headphones are amazing!
I have had my Kyocera GSH300 for quite some time and have never done a review on them. Why? I’m not sure. But I’ve been looking at a lot of posts on the internet lately about different types of A2DP Bluetooth headsets and none of them seem to compare to these.
What is this A2DP craze you keep talking about?
A2DP is a Bluetooth profile that enables compatible devices to transmit high-quality stereo sound wirelessly. Both the headset and the streaming device must support this profile. Most new mobile phones that are marketed as “music phones” support it; the iPhone, sadly, is not. Also, most computers with Bluetooth devices support it.
What does this mean?
Using your computer as an example, you can stream all the audio from your computer directly to your wireless headphones. No cords to get tangled in your computer chair, no pets trying to eat them, no tripping and spilling your Appletini when you try to get up and didn’t realize you’ve turned a circle 10 times in the last hour and your headphones The cable is now wrapped tightly around your leg and chair.
Plus, many VOIP apps now support bluetooth headset profiles, so your cool new wireless earbuds can let you chat wirelessly. Some of them even support the use of the buttons on these headphones and you can pick up and make calls without even touching your computer. Ventrilo and TeamSpeak also work with these headphones; be careful, your weekend gaming spree may leave you speechless with a dead battery; They generally only last 6-10 hours between charges, but they charge in just a couple of hours.
When used with a compatible cell phone, you can do the same, the phone will stream the audio directly to your headphones. Many A2DP-compatible headsets also have built-in microphones, so if you get a call on your cell phone, you can just pick it up and use it like the bluetooth headsets we’re used to.
Now that that’s out of the way … go ahead with the review!
The style of this headset is a bit different from others that I have seen and used. The Motorola S9 headset (hyped and hyped with David Beckham’s likeness) is a rigid behind-the-head headset with rubber earpiece-like speakers. The Logictech Freepulse are similar to the S9, although the connector between each ear is smaller and the speakers look more like a standard pair of headphones. The Kyocera GSH-300 (part number TXCKT10161) takes a different approach – each earbud is just like a regular earbud, but connecting them is just a simple cable. The headphones are placed in your ear in much the same way as the standard bluetooth headphones that you would use with any cell phone, and between them the cable runs behind the head. The cable has a small bead that allows you to adjust the slack so that the cable does not get completely tangled. The fit is comfortable, but not too loose. They can be easily used while working at home or in the office. Did I mention they come with a cute little case?
The sound quality of these is excellent. I’d say almost unbelievable, especially for a wireless connection. The highs are reasonably clear, the mids are good (as is the case with most headphones), and the bass is surprisingly full. There is no static at all with these. The effective range will largely depend on your environment. At my house, with 2 computers, 3 monitors, and ~ 6 wireless networks in range, I can get about 15 feet away before they start to break down, which equates to being able to go anywhere in the next room, but not 2 rooms away. . This will vary greatly based on several factors, including wireless interference in your area and the bluetooth transmitter. A phone in your pocket will always provide a great signal, but a laptop on your desk in the middle of a ton of electronic devices (like mine) will cut you off the advertised 30-foot bluetooth range.
The battery life is amazing too. They have a rating of up to 15 hours of talk / listen time or 300 hours of standby, and in my tests I definitely came close to that, although it’s hard to measure exactly because I don’t exactly sit down to listen to music. for 15 hours straight in general terms. Suffice it to say that with intensive use they can easily go through the whole day and more. Do you need to recharge them? That’s easy too, they charge via USB cable from any computer.
They have all the possible functions of a bluetooth headset. Right now they are connected to my computer and I am using them to listen to music. Without switching apps, I can press a button on them and turn the volume up or down or fast-forward songs. They are incredible. When paired with a suitable cell phone, you can not only stream the music to it, but if a call comes in, all you have to do is press the right button and they will answer your call and you can chat with the built-in microphone. .
It has an up / down / push lever on the back, a button on the side for answering and hanging up, and volume up / down buttons on the top, all easily accessible and connected to the earpiece on the right side.
If you have a little extra cash, I definitely recommend checking them out, but get them soon! Kyocera has discontinued them and it looks like they won’t be selling any A2DP headsets anymore, just standard bluetooth. You will find it difficult to find a used one, I think, because honestly, I have not seen a single bluetooth headset on that market that can replace them. I did manage to track down a few though, and you can find them right here on eBay starting at ~ $ 58 from what appears to be a reputable US-based seller, and it’s a good price for an A2DP stereo headphone.
Feel free to leave a comment with any questions you may have about them. I love mine and I am sure that you will love them too. I’ll post my thoughts on the other headphones I tried (Moto S9 and Logitech Freepulse), but I can tell you they don’t even come close to this Kyocera. get it now before they are totally out of the market.
For those of you, like me, who end up ordering these headphones and then lose the manual … you can find a PDF version right here.