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REVIEW: Bluetake i-PHONO mini Bluetooth Stereo Headphone BT450Rx
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 20.03.06 - 23:52:58 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 36855x
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Thanks to Bluetake, for a while now I'm using and testing its i-PHONO mini Bluetooth Stereo Headphone BT450Rx which  combines a stylish design and reliable technology in the ideal mini size units.
Equipped with Bluetooth, the i-PHONO mini headphone provides a convenient wireless way to enjoy wireless music, using the A2DP Bluetooth profile and you can use the i-PHONO mini headphone to remote control the music playing functions of your Bluetooth device if it supports Bluetooth AVRC Bluetooth profile. Additionally, since it is a Bluetooth headset also, you can use it as your Bluetooth headset for your mobile phone.
Since the i-PHONO mini headphone supports concurrent Bluetooth headset and A2DP connections, it allows you to answer or make calls with the Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone while you are listening to music. Depending on the music source device, your music playback is either paused or muted. After you ended the call, the music will follow to be streamed again in few seconds.

Last but not least, the i-PHONO mini headphone can be used for VoIP calls with Internet Messenger services, such as Skype, MSN Messenger or Yahoo! Messenger if your PC or Notebook has a headset compliant Bluetooth adapter. Please note, that the Windows XP Service Pack 2 Bluetooth stack isn't supporting the headset Bluetooth profile.

The headset itself is a Bluetooth v1.2 compliant device supporting the A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio Video Remote Control Profile) HSP (Headset Profile) and HFP (Hands-free Profile) Bluetooth profiles.

The i-PHONO mini headphone "Light Pack" includes:

1. Bluetooth Stereo Headphone
2. USB power cable
3. Y-splitter power cable
4. No woven fabrics Pouch
5. User manual (English)
6. Utility CD (PDF in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Traditional Chinese, Japanese)


The English manual (49 pages) provides you all the information you need. From charging to pairing to the use of the headset. No question should be left open.

Not included is a 110-220 Volt charger which means you have to either use a third party USB charger or you charge the headset on your PC or Notebook.
It is an ear-clip kind of headset and the left and right headset is connected through a thin cable. On the left ear-clip you also have the microphone for voice communication:

The ear-clip can be open and closed for fast and convenient use:

The right headset also includes one button on the top and a multi-function roller on the bottom.
The button on the top is used to switch on and off the headset as well as accept and hang-up phone calls. During the music playback it is also used to stop the playback. The multi-function roller on the bottom can be pressed to start the music playback as well is used to adjust the volume and to jump to the next/previous track. Additionally you have a bi-color (blue and red) LED which indicated the pairing mode and incoming calls.


The left headset includes the rechargeable (and non-removable) battery. Unfortunately, the USB-kind of charger-plug isn't a standard mini-USB plug which means you can not use other mini USB cables you might have, like Smartphone or Pocket PC chargers. Therefore you have to carry the designated charger cable if you travel.

Pairing the device worked in my tests flawless and depending on the supported profiles of the mobile device, you either got Hands-free only (as with the current Windows Mobile Smartphones) or Hands-free and Wireless Stereo (as A2DP is named in Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 2):

Final Conclusion

Wearing the headset is pretty comfortable and the clarity of the stereo sound is excellent. The volume as well as the bass gives you a full music experience and makes it a pleasure to use it for wireless music streaming with mostly every A2DP-enabled mobile device. However, if you use the headset as your hands-free headset with a Windows Mobile phone, make sure you have reduced the earpiece-volume on the device. Otherwise the signal is overdriven. However, as with other Bluetooth stereo headset I appreciate the fact, that you can listen voice calls on both ears. This gives the use of stereo headsets an additional value, especially if you do phone calls in a louder environments as on streets or fairs (where I have tested the headset extensively, when I was at the CeBIT last week).
Nevertheless, the micro faces some noise problems in a heavy airy environment that you and your partner on the other side might hear some noise, but under strong airy conditions only.

Putting the headsets on the ears works like a piece of cake and while I had some problems with similar (mono) hands-free headset in the past, the i-PHONO mini headphone is easy put. The use of the one bottom and the one multi-function roller is also easy, as soon as you've learned which button to press or in which direction to move the roller.

Altogether, the i-PHONO mini headphone is a great Bluetooth stereo headset and hands-free headset to be used with a wide range of mobile devices.

It's available in three colors: black, white and charcoal for around 90 Euro from different online resellers.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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