Come this “summer”, iPhone 3.0 — see our walkthrough — will allow iPhone users to enjoy new Bluetooth functionalityincluding stereo headsets, both the A2DP audio and ARCP control protocols. And if you're a developer, you likely have this functionality already for testing purposes.
A while back I took a preview look at the Motorola S9 Stereo Bluetooth Headset for iPhone 3.0. Looks like they've gone and grown up! If budget is less of a concern to you than sound, and you want to enjoy your audio on the go, the Motorola MOTOROKR S9-HD (the "-HD" being the key -- and really only -- differentiator here!) are something you definitely want to consider (available now from our sibling store at WMExperts).
Note: This pre-review will not be focusing on iPhone 3.0 functionality, which is currently in closed beta. It will concentrate only on the headset itself. However, for those developers needing an A2DP headset for testing 3.0, it’s our understanding this one works well on multiple units, over multiple carriers.
About that -HD
I'm not going to bore you with a re-hash review. This headset, as mentioned above, is almost identical to the non-HD version reviewed previously. The big difference, of course, is the "-HD" itself, and that's what we'll focus on here. Starting with: how big a difference is it?
BIG. The bass is bigger, the emersion experience is better, the depth and scope of the sound in general is brighter. They call it SRS WOW HD technology. Given that A2DP will never equal great wired earphones, and great wired earphones will never equal vinyl and vinyl will never equal great live music, as far as stereo Bluetooth headsets go, these S9-HD certainly nail the WOW.
Addendum: In the previous review, one of the commenters asked about glasses. I wear glasses, and while all glasses will vary in size and form factor, I had no problem wearing the S9-HD for long p
The same sizing and form factor issues plague this headset as did it's non-HD sibling. If your head doesn't fall into the comfortable rang, and you want to be able to lie on your back while listening, these aren't the headset for you. Likewise, if you value price over performance, look at those non-HD siblings. If you want this form factor and sound quality matters to you, these are top of the charts -- easily.
- Great sound
- Good battery life
- Light and comfortable
- Well suited for on-the-go use.
- May not fit all head sizes
- Not well-suited for lying down
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As for comfort these are great for working out as they don't fall out and of course the no wires helps a lot. I can't wear them while laying down as it pushes it out of my ears so for bench press they aren't great.
ie: Volume up/down, play/pause, next/prev track
I have heard conflicting reports for both these HD's and the regular S9's. Confirmation would be great before purchasing either. Thanks
If you have them hooked up to your home system to watch/listen to multimedia, they hit the back of a chair or sofa and can get pushed out of your ears.
Limited in use scenarios before the annoyance factor sets in... I'd say the star-rating here is quite generous, seems more like 3-stars overall, possibly higher if you're going on comparative Bluetooth sound quality alone.
I found on apples web site forem that others have the same issue but at the bottom post someone says it's a problem with the AVRCP profile . Apple knows about the issue and has a open case on it. I would go and post on apples web site on this problem so there would be a bug fix!!! If you know what I talking about......(-;
Where do you think the water/moisture is seeping in? Through the actual volume switch or through the earbud, or both? I'd like to apply a thin silicone seal over any openings and maybe adding some foam into the ear buds to block mass moisture.
Is there any fix to this that anyone can think of that could possibly provide support for the motorola S9-HD headset to fully function?
A Motorola customer service rep, one of many I have spoken with since I first purchased my S9 over two years ago, aIn an honest moment stated that the S9 will malfunction if it gets wet, including if sweat gets on the headset. The rep advised letting the S9's charge completely drain and then recharge; if that does not fix the problem, welcome to the world of many S9 owners who believed Motorola's PR regarding this device's usefulness as a cordless workout headset. I found quite a number of similar complaints about the S9 with a simple Google search. I warn anyone who wants to use the S9 for working out: if you break a sweat while exercising, stay away.
Has anyone tried the Blackbird BT headset? If so, what do you think if them?
BTW, I have also read that the call answer, FF and REV functions do not work on the S9 because Apple has chosen not to support those functions generally. Perhaps Apple is planning on developing it's own BT headset and wants to ensure that only it's device offers the full range of functionality.
Did you ever get a response from anyone on the Jaybird headset, or did you try them your self?
Does anyone else have a headset they would recommend?
I haven't gotten any responses on the Jaybirds (at least not yet; any thoughts from Jaybird owners would be greatly appreciated). If I don't hear something in the next week or two I'll take the plunge. I'll probably buy some plantronix ear buds to, hopefully create a better ear canal seal and, thereby, boost the bass of the Jaybirds. In any event, I'll be sure to post my thoughts in this thread.
Taking and ending calls worked just fine, though my wife said i sounded like I was standing further from the mic than with the standard Apple headset (which is to be expected because of the difference in the location of the mic on the two headsets).
But I can't get past the skip forward/back buttons not working. Neither does the play/pause button. So now instead of being tethered to my phone by a cord, I would have to actually hold the phone in my hand to be able to control everything- which means the bluetooth feature provides, in the end, less freedom/convenience than standard wired headphones. No good. I'm taking them back today.
Has anyone received their Jaybirds who can give us some feedback on them?
I guess I will have to stop using it for works, but that is what I bought it for!
Man what a battle this has been!!!
I’ve been on the phone with Apple and Motorola for almost two weeks trying to figure out why the new Motorola S9-HD’s forward and backward button does not work with the new firmware 3.0 on both iPhone and iTouch.
At first Motorola was saying that it should work because its compatible A2DP. Then Apple tells me that they took that feature out when the new firmware 3.0 came out!!! I’m a big fan of the Motorola S9 series. I had the old S9 and it was working perfect with firmware 2.2.1 on both iPhone and iTouch. When I was talking to Apple they said that they took the feature out so all that works with this headphone is play, pause, stop and volume. I couldn’t believe it!! They told me to make my voice heard in this forum and see how many other fans feel the same way that this feature its obviously important to have if you want to change track without having to take out your iPhone or iTouch.
They said that if enough members request this feature back that it can be added in the next firmware release. If you feel this is something that you would like, please speak out.
Why take out this feature in the first place makes no sense to me.
If anyone figure out a way around this please share. Thank you everyone
PS: I love Apple!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just don’t understand why they do some things
Also, any input on where to get the voice media settings app that was mentioned above?
Since the ff/RW don't work and am tired of searching for a good set of Headsets. Now i JUST HIT VOICE CONTROL and SPEAK " NEXT TRACK or PREViOUS TRACK.
"What're you Gonna do?"
such is life........
Question: Has anyone been able to get ringtones to come thru the s9-hd?
They are not functional at all
I have tried both the black and white versions, hoping that the white headset would be a newer revised version, but nope the same audio defect occurs.
I am thinking on selling my next replacement set when I receive it but am looking for another comparable wireless headset. Any suggestions on another brand and/or how to reset the Moto headset to have stereo audio after it fails?
Could it possibly be that the iphone does something via its bluetooth communication to damage the headset, OR have I just been incredibly unlucky in having the same exact problem develop with each new headset after a short period of use?
Is it in iTUnes??!?!?
Sinistersushi did you ever get the jayhawks? Can anyone comment on these if they're Any good? Thanks
No FF/RW but other than that I use them everyday all day. I climb ladders....work in the rain.... they never fall off!!
My one ear headset goes flying across my truck when looking around
I guess there are some bad apples in the bunch but mine have and continue to work great...fingers crossed
I thought I had a defective pair of headphones. Now I know the entire Product Line of Motorokr S9-HD is DEFECTIVE!
C'mon, Really.. No Skip Feature?!?!
Bring back the Skip Feature or I'll have to bring back the headphones!
It would be appreciated if Apple would simply change the software to permit the search function on the S9-HD headset.
Everyone, IMHO these where a great buy last summer. I have been using them every day since with my iPod Touch (upgraded to OS 3 to get bluetooth support) and now with my iPad. I love being able to listen with my iPad in my backpack. I am frustrated with the lack of ff/ws and would love (hell pay for) that feature. These are the best sounding headphones and prior to buying them, I had NEVER been able to keep wired headphones working for more than a few months. Well worth the money (I see they're in the $65 range now). I do think there must be poor manufacturing control because I had to take my first pair back to Best Buy who fortunately made good since it was within a few weeks of purchase.
FWIW I have paired these with my HTC Touch Pro and it of course is able to ff/rw songs. Can be paired with multiple devices, but found that the alarms from one device or the other always cut off the music in an annoying way. Here's hoping Apple reads this forum.