Sony Ericsson Stereo Bluetooth HBH-IS800 Headset Review

Sony-Ericsson-bluetooth-1Like many people, I own quite a few headphones.  These days all handheld devices we purchase come with a free corded headphone which most of the time are of crappy sound quality.   But what if I want great quality sound but without the mess of a snaking cable dangling down to my Bluetooth enabled media device?  This is where the Sony Ericsson Stereo Bluetooth HBH-IS800 comes in.

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Priced at $179.99, this headphone is quite expensive, but it delivers in sound quality and Bluetooth range.  The unit that I got came with a bunch of manuals, the stereo headphone, a carrying case, 2 extra sizes of ear buds, a clip and a charger.  The charger that got bundled in was an Asian charger which Julie was kind enough to bundle in an American charger for me.

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My first impression of this $179.99 product was that the carrying case feels very cheap and bulky.  The carrying case looks and feels more like that it belongs as part of the packaging instead of an actual carrying case.  At that price range I would expect Sony Ericsson to offer a better quality carrying case.  I would even settle for a small pouch.

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At first glance this headphone might look like it just plays audio but it has a hidden function.  This stereo headphone is actually a stereo headset!  A quarter way down from the left ear bud is the single button control and next to it is a very tiny hole for the microphone.  Pairing with my iPhone 3G was simple enough.  Just hold down that single button for 15 seconds to set the headset to initiate pairing.  Passcode is the standard 0000.  After pairing, that single button acts like the answer and end call button when the phone rings.

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The length of the headset about 21 inches.

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The right ear bud has a tiny status light that flashes green and red for pairing and red for low battery.

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You might wonder how does this headphones get charged?  Well there’s a hidden cover on the right ear bud.  opening it reviews the charging port.  A full charge takes around 1 hour.  Battery life lasted an amazing 3 hours.

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This Bluetooth headphone has an amazing feature.  It has a long Bluetooth range.  In my experience, most Bluetooth equipped devices only work at max 30 feet and generally it only works in a “line of sight” functionality.  Well the HBH-IS800 works 75 feet THROUGH multiple walls!  I left my Samsung YP-P2 mp3 player on one side of the house and walked to the other end and I still have crystal clear music playing through the headphones.

The Sony Ericsson Stereo Bluetooth headphone is pretty expensive at $179.99.  But it is worth it for being extremely light weight, long lasting battery life, and long Bluetooth range.

 

Product Information

Price:$179.99
Manufacturer:Sony Ericsson
Pros:
  • Long Bluetooth range
  • Great quality sound
  • Small and lightweight
Cons:
  • Low quality carrying case
  • Expensive price
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4 comments… add one

  • ScottG November 5, 2009, 1:48 am

    Available on AMAZON.com for $109.00 if anyone is put off by the price. Amazon just lowered the price from $129.00. Worth a look at and does work with the iPod Touch G2 & G3 when you have the 3.0 iPod software installed.

    MyRealGenius

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  • MichaelG04 November 5, 2009, 8:59 am

    you forgot to mention the one problem while using this with your iphone, u can’t control the volume

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  • David November 5, 2009, 3:38 pm

    Jackie,
    thanks for the review. Could you please check these out:
    http://www.sleek-audio.com/products/universal/sa1

    They look very cool and can be switched between wired and wireless. In addition, I like the elastic band that joins them. Seems like it would work much better than a dangling cord.

    David

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  • Evin Kepik November 24, 2009, 6:00 am

    If you don’t have an iPhone, then its no problem at all! Works great and is the perfect tiniest bluetooth stereo earphones yet to date!

    I’ve owned the original Bluetake i-Phono, the i-Phono mini, Motorola’s MotoROKR S9. All didn’t fit my ear well enough to provide a decent audio quality sound. As the bluetooth technology won’t be as loud as having a wired ear/headphones. Thus, outside noise could easily interfere with your listening. I then found the Plantronics Voyager 855. Those were perfect as it fit the ear snugly, and there was only one obtrusive device which was the right headset piece, the left side was a regular earphone. Downside was, the right headset would sometimes slip off my ear due to rigorous workouts.

    These SE’s are perfect because of the sheer size and the lightness. The earphones fit in the ear snug and block off enough outside noise to compensate for the lower maximum volume of bluetooth use.

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