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  1. LaTuFu's Avatar
    I'm looking for suggestions on Bluetooth earbuds.

    To give you an idea of what I am looking for: I have been content with the stock earbuds for my needs: phone calls, podcasts and music.

    I'm a Gen X'er beginning to reap the rewards of a lifetime of listening to loud music and loud headphones. ie I am not looking for the most amazing sound. It would be a waste of time and money for my ears these days.

    I'm looking for "good enough" audio quality for calls. I am more concerned with charge life and durability.

    I'm starting to read reviews now, so I am completely open to suggestions.

    Here are two I found at best buy this morning. I'm considering them, but definitely open to other suggestions.
    Attached Thumbnails Bluetooth earbud recommendation-uploadfromtaptalk1416937969235.jpg  
    11-25-2014 11:52 AM
  2. Almeuit's Avatar
    I use these but mainly for music -- Not calls. They have amazing battery life, sound great, and fit comfy around your neck.

    Amazon.com: LG Electronics Tone Ultra (HBS-800) Bluetooth Stereo Headset - Retail Packaging - White: Cell Phones & Accessories
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    11-25-2014 12:18 PM
  3. raptir's Avatar
    Bluebuds are nice if you need the small form factor + battery life but there are better options at much lower price points if you can sacrifice one or the other.

    The LG Tone Pro will give you better sound quality (due to supporting the AptX codec instead of the older SBC codec) and better battery life at under half the price.

    LG Tone Pro Bluetooth Headset Black HBS-750.ACUSBKK - Best Buy

    They have a "collar" design though which may be a turnoff.

    If you want the light design but can deal with somewhat shorter battery life, the Plantronics BackBeat Go 2. Again they support AptX so you will get better audio quality at a lower price.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DIOAM4Y/...cUvbUpU4083631

    Not sure if that link will work properly...
    11-25-2014 12:32 PM
  4. CehowardNote7's Avatar
    IMO, because the Note 4 has aptx, I would make sure the Bluetooth buds,/phones you get have aptx.
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    11-25-2014 01:07 PM
  5. LaTuFu's Avatar
    Thanks for the suggestions so far. I thought I had posted the other picture in my OP.

    I've never bothered to pay attention to codecs before. I assume that I can look for the AptX codec in the device specs?
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    11-25-2014 02:25 PM
  6. blitz118's Avatar
    I have the Jay Bluebuds X for my Note Edge, and they sound good. If you get them, you should get the poweramp app as the Samsung stock music player equalizer does not work with Bluetooth headphones
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    11-25-2014 02:29 PM
  7. Connert's Avatar
    Bluebuds are nice if you need the small form factor + battery life but there are better options at much lower price points if you can sacrifice one or the other.

    The LG Tone Pro will give you better sound quality (due to supporting the AptX codec instead of the older SBC codec) and better battery life at under half the price.

    LG Tone Pro Bluetooth Headset Black HBS-750.ACUSBKK - Best Buy

    They have a "collar" design though which may be a turnoff.

    If you want the light design but can deal with somewhat shorter battery life, the Plantronics BackBeat Go 2. Again they support AptX so you will get better audio quality at a lower price.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DIOAM4Y/...cUvbUpU4083904

    Not sure if that link will work properly...
    I have the LG Tone Pro headset as well. Definitely recommend this set. Had the HBS-730 for almost 2 years and used them everyday. I wear a Polo type shirt to work and this unit sets under the collar very well. Easy to put an ear bud in and answer a call without having to have the bud in ear when not in use. Not that it's uncomfortable, just blocks my hearing for no reason. I also use them at the gym for an hour or two six days a week. We are a family of 5, and everyone in the family now has either the 730's or 750's. Battery life is at least three days for 8 to 10 hours each day.

    Posted via the Android Central App from the beast A.K.A. Note 4.
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    11-25-2014 02:42 PM
  8. plumcrazy's Avatar
    I have the Jay Bluebuds X for my Note Edge, and they sound good. If you get them, you should get the poweramp app as the Samsung stock music player equalizer does not work with Bluetooth headphones
    been using these with my N2 and now N$, love them
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    11-25-2014 02:44 PM
  9. LaTuFu's Avatar
    My other "complaint" that I am trying to overcome with my choice of earbuds is the placement of the mic/call controls.

    I am trying to avoid the situation I am having with the stock earbuds...whenever I wear them, the mic is prone to catching/snagging on my collar or jacket zipper, which creates a lot of background noise for the callers on the other end. I can never hear the sounds, so I am completely unaware unless the caller complains.

    So..for example..that is one reason I am hesitant to buy the Plantronics BackBeat Go 2.
    11-25-2014 02:51 PM
  10. LaTuFu's Avatar
    Anyone have experience with these Sony earbuds? They're getting great reviews at Amazon.

    Sony SBH80
    11-25-2014 04:11 PM
  11. Connert's Avatar
    Anyone have experience with these Sony earbuds? They're getting great reviews at Amazon.

    Sony SBH80
    Look nice, but do you plan on having them in your ears all the time when wearing them? The buds on my LG's make it hard to hear normal conversation going on around me. So, during work the buds rest in the holders until needed. At the gym, blocking out conversation is the point of wearing them in the first place.

    Posted via the Android Central App from the beast A.K.A. Note 4.
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    11-25-2014 06:51 PM
  12. Soreloser's Avatar
    I also use them at the gym for an hour or two six days a week. We are a family of 5, and everyone in the family now has either the 730's or 750's. Battery life is at least three days for 8 to 10 hours each day..
    Any issues with skipping or audio glitches while using these with the Note 4? I have a set of the Motorola Buds and have random intermittent glitches in the audio while listening to music.
    11-25-2014 10:08 PM
  13. anon8126715's Avatar
    I have the LG HBS-730s, I also have the Bluebud Xs, and I bought a pair of MEElectronics Runaway over the ear bluetooth earphones.

    If they all cost the same, I'd say the Bluebuds X are my favorite but Jaybird's customer service is horrible. I had issue with one of the earbuds after only 3 months (started to separate from the inside cushion). The service rep that I contacted said that the earbud cushions aren't warrantied. Considering I spent close to $200 on them, I was disappointed.

    The LGs sound good but if you are going to use them for working out in, I couldn't imagine them sitting comfortably on your neck when working up a sweat (and I'm not sure they're sweat proof like the Bluebud Xs).

    The MEElectronic earphones have a lot of dropout and I only purchased them because they were selling for $30 and I wanted to see if the sound quality would be better for an over-the-ear set of headphones. They do not, and this product is rather disappointing, but for $30 I was expecting it.

    I would be curious if the new iBeats bluetooth earphones were better quality, but I had some wired pair that came with an HTC phone and I don't think they were much better quality than even some inexpensive sonys that I had at the time.

    Oh and I've mentioned before, I don't consider "good quality" in earphones based on how much bass they pump out. I much prefer detail in audio at decent volumes so that's also something to consider, if you're wanting thunderous bass then you might consider the Beats since that's what they're more geared for.

    LG Tones are on sale if you follow the instructions here btw LG Tone+ HBS-730 Bluetooth Headset $40 + Free Shipping - Best Buy Deals, Coupons and Promos
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    11-26-2014 12:21 AM
  14. LaTuFu's Avatar
    Look nice, but do you plan on having them in your ears all the time when wearing them? The buds on my LG's make it hard to hear normal conversation going on around me. So, during work the buds rest in the holders until needed. At the gym, blocking out conversation is the point of wearing them in the first place.

    Posted via the Android Central App from the beast A.K.A. Note 4.
    I would be using the earbuds like you are describing. When not in use they would hang around my neck. So the tone pro and Sonys have my attention right now.
    11-26-2014 05:40 AM
  15. Connert's Avatar
    Any issues with skipping or audio glitches while using these with the Note 4? I have a set of the Motorola Buds and have random intermittent glitches in the audio while listening to music.
    My HBS-730's started dropping calls but worked fine for music not long after I got the Note 4, they had worked fine for my Note 3 for a year and I'm not sure which device had an issue. I'm thinking it's the Note. I borrowed my wife's 750 for 3 days and had no issues. So I got a new 750 and gave the 730 to my youngest daughter. She uses them with her S4 and has not had an issue.

    As far as using them in the gym, I have not had an issue yet. I was a little concerned about sweat because the power switch in on the inside but it's not been an issue so far. I now see 5 or 6 other guys wearing the same LG style in the gym daily.

    I'm not having any issues with the 750's at all. Reading reviews on Amazon and my wife having the same is why I went with them. It seems the newer models are not quite as popular and have one issue or another.

    Posted via the Android Central App from the beast A.K.A. Note 4.
    11-26-2014 06:24 AM
  16. MarathonMan's Avatar
    For: CehowardNote4

    Which 128gb MicroSD card are you using in your Note 4?

    Thank you
    11-26-2014 08:14 AM
  17. anon8126715's Avatar
    For: CehowardNote4

    Which 128gb MicroSD card are you using in your Note 4?

    Thank you
    Is there more than one on the market now? I have the SanDisk and so far it's worked better than my previous 64GB SanDisks

    Sent from my SM-N910V using Tapatalk
    11-26-2014 01:57 PM
  18. anon8126715's Avatar
    I'm curious to see hear what these sound like The Dash – Bragi Pre-Order Store

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    11-26-2014 02:15 PM
  19. sforsyth01's Avatar
    I was personally considering the PowerBeats 2 by Beats Audio. Does anyone have any experience with those? Normally I'm a Bose guy but they don't have an option in the wireless earbud market.

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    11-27-2014 06:17 PM
  20. anon8126715's Avatar
    These are good at this price. Some people may not like the "lack of booming bass", but they're solid BT earphones.

    JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Earbuds $113 + Free Shipping - RadioShack Deals, Coupons and Promos
    12-08-2014 10:12 PM
  21. Connert's Avatar
    So, back to the OP. Did you ever make a decision on this and if so which headset did you go with? Why, and are you happy with your choice?

    Posted via the Android Central App from the beast A.K.A. Note 4.
    12-18-2014 04:48 PM
  22. sparksd's Avatar
    I got the JayBird BlueBuds X. This was my review of them on Amazon (I gave the 5 stars):

    I have both Shure E3 earbuds and Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones but I wanted a set of Bluetooth earbuds to eliminate the wire while moving around the house. I bought these after reading through a lot of reviews and while I was concerned about fit and audio quality I was very pleasantly surprised after pairing these with my Galaxy Note 4. These are great in both fit and audio quality, really only a small notch below my significantly more expensive Bose & Shure units. I've listened to rock and classical music and used them for movies (on phone and tablets) - just great in all cases. For music, I use PowerAmp so I can adjust the tone to my liking. Proper fit with the eartips and cushions is critical and I didn't have a problem finding a pairing (medium tips + smallest cushions) that worked for me, being both comfortable and snug. I am really happy with these.
    12-26-2014 08:53 PM
  23. Rtbar1's Avatar
    I have the powerbeats2 and I love them
    12-30-2014 10:21 AM
  24. jeffrey10000's Avatar
    I have the Powerbeats 2 and like them. They do not block all noise as they were designed that way. Can come in handy if you run on streets/roads. It allows you to hear car horns, etc... They are very comfortable and I can wear them for long periods of time. They last about 6 hours; of course that depends on what volume level you use. I usually have the phone volume maxed and then adjust the earbud volume separate of that. I don't use the stock player as I use Google Play. I find that they work very well in the gym and they are very sturdy no matter what activity I am doing. I don't have to worry about having this big thing on my head. I like the ear hooks as the ear buds stay secure and in place. Yes, they are pricy, but for the convenience, security, and ease of use, I recommend them.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    12-30-2014 01:12 PM
  25. Thegreatone3's Avatar
    For those who are more budget conscious, these have worked great for me at the gym with my Note 4.

    Soundpeats Qy7 Mini Lightweight Wireless Stereo Sports/running & Gy... http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LP6CFEC/...cUvbUpU4155797

    Sent from my SM-N910T
    12-30-2014 10:39 PM
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