Avantree Clipper Clip-on Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headset

Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 1.19.50 PMOver the past few years I’ve become a bit of an expert on Bluetooth wireless headsets. They seem an almost ideal way of listening to music or making the phone calls. The Bluetooth headsets are ideal for workouts: compact, unobtrusive, and very functional. I have gone through at least five MOTOROKR S9 and MotoROKR S9-HD headsets all of which shared one common major shortcoming: they were not sweat-proof and inevitably stopped working after less than a year of use. I also own four different Jabra Bluetooth headsets, plus a countless number of low-end Bluetooth headsets. I have become fairly familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of various models.

In terms of functionality, my favorite Bluetooth headsets are still the stereo sport variety kinds. They are extremely compact and ideally suited for what I primarily use headphones for these days: listening to music while working out. However, most of them have (at least) two major shortcomings: lousy music quality and inability to withstand sweat over the prolonged use. This is why I have recently decided to give the “pendant” Bluetooth stereo headsets a try. So far I have been fairly impressed with this Avantree headset, albeit there are still a couple of shortcomings that I don’t like.

First of all, I am really impressed with the sound quality. It’s not even remotely hissy or tinny like many other headsets that I had tried. If you are a die-hard audiophile then you will still find many shortcomings of these headphones, but for someone like me who just enjoys fairly clear and strong sound these headphones do the job.

Pairing of these headphones was pretty straightforward, although you need to follow the instructions exactly – it’s not enough for the headphones to be turned on in order for them to become “discoverable.”

The fully charged headphones will last you for a while, depending on the pattern of your usage. I’ve been able to use them four to five times for a workout without recharging them, which is definitely much better battery life than many other headphones I’ve tried.

The range of this headset seems to be on par with all other similar devices. I was able to listen to my iPhone across a larger room (gym) even with some obstacles in the way.

My biggest issue with these headphones is their design. I don’t like having the headphones receiver dangling in front of me, especially when I am working out. I’ve tried clipping it both to my t-shirt’s sleeve and collar, but neither one of these locations is very conducive to working out either. Finally, I attached the receiver to my t-shirt behind my neck. This gets the job done, but it’s also a very inaccessible location. I don’t mind this all that much though, but the headphone cords tend to get tangled up very easily.

I have not used this headset for telephony. Overall I have not been impressed with Bluetooth headsets as phone receivers – they tend to be extremely choppy as receivers and I am still to come across a model for which this is not an issue. For phone calls I try to use the corded headsets as much as possible.

This is a pretty good Bluetooth headset that is ideal for music listening in a wide variety of locations and situations.

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Bojan Tunguz

Bojan Tunguz was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which he and his family fled during the civil war for the neighboring Croatia. Over the past two decades he has studied, lived and worked in the United States. He is a theoretical physicist with degrees from Stanford and University of Illinois. Tunguz has taught physics at several prominent liberal arts colleges and has been writing about physics, science and technology for more than a decade. He also has a wide spectrum of interests, and reads and writes about current events, society, culture, religion and politics. Over the years he has reviewed many of the books that he has read, and posted his reviews on various online outlets. In 2011 he had become a top 10 reviewer on Amazon.com, where he continues to be very active. Aside from reading and writing, Tunguz enjoys traveling, digital photography, hiking, and fitness. He resides with his wife in Indiana. You can follow my review updates on the following pages as well: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tunguzreview Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tunguzreviews Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/104312842297641697463/posts

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