View Full Version : Bluetooth Headset Low Volume

11-02-2005, 11:14 AM
I'm using a Motorola HS850 headset in the car. When I'm travelling at higher speeds and at certain times the volume is so low that it's a struggle to hear. My car is not noisy. I have it cranked up on the headset and on the BB. (Not sure if the BB voulume has any effect when using the headset.)

Does anyone have any solutions? Do any other headsets have more oomph?

Btw, I tried to search the subject but must have some security setting preventing this. Sorry if this is a repetition.


11-02-2005, 01:17 PM
Volume used to be good and loud on 3.8, but RIM "fixed" it in 4.0:


Article Number: KB-04265

Description: When making a phone call with a handheld running software version 4.0 or later, the volume on the Bluetooth headset is lower than the volume with software version 3.8. The volume level in version 3.8 was set higher than intended. The volume level in version 4.0 or later is by design.

Here's a link to one of the threads discussing the issue:

11-02-2005, 01:17 PM

there are 300 threads about this...

11-02-2005, 02:04 PM
Krad, I said I'm sorry!

11-02-2005, 04:24 PM
Krad, I said I'm sorry!

I am not mad at all at your thread.

i wrote lmao...

still makes me smile. Thanks. (y)

11-02-2005, 05:28 PM
I think the volume is low and I stopped using the bluetooth. I had the most expensive one from Motorola and I lost it and haven't bothered to replace it, which is too bad, because it's a good idea. Battery life was also low. When are they coming out with a new/better one?

11-02-2005, 09:41 PM
I have several BT headsets and found the 850 to have low volume. The 810 conversely works well for me, and I have less than acute hearing..try turning the vol on the headset up to 11 and adjusting the vol on the berry to suite...what do you drive? At my company we have a few dodge caravans and i find it much harder to use my BT in it than my passat ofr my wifes MDX, and to ride in the vans (all 2004 models) I would not think that that they seem loud but it is harder to hear on the headset in it for whatever reason...

11-02-2005, 09:49 PM
While driving try using your Headset on your right side if a driver or left side if a passenger, this will place the headset away from the windows and in turn it will cut down on the mike picking up extrenious outside noise, plus wearing it away from the window improves your hearing since there is less interferrence. Just a hint that i found myself using.

11-03-2005, 01:10 AM
Get a different headset. The 850's are known to be too quiet.

I've gone through one 810, and 2 850's, and they were all worthless because of low incoming volume.

I'm now using a SE HBH-300, and it's much louder.

11-03-2005, 07:31 AM
i use the bt-800 bt jabra... a bit pricey but if you buy it at the business desk in compusa it comes out to alitle over 80 bucks...

volume is good in my car and supermarket.

11-03-2005, 09:02 AM
I've moved it to my right ear already with the same thought without much resulting change. I guess I'll have to try a different headset or break down and get a car kit which raises another question (krad stop reading here) of which car kit has produced happy results.

Thanks for your advices.