This is cross-posted from HowardForums.com.
I bought three bluetooth ear pieces today: BlueAnt Z9, Jabra JX10 Series II, and the Plantronics 925. I wanted to replace my Plantronics Discovery 640.
Here is my list of priorities:
1. Must fit comfortably and stay in place.
2. Overall build quality must be superior.
3. Sound quality must be clear.
4. Must be light.
The BlueAnt didn't fit well (and over-the-ear doesn't work very well for me), the JX10 didn't have the volume, so those went back before I even left the parking lot.
Enter the Plantronics 925. It was a bit pricey, but worth every penny. First, it actually stays in my ear! I have to shake my head around until I get dizzy, and that's just to loosen it up a bit. And it feels pretty comfortable. That's a first for me. We'll see how it works when I have a chance to wear it for a longer period of time. Check for #1.
Build quality, as with all Plantronics units, is wonderful. As for sound quality... I called my dad when I was on the highway. I had my driver's side window down. He couldn't tell. I rolled both front windows down all the way. He said it sounded like I was catching a small amount of wind, but noted that he could hear me loud and clear. I could hear him loud and clear (except when he switched to his $40 bluetooth headset that takes a AAA battery
). One thing to note - and this isn't necessarily a bad thing at all - I could hear myself in the earpiece. It's not an echo... it's like when you are talking on a landline and you can hear yourself in the earpiece. It's not loud and it didn't bother me - I've just never seen that happen in a bluetooth before. So check for #2.
Finally - it's light. Boy is it light. It's lighter than my Discovery 640. It didn't feel like it was pulling down on my ear. That's really good. Check for #3.
This thing is pretty great. As a bonus, you get some handy accessories. I got an AC wall charger, which is expected with any accessory like this. I also got a USB charger so I could plug it into my laptop. It also comes with that charging case - which I thought was just a case to hold the thing. Then I saw the charger port on the bottom and thought that it's cool that I could have the thing in the case and charge it. Finally, I read the manual, and saw that you can charge the case itself, and then charge the headset from the case. (I should have read this thread first!) How cool is that?
My only "complaint" - and I put that in quotes because I'm nitpicky - is that it's slightly larger than other headsets. The boom does go about halfway between my ear and my mouth - so it's longer than my old BT. I think I will probably get used to that.
Anyway, I would give this thing 5 stars. I figure... Plantronics makes headsets that are used in space, so they'd probably do a pretty good job with a headset that I use in my Honda.
I'll follow up with this in a little while with any updates if my opinion changes with some use.