Bluetooth headphones are crap! Suggestions?

Risco

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Well at least the ones I have tried.

Tried these MEE Audio - Sound was very low and distorted.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B017BM1LAC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Also tried these Sony XB70BT - Muffled and massively overpowering bass

https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/in-ear-headphones/mdr-xb70bt

I lost my Sony EX650 which had awesome sound. Would like some bluetooth but begrudge to spend £130 on these as not convinced sound will be similar to my EX650?

http://www.johnlewis.com/sony-mdr-e...n-ear-headphones-with-nfc-one-touch/p2581515e

Inline remote and Siri support is important to me. Has anyone had good luck, i don't want any bass monsters!
 

Munky

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Well at least the ones I have tried.

Tried these MEE Audio - Sound was very low and distorted.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B017BM1LAC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Also tried these Sony XB70BT - Muffled and massively overpowering bass

https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/in-ear-headphones/mdr-xb70bt

I lost my Sony EX650 which had awesome sound. Would like some bluetooth but begrudge to spend £130 on these as not convinced sound will be similar to my EX650?

http://www.johnlewis.com/sony-mdr-e...n-ear-headphones-with-nfc-one-touch/p2581515e

Inline remote and Siri support is important to me. Has anyone had good luck, i don't want any bass monsters!
jaybird x2
 

KillaMac

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Love my Jaybird X2's. Best bluetooth headphones I have heard. Best headphones for a phone that matter wired or not.
 
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NovemberWhiskey

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I don't get the love for the Jaybirds. They are decent in every way, but by no means deserving of the praise. You get the same, if not better, sound from QY8s which run for under $15 on amazon. Battery life is slightly better on the X2, but sound-wise, I would even give the QY8 the nod.

Compared to the $100+ price on the X2, it's not even close when it comes to value.
 
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Vilacr

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I don't get the love for the Jaybirds. They are decent in every way, but by no means deserving of the praise. You get the same, if not better, sound from QY8s which run for under $15 on amazon. Battery life is slightly better on the X2, but sound-wise, I would even give the QY8 the nod.

Compared to the $100+ price on the X2, it's not even close when it comes to value.


Totally disagree with this. I have both( plus a few others) and the QY8's sound like $20 headphones. The sound isn't as clear and the bass is muddy on the QY8's. The X2's have tighter bass and the sound is much more clear. But, if you want $20 headphones the QY8's are good for that price.
 

Munky

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I don't get the love for the Jaybirds. They are decent in every way, but by no means deserving of the praise. You get the same, if not better, sound from QY8s which run for under $15 on amazon. Battery life is slightly better on the X2, but sound-wise, I would even give the QY8 the nod.

Compared to the $100+ price on the X2, it's not even close when it comes to value.
The Jaybirds are also lifetime sweat resistant warranty. Do the ones from Amazon come with that?
 

Rocko99

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I don't get the love for the Jaybirds. They are decent in every way, but by no means deserving of the praise. You get the same, if not better, sound from QY8s which run for under $15 on amazon. Battery life is slightly better on the X2, but sound-wise, I would even give the QY8 the nod.

Compared to the $100+ price on the X2, it's not even close when it comes to value.
I agree. The X2's sounded a bit more dynamic, but artificially so. I have the Mpow Swift a rebrand of the QY8, and man do they sound nice. $17.99 also. I put Comply foam tips and they are rock solid, never fall out.

I just wish they had something to take up the extra cable length in the back.
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Totally disagree with this. I have both( plus a few others) and the QY8's sound like $20 headphones. The sound isn't as clear and the bass is muddy on the QY8's. The X2's have tighter bass and the sound is much more clear. But, if you want $20 headphones the QY8's are good for that price.
You may have fakes. I have had both and as well as 50+ other headphones. For BT headphones, they sound very good. The X2's can be somewhat sibilant and a bit bright-but they are nice.
 
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NovemberWhiskey

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Totally disagree with this. I have both( plus a few others) and the QY8's sound like $20 headphones. The sound isn't as clear and the bass is muddy on the QY8's. The X2's have tighter bass and the sound is much more clear. But, if you want $20 headphones the QY8's are good for that price.
Then you got some bad QY8s, as I have as well. That's the main problem with them: there are so many knockoff companies using the same name and design.

If you get a legit pair, they have better sound than the X2.
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The Jaybirds are also lifetime sweat resistant warranty. Do the ones from Amazon come with that?
No, but you should read up about how good Jaybird is about honoring it: it's not.

I had one pair of QY8's go out on me, and that company sent me a new pair without any hassle.

Good company: Tekvilla. Good products (sound, quality, etc), and good customer service.

Bad units I have received from: Kedsum, Aukey. These were both HORRIBLE. I believe the Kedsum just sounded horrible, and the Aukey wouldn't hold a charge and kept shutting off.

At $100+, you could buy 10 QY8's. which all come with at least a 1 year warranty.

Don't get me wrong. I am not saying the X2 is bad. I just don't get the hype it has on this forum. This place does have a tendency to circlejerk products, like the slickwraps naked skin before everyone got the poor fitting skins and bad customer service.

The X2 is a fine unit, and better than the QY8. But $100+ better? Not even close. If you value 2-3 more hours of battery life, then yes.
 
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AppleRobert

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Totally disagree with this. I have both( plus a few others) and the QY8's sound like $20 headphones. The sound isn't as clear and the bass is muddy on the QY8's. The X2's have tighter bass and the sound is much more clear. But, if you want $20 headphones the QY8's are good for that price.
If that is the best recommendation a person can make, the QY8's, well I got a ton of headphones/earphones that blow those away and they ain't expensive.
 

Munky

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Then you got some bad QY8s, as I have as well. That's the main problem with them: there are so many knockoff companies using the same name and design.

If you get a legit pair, they have better sound than the X2.
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No, but you should read up about how good Jaybird is about honoring it: it's not.

I had one pair of QY8's go out on me, and that company sent me a new pair without any hassle.

Good company: Tekvilla. Good products (sound, quality, etc), and good customer service.

Bad units I have received from: Kedsum, Aukey. These were both HORRIBLE. I believe the Kedsum just sounded horrible, and the Aukey wouldn't hold a charge and kept shutting off.

At $100+, you could buy 10 QY8's. which all come with at least a 1 year warranty.

Don't get me wrong. I am not saying the X2 is bad. I just don't get the hype it has on this forum. This place does have a tendency to circlejerk products, like the slickwraps naked skin before everyone got the poor fitting skins and bad customer service.

The X2 is a fine unit, and better than the QY8. But $100+ better? Not even close. If you value 2-3 more hours of battery life, then yes.
Oh, well I didn't know there was circle jerking around the jaybirds as I don't really pay attention to the accessories part of this forum, but Jaybird was really good to me when someone stole my first pair of Jaybirds on my honeymoon. They gave me a sizable discount to order another pair. I've never had a warranty problem with sweat, but I hope to get the same great customer service if I do.
 

Rocko99

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Then you got some bad QY8s, as I have as well. That's the main problem with them: there are so many knockoff companies using the same name and design.

If you get a legit pair, they have better sound than the X2.
[doublepost=1477529547][/doublepost]

No, but you should read up about how good Jaybird is about honoring it: it's not.

I had one pair of QY8's go out on me, and that company sent me a new pair without any hassle.

Good company: Tekvilla. Good products (sound, quality, etc), and good customer service.

Bad units I have received from: Kedsum, Aukey. These were both HORRIBLE. I believe the Kedsum just sounded horrible, and the Aukey wouldn't hold a charge and kept shutting off.

At $100+, you could buy 10 QY8's. which all come with at least a 1 year warranty.

Don't get me wrong. I am not saying the X2 is bad. I just don't get the hype it has on this forum. This place does have a tendency to circlejerk products, like the slickwraps naked skin before everyone got the poor fitting skins and bad customer service.

The X2 is a fine unit, and better than the QY8. But $100+ better? Not even close. If you value 2-3 more hours of battery life, then yes.
Where are you finding legit QY8's for $10 or so?
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If that is the best recommendation a person can make, the QY8's, well I got a ton of headphones/earphones that blow those away and they ain't expensive.
Such as?
 

ScubaCinci

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Whatever you do, don't buy the Fuse True Wireless BT earbuds. $99 of crap. They claim it has noise cancellation which is a total lie, the sound quality is mediocre at best and it loses the signal easily and often. I'm actually considering the Airpods simply because I think they'll work without issues. I'm tired of BT headphones dropping the signal intermittently when my phone is within 3 ft of them.
 

BeeGood

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The OP mentioned inline controls for Siri are important. This is a big deal for me as well. Can anyone speak to this?

I tried some Jaybird bluebuds a while ago and the inline controls are nothing like the Apple earbuds. Has this changed, or is there anything out there that has inline controls that behave the same as the stock earbuds and have decent battery life?

Don't really care that much about audio quality.
 
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