Bluetooth headphones are crap! Suggestions?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Risco, Oct 25, 2016.

  1. Risco macrumors 68000


    Jul 22, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Well at least the ones I have tried.

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

    Also tried these Sony XB70BT - Muffled and massively overpowering bass

    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?

    Inline remote and Siri support is important to me. Has anyone had good luck, i don't want any bass monsters!
  2. Munky macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2011
    jaybird x2
  3. Ntombi macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2008
    Bostonian exiled in SoCal
  4. Rocko99 macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2016
    The Jaybird x2's are good but are a bit harsh on the high end. If you are senstive to this, maybe look elsewhere, otherwise they are great.
  5. KillaMac Suspended

    May 25, 2013
    Love my Jaybird X2's. Best bluetooth headphones I have heard. Best headphones for a phone that matter wired or not.
  6. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68040


    May 18, 2009
    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.
  7. Vilacr macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2002

    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.
  8. Munky macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2011
    The Jaybirds are also lifetime sweat resistant warranty. Do the ones from Amazon come with that?
  9. Rocko99 macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2016
    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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    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.
  10. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68040


    May 18, 2009
    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.
  11. dan.tebeau macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2015
    Bose on ear are great, battery life is insane.
  12. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Anyone ever tried a good-sounding wired headphone set with a bluetooth receiver?
  13. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    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.
  14. Munky macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2011
    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.
  15. Rocko99 macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2016
    Where are you finding legit QY8's for $10 or so?
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    Such as?
  16. ScubaCinci macrumors 65816


    Jul 11, 2008
    Cincinnati OH
    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.
  17. BeeGood macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2013
    Lot 23E. Somewhere in Georgia.
    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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