Bluetooth headphones that work well on left wrist

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  1. blasto333 macrumors regular

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    i have backbeat fit 2. In order for them go work without skipping; I have to put the watch on my right wrist.

    I really like the product and this isn't a huge problem but am wondering if anyone has a similar style headphone that works on left wrist.
     
  2. papbot macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure it will help, but I've been in contact with Plantronics customer support about this. I was told that they have a software update coming out that may improve the issue. If you have their app you should get a notification when it's available.
     
  3. blasto333 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Good to hear! I did a firmware update recently so I know how to do that. I was also in contact with them and they informed me the receiver is in the right ear which is why it is happening. That would be great if a software update fixed it! I love the headphones.
     
  4. papbot macrumors 6502

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    I really like them too but I gave up on pairing them with the watch. I always have my phone with me so I just pair them with it and don't have any issues. Indoors I can pair them to the watch with no dropouts but outdoors many headsets just can't cope. I have one pair that would drop every time my left arm with the watch would swing to the side or behind my body. The Backbeats are much better than that but still annoying so I just use them with my phone outdoors. But hopefully that update and perhaps a watch update will help. I was also told they were working with Apple regarding the problem.
     
  5. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    My wife and I both use PowerBeats2 wireless and both wear  Watch on left wrists. No skipping what-so-ever.
     
  6. papbot macrumors 6502

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    Outdoors it can vary based on your environment. I haven't come across any headphone reviews that didn't have at least some complaints of skipping outdoors. It's essentially a trial and error process even with the really expensive ones.
     
  7. fischersd macrumors 68040

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    The Powerbeats2 have their control/antennae on the left. If you get the JayBird BlueBuds and wear them in over-the-ear mode, they would also be on the left (they skip like crazy on the right though) - didn't verify how they worked on the left.
     
  8. papbot macrumors 6502

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    I'm glad you mentioned the Jaybirds. I was considering trying those next. The antenna on the left is an important factor, especially with the watch. If I look at another pair I''ll check the Powerbeats.
     
  9. fischersd macrumors 68040

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    Just keep in mind that over the ear mode means that they won't be as deep into your ear canal - so you'll hear more external noise (I liked the sound of the BlueBuds...think it's the best out there, but I didn't want to sacrifice the sound quality - should have tried it before I sent them back, as that's how the PB2's are) Oh well... :)

    From a runner/biker standpoint, it's good that you hear some external noise (cars) - keeps you safer.
     
  10. papbot macrumors 6502

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    That's one reason I really like the Plantronics Backbeats. They are not in the ear canal so you do hear some ambient noise. Also very light, essentially waterproof and once they're in place they don't slip or move at all. But not so good with the watch at least right now.With the phone there aren't any issues.
     
  11. Zxxv macrumors 68040

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    I don't think any headphones work on your left wrist. Mine work on my ears which are on my head. Have you seen a doctor about this as I can't ever remember seeing your story on tv or in the news. Are you still young and just coming to terms with having ears on your left wrist? and may I ask if you are older how does this effect other areas of your life, like sexual things and going to the toilet?

    /jk
     
  12. blasto333 thread starter macrumors regular

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    You made my day :)
     
  13. blasto333 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have tried a bunch of headphones and I am really sold on the back beat. They stay in nice and tight and don't have any removable parts. Just the one minor problem that I have to wear watch on right wrist when I run without phone.
     
  14. papbot macrumors 6502

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    That's why I'm not trying any others. These have so many good features and work perfectly with my phone, I'll just hope that an update may improve them with the watch. But for now I'm happy to use them with my phone. When I'm indoors I could pair them to the watch and just leave the phone in a locker
     
  15. gppittjk, Jul 8, 2015
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    Have you had any skipping problems when wearing your watch on your right wrist? I've been looking at the backbeats to upgrade from a cheap pair of BT headphones I got on Amazon. They work well, but I'd like slightly better sound and true sport-specific performance. If they backbeats don't skip (or at least, not prevalently) when worn on the right wrist, I'll probably buy them.

    EDIT: My current headphones work well overall, but skip fairly often when paired to a watch worn on my left wrist.
     
  16. FireWaterEarthAir macrumors member

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    So...are you guys talking about the Backbeat Fit, or the Backbeat Go 2? I don't see a model on Plantronics' website called the Backbeat Fit 2....
     

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