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Another unhappy customer - can't turn up volume
Comments about Sony Active Sports Bluetooth Headset Headphones - Black:
As several other reviewers listed, I can't get the volume up. When following the instructed steps, it just shuts off. My connection is solid. I have tried hitting the button in several configurations to no avail. The instructions say that some devices may not support this feature. I have an iPhone 5S. I'm guessing my device doesn't support it. If anyone has gotten it to work on a 5S, please advise. Otherwise, it's going back to the store.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Can't Increase Volume
from Indianapolis, IN 46220, USA
When pressing the button quickly and holding it down on the 2nd tap to increase volume, the ear buds turn off? I know I have "fat fingers" but this is ridiculous! HELP!!!
Love the sound, hate the button
from San Mateo, CA 94403, USA
Overall: I really like this headset for travel and exercise Pros: This headset is great for running - earbuds stay in my ears thanks to having so many options included in the box. The sound quality is good, and they easily paired with my Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia tablet. *AFTER* I finally figured out the button controls to increase the volume on the headset, I was able to watch a movie on my tablet on a flight with excellent sound quality and comfort. Cons: that button The single button control took me an hour to figure out. In the end, I found that using my fingernail to press it actually allowed me to feel the click. When I first started with it, I could successfully turn the headset off. And nothing else. Over and over! If you press the button about 100 times to "loosen" it up, it becomes easier to press and if you use your fingernail, you can finally sense the clicks. After doing so, I succeeded in using next track, previous track, and the ever-elusive volume up. I'd recommend to a friend, but I'd make sure to be there for the unboxing so I could show him/her how to control it.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Best bluetooth earbud !!!!!!
from Duvall, WA 98019, USA
These earbuds are great! The bluetooth works very well, great sony sound with the ability to receive calls and splash proof! The perfect head phones for the work out session.
Can't sync with Surface Pro 3 running 8.1 (bluetoo
I can't rate it yet... I synced it with my Phone but can't sync it with my Surface Pro 3 running Windows 8.1 using bluetooth... I am looking to return them if I can't find a solution...
Brilliant BT in-ear headset
I have used dozen of several headsets and Sony surprised me really positive for the long time. MDR-AS800BT in-ear headset is awesome. NFC and especially aptX support is the point. I'm really pleased to my purchase. They are even better than my 500â‚¬ Denon BT aptX over ear headset . Well done SONY, keep up good work.
Convenient Bluetooth Headset But Average Sound
from Los Angeles, CA
One of the great things about ear buds is that since they are designed to fit inside and seal the ear canal the bass response can easily approach a larger, more expensive pair of headphones. Iâ€™ve owned some good ear buds over the years including the non-Bluetooth Sony MDR-EX71SLA (for an amazingly low $23 and sounded superb) and the Sennheiser MM 70i (for $100; also good but not actually as impressive on the low end as the Sonyâ€™s). So they are my frame of reference for comparing the MDR-AS800BT. BUILD The headset is designed with an active lifestyle in mind so it has a sporty but somewhat high-end look. The ear budâ€™s housing seems a bit obtrusive and protrude from the ear more than I would prefer. Due to their larger size I frequently felt like they were going to fall out (I will admit that I have smaller than average ear canalsâ€¦according to my former Ear Throat and Nose doctor). The headset is also splash proof so sweat and picking up a bit of condensation sitting in the shower room should not affect them. They are NOT submersible however. BASIC FEATURES & SETUP Paring the headset to my Android device was very easy using the NFC function. It was almost as easy for my iPhone but just involved a few more clicks. The headset can also be used to take phone calls. All of the functions of the unit are handled by one button on the right ear bud housing which seems a bit strange to me. In my situation once the headset was inside my ear I had to fumble to locate the multi-function button, which usually resulted in the ear bud falling out. It seems like putting the control on the adjustment band would be better. I do really love NFC though. The adjustment band contains the NFC sensor and by touching it to your mobile device it automatically powers up the headset and connects. Very simple! SOUND Hereâ€™s where the news gets bad. In comparison to my previous ear bud experience I was extremely disappointed with the AS800BTâ€™s sound quality. There was way too much high end and no matter what EQ preset used on the iPhone or Android devices I could barely get rid of enough high-end to produce a balanced sound. Everything sounded, for lack of a better word â€œsizzily.â€� And conversely they didnâ€™t have enough oomph (again, for the lack of a better word) in the bass region. CONCLUSION While the headset seems to be a perfect match for an active lifestyle and the Bluetooth worked flawlessly, it was definitely not a pleasant listening experience. I also feel that the ear bud housing is unusually large and may not easily stay in place inside of some peopleâ€™s ears when involved in vigorous exercise. Used first as mobile headset and second for enjoying music it will perform fine. But as your main earphones for music listening the sound quality, I do not believe, is acceptableâ€"certainly not at this price pointâ€"and especially considering we live in a world that craves bass.
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STYLISH LISTENING FREEDOM
from Suburb of New York
I had been using my Android tablet propped up on the book holder bracket of our elliptical trainer and my phone in a pocket on the elliptical's "dashboard". Turning up the tablet's volume to listen to music or to audio books wasn't working for me, but plugging in conventional earphones usually left me tangled in the cord. Not a serious problem, however I was open to a better solution - a Bluetooth wireless headset. I chose Sony's MDR-AS800BT Active Sports Bluetooth Headset, the black one, and I'm enjoying it. Like most of Sony's home audio products, the MDR-AS800BT is a sophisticated, pleasing design that is multifunctional and quite comfortable (literally). Sony engineers seem to have taken the ergonomics very seriously, they've accommodated two different ways to wear the headset: "easy fit" in-the-ear, with the cord hanging down and then behind the neck; or, "secure fit" over-the-ear, with the cord secured with a band at the back of the neck for very active-user wearing. Sony has included three sizes of ear fittings and four sizes of silicon earbuds for customizing the fit, even a small zippered case to keep it all together. There are so many pieces in this product, maybe Sony should have called it a "kit," see my photo below. Either way, since it is sweat- and splash-resistant I don't worry about abusing it. Although I doubt it's meant for swimming or showering. Unexpectedly, the way the MDR-AS800BT came in the box fits me well. I suppose my wife might want to change the fittings or earbuds for herself - if she can pry it out of my hands. After an initial charging, about 2 hours using the included micro-USB cable, the MDR-AS800BT paired with my Xperia Tablet Z by touching each of the two Near Field Communication (NFC) logos together, which ought to work with most NFC-capable devices, such as a smart phone, music player, tablet. The headset's NFC logo is on the bulge in the cord. The right-hand earpiece has the action, besides the charging port there's a multi-function button to accept calls with and also to adjust volume, play, pause, and skip tracks. A built-in microphone in that earpiece allows talking on the phone. The printed/folded/multi-language Quick Start Guide in the box didn't cut it for me. I much preferred Sony's comprehensive and useful Help Guide for this product at: http://helpguide.sony.net/mdr/as800bt/v1/en2/print.html Also, I strongly suggest that you at least scan it and familiarize yourself with the Help Guide before setting up this headset. This Guide has especially valuable information if you intend to use more than one Bluetooth device or if you have any issues with controlling Bluetooth devices from the headset. One reason is that there are variant Bluetooth versions that affect how a device might operate. The native version in the MDR-AS800BT is Version 3.0, which specifies wireless streaming at up to 30 feet line-of-site, however I've noticed that in my home I can walk out of a room and even switch floors without losing the connection! In my initial set-up experimentation between the MDR-AS800BT and my Xperia Tablet Z, I needed to tweak some of the Tablet's Bluetooth and Sound settings. For example, in the Tablet's Profiles, I turned ON Phone Audio and Media Audio. In the Tablet I put the Settings/Volumes/Music slider full to the right, and in the Walkman app's Headphone Settings I turned ON the Common Settings/Dynamic Equalizer to get the fullest volume. Sound-wise, the MDR-AS800BT uses closed-back 6mm dome drivers with a hi-fi frequency range. I set up my Xperia Tablet Z to communicate with the MDR-AS800BT so that I could play music tracks from Sony's Walkman app while exercising. So far, I've listened to Folk/Pop, some jazz, some serious classical music, audio books and podcasts - they all sound rich and pleasing across the spectrum. I find my headset does an excellent job with the human voice in audio book narration and podcasts for instance. Better than I had expected. Sony's Active Sports Bluetooth Headset has proven to have everything I was looking for - good sound, great fit, extensive connectivity, ease-of-use, and style. Getting all of this in an affordable package is a treat. Highly recommended.
from Brooklyn. N.Y.
I love sony.The only wire is the ones that connect the ear buds together. Nfc works great then you can answer any phone calls. I love it and
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Fantastic sound quality with audio that skips
Firstly the positive: The sound quality is awesome! I have had Bose, Klipsch and B&O. These ear-buds blow them out of the water. They are extremely comfortable and I love wearing them. They are understated yet classy, something only Sony can pull off. The battery life is good and the NFC pairing works like a charm. Now the negative: And this is a big one! Every other song skips! This happens regardless of the bitrate or the file format. And, its disappointing that this happens with my Xperia Z3. Sony should ensure flawless comparability with their phones. And, the battery indicator feature is available on iOS but not on Xperia phones. Come on guys! To summarize, the audio quality is fantastic but the songs will skip every single time. :-(
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