Pros: Versatile; Good performance as a speakerphone
Cons: Not very comfortable; Music sound quality is subpar
Verdict: Jabra tries to kill two birds with one stone with its headphone/speaker combo, but it just misses the mark.
Space-Age Design (Circa 1960)
The BT8030 headphones are a bit clunky; They'll look less like space gear if you have lots of hair to hide them. The matte-black plastic exterior has subtle silver trim and a very small LED on either side, and the inner part consists of very firm velour-covered padding that wasn't particularly comfortable and picked up tons of lint. The headband is adjustable, but getting a secure fit was difficult, given the headphones' considerable heft (10.9 ounces).
We had no trouble pairing the BT8030 with our Samsung P2 portable media player and our Motorola RAZR maxx Ve phone. The headphones support Bluetooth 2.0 with the AVRCP and A2DP profiles, so you can use them to control your music player, listen to music, and make calls. Press a pair of hidden buttons on the top part of the headband and the headphones unfold to become speakers. Range is typical for Bluetooth headsets, at about 30 feet.
Better Speaker Than Headphones
Using the BT8030 as headphones, we were appalled at the quality of acoustic jazz; cymbals and other high-frequency sounds in a 192-Kbps MP3 version of John Coltrane's "Blue Train" were ragged and swirly. We're used to the effects of Bluetooth's recompression, but the sonic flaws were even more apparent than usual with the BT8030. Other types of music that rely more on the low end and midrange--like rock and hip-hop--were far easier to listen to.
Jabra BT8030 Verdict
A good companion for music phones, the Jabra BT8010 rocks an innovative convertible design for use as a wireless headset or stereo headphones.
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|Accessories Type||Bluetooth Device|
|Size||1.5 x 0.7 X 0.5 inches|