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    Review: Seidio High End Retractable Earbuds Headset for the Treo 650

    Hi All,

    I'm just "stumbling" across this site now, and it seems to be chockful of the kind of information I enjoy reading about. I posted the following review at both TreoCentra and mytreo.net and had good feedback from both. Hopefully, this will be helpful to some of you.

    I've owned the above for about 2 weeks now and would like to submit - what I feel - is an even handed review.

    Available from and detailed specs about:

    http://www.seidioonline.com/ProductD...2SOVTR650%2DSL

    Features (per spec sheet):

    * Excellent Sound Quality - newest technological improvements have enabled us to makes this headset a large step above the rest. It handles heavy bass and wide ranges with the greatest of ease
    * Hands-free device doubles as a set of headphones
    * Cable retracts neatly back into housing with a gentle tug
    * It comes with a microphone, one touch button, retractable box, and in-line music and phone volume control.
    * Two clips available:
    o Clip on back of console
    o In-line rotating shirt clip
    * High-performance speakers for best sound quality
    o 15 mm Drive watts
    o Impedance is 32 amps
    o Sound level is 114 ?3 db
    * Light weight, comfortable in-the-ear design for discrete listening.
    * Plugs directly into your Treo 650 headset jack
    * 2.5 mm gold-plated L-shaped Stereo plug - Improves the Conductivity

    Playing Mp3s:

    * Listen to MP3s with nothing but the clear, crisp sound; no distortion
    * Adjust the MP3 music volume with in-line volume control

    Receiving Phone Calls:

    * One touch button to answer and end phone calls
    * Adjust phone volume with in-line volume control
    * Listen to phone conversations in both ear buds

    It all sounds really neat and handy - and by golly, for the most part, it is. It is a convergence device in the truest sense of the phrase. You can listen to MP3s or audible content in full stereo glory and answer your phone at the press of an easily reached button.

    I had the opportunity to listen to MP3s on both the high end as well as "regular" set of Seidio earbuds. Simply put, there was no comparison. I don't pretend to be an audiophile with a 20-20k hearing range, but the difference in dynamic sound was downright startling. I listened to Santana's "Black Magic Woman" and the Doobies "It Keeps You Running". Both bass and treble were much more distinct as was sound separation in the high end set. I also did a comparison with the the earbuds that came with my mini iPod - difference between the two was just as pronounced as with the regular Seidio buds.

    There are several other factors that make this headset stand out. First and foremost is the volume control wheel on the console. I found that by setting the wheel to its lowest volume level while simultaneously setting the Treo to its highest setting made for excellent sound control. Whether listening to music or talking on the phone, I never had to have the volume wheel set to more than half of its capacity. If you're a glutton for audio punishment, try cranking the volume up all the way. Though exceedingly loud, I couldn't hear any distortion - all sounds remained proportionately mixed and clear.

    Nice feature number two is the button available on the console to answer and disconnect calls. Works as advertised - nothing more, nothing less. No big deal, you might say, but I have a Plantronics M220 headset - which I paid about $30 for. It offers neither volume control nor answer button. It's so nice not to have to fumble with the handset itself to answer or disconnect the phone. Additionally, being able to listen to your conversation in both ears made a big difference in clarity - especially while driving.

    I have made many calls and always ask (as one is likely to do with a new headset) "Can you hear me now?" The answer has been a resounding "yes!" Though this model has an in-line microphone (as opposed to the boom mic on my 220), the sound is crystal clear on the receiving end.

    Nice feature number 3 is the retractability of the cord. Unlike other postings I have read, the cord both expands and retracts smoothly. No extra line to get tangled in the seatbelt or other places - roll your own length.

    Though very satisfied overall with this headset, I do see room for improvements. What I find annoying is that on the same headset made for the 600, the incoming ring tone will come through the earbuds; on the 650, it only comes through the phone's speaker itself. Another difference is that on the 600, returning to MP3 playback automatically disconnects the caller; again, a great feature not yet migrated to the 650 version. Neither of these features was a deal breaker for me, but it seemed silly not to have brought them to the newest Treo.

    What would I like to see integrated? I envision a complete MP3 control panel on the console itself - play, pause, stop, fast forward, etc - just as on most other MP3 players. Though not an engineer, I would guess that this would be possible.

    Is this headset worth $50? As always, this is a subjective call. To me, the convenience of the 2 in 1 combined with the well above average stereo sound, makes it a reasonably priced purchase.
    David

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    Re: Review: Seidio High End Retractable Earbuds Headset for the Treo 650

    Originally posted by dsilver
    on the same headset made for the 600, the incoming ring tone will come through the earbuds; on the 650, it only comes through the phone's speaker itself.
    This seems absurd. How am I supposed to know there's an incoming call if I'm listening to music with both ears? Isn't there some setting on the 650 that sends the ringer to the headset, or some utility that does this?

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    I'm sure is a setting on the TREO 650 or the player app that will send the sound thru to the headset.

    Maybe someone here can confirm that.


    But my 2nd question is why did you posting say $50 for the headset when it's $29 on the site. Am I looking at the right headset?
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    Music Enthusiast

    Originally posted by bfbf504
    But my 2nd question is why did you posting say $50 for the headset when it's $29 on the site. Am I looking at the right headset?
    Using the dropdown you can choose several varieties including the $49.99 "2-IN-1 MUSIC ENTHUSIAST EARBUDS HEADSET". p

    Perhaps, he was referring to that.

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    What drop down? I can't find one.

    Can you post a link?

    Thanks


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    Wait I see them now. I not sure is they have the enthusist for the 650 though. I'll have to call and ask.

    I hope. How can there be different headphone versions for the phones? Wouldn't it be the same thing?
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    Re: Re: Review: Seidio High End Retractable Earbuds Headset for the Treo 650

    Originally posted by mikewillnot
    This seems absurd. How am I supposed to know there's an incoming call if I'm listening to music with both ears? Isn't there some setting on the 650 that sends the ringer to the headset, or some utility that does this?
    Whether you are using Realplayer or Ptunes. The Music Application will stop, Thus notifying you that there may be an incoming call or that your Treo CRASHED..HA-HA

    Here's the link to the page

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    I called and asked and yes there is "2-IN-1 Music Enthusiast Earbuds Headset, Retractable" for the 650.

    And on the web page is says:
    "How to answer a phone call when listening to MP3s?

    The music will be interrupted once a call comes in. You can hear the ring tone through both earpieces (no sound from your Smartphone's speaker). Press the one-touch button above the microphone to answer the phone. You can hang up the phone by pressing the one-touch button again."

    SO there you go.

    I think I'm going to get them. I just wonder if anyone out there can help with the compairson between the "Music Enthusiast" 650 headset vs the Regular 2-IN-1 of the same type they offer?

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    Originally posted by bfbf504

    The music will be interrupted once a call comes in. You can hear the ring tone through both earpieces (no sound from your Smartphone's speaker).
    I'm pretty sure the 650 doesn't support hearing the RingTone through any headset ear piece. I think the 600 can. Unless there's some program out there. I Could be wrong...

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    Originally posted by ericp74
    I'm pretty sure the 650 doesn't support hearing the RingTone through any headset ear piece. I think the 600 can. Unless there's some program out there. I Could be wrong...
    I've been listening on earbuds to RealPlayer when the phone rang, and the music stopped. Let me see what happens with TCPMP..... that works, too.
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    Originally posted by johnbartley
    I've been listening on earbuds to RealPlayer when the phone rang, and the music stopped. Let me see what happens with TCPMP..... that works, too.
    I never said that didn't work.. and if you read all the post on this thread. I already said that the music or movie would stop..

    But do you hear the actual ringtone from your earbuds.

    i think not....

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