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  1. #61  
    Well, I'll weigh in here. I bought the Scala-500 first. My first bluetooth headset. With no expectations, I was pretty disappointed. Volume from my Sprint Treo650 was only fair, quite a few pops and whistles in my ear and about 25% of the time the person on the other end complained of low volume and echo. Pickup was slow, too. Two or three rings on an incoming call and 10 secs or more to catch when making an outbound call. I will say that the Scala-500 with the ear loop was very comfortable and lightweight. I often drive for hours and really forgot the thing was on my head. The geek factor was a little troublesome. I suppose you younger guys can get past this aspect a little easier than I, but I was always a little self concious walking into the local Starbucks with this little Star Trek Uhurua special stuck on my head.

    Learned a few things. Most importantly, a 2.4GHz environment (Wi-Fi, cordless phones) had a very deterimental effect on performance. Rendered the thing just about useless at home with both offending items blasting away. Pretty close to useless at work, where the WiFi cloud used in our warehouse is about strong enough to fry eggs on the counter. Still in all, when in my car, the Scala-500 worked pretty well.

    After reading a few posts here and falling for the seductive call of "If it's twice as expensive, it must be twice as good", I just bought a HBH-660. Very slick looking unit. Lessens the geek factor a bit. The little LCD display is more of a curiousity for me in that I tend to either be wearing the unit or have it shutdown and stashed away. Still, pretty neat. It is not as near as comfortable as the Scala-500. A little heavier, the ear loop just wrong for my ears and microphone end tended to press against my face. I don't want to overstate this too much, however. It was still comfortable enough. The performance was mixed. The HBH-660 was much better at connecting when asked. Almost instant pickup on an incoming call and almost instant connection on an outgoing one. The volume in the earpiece was about the same as the Scala-500. The microphone volume seems to be quite a bit less than the Scala-500. Very clear, however.

    I bought the HBH-660 with the intention of getting the SlicSounds pieces and hope that will finally get the volume problem solved.

    I'd have to say that at this point (without the SlicSounds), I give a slight edge to the Scala-500. Comfortable, acceptable performance and relatively inexpensive.

    So, I guess it still comes down to personal preferences. I am going to stick with the HBH-660 for now, but I am keeping my eyes open for something better.
  2. #62  
    Based on the considered opinions in these threads, I purchased my Treo 650 with an HBH 660. Not cheap, but very slick: I find it has good volume and transfers rapidly from the Treo.The little LCD is overkill, although it has a good battery life indicator.

    I have a hearing problem (age related I'm afraid) and in noisy situations I had a lot of trouble hearing callers using the earpiece on the Treo 270 (now on eBay) and also the Treo 650. The HBH 660 resolves that issue, is comfortable to wear and not to geeky.
  3. #63  
    picked up the HBH 660 yesterday and am VERY pleased with the volume and sleekness of it. I tried out my sister's Motorola 820 and that was too low. So this is what I am comparing it with. Does using the jabra ear gels and slick sound add ons make that much of a difference?
    hmmm....still thinking if it is even worth it to buy them
  4. #64  
    I think you should try the ear gels since they are a cheap investment. They make the 660 fit your ear as well as it performs. You can remove the ear loop and the boost in sound from the ear gels makes them a perfect compliment to the 660. It's like the two were made for each other.
  5. #65  
    Ok, made the move and ordered a 660 from Dan's on ebay -- $85 shipped.... Where's the best place to get the ear gels?
  6. #66  
    After wasting my money on the Jabra 250 (crackly) and BT800 (huge delay transferring incoming calls), I can tell you to buy the Sony Ericsson HBH-660. I have been using it for 24 hours (about 30 calls, both incoming and outgoing, in the car, in the office, at home and on a noisy street). It works perfectly. Transfer is close to instant. All four Treo 650 headset settings work as they should (although "disable" really ought to be called "manual" - transfering is not disabled - you just have to press the button on the headset to make it happen) Comfortable and light. Clear and loud enough (I will try the gels because I was straining to hear on the noisy street). Gets my vote!
  7. #67  
    Quote Originally Posted by Joebar
    Ok, made the move and ordered a 660 from Dan's on ebay -- $85 shipped.... Where's the best place to get the ear gels?
    Radio Shack for the clear ones. They are easier to put on than the colored ones also.
  8. #68  
    Just wanted to add to the (limited) posts about the Bluespoon AX. I read the many comments posted here about headsets and since I prefer to make calls sans *****, I went for the bluespoon. It's darn small, comes with a handy neckstrap that holds on like glue when you're not using it, and has the ingenious little "tail" doodad that holds it in your ear without needing a clip or clamp or whatever. When the Treo rings you get the Twilight Zone in your ear (no really - doo dee doo doo) and all my callers have no issues with sound quality in the car or otherwise. The size was the selling point, and all the other points were just a bonus! I highly recommend it! Just my 2 -- Regards, Kurt
  9. #69  
    But the Bluespoon is so ugly (IMHO).
  10. #70  
    I would agree the original (and really weird) clear Bluespoon that everyone seems to have reviewed was kind of .. well....icky. But the one I have is jet black with a cool blue/red led in the center, and volumne up/down buttons on the top/bottom. It reminds me of a slightly plumper version of one of those led keychain lights. I'm just glad it is really small and doesn't look totally ridiculous when you're using it! Again, my 2 It also works very well with my powerbook and iChat/Skype.
  11. #71  
    For my money, the best headset/carkit I've owned is the Anycom Blue HCC-110 Bluetooth Headset and Car Kit. Got it on buy.com for about $115.00 or so. It's the only headset/carkit I've seen that is both a headset and handsfree kit. We bought 12 of them for our techs out in the field and they love them. Very light weight, good battery life, and the ability to go from handsfree to headset (and vice-versa) on the fly is very convenient. You can check it out at http://www.buy.com/retail/product.as...0&loc=101&sp=1
  12. #72  
    I've tried the HBW 660, BT-250, Scala 500 and the Moto 820. In my opinion the 660 and the 820 have the best sound quality of the four and seem to have less static. The 660 works better with the Treo 650 then the 820 in that you don't have to activate the headset before you make a call. Both pickup calls quickly. Both very comfortable to wear. The 660 is louder than the 820 and because of the design you can't add a Slic sound or Jabra ear gel to it.

    The BT250 and the Scala both work well witht the Treo 650 and the sound quality is tolerable just not as good as the 660 or 820. Also I found both the BT250 and the Scala had more statics.
  13. #73  
    Quote Originally Posted by Joebar
    Ok, made the move and ordered a 660 from Dan's on ebay -- $85 shipped.... Where's the best place to get the ear gels?
    i just got the slicsounds (slicsound.com) and omg they are awesome! on the lowest setting it's loud enough for me to use in the car or on a busy street. amazing!
    Truth is good, knowledge is power and it's the second mouse who gets the cheese
  14. #74  
    Quote Originally Posted by ivyrose
    i just got the slicsounds (slicsound.com) and omg they are awesome! on the lowest setting it's loud enough for me to use in the car or on a busy street. amazing!
    Yes, but aren't they obscenely UGLY!???
  15. #75  
    Quote Originally Posted by nchargreed
    Yes, but aren't they obscenely UGLY!???
    umm if they're in your ear, you can't really see them. heh, besides having a bluetooth headset kinda knocks down your "coolness" factor anyways
    Truth is good, knowledge is power and it's the second mouse who gets the cheese
  16. #76  
    Quote Originally Posted by ivyrose
    umm if they're in your ear, you can't really see them. heh, besides having a bluetooth headset kinda knocks down your "coolness" factor anyways
    Yeah, I guess I'm a sucker for the "wow" factor. I've never covered my smartphones with inhibiting cases because it takes away from their natural "oooh...aahhh" status.

    I like all my geeky gadgets to look cool, as they are lying on the conference table.

    I did it, though, I bought the doggone slicsounds. I guess if I can't get used to looking at my precious 660 with a hideous growth protruding from the earpiece, I will only be out 15 bucks!
  17. #77  
    Quote Originally Posted by ivyrose
    i just got the slicsounds (slicsound.com) and omg they are awesome! on the lowest setting it's loud enough for me to use in the car or on a busy street. amazing!
    Cool, I ordered some yesterday.. Lookin forward to mating them with my soon to arrive 660. <cue the porn music>
  18. #78  
    Curious to know if anyone has tried installing the "car-kit" handsfree update, and then using the BT800 or other non-compatible headset.
  19. #79  
    I'm gonna have to let you know that my Moto 850 somehow got crippled so that it doesn't go into pairing mode anymore and iwll not work with any other phone. The guys at the cell shop blamed it on my CDMA T650. I'm waiting for dumbass motorola to return the HS850 back to me.
    Can an intelligence create another intelligence more intelligent than itself? Are we more intelligent than the evolutionary process that created us? In turn, will the intelligence that we are creating come to exceed that of its creator?


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