Motorola S9 Black Neckband Headsets

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Great sound, and never miss a phone call!

Aug 19, 2008
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Pros:Ability to bind with multiple devices, ease of use, sound quality

Cons:Lack of adjustment abilities, could have a little more bass

The Bottom Line: These are a great set of headphones that allow for use with multiple bluetooth devices, and come with an iPod adapter!


So, a friend of mine comes up to me with his new iPhone, and says that he can't figure out how to make these headphones work with it. Well, if he had read the directions, he would have had it up and running in minutes. However, it did give me the opportunity to play with them. After that, I had to have my own pair. Darn him... my wife is going to kill me yet.

Anyway, the Motorokr S9 headphones when paired with the D650 adapter will turn your iPhone, iPod Touch, or any other dock-enabled iPod into a great sounding wireless headphone system!

A couple of things that I was concerned about before my purchase, which I will cover now.

Question: I have an iPod touch, but I also have a Motorola KRZR cell phone. Would it work with BOTH of them, at the same time?

Answer: YES! Well, overall... you bind it to your cell phone FIRST, and then to the iPod. You can be listening to your iPod, and when you get a phone call, the S9 will switch over to your phone.

Question: Can I wear these while driving and use them for hands-free cell phone usage?

Answer: YES! One of the nicer things about these (even though some people have complained about it) is the fact that 1) it lets ambient noise IN, meaning that you can be listening to your music while having a conversation or driving. However, when it goes into cell-phone mode, the cell phone is activated in the LEFT ear only, and the right ear is shut off. This maintains legality about cell phone conversations while driving, and since it lets ambient noise through, it's still safe to drive because you can still hear road noise, horns, etc.

Question: How many bluetooth devices can I bind to the device?

Answer: Up to 5! If you bind a 6th one, the first one you bound will "fall off". Keep that in mind if the first one was your cell phone....

Question: How is the bass response, etc.?

Answer: Once I rotated the ear cups (it comes with 3 sizes, you can pick the ones that best fit your ear canals), I found that bass response were sufficient, and the highs were very crisp. Keep in mind, I like my EQ set "Flat", so I'm hearing the music the way it was recorded. If I were listening to a lot of rap or something, where I wanted a lot of bass, I would probably look at a different product. Don't get me wrong, for jazz, accoustic, rock, they're GREAT. But fiddling with the EQ on my iPod didn't seem to make a greatly noticable difference in the lower frequencies. **Note** I have found that the "tighter" the ear cups fit into your ears, the better the bass response. I may try switching ear cup sizes again to see if I can get them in a little more snug.

Question: How about batteries? Do I have to have yet ANOTHER charger for stuff?

Answer: The great news is, it's rechargable. According to the specs, it will give you about 6 hours of music or 7 hours of phone time. Of course, your results will vary, depending mainly on how loud you have them. The charging is great though... because it uses a standard mini-usb port. This was another feature that sold me on the product, because my cell phone and blackberry both charge with the mini-usb. So, I can charge it with my computer, or any of the mini-usb chargers I already have for other devices. Of course, it comes with a home charger.

Question: How do you control it?

Answer: Controls are built into the ear pieces, and are pretty intuitive. Play/Pause, track forward and back are on the right earpiece. Volume up and down, and the Phone button are on the left. It's easy to remember, since the phone calls will come through the left earbud.

Question: How about comfort?

Answer: While the device does come with 3 sizes of ear cups, there aren't really any adjustments. I found that rotating the ear cups until I had the greatest comfort level helped. I wear glasses, so that was also a consideration. The unit goes behind your head, then over your ears and into them. They didn't cause me any discomfort with my glasses, in fact, if anything, they helped by holding the eyeglass temple pieces a little snugger to my head, keeping my glasses from slipping. The weight of the unit is about an ounce; so they're very lightweight.

Overall, I think I made a good purchase decision. It was worth my wife yelling at me, overall. (Smile) I have them with me at work today, which is making my co-workers happy, since I have some REALLY eclectic taste in music (Jass, japanese pop, folk, techno, you name it), and I think they're appreciating the quiet. Additionally, I've taken several regular phone calls to my desk phone, and didn't have to remove the headphones to hear the conversation (I did pause the music, however). I spent about 4 hours on the phone with a friend last night, who said that the sound quality of the phone call was excellent, and he was actually surprised to hear that I was on a hands-free headset. That in itself says a lot about the product.

Last bit of advice? Try one on first if you can. Having something around the *back* of your head and stuffed in your ears can take some getting used to. Also, the lack of adjustability may mean that they may pinch a little if you've got a larger cranium.


Recommend this product? Yes


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