The latest pair of active-style, Bluetooth earphones to hit the market is Sony's DR-BT160 Wireless Stereo Headset, which comes in two models: the $130 BT160AS, which includes just the headphones, and the $180 BT160IK, which also throws in an iPod adapter. It's a pricey solution, but those who can get a good fit will be rewarded with good wireless sound quality.
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About fit: the Sony DR-BT160 headphones are not adjustable, so it is going to be an issue for some users. This reviewer, with her abnormally small ears, certainly had a problem getting the headset to feel secure and comfortable. Other testers had better results, though.
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Sony includes three sets of silicone eartips to help you achieve a seal with the ear. The sleeves are color-coded to help you determine size--a first, that we've seen.
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The Bluetooth power and control modules are somewhat triangular in shape and rest behind each ear. The bottom of the left module houses a power-input port, while a call answer button resides on the bottom of the right module.
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The right module also houses the controls: a pairing button, a power key, and a joystick that adjusts volume and skips tracks. The joystick may also be pressed in to play or pause tracks; this particular control is a bit awkward, but other than that, we found the toggle handy and responsive.
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On the sound quality front, the Sony DR-BT160 headphones fair very well. Music sounds good, with nice mids and good clarity, with a reasonable amount of high-end detail. Bass response is not thumping, but there is a present low end. Call quality is only so-so.
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