Peony Media Bluetooth MP3 Headphone review: Peony Media Bluetooth MP3 Headphone

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CNET Editors' Rating

2 stars Mediocre
  • Overall: 4.3
  • Design: 4.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 3.0
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The Good The Peony Bluetooth MP3 is an affordable multipurpose, two-way Bluetooth MP3 headset; plays MP3s, WMAs, and FM radio; has decent sound with strong bass response.

The Bad The Peony Bluetooth MP3 headset has very limited cell phone compatibility; no internal memory; glacially slow USB 1.1 file transfers; and short battery life. Plus, the headphones wouldn't connect to our test PCs via Bluetooth; are not compatible with DRM WMA files; and don't support ID3 tags or fit well enough for exercise applications. Finally, the included memory card has only a 64MB capacity.

The Bottom Line The Peony Bluetooth MP3 Headphone looks great on paper but falls short in practice. If you're looking for a stereo Bluetooth headset that works with both your MP3 player and your cell phone, consider the Plantronics Pulsar 590A instead.

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Peony Bluetooth MP3 Headphone

A handful of manufacturers has marketed one-piece MP3/FM headsets in the past, but the Peony Bluetooth MP3 Headphone is the first we've seen that combines those features with the capabilities of a hands-free Bluetooth cell phone headset, plus those of a two-way PC headset. Unfortunately, as appealing as the affordable Bluetooth MP3 Headphone's ($129) Swiss Army Knife assortment of features sounds, the device has numerous limitations that may prevent you from using it as intended.

The Peony Bluetooth MP3 Headphone has a wraparound design with foam-covered ear pads that rest on top of your ears. Although the headset is comfortable enough for sedentary applications, it's a bit bulky for active pursuits, such as jogging. Since the earpieces have a depth of nearly 1.25 inches each, they stick out quite a bit from the side of your head. Also, the memory card protrudes approximately 0.25 inch from its slot on the rim of the right-side earpiece. Style-conscious users should take note of these aesthetic drawbacks. Unfortunately, the headset isn't collapsible for easy storage. In addition to the headphone/MP3 player combo, Peony includes a USB cable, an outlet charger, a printed quick-start guide, and a CD-ROM with a full version of the manual.

The Peony Bluetooth MP3 headset's controls, USB port, and SD/MMC card slot are all located on the right earpiece. On the outside of this same earpiece, you'll also find a small but adequate 1-by-0.5-inch text display that's used for navigating device features and music. The intuitively arrayed controls comprise volume up/down, skip forward/backward, and mode buttons, as well as a play/pause key that's used to receive incoming cell phone calls. The headset doesn't offer any additional cell phone control capabilities, such as redial. The mode button toggles between the device's four main modes, which include MP3/WMA playback, FM radio, Bluetooth phone, and Bluetooth audio.

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Peony Media Bluetooth MP3 Headphone

Part Number: Pmh-100

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