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LG's Tone Ultra Bluetooth stereo headset rocks, but price disappointsWith a little help form JBL, the LG Tone Ultra wireless stereo headset gets a design and sound quality upgrade -- along with an unwelcome price bump.
Hi. I'm David Carnoy and I'm gonna give you a quick tour of the LG Tone Ultra. This is also referred to as the HBS 800. And it is the third generation of LG's popular tone-stereo Bluetooth headsets. This model is more of a departure from the previous two models. It has a new design, a couple of extra features and LG has partnered up with JBL to give it a JBL sound signature so it does offer improved sound. Some of the key difference is in the design, the headset now is bent a little bit so it rest more easily on your neck. This is designed to sit on your neck. It is a comfortable headset. It also has different shape buttons, the previous model had all circular button so it's a little bit harder to operate by feel. This one has, for instance, a call-answer and button that is shaped like a phone. And last but not the least, the cord has been thickened up a bit as well as the little piece that attaches it to the neck band all in all it's a more sturdy design and the cords don't tangle up as much. Another small design worth mentioning is the size of the LED light in previous models that was a kind of a bright light that pulsated and bother a lot of people. LG has reduced the size of it so it's only a small tiny light. One of the key feature additions of the headset is noise-cancelling technology, flip little switch and you're supposed to get some noise-cancellation didn't really notice the difference but that is a new key feature. This model like other tone models, the tips adhere magnetically to the front of the headset when they're not in use so they store there and that works well. It really is a nice design. In terms of cell quality is improved. This does offer bigger bass that was a little more clarity so all in all, fuller richer sound not a huge difference but definitely noticeable. And this offer good sound for an in- ear Bluetooth headphone. So when you add it all up, the Ultra is definitely the best version of the Tone Stereo Bluetooth headsets out there. But the only problem is its price tag. Right now at launch is going for right near its list price of $130, and when you have the earlier versions going for closer to $50. It's hard to justify the premium that you get for the added features in better sound and better design but when it does come down to price, this will definitely be a recommendable stereo Bluetooth headset. I'm David Carnoy. Thanks for watching.