These are the best Bluetooth headsets in 2009 as reviewed by CNET editors. We judge the top headsets with quality and performance as the most important criteria. We've also included a couple of stereo headsets to round out the list.
CNET Reviews staff
Plantronics Discovery 975
Editor's rating: 4
The good: The Plantronics Discovery 975 is a
unique Bluetooth headset that features multipoint, voice prompts, and
fantastic audio quality with good noise-canceling and wind-noise
resistance. It has a much improved charging case with a battery status
The bad: The Plantronics Discovery 975 has a hard-to-press multifunction button and the volume key is tiny.
The bottom line:Despite
its finicky controls, the Plantronics Discovery 975 is a stylish
headset with a comfortable fit, a great feature set, and excellent call
The good: The Plantronics Voyager Pro is a
comfortable headset with excellent sound quality. It has the best wind
noise handling of any Bluetooth headset we've tried to date. It's easy
to use and offers value for the money.
The bad: The Plantronics Voyager Pro is bulky and its retro design might turn off some people.
The bottom line:The
Plantronics Voyager Pro might not look like much, but it has the best
sound quality of any Bluetooth headset we've ever tried.
The good: The Aliph Jawbone Prime is a highly
fashionable headset with a snug fit, plus it has better
noise-cancellation and wind noise handling over its predecessor,
resulting in even better sound quality.
We're not thrilled with the hidden buttons on the Jawbone Prime, and
the singular volume button is a bit annoying. The volume is a little
softer than we would like at times. While it has excellent call
quality, you can get cheaper headsets that are on par or better.
The bottom line:The Aliph Jawbone Prime is a great Bluetooth headset that combines high style with high performance.
The good: The BlueAnt Q1 is a slim and stylish Bluetooth headset with an innovative voice user interface that lets you control the headset entirely with your voice. There's no voice recognition tutorial, and the audio quality is very good.
The bad: The voice controls on the BlueAnt Q1 sometimes would not work properly if the alignment is off or if you're in a particularly noisy environment. It takes some fiddling to fit the headset properly.
The bottom line: Despite a few minor issues, the BlueAnt Q1's voice controls and good audio quality sets this apart from other headsets.
The good: The Motorola Endeavor HX1's bone
conduction completely eliminates background noise when needed, while
the CrystalTalk noise-cancellation technology works well in most
everyday situations. It also has voice prompts and multipoint support.
We like the feel of the controls and the snug fit in the ear.
The Motorola Endeavor HX1's bone-conduction mode can result in poor
voice quality, and the HX1 might fit too deep in the ear for some.
The bottom line:Though
the call quality isn't perfect, the combination of bone conduction,
CrystalTalk, and other features make the Motorola Endeavor HX1 a
The good: The Sound ID 400 is a slim,
lightweight headset with excellent call quality, three
personal-listening sound modes, multipoint technology, and a
comfortable fit. It has an environmental awareness mode that lets you
hear your surroundings without taking off the headset. It is also
compatible with Sound ID's Remote Microphone.
The Sound ID 400 has skinny buttons and we would've liked a dedicated
volume rocker. The environmental mode has a bit of a buzz in the
The bottom line:The Sound ID 400 is a comfortable headset with excellent sound quality and plenty of features.
The good: The Nokia BH-905 has a comfortable
design, very good noise canceling, excellent audio quality, and it
comes with an array of audio connections in case your device does not
have stereo Bluetooth.
The bad: The active noise canceling on the Nokia BH-905 can take a second or two to activate. It's also very expensive.
The bottom line:In terms of audio quality and comfort, the Nokia BH-905 is certainly one of the best stereo Bluetooth headsets out there.
The good: The Samsung SBH-600 stereo Bluetooth headset fits very comfortably on the ear and has excellent audio quality. We also like the 3.5-millimeter headset jack that lets you use it with non-Bluetooth devices.
The bad: The Samsung SBH-600's call quality could be improved.
The bottom line: Though it doesn't have the best call quality, its comfortable fit and fantastic audio quality makes the Samsung SBH-600 one of the best stereo Bluetooth headsets for listening to music.
The good: The Jabra Stone has a one-of-a-kind
design that combines a headset with a portable charger. The headset
fits easily over the ear and is small enough not to be noticed.
Features include multipoint technology and A2DP streaming.
The Jabra Stone's controls are difficult to use; we wish it had a
snugger fit; and the call quality could be improved. It also fits
around only the right ear.
The bottom line:While
we love the style, portability, and feature set of the Jabra Stone, it
does suffer from a few design and performance issues.