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Sony DR-BT160AS Active Style Wireless Stereo HeadsetThe Sony DR-BT160 Active Style Wireless Stereo Headset allows for wireless audio streaming and music playback control with a compatible Bluetooth device. Sound quality is good.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> If you're a gym rat looking for a way to cut the cord between yourself and your MP3 player, then Bluetooth headphones are the thing to look at. I'm Jasmine France and I'm here with the Sony DR-BT160 Active Style Wireless Stereo Headset and yes that is quite a mouthful. But what this is is a Bluetooth headset and it comes in two model numbers that comes in the 160AS, which is the one I have here and the 160IK. Now the difference is the IK comes with an iPod adapter so that you can connect that to the bottom of your iPod and have a wireless experience with the iPod even though it doesn't have serial Bluetooth capability built-in. Otherwise, you can use this set with a device that does have a 2dp stereo Bluetooth built-in, such as the BlackBerry Storm that I have here. Now it has the active style behind-the-neck design. It loops over the back of the ear and then the module rests just behind and it's really light-weight and it does tend to stay in place as long as you get a good fit. It is not adjustable though, so if you know your ears are in odd shape, such as mine, you might not be able to get these to fit appropriately and securely. Now Sony does include a few sets of silicon ear tips in a variety of sizes and this is the first that we've seen it's actually color coded to let you tell the difference between sizes because it can be a little difficult to tell with these tips. Now about the two modules, they are kind of triangular in shape and they do fit nicely behind the ear and the last one you have the battery as well as the power port for charging. On the right one you'll find the majority of the controls. There's a Power button, a Pairing button and even a joystick which allows you to skip through tracks and adjust the volume and also Play and Pause tracks. Now if you can get a good fit with these you are gonna get good sound quality where music is concerned. We got clear audio with no dropouts or interference. However the call quality is only so-so. And the price is kind of high. You're gonna pay $130 for the set that doesn't come with the adapter and $180 for the one that comes with. So if you really wanna cut the cord between you and your music player at the gym that might be worth it for you. I'm Jasmine France and this has been the Sony DR-BT160 Headset. ^M00:01:54 [ Music ]