Many people nowadays have headsets for their cellphones or for their computers in order to use Skype/VoIP or play online games. I have a headset that I use with my PC for Skype, instant messenger programs, listening to music, and an occasional game of Counter-Strike. I wanted a wireless headset so after doing some research I found that the Motorola Stereomoto HT-820 Bluetooth wireless headphones fit my needs perfectly as it could serve to work with both my Bluetooth enabled cellphone and notebook.
The Motorola Stereomoto HT-820 Box
What’s In The Box:
- Bluetooth Headset
- Motorola Charger
- Quick Start Guide
Contents of the Motorola Stereomoto HT-820 Box
These specs were taken from the Motorola website:
- Dimensions: Length: 165mm Width: 165mm Height: 63.5mm
- Weight: 100g
- Talk Time: Approximately 17 hours
- Music Time: Approximately 12 hours
- Standby Time: Approximately 500 hours
- Bluetooth Version 1.2
- Range: 10m (Class 2)
- Supports any OS but bluetooth dongle/card must be A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) compliant
- Supports pausing and changing tracks with AVRCP (Audio Video Remote Control Profile)
Setup was very easy when using the right bluetooth dongle/card. Before you begin, you must already have a bluetooth dongle or bluetooth card in your notebook. With that said, the Quick Start Guide says “Charge, Start Bluetooth, Pair, and Test/Use.” Basically that is all you have to do for the setup of the headset. However, I did have trouble with my IOgear GBU211 Bluetooth dongle. I contacted IOgear about the problem and was told that the Broadcomm bluetooth chip that the GBU211 has inside does not support A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile). However, I did eventually get A2DP to work with the GBU211 dongle, but it was very unstable. So I ended up purchasing the BlueTake BT007Si. The BlueSoleil software that comes with the BT007si bluetooth adapter recognizes both resources that the HT-820 has. Moreover, I use the same procedure to setup the HT-820 with my Motorola E815 cell phone. For connecting the Motorola HT-820 headset to computer and phone at the same time, all you have to do is turn on the headset, and the headset will connect itself to both devices.
BlueSoleil Software sees the HT-820’s AV Service and Headset Service
The design of the HT-820 is sleek and small. They conform to my head and they feel comfortable when wearing them. The special thing about the HT-820 is the controls that are on the headset. The left earpiece has the incalling switch between music/cell phone button and the volume control buttons. The right earpiece has the buttons for pausing and changing tracks. The right earpiece also has the microphone that is supersensitive. When I talk trough it, people can hear me very clearly. Of course, the best thing about the HT-820 is that it has no wires. When comparing the HT-820 to the Logitech Gaming Headset, all I have to say is that my desk looks cleaner because of the fact there’s no wires.
A look at the right earpiece
A look at the left earpiece
A look at the back of the headset
A comparison of the Logitech Gaming Headset to the HT-820
The performance of the HT-820 is quite amazing. I can play high quality stereo music while I walk around the house, and when paired with both my cell phone and laptop, if a call comes while I’m listening to streaming music, the HT-820 will beep in my ear until I answer the cell phone. When I get done with the call, I just push a button on the HT-820 and the music resumes. I’m able to achieve about forty to fifty feet of range from the computer when roaming with the headphones.
There are some things that I do not like about the HT-820. First, I cannot have A2DP on the upstream because of the Bluetooth Version 1.2 720kbps. So I have to switch to the Headset Service in BlueSoleil before I can talk on Skype or cell phone. This is a bluetooth software problem, not the HT-820. Switching to the Headset Service downgrades the audio to mono channel just like the single bluetooth earpieces run. Also, when I have the HT-820 paired with the phone, I cannot stream my MP3 songs that are on the phone to the headset. I have contacted Motorola about this, and Motorola said that there might be an update at some point to accomodate this feature on the HT-820.
If you are wanting a headset that is wireless and Bluetooth compatible, this headset is for you. The option of streaming music from your computer wirelessly while having the freedom to roam and and the same headset in conjunction with a Bluetooth phone is great. All in all, this is a great product from Motorola.
- Wireless Connectivity
- Great range
- Can pair with multiple devices at same time (cell phone and computer)
- Great sound
- No A2DP upstream