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Review of Bluetooth-headset Sony Ericson HBH-DS970. Device for real music lovers

Bluetooth-headsets give not so many opportunity for engineers, as mobile phones themselves, where they can embed almost everything. But there is some part of buyers, who purchase a gadget because of some bonus. The headset of Sony Ericsson HBH-DS970 is aimed not only at communication, but also at constant listening to music. So lets look at it in practice.

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Sales package. The white-and-orange box contains the headset, many user guides, several spare cover to the earphones and paunchy grey plastic case. It is right thing, because to carry headset with a wire in the bag or in the pocket isnt comfortable. It often becomes entangled with keys, money, chewing gum All in all, the case comes in handy.

Sony Ericsson HBH-DS970

Appearance. We have no doubt, that the casing of the headset from Sony Ericsson should be coloured in orange and house the green emblem. So, in its shape the gadget more resembles MP3-player and manufacturer underlines this resemblance. The oval elongate casing is hanging on the black strong strap with the length regulator.

Sony Ericsson HBH-DS970

Sony Ericsson HBH-DS970

The front panel is of the same colour. It is glossy, has a small display with backlight and play/pause button.

Sony Ericsson HBH-DS970

Sony Ericsson HBH-DS970

Sony Ericsson HBH-DS970

In the top or right side (it depends on the way you holding the headset) locates the emblem of Sony Ericsson, on the left Walkman emblem. On the bottom edge we see volume rocker key and soft-button, that is used to connect the device with another gadgets equipped with Bluetooth.

Sony Ericsson HBH-DS970

The edge panel houses reverse key, that moves you from one track to the next or the previous one in the MP3-player mode.

Sony Ericsson HBH-DS970

Near the wire slot locates power button.

Sony Ericsson HBH-DS970

And at last, on the rear panel we see inscription Sony Ericsson and charger slot.

Sony Ericsson HBH-DS970

The ear buds have rubberized tips. The left wire households receive button, the right one - microphone. The regulator in the plug allows to fix the necessary length of the wire.

Sony Ericsson HBH-DS970

In general, the design can be called almost the best one. It is simple, but contains built quality and style.

Control features of Sony Ericsson HBH-DS970. To make work with the headset more pleasant and handy you should just get used to wear it correct. If you do it, the receive button is on the left and you have not to look for it feeling the wire all over. This device has an advantage over those, that are put into ears. You can jerk hands and head, spin, but the headset still reminds on you body, though the earphones can fall out. And they do it easily. Because of the construction, they sit firm, only when you pull them deep inside. But then you cant hear anything. The sale package ships with reserve rubberized covers of different sizes, but they cant help much.

From the other hand, many people decide to buy Bluetooth-headset, because of the absence of wires. Thats way the devices like this, is a matter of taste.

The work with keys creates no problem. But the reverse button demands only work with nail and without wet or greasy hands.

The weight of the model is not so big, as it is to be carried not on the head. but on the neck. Dimensions are optimal, and no one notices it under the sweater. The device fits palm, and fingers easy cope with buttons. The keys are located on the places, where the work with it is handy.

But you should be aware of the fact, that under the sun light the screen gets dark. In this case you can hardly make out, who calls you, what the battery charge is and number of a track.

Work quality. The manufacturer asks, not to separate the headset from the phone more than 10 meters and, of course, the less barriers, the better signal is. But in practice, 10m distance can hardly be covered, but still covered.

During the talk we didnt notice any shortcomings. The voice was distinct and seemed to be close (what is important) and without noises. The interlocutor proved to be also content.
The same story with music playing.

But, actually. The battery lasts not so long. While constant usage, the battery is able to work only half of a day.


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Targeted audience of Sony Ericsson HBH-DS970. The model is, without doubt, aimed at the music lowers. And thats not the point of age. Though the majority of the buyers, of course, will be young people. Also suitors of Sony Ericsson may purchase these accessory with pleasure, especially those, who prefer W- series. They expect approved and customary sound and performance quality.

Sony Ericsson HBH-DS970 is the good trade-off for those, who dont like attract attention of passers-by with odd device on the head, who dont like robot-like accessories and prefer something more moderate.

Specifications of the headset Sony Ericsson HBH-DS970:

  • Weight: 27g

  • Dimensions: 69x26x9mm

  • Work distance: up to 10m

  • Battery life: up to 6 hours in talk mode, up to 300 hours in standby mode

  • Connectivity; Bluetooth 2.0

  • Street price: approx 3000-4000 rub/ 115-154$

Conclusion. These classical gadget from Sony Ericsson will be undoubtedly in demand. The headset proved to be of a great quality, it has original, but severe design. It is handy to listen to music not only out of doors or in the transport, but also at home, when it is late and you dont want to awake your relatives. After you wire it with PC, you can listen you MP3 as much as you wish.

Only price seems to bewilder some customers, as it surpasses the average price. But in exchange for it you get more than the average device. Thats why everything is balanced.


  • High built-up quality

  • Good design

  • Voice dial


  • Uncomfortable earphones.

Written by Sophia Chayka,
Translated by Arina Urban.

Published 13 July 2007

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