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Recommended Headset for DC... and Apple Control headsets?!

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valaraukar
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Recommended Headset for DC... and Apple Control headsets?!

Hello.

I've been using DC for a while, and love it. I usually listen to podcasts while I go about my daily chores, and find the occasional phone call in between problematic. I need to fish the phone out of my pocket, yank out the in-ear earbuds, and so on. Plus people around me love to talk to me WHILE I'm listening to something, so the ability to pause would be great. Hence, my search for a compatible headset (ie, earbuds + microphone).

Since my primary use for the headset is DC, I'd love to hear what people find works, and what doesn't. I'm looking for wired headsets, but if somebody has a great bluetooth to recommend, do let me know.

One immediate concern I have is whether the Apple control headsets work with DC, or my phone in general. Some reviewers say that volume control buttons don't work with Android, but the mic and pause button do work. Some reviewers says the mic in some Apple control headsets (eg, Etymotics) don't work at all. Volume control isn't terribly important, though I would love to be able to skip back a few seconds.

I'm running Cyanogen 6.1 Froyo on HTC Desire.

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I have 2 headsets to recommend. Both have a "pause button/mic" and work well with my Droid X

Motorola EH25. This headset has the larger round ear buttons that just sit in you ear like the ones that come with an ipod.

Motorola EH20. This headset is the type that goes into the ear canal and shuts out external sound.

I use both. Most of the time I use the EH25 which I find more comfortable and I want external sounds to be heard. For the time when I want more sound isolation, I use the EH20's.

Both headsets can be found on the internet for less that $20

valaraukar
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Thanks Jim. The in ear type

Thanks Jim.

The in ear type earbuds are the only type that fits me, so that's kind of a requirement.

One thing that isn't clear to me is the compatibility of the Apple Control labelled headsets with my phone (HTC Desire) and DC. Most of the higher end headsets seem to carry the Apple Control label, and I have no clue if the controls work with my setup. Most reviewers say the mic and pause button works, but not the volume controls. At least one reviewer on Amazon said the Etymotics mic doesn't work either with a bunch of Android phones. Hence my confusion.

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Off topic a bit, but I

Off topic a bit, but I installed a Clarion CZ500 stereo in my truck and it bluetooths (is that a verb) well to Doggcatcher (I run development Cynaogen 7 nightlies on my HTC dinc). I don't try anything too exotic aside from starting/stopping DC from the head unit.

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I've been using the

I've been using the WirelessFinest headset hands-free adapter with my Motorola Droid and DC for about a year, and it's been great. It's a mic/volume slider/pause button that you plug into your phone. Then, you can plug the earphones/headphones of your choice into this device. It's available on Amazon for $8.95 plus shipping. There's a sturdy clip on the end that has the microphone, etc., so you can attach it anywhere. I clip it to the neck of my shirt, so the mic is always near my mouth, and the pause button is easy to reach to pause DC and answer a phone call.

Joe

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Thanks

Thanks for the recommendations.

From my limited research, it seems sadly that there are no real choices for Android users among high end headsets. They all feature three button controls, which are compatible with "all iPhones, and some smart phones". Some manufacturers may mention that the microphone is compatible with all smart phones, some don't. Some, like Etymotics, may not work with Android phones. I can't get confirmation, either way.

Another thing which gives me pause is that headsets seem about 50% more expensive than the equivalent headphones. Beyond a certain point, this just seems overly excessive.

I would have liked to use DC's controls (rewind, especially) via the headset. Sometimes you lose track of where you are in a long podcast and the ability to rewind 10-20 seconds is useful. Skipping tracks isn't that important, to me.

However, since I have been unable to find a headset or headset adapter with compatible controls, I've settled on AudioTechnica's microphone adapter.