The Jabra BT530 Bluetooth Headset is probably as good as it gets right now in terms of features and performance for this type of device. Why? Well the audio is excellent, not only because of the noise cancellation technology (I don’t know about ‘noise blackout’, but for once people can hear me while outside on a windy day) but also because it delivers reasonable sound from music files.
When I’m cycling I tend to use a single ear headset rather than stereo so I can catch the sound of a bus about to squish me before it happens, and this is the first headset I’ve tried which has delivered a half decent sound from my music player phone. Of course it’s never going to beat stereo, but it’s good enough for me and Mr Safety First.
The sound is also aided by the fact that the earpiece is actually a good shape, and more importantly, the hole is a decent size which allows more of the audio to emerge. These headsets with pinhole sound holes are ridiculous, especially after they’ve been smeared with a bit of ear wax – yeuwww! Couple the sound quality with the ungainly looking but very effective over ear bracket and it makes for a very comfortable and practical headset all round.
The control system is also well thought out. The twin buttons for volume, and single middle silver button to take and end calls are all well spaced out which makes them less of a clumsy affair. I’ve had headsets in the past where I spent ages trying to work out which button was which, not good. Finally, I like the simple standard USB charging port. No fiddly proprietary sockets here, just slap it into the side of your laptop to charge and you’re good to go. All in all this is a nice product all round and definitely should be top of your list of headsets to look at if you’re in the market.
Destroy unwanted sound with Noise Blackout The Jabra BT530 is the first Bluetooth headset with Noise Blackout. Unique amongst wireless hands-free headsets, it provides background noise elimination – without any compromise on natural voice quality. Dual microphones, coupled with advanced DSP technology, identify the source of sound – and then enhance your own voice, and obliterate peripheral noise.