Originally Posted by james444
Thanks for the heads-up! Yep, I don't care much for that kind of design, but will probably still try it out of curiosity for the sound quality.
So I've had the SBH80 for a few days and surprisingly I liked the 'behind-the-neck' design much better than expected. Everything about the neckband and the button layout seemed very well thought out. The only thing I found missing was a carrying case, because even though you'll mostly leave the headset just there around your neck, at some point you'll need to stow it away and that's when things get a bit awkward with that kind of design.
Soundwise, there's little to complain about, they're very smooth and refined, though still a little bit too bassy for my taste (and maybe a smidgen too polite in treble). I ended up EQing their bass by -5db in quiet surroundings and by -2db outside, as well as their treble by +2db, regardless of environment. These rather small corrections for outside show that they're already excellently tuned for on-the-go use right out of the box.
The main reason why I didn't keep the headset in the end, was that it offers pretty much the same sound quality as my old BT-rig (Samsung HS3000 with short-cabled, EQed IE8), but the IE8 can be worn over-ear and stowed away more easily. Nevertheless I think the SBH80 are easily recommendable to anyone who's looking for a stellar sounding aptX BT-headset with very well thought out design.