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UE900 Bluetooth connection. Receivers and cable?

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Dear fellow headphone geeks,

 

Let me start by introducing myself as this is my first topic here. I am a long-time lurker of the forum, bought and advised many people based on topics here, and am fascinated by the amount of knowledge present. Thank you for gathering so much research and personal opinions about every convincible product! I am a non-native English speakers, so I would like to apologize for any spelling mistakes in advance.

 

I am looking for a way to stream music to my Ultimate Ears UE900 IEM’s from my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – either music on the 64GB SD card, or trough Spotify. I want a Bluetooth connection in order to not suffer from cable-management issues while commuting the city, exercising, whatever really. I would like to be able to make phone calls through the receiver as well

 

I did some research, and according to my current plan I need to buy the following two things:

-          - A drastically shorter cable

-          - A Bluetooth receiver with aptX and a microphone

-           

The aptX part is rather limiting my options. However we are audiophiles, and while I realize that I’d be giving up some audio fidelity, I would like to have the best possible sound quality.

 

So far this is the best Bluetooth receiver I could find: http://www.myblueant.com/products/headphones/ribbon/. Do you guys have any opinion or experiences with it? How for example is the DAC? One reason I like the Note 3 is it’s excellent sound output.

 

So far I have been unable to find a shorter cable. If anybody does find one, I would greatly appreciate a link on where I can purchase one. Also, do cable quality differences really matter in terms of real-life audio quality?

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So far I have found these three receivers. There are few proper reviews though, and I am not sure which one is best for sound quality.

 

http://www.csr.com/htc-bluetooth-stereo-headphones

http://www.csr.com/blueant-ribbon-bluetooth-stereo-streamer

http://www.csr.com/freedom/featured-products/audio/samsung-hs3000

 

The HTC is wildly more expensive...

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Guys?

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I can't comment on shorter cable, unless you willing to cut and splice the original one shorter?  If your intention is to go wireless, most of the BT receivers will have mic and play/transport/volume controls thus maybe you can sacrifice your "blue" remote cable? :)  Or just use cable tie or tie wrap to shorten the length.

 

Now regarding receivers.  I can tell you this with certainty because I review and post about accessories/gadgets on XDA (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2192333) and tested a lot of wireless headsets and even one receiver (Antec GAIN).  If you want to retain SQ of your IEH, you need to use receiver with BT4.0 + aptX.  Just aptX by itself with BT3.0 will still degrade the sound.  Once you move to hardware supporting BT4.0 + aptX, you will not believe your ears.  The only exception is when manufacturer has their own DSP to decode and enhance the sound (like Plantrontics BackBeat Go2 or JayBirds BlueBuds X both of which use older bt stacks).  Anything less then BT4.0 will limit bandwidth and over compresses the sound.  On the other hand, I'm testing right now SMS Audio SYNC by 50 wireless headphones, and I'm blown away by a sound quality since they can be used both wireless and wired and there is hardly any differences and in both cases it's a very balance sound with the same low frequency bump, etc.  I found the same with another pair of wireless earbuds from Anker 4.0, using bt4.0 + aptX did wonders to the sound.

 

My point, I don't believe any of the choices you listed above support BT4.0.  So it doesn't matter they implement aptX, it will still sound awful.  Wait for new upcoming models since everybody will be switching to BT4.0 + aptX soon.

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Originally Posted by twister6 View Post
 

I can't comment on shorter cable, unless you willing to cut and splice the original one shorter?  If your intention is to go wireless, most of the BT receivers will have mic and play/transport/volume controls thus maybe you can sacrifice your "blue" remote cable? :)  Or just use cable tie or tie wrap to shorten the length.

 

Now regarding receivers.  I can tell you this with certainty because I review and post about accessories/gadgets on XDA (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2192333) and tested a lot of wireless headsets and even one receiver (Antec GAIN).  If you want to retain SQ of your IEH, you need to use receiver with BT4.0 + aptX.  Just aptX by itself with BT3.0 will still degrade the sound.  Once you move to hardware supporting BT4.0 + aptX, you will not believe your ears.  The only exception is when manufacturer has their own DSP to decode and enhance the sound (like Plantrontics BackBeat Go2 or JayBirds BlueBuds X both of which use older bt stacks).  Anything less then BT4.0 will limit bandwidth and over compresses the sound.  On the other hand, I'm testing right now SMS Audio SYNC by 50 wireless headphones, and I'm blown away by a sound quality since they can be used both wireless and wired and there is hardly any differences and in both cases it's a very balance sound with the same low frequency bump, etc.  I found the same with another pair of wireless earbuds from Anker 4.0, using bt4.0 + aptX did wonders to the sound.

 

My point, I don't believe any of the choices you listed above support BT4.0.  So it doesn't matter they implement aptX, it will still sound awful.  Wait for new upcoming models since everybody will be switching to BT4.0 + aptX soon.

Thank you for the advice! I didn't realise the bandwith differences between BT3 and BT4.0. The XDA thread is amazing, very informative.

 

But great that the sound quality with the headphones you are testing is so great. I will look into future BT4.0 recievers, as I love the sound signature of these UE900's.

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