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To Bluetooth or not to Bluetooth

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I have been needing some good to decent headphones over ear and have contemplated on getting wired or bluetooth.  I currently own in ear wired phones and when wearing them seated they are fine but boy when I work around the house or do yard work or work out I am always pulling them out of my ears or the device because the wire hangs on something.  Most people say tuck the wire in your shirt but I hate that because it tugs the wire on my ears and when I sweat from work i feel the wire rubbing my skin.  So i figured why not get some bluetooth headset but from reading on here that is a no no because of sq problems.  So I researched some bt headphones on here and most point to the Sony MDR1RBT or MDR10BT depending on budget.  Well my max budget is $200-250.  A member here recommended the Sony MDR1RBT MK2 but man they are over $300 so with the price of the MDR1 and MDR10 coming down and them being close in price now which would warrant a better sound.

 

On Amazon

Sony MDR1RBT   $265

Sony MDR10RBT $178 but out of stock at that price so now they are $239

 

or should I go wired for home use and get an adapter for outdoor use to get the best sound for inside and only drop in performance outside with using sony sbh20 and plugging in a wired Sony MDR1R or 10R?

 

On Amazon

Sony MDR1R  $157

Sony MDR10R  $75-88

Sony SBH20  $35

 

The latter seems to be the cheaper option as well as maybe the best of both worlds.  I know the BT models can be plugged in for better sound but from what I read the best sound still comes from the true wired versions.  So any thoughts.  Any help would be appreciated.  If this is any help i currently use Bose IE2I in ear and they sound ok.  much better than the Apple ones. they were are gift so never thought to replace them but they are getting old and worn.  Oh and the music I listen too is mostly from my iphone, pandora or spotify plus some lossless mp3 from itunes.  Types from Classical to rap so I tend to enjoy all types of music depending on my mood but for the most part it is mostly I would say the top 20 hits to be lame...with occasional classical on the nights...Thank you for anyone who answers.

post #2 of 3
Yes. You pay a premium for BT for headphones. For the same money, there is almost always a better sounding headphone.

IEMs designed for over ear, when coupled with a shirt clip and/or sleeve to tighten them up, can often do better at not having the wire hanging loose or tugging at your ears.
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I guess i am just clumsy because I have IEM with the clip and I still tugs or I get hung up on things... So I thought no wires to more hang ups.  But what am I really suffering with SQ.  And so maybe the adapter and wired phones will work since the adapter will allow a smaller wire with in bt and thus should help eliminate my hang ups.  And I know that true bt I would lose all wires .  That is why i asked for some help in this matter because I have never owned anything bluetooth as far as headphones or speakers go.  I have it in my vehicle but I only use it for voice calls.

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