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Linda Caffee
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Linda.caffee - 8/29/2012 2:39:44 AM
   
Bluetooth Headsets
Over the years I have had many headsets and cannot find the "perfect" one...

I have used Blue Parrots that work great in the truck but I do not want to walk around with one on my head

I have a LG headset right now that goes around my neck with ear buds which I really like as I can listen to books, listen to music, and also receive calls on. It is also unobtrusive so I do not mind using one in public. The downside is that it does not noise cancel well and those I am talking to complain about background noise.

I have tried Jawbones and I either lose them or I cannot hear the other person very well due to road noise. I have not tried the Jawbone in the Cascadia and doubt if the road noise would be a problem.

I want a headset that I can wear outside, listen to books and music, receive calls, and one that has great noise canceling abilities.

What is everyone else using?

Henry Albert
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Henry.Albert - 8/29/2012 8:25:27 AM
   
RE:Bluetooth Headsets
Linda,

I use the Blue Parrot and when I am out of the truck its around my neck. This way I can take a call and have my hands free during loading or unloading of my trailer. If I go into a resturant or store I 'TRY' not to take calls as it makes people around me think I am talking to them.

Mike Anderson
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Mike - 9/3/2012 1:14:34 PM
   
RE:Bluetooth Headsets
Most of my company's drivers use bluetooth ear pieces. I am ordering all new tractors with bluetooth radio's. This includes a microphone in the cab and the call comes over the trucks stereo speakers.It can be dealer installed and no head gear to wear. Great idea.

Linda Caffee
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Linda.caffee - 9/3/2012 2:12:37 PM
   
RE:Bluetooth Headsets
Mike I will be interested to know how this sounds in the cab and if there will be any voice distortion.

We once tried a Norton speaker that picked up everything but our voices and did not work out well.

I think the idea is fantastic and I look forward to hearing your feedback.

Mike Anderson
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Mike - 9/3/2012 6:01:35 PM
   
RE:Bluetooth Headsets
Linda,
I will let you know this week as I am getting my first bluetooth radio installed at the dealer and should get the truck back tomorrow.

Mike Anderson
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Mike - 9/3/2012 6:03:42 PM
   
RE:Bluetooth Headsets
I did fail to mention how quiet the cab of this 2013 Cascadia is and I personally think that background noise won't be a factor.

Linda Caffee
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Linda.caffee - 9/4/2012 4:42:48 AM
   
RE:Bluetooth Headsets
When we first tried the speaker we were in a M2 with a CAT 300 and it did not work work well at all.

Now with our 2012 Cascadia I believe it would work but I think the way you are doing it sounds like the best way. I have been in cars that have this set up and I really like it.

Mike Anderson
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Mike - 9/5/2012 3:36:30 PM
   
RE:Bluetooth Headsets
Hi Linda,
The truck came back to me today after having the bluetooth radio dealer installed and the microphone does not work. That being said, I am unsure about voice distortion at this time. I can tell you that the call coming over the stereo speakers is clear and if you have personalized ringtones, they come over speakers too. I will update you when microphone is fixed.

Terry OConnell
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Terry - 9/10/2012 9:32:53 PM
   
RE:Bluetooth Headsets
I also have tried numerous earpieces, none of which were ideal both in and out of the truck. I found the Blue Parrot B250-XT to be a perfect listening in a noisy environment and the person on the other end could not hear my background noise. The one drawback, I found, was the on/off indicator beep sounds. I rarely could remmber which tones indicated on and whchich indicated off.

I recently bought the newest Blue Parrot, model B250-XT+. This version has a voice that informs me when on or off and when connected or disconected; no more obscure beeps.

Linda Caffee
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Linda.caffee - 9/11/2012 3:11:39 PM
   
RE:Bluetooth Headsets
Terry do you wear the Blue Parrot outside or into a building?

I liked the Jawbone due to size and the fact it came in pink, that is beside the point, but it did not work well in the truck.

The ability to not have a huge head set on while walking or inside is what I want and I want it to work in the truck and be able to hear and be heard.

I have also heard the Bose ear peice works very well but the price scares me away if it does not work well. Sometimes while out on the road it is hard to return items.

You also bring up a good point Terry I was forever hanging up on people with the Blue Parrot while trying to adjust sound or answer the phone. I need simple fun and unobtrusive

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