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The quest continues. I’ve tested Bluetooth Headphones from Sony, Jabra and a couple from Motorola; all of which have pros and cons. The perfect Bluetooth headphones for me would be comfortable to wear for an extended period of time while having the weight distributed in a way that would allow for activity without having wires running different directions.

Motorola has made a number of successful Bluetooth  headphones. The S9 model and its successor, the S9-HD both insert into the ears with a band that wraps behind the head. The S7 model has a slightly different design with only a wire going behind the head and the earpieces hooking over the ear. Motorola’s S305 are my next target and is something of a cross between the two form factors. Featuring an over-the-ear design combined with the wrap-around style, the S305 combines some of the best features in each of Motorola’s other models.

All the juicy details are after the break.

Design

Fit and design was where I had the most issue with the previous models, and that's where the S305 stands out. The S305 has a band that wraps behind the head in a similar fashion to the S9 and S9-HD; the major difference is the weight distribution. The S305 band is lightweight while the earpieces house the battery and such without adding excessive bulk or affecting comfort at all.

Sound

I find that better sound is achieved with earpieces that fit inside the ear and form a good seal; however this often has a negative impact on the comfort side of things. The S305 gives exceptional comfort but does sacrifice a little bit in the sound department. Technologically, all the pieces are in place, it’s just hard to keep the sound from essentially leaking out when that seal isn’t formed. That said, if you’re a true audiophile, you probably wouldn’t be using A2DP anyway as it can’t reproduce the sound quality that you can get from wired headphones. The bottom line is that the sound that the S305’s put out is more than enough for most people, and if you’re willing to sacrifice comfort for sound quality there are some better options out there.

When used as a hands-free device, call quality is respectable as long as you aren’t in an excessively noisy environment. I would not recommend that this be used as your primary hands-free device, but it is good enough to use if you get a call while you’re listening to your music.

Conclusion

Eureka! This is a pair of A2DP-capable headphones that I’m going to hold onto for a while. The blend of comfort, wearability, sound quality and just plain coolness makes for a winning combination. The fact that the $49.95 price tag is very competitive doesn’t hurt either. If you’re looking for a pair of Bluetooth Stereo Headphones, the Motorola S305 should be at the top of your list.

Ratings (out of 5)

Design: 5Sound: 4

Overall: 4.5/5

Pros

Extremely comfortableNo weight distribution issuesDecent Sound

Cons

Fairly expensive for a pair of headphones

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16 Comments
  • I'm also still looking for the perfect bluetooth headphones. The qualities I personally are looking for are:
    1. Loud - I listen to podcasts in noisy environments and while mowing.
    2. Comfort
    3. Form Factor - I'd like a behind-the-neck or over-the-head pair I can hang around my neck when not using them. But don't want the speaker cups too big and dorky looking. I've got the Plantronics Voyager 855 which is loud enough and seals inside your ear to cut outside noise to near zero. The comfort is good. But I have to shove them in my pocket rather then hang them on my neck when I take them off for a while. And they look too much like a bluetooth headset. I just need these for music and podcasts. I also have the S9-HD but the ear seal is not as good as the Plantronics and they're not loud enough to wear while mowing. Anyone that has these S305's can you tell me if you can easily hear them in noisy environments? I'm more concerned with volume than pure sound quality.
  • Try buying some ear protectors that cover the ear. WalMart usually has some for about $10. I use them with the S9-HD while mowing. May look a little strange and you can't carry on a conversation but it works great for music and podcasts.
  • I tested my pair in a Server room at work with multiple Servers and a LOUD AC unit and as long as I had the volume cranked I didn't have any issues. I don't know if that's quite as loud as a lawn mower would be, but I was actually surprised how well I could hear my podcast in there.
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  • Used it with my iPhone 3GS but unable to forward and back the music with its built in remote. Anyone having the same problem or it's just does not work with iPhone on those function?
  • Skip forward/skip back don't work with the iPhone from my S9 and from what i've read it's clear that NO BT headset can control fwd/back with iPhone. You'd have to ask Mr. Jobs why that is.
  • ha i knew the iPhone would lose in this regard another reason why WM is better
  • I was lucky to find these online at a very good price, and I can tell you they are worth every penny. They have great sound, and user control (once you fingers get used to the button locations) is very easy. My only concern is when the foam dies on the earpads, where can I get replacements?
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  • This is a wonderful headset! I pair them up with my iPhone and laptop computers, and I was shocked at how good voice to a wireless network. Any cracks or pops or hissing. They sound as good as any other wireless headphones I have.
  • My Motorokr s305 do not turn off automatically after 5 minutes as it says in the instruction manual. does anyone know a solution to this problem? do you know where to find replacement ear foam? Thanks, jim
  • I've got the Plantronics Voyager 855 which is loud enough and seals inside your ear to cut outside noise to near zero. The comfort is good. But I have to shove them in my pocket rather then hang them on my neck when I take them off for a while. And they look too much like a bluetooth headset. I just need these for music and podcasts. I also have the S9-HD but the ear seal is not as good as the Plantronics and they're not loud enough to wear while mowing. Anyone that has these S305's can you tell me if you can easily hear them in noisy environments? I'm more concerned with volume than pure sound quality. m65 kamagra attorney lawyer scrub
  • I bought the Motorola S305s off amazon- good price. I'm glad I didn't spend more on them as they have a lot of issues. ??First and most annoying is I can not use them with my original iPhone to listen to music. I can answer calls with a lot of fussing with the buttons, but music is out. It flat out won't let you do it.??I have paired them w/ my iPad ok and listened to music, movies, or TV shows OK, but it is a bit of a hassle to get them paired. You have to try several times to pair them- the connection always drops the first few times, but I eventually get it 3rd try in.??The ear controls don't work properly. You can only pause or play a current selection. The skip forward or backward functions don't work at all. You only get a beep and the current selection continues to play.??The operating lights are a bit confusing. The instructions for this are about as clear as mud. When charging them they are supposed to have a steady green light when charge is full. I get a solid red light after a night of charging. If I unplug them and plug them back in I get a few red flashes that turn to solid green that signals a full charge. ??All in all they are OK, but very glitchy and temperamental. Sound quality is good. When I have been able to get a call to pick up, the call quality is good also. Person on the other end can not tell you are using a head set. I'd recommend for someone who is not too picky and has patience to deal with their quirks.