Review: Sony Ericsson MW600 bluetooth headset

I got a new Huawei Ideos U8150 mobile handset for Christmas. Its the cheapest Android phone you can buy in Australia and runs Android 2.2 (Froyo). For the money its great value but one thing that was disappointing was the loudness of the audio through the standard headphone socket. No matter what headphones I used, it was way too low for my liking.

While researching the issue I found this is a common problem on some Android handsets and one poster even suggested vendors are deliberately limiting the volume to comply with new EU health and safety regulations.

I don’t know if this is true but I do know the only way to fix it is to patch the firmware… Not really a good option for a brand new phone. One post I read suggested using the Sony Ericsson MW600 bluetooth headset instead of the builtin 3.5mm socket.

So I found one on listed at a local store for $65 and purchased it.

What a great device. For years, I have been looking for a high-quality bluetooth stereo headphone solution and now I have finally found it! For me the device has two killer features:

1. A standard 3.5mm audio socket to allow you to use any set of headphones or to any amplifier.

2. Ability to pair with up to 3 different devices. Not simultaneously of course but at least now I can pair automatically with my dell mini, or my phone whichever is on and in bluetooth range.

And of course it is LOUD!

The IEM headphones that come packaged with it are OK but I prefer the sound of my own Sennheiser CX300s.

Unexpectedly, it came with a non-removable rechargeable battery and wall charger. The battery lasts a full day in use and apparently will last weeks in standby (ie turned off).

It has an FM radio built in too.

The device has a OLED display and a very strange touch-slide volume control. Apparently the display can be used to show track names but this does not work on Android phones (yet).

I purchased mine from Ryda who still have them listed at A$66.85 plus postage.

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