Sony Bluetooth Earbuds are expen$ive, but may be worth it.

by James

Well of course they’re expensive. They’re $ony. What do you expect? Paying a premium for a $ony is like paying a premium to have a Mac. It makes you feel superior even if your pocketbook is emptier. And it’s no different for $ony’s new DR-BT140QP Stereo Bluetooth Earphones. But can earphones be worth a hefty $150 price tag? Well, yes and no. Yes, they could be since the ability to be free from wires while listening to your favorite MP3s is something most would pay a premium for. It would be worth it just to never have to untangle another set of earbuds again. The only caveat is, you must have a Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support for the corresponding device, which isn’t too bad since most new devices these days are readily equipped with that.

On the plus side, however, the Derbys feature a Bluetooth range of 10 meters, a battery life up to 12 hours of playback and 200 hours of standby, have onboard controls, and come in a fun array of black, pink and iPod white. Too bad Apple and Sony have compatibility issues or these would be must haves for that iPhone you just bought and jailbreaked. But then, there’s that proprietary thing again.

Oh well, still might be worth a look … er … listen.

Hat Tip – Gadget Weblog

5 reviews or comments

Peter Says: August 8, 2008 at 1:58 am

What makes the A2DP profile more proprietary then any other BT profile?

Edwin Says: August 8, 2008 at 11:41 am

Thanks Peter, Winkyboy for the note. I wonder when will Sony lose their “overpriced” persona though…when the PS3 hits $250? :)

Peter Says: August 8, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Winkyboy – Actually I think there are some proprietary BT protocols that support stereo audio over bt but A2DP is the standard.

Edwin – One can only hope, that would even make me reconsider a PS3. :-D

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