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Motorola Behind the Neck Bluetooth Stereo Headset Bulk (HT820) - OEM

  • 17 hours talk time/ 500 hours stand by time
  • Weight: 3.53 oz.
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Learn more about the Motorola HT820

Model

Brand
MOTOROLA
Model
HT820

Spec

Type
Bluetooth Stereo Headset
Ear Coupling
Behind the Neck
Talk Time
Up to 17 hour(s)
Music Time
Up to 12 hour(s)
Standby Time
Up to 500 hours
Operating Range
33 Feet
Specifications
Stream music from your Bluetooth 1.1 or higher enabled mobile phone with Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) and Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP).

Answer phone calls with your Bluetooth 1.2 stereo headphones and a Bluetooth 1.1 or higher enabled mobile phone (note: voice calls are not supported by PC adapter; for optimal use, power-off the Bluetooth feature in your handset when using this adapter.)

Hands-free, wire-free connection up to 10 meters (33 ft.) from a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or adapter

Wirelessly listen to music and never miss a call

Intuitive controls - music buttons on right earpiece, call buttons on left

Imbedded microphone

Lightweight and comfortable to wear
Compatibility
Bluetooth 1.2 with A2DP
Dimensions
6.5" x 6.5" x 2.5"
Weight
3.53 oz.

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  • Robert R.
  • 2/14/2010 1:11:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Sound, BUT.....

Pros: Really, Really good sound.
Works very well as a hands-free headset for my Moto Q9c
Works great as stereo headphones both for the Q and the laptop.
No hassles at all with connecting in all modes. (except the call taking transition, see cons)
Common mini USB charging connector, I have tons of those.

Cons: Heavy, uncomfortable after a few hours.
Big, make you look like that Lando Calrissian's security dude from Star Wars at the cloud city, you know the one.
Battery ??? effect. Three times now I've been done using them, with lots of battery left, I turn them off, and then come back the next day and they are battery dead. Why.
Button press to turn on/off = annoying three second push. Why not just a freakin switch?
Flip them down to your neck for occasional use as a phone headset, and you'll be shoulder dialing. (momentary left ear button push = redial last number)Annoying.
Cant use them while charging. Why. Motorola could put a better power supply in there to handle both the charging and operational current draw.
Transition from stereo headset to hands-free use when answering a call when listening to music (and back) is delayed both ways. After a call is ended, this can last up to 20 - 30 seconds.

Other Thoughts: Be aware, they don't come with the audio wire to use them in wired mode.
Overall I can live with annoyances, but could be better, especially considering how long these have been in production.

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  • John P.
  • 2/9/2010 5:29:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsBaby them, and wear them for short periods and you'll be happy with them

Pros: Great sound quality
Perfect sync every time - I have been able to sync with newer iPod touch (built in Bluetooth) Samsung, Motorola and Blackberry phones, as well as a bluetooth stereo adapter.
Range I get the full 10 meter range regardless of obstructions (someone mentioned with a different brand that the needed the headphones and sync'd phone needed to be on the same side of their body during workouts).
Easy Phone/player controls
Very good microphone
I get the full 10 meter range regardless of obstructions (someone mentioned with a different brand that the needed the headphones and sync'd phone needed to be on the same side of their body during workouts).
Easy Phone/player controls.
Very good mic.

Cons: Comfort: After about 20 - 30 minutes, the shark fin rubber piece attached to the band meant to conform to your ear actually digs in.
Shape: If they lose their shape, you will have to buy a new pair or tolerate a bad fit.
Weight: They don't feel "heavy" per se, but this may be part of the reason they dig into the tops of your ears (next to your skull) after periods of use greater than 30 minutes.

Other Thoughts: I really like these headphones so much so that I purchased two pairs. Unfortunately, both pairs were put in a drawer with other things (no room to keep their exact shape) for a couple of days. Their shape is permanently deformed, and they will NOT seat properly against my ears anymore. You wouldn't even notice by looking at them, but as soon as you put them on, they sit at an angle to your ears. There is NO way to get them back into shape. I've tried putting them into a "mold" for two weeks straight, and they still go back to their deformed shape. So if they are held out of shape for ANY length of time, you're out of luck!!! I'm putting up with it since they still work, but was on “the egg" today looking for a replacement, mostly because of the deformed shape.

Side note: The second generation iPod Touch (model with a speaker) comes with Bluetooth built in, (activated with the 3.0 software upgrade). The Bluetooth works great. Apple COULD have given us a heads up about it.

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  • David W.
  • 1/24/2010 10:14:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Device

Pros: Comfortable, light, loud, portable, and works well with my Motorola cell A2DP compatible cell phones and Motorola PC850. Works great with Skype on my PC, great for streaming music (cell or PC), and talking on the phone. Few complaints when using this device on the phone.

Cons: Yes, there are so cons:
1. Didn't work with my MSI Star Key bluetooth dongle that I orignally bought for pairing. Had to buy the Motorola PC850.
2. Doesn't work for gaming and probably watching video because of the inherent delay (assume these are in all bluetooth headsets to a significant degree).
3. My headphone ear pads wore out finally and there are no replacements I can find. Don't worry, you won't use these every day and constantly like me.

Note: Using on PC isn't the best experience (sometimes it doesn't work right or it's flacky) but this is a function of the Motorola Bluetooth drivers / software and Microsoft XP / Vista and the other software on the PC.

Other Thoughts: Have been wearing these all the time, even in public. I've been using mine for about 3 years. I first started using this model before it was released (in 2005) when I was working for Motorola. I lost one or two (they are easy to loose and people don't tend to return these to lost and found) but then bought my own before I left.

BTW: I am not sure but I think I did feel some pain and/or heating in my right ear area. These products probably do heat your head as they are class 2, so you want to beware of this, and possibly getting a form of cancer (similar to using cell phones). Note: Bluetooth is supposed to be lower power than cell phones but streaming audio may be more demanding than voice calls.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/22/2010 9:39:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsNo better set for price!

Pros: For what you are paying these are great. No need for another adapter for your iPod Touch either! I have my HT820s paired simultaneously paired with my G1 phone and iPod Touch 3g 32GB.

Cons: Sometimes syncing with the iPod proves cumbersome if it loses connectivity and is still connected to the G1. So I have to turn off the headphones. Shut the bluetooth service on both iPod and G1. Turn the bluetooth on the iPod on FIRST, turn on the headphones. Once iPod and headphones sync, you can then re-sync your phone.
Just an FYI: Forward and Back (audio funcions) of the headphones DO NOT work with my iPod, but play/pause works just fine.

Other Thoughts: Be forewarned that the ear covers do come off and are small and subject to loss. I have yet found a replacement. But you cant go wrong with the price vs. quality.

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  • Mr. G.
  • 1/15/2010 9:00:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust had to buy them!

Pros: * Fantastic sound
* Fits good and tight
* Great price
* Easy access controls on headset
* Best bluetooth headset to pair with the 'Motorola DC800 Home Stereo Adapter'

Check the Motorola Website for the 'Motorola ht820'. The 'BTStereoHS_Web_ProductHome' is more than awesome. Compare with the 'Motorola s305' page on the Motorola site.

Cons: * Hard to get. Motorola is out of stock right now as well as most other retail chains. When I wanted to buy a new set a few months back no one had them in stock including newegg.

* It's cheaper today then when I bought them.

* The bluetooth unit might not work after dunking in coffee.

Other Thoughts: Lost my last set of Motorola HT820's when I dropped them in coffee, OPPS!

I went online and could not find anyone with the HT820's in stock. So I picked up a set of Motorola S305's which I do like but they just can't match the HT820's in terms of sound quality and feel.

I saw they were back in stock and I had to get them.
The Motorola site still shows them as 'out of stock'.

Just glad I found them!

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/14/2010 2:35:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Connected fine in both audio and phone mode to my HTC Hero.

Cons: Audio quality isn't great, but too bad. Need to find another device to test with.

The main button has many functions with various holding times and previous states (Connect/Disconnect/Power On/Power Off). Why can't it just have an on/off switch?

I seem to have a larger than normal head, and the part that goes around the back presses tightly against my neck and skull. If you wear an XL motorcycle helmet or larger, find another headset (or find a store to try it on in first).

Other Thoughts: Haven't tried draining the power yet. The M's glow blue when on, which is kind of funky, but I can't say I dislike it.

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  • Phillip B.
  • 1/8/2010 3:37:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot What I Expect From New Egg

Pros: These work great!

Cons: I really wish oem is more clearly deffined on the website. So look up new eggs def. of oem you may be suprsed. A hyperlink from oem would be great so people trully understand oem or atleast mention what it is in the tabs below...

Other Thoughts: im happy with the product wish they clearified more

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  • Robert M.
  • 1/6/2010 2:45:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsNot sliced bread, but really good

Pros: Great battery life. Good sound. Secure fit.

Cons: No replacement ear pads available. Take a while to conform to your head.

Other Thoughts: I have used these for more than three years with six phones, 3 computers and 4 bluetooth adapters with no compatibility issues. They sound good enough for my morning runs through the city and last me more than a week per charge of normal usage and better than 15 hours of continuous usage. I own five of these and still use the first set I bought in 2006 at least 6 days a week. I continue to use the original set because it still works and the band has relaxed to fit my rather sizable noggin. I would say it took about three months of almost constant use before they were truly comfortable, but now I can wear them until the battery dies. The only real gripe I have with my HT820s is the ear pads. I have worn out three sets of ear pads on my originals and lost pads off the headsets I have bought for the family. I buy broken headsets when I find them with ear pads. It doesn't happen very often because they don't break, and if they do, the ear pads will get moved to another set.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/26/2009 6:47:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWatch where you step newegg

Pros: Easy to setup.
Good sound quality.

Cons: When playing movies on my blackberry curve the sound goes to the speakers, not the headphones.
Takes some getting used to.

Other Thoughts: This product came in "quick packaged". The manual was worn out and looked like it has been used for a year, then dumped into the box together with the headphones, because they couldn't find a new manual around.
The headphones look new, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were refurbished for the reason cited above. Also, if I believe the manual there's supposed to be an audio cable, but it wasn't included.

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  • Khaled S.
  • 1/26/2009 9:16:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsgreat sound quality

Pros: Great sound quality.

Cons: Heavy on the ears for prolonged listening.

Other Thoughts: They could have made the batteries last a little bit longer. Whenever I leave it unplugged without using for a week, the batter runs out. So now I have it plugged in whenever i am not using it.

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