It is time for another Gear Diary “Gear vs Gear”. Today’s competitors are the Phiaton PS 20 BT Bluetooth Stereo Headset and the Jabra Clipper Bluetooth Stereo Headset.
Both let you cut the cord. Both let you listen to music and make/take calls. Both let you clip the battery, microphone and controls to your shirt so you don’t have a heavy portion hanging off your ears. And both… quite honestly, are good options. Yes, in this head-to-head both decisions are good but, in the end, you’ll want to purchase just one so the question remains… which one? Here’s our video look followed by some details on each.
A Closer Look…
The Phiaton PS 20 BT Bluetooth Stereo Headset
It’s time to really break free from your headphone cables! The Phiaton PS 20 BT Bluetooth Stereo Headset is a stylish and lightweight personal calling and music listening solution that combines the total freedom and flexibility of cable-free and hands-free Bluetooth technology with a dramatically enhanced audio experience. Thanks to the built-in Bluetooth v3.0 technology, users can easily answer phone calls without having to remove their earphones – and with the special “Echo-Off” Noise reduction technology, background noise is virtually eliminated while you’re on a call. For total flexibility—and to make sure you never miss a call—the PS 20 BTs provide a calling / music playing time of 6 hours and 250 hours of standby. Musicality and overall audio quality is a top priority in all Phiaton products, and the PS 20 BTs’ powerful 14.3mm drivers produce pure and accurate sound. Most importantly, the unique “half in-ear” design of the earphones allows them to be worn just outside the ear canal for a comfortable fit and hours of listening enjoyment anywhere, anytime.
You can pair up to 8 devices at once.
Inline musical controls let you take charge of all the songs in your music library (FF, REW, PLAY, STOP, PAUSE, Vol+, Vol-)
The PS 20 BTs come with a handy ‘Clip and Go’ controller that attaches to your bag or clothing so everything is within easy reach.
The PS 20 BT earphones deliver unprecedented audio performance, with a wider frequency range and more realistic musical presence.
The PS 20 BT’s unique and ergonomic “half in-ear” design combines the excellent bass response of in-ear style buds with the crystal clear high frequency response of open-ear style headphones. Engineered for a snug fit just outside the ear canal, they feature a lightweight glossy housing that allows for hours of comfortable listening.
The PS 20 BTs come with four separate sizes of soft silicon tips to ensure a natural feel and a welcome “no slip” fit. The PS 20 BTs come with a handsome carrying pouch for easy portability and are available in a glossy black finish. The easy-to-use cord adjuster ensures
Communication Network: Bluetooth standard Ver.3.0
Operating Range: Within 10m
Bluetooth Profile: Support A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
Battery: lithium polymer DC3.7V / 150mA
Microphone Frequency Response : 10 ~ 4,000Hz
Microphone Sensitivity: -40 dB
Dimensions: 51 x 30 x 17( mm)
Weight: 16 g
You can get them through our Amazon Affiliate Store for just $96.82. Order here.
What I Like: Headphones feel great and sound good; Controls easy to use; Looks cool; Can clip or hang with the lanyard
What Needs Improvement: Cannot use different headphones since they are permanently attached; I worry the control button will eventually break; Larger and more pronounced than the CLIPPER
Next up is the Jabra CLIPPER Bluetooth Stereo Headset
A little device that packs a powerful, stereo punch, the Jabra CLIPPER is a Bluetooth® stereo headset that enables you to enjoy wireless music with great sound and crystal clear calls. A seamless transition between music and conversation, you can connect the Jabra CLIPPER to two devices at the same time, such as your mobile phone and MP3 player. Listen to music in great stereo sound, and when a call comes in, the device alerts you. With one tap you can take a call, and once the call ends, you go back to enjoying your music.
Wireless music and calls
A Bluetooth stereo headset that offers wireless freedom and simultaneous pairing with up to 2 devices
Great wireless stereo sound
Listen to music and take calls – all with one nifty device
Control your music right from the device
Never miss a call with incoming caller alert
Never forget your phone with mobile alert
Talk for up to 6 hours at a time and get up to 8 days standby time caller alert
Wireless Technology: Bluetooth
Supports Bluetooth™ for wireless connectivity
Bluetooth version: 2.1
You can control your music from this device when it’s streaming from another device, such as your mobile phone
With Auto Pairing, a device pairs automatically with Bluetooth™ devices supporting this feature
Device can stream music from a source, such as a Smartphone, Bluetooth enabled laptop, tablet, or MP3 player
Enhances call clarity by eliminating background noise from the office.
Talk Time: Up to 6 hours
Standby Time: Up to 192 hour(s)
Music streaming time: 6 hour
You can get details here on the Jabra website. You can get the Jabra CLIPPER here in our Amazon Affiliate Store for just $49.99. Grab it here.
What I Like: Small; Works well; Available in a variety of colors; Ability to BYOH (bring your own headphones); Low profile etc; Low profile
What Needs Improvement: Controls not totally intuitive; included headphones are okay but not great; No lanyard
So both accessories work well, sound good, and are priced under $100. I can honestly recommend both without reservation and have a difficult time picking one over the other. So what is the bottom line?
If you want something as inexpensive as possible get the CLIPPER. It works well, comes from a company we know and trust and the included headphones are good enough. If you get them and want to improve the sound you can simply upgrade the headphones.
If you are willing to spend more, want better quality in the included ear bids and are looking for an accessory that will stand out and draw attention go for the Phiaton.
Grab the Jabra CLIPPERs here.
Grab the Phiaton PS 20 BT here.