Yet another headphone thread

Am I missing something? I got a free pair of bone conduction headphones from an awesome GWJer and I feel like I've got two speakers strapped to the sides of my face. I thought I was supposed to "feel" the sound not just hear it. Noise bleed is terrible too. It would be annoying to sit beside someone with these on.

Your bones aren't good at conducting higher frequencies, they only really get used for conveying bass. The rest is handled by highly directed miniature speakers.

EverythingsTentative wrote:

Am I missing something? I got a free pair of bone conduction headphones from an awesome GWJer and I feel like I've got two speakers strapped to the sides of my face. I thought I was supposed to "feel" the sound not just hear it. Noise bleed is terrible too. It would be annoying to sit beside someone with these on.

I use them all the time for audiobooks and podcasts. Not really optimal for music. Great for stuff like walking the dog when you need to hear traffic. Or I wear mine shopping a lot.

Also extremely comfortable (Aftershokz).

They're not going to be audiophile quality, but I love mine. Want the OpenComms if the price would come down a bit, because if the youtube reviews are to be believed, they have a very good mic for work calls, etc.

Side note, bone conducting headsets are supposedly one of the better options for those with serious hearing loss.

It depends what kind of hearing loss you have. An audiologist will test both your air conduction and bone conduction sensitivity when doing a hearing test.

MannishBoy wrote:
EvilDead wrote:

Mannish, latest drivers are here: https://www.xmpow.com/pages/download

It won't let me link directly but scroll down to BH456A

I know that's where they are. The site won't let download. I get a network failure error every time I try. I can't download anything from there.

The ASUS BT500 one downloaded drivers from Windows and has been working well. Youtube syncs up with my headphones but not all video sites. Certain headsets are better than others so I imagine it has to do with what BT spec the headset supports, hardware, and firmware. I can go down two floors to my basement without disconnections now.

Oddly, the Bluetooth 3.0 hub that I had it plugged into that's in open air seems to be the root of my drop outs. Plugging into the front panel adapter that I have on my tower works fine, even though that's below the desk and nearly fully enclosed by desk and couch.

The ear buds I was testing with are both bluetooth 5.0 and don't have lip sync problems on my phone.

Update on this, once I finally got the latest drivers installed and am running the Soundcore Q30 headphones, even with noise canceling I don't see any lip sync issues. Don't remember if I've tried those ear buds again to retest.

So now I've learned a couple of things about that Mpow Bluetooth 5.0 dongle. Don't use stock Win 10 drivers and don't run it on the USB 3.0 6 port strip I use for lots of other stuff. Updating the drivers and moving it to the front panel USB 3.0 port on my PC fixed both of those issues.

Oh nice. It always feels good to to solve a tech issue!