LG Tone Infinim HBS-910 Bluetooth Headphones

In This earlier posting, I had written that my LG Tonepro HBS-750 Bluetooth Headphones had permanently failed. Today, I received the HBS-910 headphones that are meant to replace those. And as I’ve written before, it is important to me, to benefit from the high-quality sound, that both sets of headphones offer.

I’m breaking in the new ones, as I’m writing this.

There exists a design-philosophy today, according to which music-playback is supposed to boost the bass and attenuate the highest frequencies – the ones higher than 10kHz – so that the listener will get the subjective impression that the sound is ‘louder’, and so that the listener will reduce the actual signal-level, to preserve their hearing better than it was done a few decades ago.

  1. The lowest-frequency (default) setting on the equalizer of the headphones does both of those things.
  2. The next setting stops boosting the bass.
  3. The third setting, stops attenuating the treble.

Overall, I get the impression that the highest frequencies which the HBS-910 can reproduce, extend higher, than what the HBS-750 was able to reproduce.

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My Tonepro HBS-750 Bluetooth Headphones Just Bit The Dust.

In This earlier posting, I had written that I was happy with my “Tonepro, HBS-750 Bluetooth Headphones”. Well today, in spite of only having been used normally in the meantime, they just stopped working. This means, that they lasted me for 20 months.

Today I threw them in the garbage, and switched back to using my cheapo, wired headset, which was difficult to find in stores years ago, because the headsets whose volume-buttons work with Samsung Smart-Phones, were harder to find in stores, that MacIntosh-compatible headsets.

Don’t worry, I have apps that extend the usefulness of these wired headphones.

But that also means that I needed to get used to lower-quality sound, and faster battery-consumption, that were both immediately obvious.

Dirk

 

My Samsung Galaxy S6 Phone is behaving better between Reboots now.

One of the facts which I had reported to personal friends in recent months, was that I needed to reboot my phone frequently. This led to some puzzlement, because many owners of computers and smart-phones, and tablets, realize that in general, each of these device-categories should be able to run for extended periods of time. Back then, I was rebooting my phone, almost every week.

What I now find, is that I do not need to reboot it as often as I used to, and the reason for this is somewhat obscured, in that I also never really stated, why I needed to reboot it before.

One app I use a lot, is ““. The behavior of this app in the past was, that after having played songs several hundred times, it would just refuse to keep doing so, and would cut out on me, until I did my reboot. My instinctive response to this was to assume, that Android could easily be prone to memory leaks.

But what I seem to have learned, is that some update to this exact app in the past few months, completely fixed this behavior. So this was actually just due to a bug in one app.

The fact has been recorded, that by now I am using Bluetooth Headphones to listen to my walking-around music, instead of cheap ones that just plugged in to the headphone jack. But I also recall, that immediately after making the switch in headphones, this behavior of no longer playing music, did not stop. This behavior continued even after I had switched to the BT Headphones.

But in a related way, I once had a reason to reboot which was not fully related: Power consumption would increase, and grow intolerable. My explanation for this remains, that I have hundreds of apps installed, many of which run in the background, but after a reboot, some of the triggers are not set, that will cause these to do so. Only after several days of normal use, do programs run, which would like for the device to wake up later, so that the same program can run in the background. And so the power consumption will plateau at some level, which I was finding bothersome.

Well it is not likely, that the overall model would have changed, by which Android schedules programs to run in the background. Yet, now that I am walking around with my Bluetooth Headphones, I find that the power consumption is tolerable as well, in spite of not having rebooted for several weeks.

The only explanation I can think of for this second improvement, is that the 16-Ω headphones I was using before, must have been requiring a high drain on the battery in the phone, just to drive the headphones themselves.

OTOH, When I am using my BT Headphones to listen to music constantly, their drivers are being powered by a separate battery, belonging to the headphones themselves. Hence, the actual phone seems to be spared some amount of power drain.

Obviously, my BT Headphones are using Bluetooth 4, which consumes much less power than BT 2 did. But I had not imagined that the improvements would be as dramatic as they have become.

Dirk

Please Note: I would not recommend that people buy Bluetooth Headphones, specifically to listen to music, unless the readers have also assured themselves that their new headphones also use A Suitable CODEC, which allows them to appreciate the music in High Fidelity. Standard BT Heaphones are designed for making phone calls and little else.

(Edit 09/02/2016 : ) I should also add, that before making the switch to my Bluetooth Headphones, I typically had the Bluetooth feature of my phone turned on anyway, to enable it to access my “Vivofit” tracking bracelet. Thus, adding the headphones did not add the need for more chips to be turned on than already were, and both the Vivofit bracelet and my BT Headphones, use Bluetooth 4.

 

The HBS-750 Headphones Have Wider Ear-Pieces.

Even though for the most part, I try to avoid rating commercial products, there have been a few exceptions. One of those is the “LG Tone Pro HBS-750, Bluetooth Headphones” I have bought, and which I have been using every day, more to listen to music while on the go, than for phoning.

I think that one of the main disadvantages to this blogging engine, When We Select The Tag Named HBS-750 in the sidebar, is that the postings are listed in the reverse order from how they were posted, by me.

I am very satisfied with these headphones. Yet I do have a word of warning. When LG designed the actual ear-pieces, they equipped those with relatively wide sound-ports, ‘To let as much sound pass through as physically possible’. I happen to have relatively narrow ear-canals. These headphones do come with three sets of rubbers in total, to help users adapt them to differently-sized ears.

Because of the wider air-canals, the smallest rubbers on these are not quite as narrow, as the narrowest rubbers are on other headphones, that come with changeable rubbers.

Hence, even with the narrowest rubbers, these have a tad of trouble staying in my ears. Further, when I actually speak with these in my ears, there is a typical exaggeration in how I hear my own voice in my head, an exaggeration that is not equal on both ears. Therefore, How can I expect the bass-reproduction to be equal, coming from the headphones?

These fit slightly better in my right ear, always, than in my left ear.

Also, since the LG Engineers decided that these ear-pieces need to be wider, in order to let more sound through. I have narrower ear-canals than average: There is nothing magical about my Human ear-canals. They still cannot physically do, what cannot be done. And so it may also be true, that I cannot hear High-Fidelity Sound as well as I should, simply because of my narrow ear-canals.

Yet, I certainly hear the sound of my smart-phone better with these BT headphones, than I did with the wired ones, which plugged right in. And which happened to have a narrowest set of rubbers, which were narrower than these.

Dirk