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Sony DR-BT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Integrated Controls

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Product Highlights
  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Around-Ear Design
  • Padded, Adjustable Headband
  • 40mm Drivers
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Integrated Playback Controls

The DR-BT50 headphones from Sony give you the freedom to roam thanks to built-in Bluetooth. The lightweight, comfortable design features an adjustable, padded headband and cushioned over-ear earcups. Large 40mm drivers provide great sound with a wide frequency response for strong bass and clear treble. The interior of the earcups has an Auranomic design, which places the drivers parallel to the natural angle of the ear for the best possible audio transmission.

The headphones have a rechargeable battery that provides up to 17 hours of enjoyment on a single charge, so you can listen to your heart's content without worrying about battery life. Built-in controls include play, pause, stop, fast forward, and rewind, so you can easily control your music, even if your player is on the other side of the room. A volume control is also provided for quick and easy adjustments.

Note! This item is compatible with A2DP, AVRCP, HFP (1.0), and HSP (Ver. 1.1, Vol. 2, Part K:6) Bluetooth standards.

Wireless Bluetooth stereo headphones allow you to listen wirelessly to Bluetooth-compatible MP3 players, mobile phones, and computers
Comfortable design with adjustable, padded headband and large, cushioned earcups
Large 40mm neodymium drivers for great sound with a wide frequency response
Auranomic design places the drivers parallel to the natural angle of the ear for excellent audio transmission
Up to 17 hours of operation with the rechargeable battery
Built-in controls for volume, play, pause, stop, rewind, and fast forward
Sony DR-BT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Integrated Controls
  • Limited 90-Day Warranty on Labor
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty on Parts
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    SonyDR-BT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Integrated Controls
     
    4.1

    (based on 26 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    84%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (18)
    • Comfortable (16)
    • Great sound (11)
    • Compact (10)
    • Good audio (10)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Music (12)
      • Travel (12)
      • Portable devices (11)
      • With my computer (8)
      • Home audio (7)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (18)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Practical (6), Traveler (6), Audiophile (5), Gearhead (4), Gear head (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (12)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Priorities

      The DR BT50 head phones are very desirable and comfortable. There are however a couple short comings that apply but may not be the headphones fault. What needs to be done is ask what...Read complete review

      The DR BT50 head phones are very desirable and comfortable. There are however a couple short comings that apply but may not be the headphones fault. What needs to be done is ask what you want to accomplish and establish your priorities. The Bluetooth part works well. It paired easily with my v3 Razor, with my USB Bluetooth dongle, and my PS3. I was weary of having a rechargeable battery instead of replaceable, but have used for as many as 10 hours with no problem with loosing a charge. Charges by a supplied chord and not USB, as there are no USB connections to the unit. Controls are small but you get used to it. Light that flashes to show battery life is a bit annoying but I am told you can turn it off if you want. Suggestions for next model should charge by USB cable that also could supply audio to the unit.


      Phone: sounds came through very well to the earpiece. The microphone performance was poor. This in itself made this application unusable (for me).

      PS3: I could pair the DRBT50 in the set up in the PS3 but when I went to an online game sound would not find its way to the headphones. Basically this part of the review is based off of the set up screen as everything worked well there including the voice changer. Sounds came through very well on the earpiece. Microphone seemed acceptable.

      USB Dongle: This is the main reason we bought the unit. It is so annoying to have a chord dangling from your PC all the time. We use them to hear voice recorded for transcription. The sound is just as good as a high quality set of wired headphones. Both highs and low tones come through well.

      So if you have lots of time to make this unit work by checking firmware or messing with settings or calling customer support, do not hesitate to buy. I am sure I could get it to work well for all 3 situations if I spent some time. But it does work for the main reason we bought it so that day may never come.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good but some issues with connectivity

      I use this product primarily for listening to music and making calls. It works great, the controls are easy to use and the sound quality is excellent, however I do have some issues...Read complete review

      I use this product primarily for listening to music and making calls. It works great, the controls are easy to use and the sound quality is excellent, however I do have some issues with how it connects.

      For starters it is not completely compatible with my iPhone (as of 3.1 firmware). Although music will stream fine and call commands work, all commands for music, except play, pause and the volume do not work (including track control, playlist switching, fast forwarding, etc.).

      Although this is mainly because of the iPhone and not the headphones I just thought I would point this out for any other iPhone users out there.

      As for working with computers, I have tested it on both a Mac and a Windows computer. The results for listening to music were again very good but less so for VoIP and recording, the recording sound quality on computers was far worse than that when calling using a phone, so if you intend to use this for VoIP I would advise you against it.

      With the computers there was a slight issue in getting them connected, sometimes it took me numerous tries of restarting the headphones to get them to connect to the computer as the connection seems to fall more often than it should.

      Reviewed by 26 customers

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      1.0

      Good audio, poor call qual (mic)

      By Jon on the bay

      from Bay Area

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Good Bass

      Cons

      • Poor Value
      • Too Much Ambient Noise

      Best Uses

      • Music
      • Traveling

      Comments about Sony DR-BT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Integrated Controls:

      Can't use for phone calls. Poor mic.

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      4.0

      Decent Bluetooth Headphones

      By mikeschmeee

      from Pacific North West

      About Me Audiophile, College Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Good Value
      • Great Sound
      • Lightweight
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Audio
        • Music
        • Portable Devices

        Comments about Sony DR-BT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Integrated Controls:

        I was expecting some pretty high sound quality when I ordered these headphones but when I received them and tried them out, the quality really depends on what you connect it to. To sum everything up: Does not sound good on late 2009 MacBook 13inch with Bluetooh 2.1 + EDRSounds great with iPhone 3GS with Bluetooth 2.1 + EDRSounds great with Windows 7 computers with Bluetooth 3.0 + HSI left a full review on my blog.

        • Primary Use:
        • Listening to iPod
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        FANTASTIC SOUND WIRELESS

        By IMAGER

        from CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

        About Me Audiophile

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Good Bass
        • Good Value
        • Great Sound
        • Lightweight
        • Stylish

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portable Devices
          • With My Computer

          Comments about Sony DR-BT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Integrated Controls:

          THEY SOUND GREAT AND ARE COFORTABLE TO WEAR. I GOT THEM FOR MY PORTABLE MEDIA PLAYER AND PC. I HAD NO PROBLEM IN PAIRING.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Awesome!!

          By YB

          from New York, NY

          About Me Frequent Traveler

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Compact
          • Good Value
          • Great Sound
          • Lightweight
          • Stylish

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portable Devices
            • Traveling
            • With My Computer
            • Working

            Comments about Sony DR-BT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Integrated Controls:

            This headset is so cool! I am generally afraid of technology, and feel that the simpler something is, the better it will work. I got these because I wanted the convenience of wireless headphones. They work great, are very comfortable, and are so easy to use! The battery lasts a long time, and they fold up so compactly that they are no hassle to carry around. I use them to watch lectures on my laptop in public places - they effectively drown out the ambient noise and allow me to do my thing. I have no complaints!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Premium sound at reasonable price

            By Unknownaxis

            from Waxahachie, TX

            About Me Audiophile, Frequent Traveler, Gear Head

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Good Bass
            • Good Value
            • Great Sound
            • Lightweight
            • Stylish

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Music
              • Portable Devices
              • Traveling
              • With My Computer
              • Working Out

              Comments about Sony DR-BT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Integrated Controls:

              Great service. The headsets have great sound, almost as good as my friends Beats which were three times as much. Even works on my bew PSVita. Long battery life is accurate around 15 hours. perfect for long trips.

              • Primary Use:
              • Traveling
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              awesomeness

              By Awesome MD

              from New York, NY

              About Me Frequent Traveler, Runner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Compact
              • Good Bass
              • Good Value
              • Great Sound
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Audio
                • Music
                • Relaxing
                • Traveling
                • Working Out

                Comments about Sony DR-BT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Integrated Controls:

                works great for jogging/running
                loved them
                should have gotten them earlier!!

                • Primary Use:
                • Working out
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                Great headphone

                By Visionphotos

                from Melbourne Australia

                About Me Gear Head

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Compact
                • Great Sound
                • Stylish

                Cons

                • Power charger

                Best Uses

                • Home Audio
                • Recording
                • Traveling
                • Video conference or chat

                Comments about Sony DR-BT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Integrated Controls:

                The product is really easy to use and pair with any Bluetooth device mobile, computer laptop etc.

                To my surprise this headphone block really good the noise plus it has the bonus of a microphone.

                The only problem I found is that it charges using a power adaptor it will be nicer to have a USB charging cable instead.

                • Primary Use:
                • Working out
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                3.0

                Works well but uncomfortable

                By Mike

                from San Jose, CA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Good Value
                • Great Sound
                • Hearing impaired
                • Lightweight
                • Stylish

                Cons

                • Uncomfortable

                Best Uses

                • Home Audio
                • Music
                • Portable Devices
                • Relaxing
                • With My Computer

                Comments about Sony DR-BT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Integrated Controls:

                Worked as advertised but headset was uncomfortable for someone with very sensitive ears (can't wear over the ear headphones). Great for the hearing impaired if it was comfortable.

                Had to return product since it was too uncomfortable.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Fantastic device for a great price!

                By Wongman

                from Calgary, Alberta

                About Me Frequent Traveler, Gear Head

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Compact
                • Good Bass
                • Good Value
                • Great Sound
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portable Devices
                  • Traveling
                  • Working

                  Comments about Sony DR-BT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Integrated Controls:

                  Sound:
                  4 Stars - You have to realize you're not getting the best high's, mid's and low's as you're going through bluetooth technology, but these actually do a very good job at delivering good sound. It's clear, and the bass enough for what i listen to. Rarely do i hear the music cut out.

                  As far as handling phone calls, it's up for debate (about 3 stars here)... it easily handles phone calls, however the mic is pretty subpar, so if your primary use of this device is to take calls, you should look elsewhere.

                  design:
                  4 stars - these look great and feel comfortable around the ears. The Major downfall of the design is the pause/track forward/backward button, which is way too small. It would be nice if the charger was universal, but for the price, it's manageable!

                  pairing:
                  5 stars - the bt50's paired up to my iphone in no time. The very first time, my iPhone required a reboot for some odd reason, but it works perfectly now. There were complaints of people saying it lags when watching videos, but i've yet to come across it.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Cool headset

                  By Fred

                  from Colorado Springs, CO

                  About Me General user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Compact
                  • Good Bass
                  • Good Value
                  • Great Sound
                  • Lightweight
                  • Stylish

                  Cons

                  • Pore Microphone

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Audio
                  • Music
                  • Portable Devices
                  • With My Computer

                  Comments about Sony DR-BT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Integrated Controls:

                  The best headset I ever had, sound is very good, clear and good bass. The only thing I do not like is the mic. Can't use this headset with my HTC phone, works great with Skype.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Nice quality sound for bluetooth

                  By dweaver

                  from Calgary, AB, Canada

                  About Me Audiophile

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Good Bass
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Cell phone use for music

                    Comments about Sony DR-BT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Integrated Controls:

                    Coming from a hi-fi background for headphones. I can say with all sincerity the BT50 is not hi-fi quality. BUt it does offer a very nice musical presentation that masks the shortcomings of bluetooth very well. The bass is a bit muchy but fairly deep and resonant, the midrange is pleasant and not recesssed, and the treble is a bit rolled off but consequently never overly bright. The controls on the headphone are also decent but will take some practice to get used to them. Finally these are well built and look like they will hold well under daily use.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    Not bad Bluetooth headphones

                    By Disabled Drummer

                    from Apple Valley,Ca.

                    About Me Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Good Bass
                    • Good Value
                    • Great Sound
                    • Lightweight
                    • Stylish

                    Cons

                    • Not good for making calls

                    Best Uses

                    • Music
                    • Portable Devices
                    • Relaxing
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Sony DR-BT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Integrated Controls:

                    These sound very good in headphone mode with my phone.Will be receiving my new laptop from B&H in a couple of days and will try with it and update then.The mic does not sound good to others in either headset or headphone mode.I am a musician so they will be used for listening mostly.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    3.0

                    Not happy with sound quality

                    By Todd

                    from NE Ohio

                    About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable

                    Cons

                    • Poor Sound

                    Best Uses

                    • Music

                    Comments about Sony DR-BT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Integrated Controls:

                    These are well built and very comfortable but I was not happy with the sound quality at all. Very muddy and uncontrolled. I tried my best to EQ these but no matter how much I tried to control the sound it still sounded like mud.

                    I have a pair of Jabra Halo's that run circles around these with clear sound and were a lot cheaper too.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Excellent audio, clumsy controls

                    By clicar

                    from Seattle, WA

                    About Me Average joe

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Great Sound
                    • Lightweight
                    • Stylish

                    Cons

                    • Clumsy controls

                    Best Uses

                    • Music
                    • Portable Devices

                    Comments about Sony DR-BT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Integrated Controls:

                    Purchased only to listen to music, I had no desire to connect them to a phone. I mostly wear them while I'm commuting on public transport, walking the streets, or when I'm trying not to disturb my family at home. The headphones are comfortable to wear, even for extended listening (2 - 3 hours) and *way* more comfortable than the Samsung B/T headphones I also own. It was easy to pair with my iPod Touch - no problems. I'd rate the sound quality very highly; no, they're not studio quality phones but they are really very good. A little more bass feel would be nice but that's really just a nit. Battery life is excellent - I can go three or four days at a time without recharging.

                    My only real complaint is regarding the controls. The tiny little buttons are like little ants to my admittedly large hands. They feel flimsy to the touch and it makes me question the expected service life of the switches. It's very easy to hit the wrong button; Sony failed to build any real tactile feel to any of the buttons to aid your fingers in identifying a particular function. Very irritating - but not a deal-breaker in my opinion.

                    Your choices for B/T headphones are really very limited right now; Sony's main competition is from Samsung and right now I'd take the Sony over the Samsung every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Very Good quality sound

                    By Every day's a Saturday...

                    from Alexandria, Louisiana

                    About Me Business Professional, Gearhead, Retired computerliterate

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Small controls

                    Best Uses

                    • Long Talks

                    Comments about Sony DR-BT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Integrated Controls:

                    Disappointed in their range. Line of sight is only 30-feet to where I want to use them, but too many drop outs. Oh, and they hate glass French doors, worse than a sheetrock wall. I realize the integrated BT in my HP TouchSmart 600 may be as much at fault too. Connection was easy. Product performs as claimed. Microphone quality mediocre as a phone. BUT, these were the highest rated, audiophile grade, Bluetooth, totally earcovering headphones available.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    3.0

                    Excellent except for microphone

                    By Andrew

                    from Port St. Joe, Florida

                    About Me Business Professional, Parent, Practical

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy Controls
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Poor Design
                    • Poor Microphone Quality

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about Sony DR-BT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Integrated Controls:

                    My intentions were to use it as a wireless headset for Skype as well as listening to mp3's at work. The audio side of things worked great - excellent sound. However, the mic was beyond horrible. It sounded as if I was driving down the road with the window open. NOT recommended if you're planning on using the mic.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    3.0

                    no real suprises

                    By teflon

                    from chicago IL.

                    About Me Practical

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sony DR-BT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Integrated Controls:

                      love the wireless & the good quality sound. But it comes at a cost. After a while I have ears that are sore & I find myself wipping the sweat off the headphones. (No I am not working out or even walking.)

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Great sound quality

                      By patterson

                      from Grand Rapids, MI

                      About Me Business Professional, Gearhead, Practical, Student

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy

                      Best Uses

                      • Studying
                      • Travel
                      • Work in cubical

                      Comments about Sony DR-BT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Integrated Controls:

                      Their are plenty of reviews for these head phones but just wanted to add my 2 cents and maybe help sway anyone who is on the fence. I have owned these headphones for just over a hear and have no regrets from buying them.

                      Pros:
                      - great sound quality
                      - easy integration of Bluetooth
                      - Light weight
                      - long battery life

                      Cons:
                      - Feel flimsy when storing them (afraid I will break then but has yet to happen)
                      - after hours of wearing my hears are little sore so take a break for 5 minutes solves issue. (more padding would have been nice)
                      - no noise cancelling technology
                      - can't use headphones while charging or use them as "normal" headphones.

                      I would like to think I was on the frontier of Bluetooth headphones. This is my third pair and compared to my first pair I bought ~4-5 years ago these are wonderful. The bass is deep, and highs are clear. Do you homework and if your looking for great quality, light, and over-ear these are the headphones for you.

                      The only reason I would upgrade to newer headphones would be for one with noise cancelling feature.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      4.0

                      Great Value!

                      By Big Dave

                      from Winnipeg

                      About Me Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound

                      Cons

                      • No charging station

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sony DR-BT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Integrated Controls:

                        Great sound and convenient to use.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        A MUST HAVE GADGET

                        By Dan

                        from Tampa, Florida

                        About Me Gearhead, Parent, Practical, Student

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Commuting
                          • Long Talks
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Sony DR-BT50 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Integrated Controls:

                          Excelent pair to my Nokia 5800 phone & Lenovo laptop. 17 Hours battery is very good. very nice sound quality for a cordless unit, for its price I cannot justify paying $299 for a comparable noise canceling HPhones like Bose QC series, Had Sony added a noise canceling feature to this BT50 and sell it for $299 could be well worth it. I hope the next generation of BT50 would include noise canceling, they also need to redesign those veri tiny switches behind the ear and make it a little bigger.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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