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Wired Headset Holy Grail -- Shure iXc-t Series

 
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What headset do you use to listen to music with your HTC-based smartphone?
"Stock"
30%
 30%  [ 3 ]
"Stock"
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Bluetooth Mono
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Bluetooth Mono
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Bluetooth Stereo
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Bluetooth Stereo
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Shure i-t series with Treo Connector
10%
 10%  [ 1 ]
Shure i-t series with Treo Connector
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Other aftermarket 4-conductor stereo
10%
 10%  [ 1 ]
Other aftermarket 4-conductor stereo
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Standard 3.5mm stereo with 2.5-to-3.5 adapter
20%
 20%  [ 2 ]
Standard 3.5mm stereo with adapter
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
I don't listen to music with my smartphone
30%
 30%  [ 3 ]
I don't listen to music with my smartphone
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Total Votes : 10

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bubbahump
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2006 1:05 pm    Post subject: Wired Headset Holy Grail -- Shure iXc-t Series Reply with quote

After unsuccessfully trying several adapters to make my "normal" 3.5mm headsets work with my 2.5mm 4-conductor US T-Mobile SDA (while maintaining microphone and stereo audio), I found a surprisingly poorly marketed solution from Shure...

I just received the Shure i4c-t headset that I ordered on ebay, and it works wonderfully and sounds great! I was worried that the "Treo" connector wouldn't be wired properly for my HTC-based phone, but it has the same 4-conductor connector that the "stock" headset has. Interestingly, the picture of the connector on the outside of the i4c-t box shows a 3-conductor plug, but open up the box and you'll find a 4-conductor version.

There are 2 models of this headset, the standard i4c, and the i4c-t with the "Treo" connector. The standard version is rather bulky and would require a complicated adapter to connect to the SDA; It is really designed to be connected to both a standard cell phone and a second music device simultaneously. Buy the "-t" version for the SDA.

http://www.shurestore.com/iseries/index.html

edit1: Corrected misspelling. edit2: Previous edit deleted the poll...


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sven
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2006 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

$329.00 MSRP Shocked I didn't pay much more for the unlocked, no contract phone.
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eliteramen
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2006 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sven wrote:
$329.00 MSRP Shocked I didn't pay much more for the unlocked, no contract phone.


It's only $189.99 on eBay . Don't be so penny-pinching! Rolling Eyes Wink

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Mike Temporale
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For a headset? I don't think so! Wow, that's just nuts. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike Temporale wrote:
For a headset? I don't think so! Wow, that's just nuts. Laughing


Yes... and I am a certified crackerjack. After $200 in rebates I paid only $50 for my SDA, so these i4's cost 150% more than the phone at roughly $200.

However, they sound better than anything else I tried, and I did try a lot: Koss spark plug, UE-3, Shure e2c and e3c (all with a 2.5-3.5 adapter). All of the previous headphones I tried required a bulky adapter set up to connect to the SDA, and provided no microphone for phone calls.

The i4's connect directly to the SDA, and have an in-line volume control, mute and microphone. They are also very comfortable, allowing me to sleep with my ear on a pillow in an airplane without feeling them in my ear, all while blocking the airplane noise.

You could try the i2c-t or i3c-t if you want to save some cash. The i2 is much larger and thus not very comfortable, the i3 doesn't have the same high-end detail of the i4.
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Jerry Raia
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see I am not the only one that doesn't listen to music on their phone! HA! Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2006 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I corrected a spelling mistake and accidentally deleted the poll... Then I re-created the poll and there are two of everything... can someone tell me how to fix this?
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