Well, I got my new Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 headset for Samsung Galaxy from Amazon.com today! This headset comes with a cable that includes a mic/volume switch right on it. Since it's compatible with the Samsung Galaxy phone, I wanted to see if this could possibly pinch-hit for a hands-free streamer until Oticon releases the clip-on streamer compatible with their Opn miniRITE aids some time in my lifetime. If ever.
Does this headset work as a streamer with my phone? Short answer: YES!
- This clearly offers at least a modicum of a solution for streaming phone calls. So I no longer have to put on my old Agil Pro aids and use the Streamer Pro necklace. I can now stream phone calls using the Sennheiser headset. Just plug it into the Samsung, dial a number, and voila! Beautiful sound quality in BOTH ears.
- It's reasonably "hands-free" in that I can park my phone on the desktop, call Anthem, relax in my easy chair as a robo-attendant guides me through 150 idiotic steps till I get to speak to a person ... after waiting in a cue for 45 min with obnoxious music playing ... all while I'm working on craft projects, using my hands! Even with a clip-on streamer, you have to be near the actual phone when on a call.
- The headset comes with a mic so those on the phone call with me can HEAR ME. Granted, you can't be fiddle-faddling with this mic, as it sits on the cable just under the chin level (see downsides).
- The headset is also compatible with my Astell&Kern portable music player that I travel with and my Macbook Pro laptop - so now I can hear anything on the internet or even play music from the music library on my home server.
- The cable has a volume UP and DOWN button that works with phone, music player or laptop. How easy is that?
- It comes with both a soft cloth and reasonably firm travel case.
- Sound quality is EXCELLENT for phone, laptop or music player. WoOoOOOoOooo!
- I have a very tiny head - child-sized, even. So it turns out that the Sennheiser headset does not fit, because the headband is not infinitely adjustable. You see, when one wears aids with the mic behind the ear, you have to hoist the headset/headphone UP over that mic to get sound. As a result, the entire headset sits about 1+ inch over my head! My workaround is crude, but effective: I use the cover of my Clarisonic face brush as a perfect *footstool* to hold the headset exactly an inch above my head! Do I look goofy, dorky and completely dim-witted? YES! In fact, one look at myself in the mirror had me weeping with laughter! Do I care? No! I'm going to travel with this headset and let folks take pictures of me. Too bad Sennheiser doesn't make a headset with an infinitely adjustable headband.
- The cable is nice and long, but the mic/volume switch sits just at the chin level. That's great for others to hear me on the phone, but it's impossible for ME to see the switch at all! As a result, I end up groping around on the switch, hanging up calls instead of turning the volume UP or DOWN. Duh. I guess some dexterity practice is in order.
- The headsets are by no means SMALL. You can Youtube many videos to see how they look on a normal person's head - one who doesn't have a child-sized head and hearing aids that require the headset to be hoisted UP and over the mics. THEY look normal. I look ridiculous!
- Given that I have to wear the headset raised up over my mics, these are not truly noise-cancelling! They may let in a fair amount of plane noise after all, but I'll have to try that out later. The good news is that I can hear folks talking to me even with the headphones ON and music playing! With other setups, you typically have to mute the streamer to hear ambient noise/speech.
Altogether, I'm VERY HAPPY with this headset! A bit large, cludgey, but still portable and very flexible in that I can connect to multiple mediums. How many HA streamers do that? Typically you need separate phone and TV streamer at the minimum.