Blue Tooth Advice Please

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Phishtech's Comment
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I’m very hearing impaired and need a really good Blue Tooth device for communicating while driving. Looked online and there are too many choices. I need real world advice.

Thanks

Mik D.'s Comment
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I’m very hearing impaired and need a really good Blue Tooth device for communicating while driving. Looked online and there are too many choices. I need real world advice.

Thanks

I see many drivers go with blue parrot for hands free, I went with the cheapest model and it broke way to easy...I say be prepared to pay a couple hundred for a really good version...

Susan D. 's Comment
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You can buy a blue Parrott for about $130 or less depending on model. They're excellent and I highly recommend them.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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My original BlueParrot 250 was great, except for the non-USB power connection. I went through two of them (the pin connection did not want to stay connected - constant power cycling while connected if the truck was moving) before I wised up and bought the 350 model so that I had the micro-USB charging option. They have since redone their design of the 250 model, micro-USB charger connection is now standard. I will go back to the 250 model when this one breaks, so that my microphone boom is not INSIDE the headgear - it drives me nuts having it inside.

The range on the 250 and 350 is ok. If I leave the phone in the cab while connected on the headset, I can get almost all the way to the rear of my 53' trailer before the signal drops out, but adjusting tandems and staying connected is feasible. When pre-tripping under the trailer rear, usually the signal will drop due to the amount of obstruction from the phone.

The volume range on the headset may or may not be an issue for you. For me, the volume goes quite a bit louder than I prefer, or can stand. If you wear in-ear appliances there may be some comfort issues since the 250 and 350 ride on the ear. Neither seems to feature a deep cup style of cushion. I would advise against the headsets that you wear around your neck - there just seems to be way too much distortion of the voice quality when people talk to me using one of them.

Blue Parrot does a great job of background and wind noise reduction. I can talk to The Beloved with the window down and she hears nothing but my dulcet tones. I would recommend buying a set of spare microphone foam covers Just in case. The noise reduction goes completely away without the foam cover.

Good luck.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Phishtech's Comment
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I've ordered the Blue Parrot 450 XT.

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