iBall Base 09 Headset Review: Big sound, no cords

Written by Sudhir Chowdhary | Updated: Aug 14 2013, 19:17pm hrs
iBall Base 09 Headset Review: With busy lives and so much to do, it becomes imperative to multitask at times. Thankfully, Bluetooth wireless headsets are a great tool to help you do just that. They are hands-free, wire-free devices that you simply attach onto your ear. This gives you the freedom to take care of other tasks, such as cooking, using the computer, listening to music, or anything else that is better done with both hands, yet still allows you to carry on a phone conversation.

Mumbai-based promoter of iBall products, Best IT World, recently introduced a new range of headsets bearing the Gold theme. And among the top of the Gold Series is the swanky Base 09 Bluetooth stereo headset. The device is sturdy and affordable too, retailing at R4,999. Its big earcups, auto-pause and play function and a range upto 10 metres makes it a worthy, wireless companion.

The Base 09 has the following features: next track and previous track, play/pause, answer call, end call, reject call and redial last call, volume adjustment. It can also be used as a wired headphone (without mic). The devices in-built rechargeable battery treats its owner with 16 hours of music time or 17 hours of talk. It is recommended to charge the battery fully before using it for the first time.

You have to pair the Bluetooth headset with mobile phone before using it for the first time. Pairing it with my BlackBerry Bold 4 was easy. All that one has to do is keep the headset and mobile phone within one meter range. Make sure that your headset is off. Press and hold multifunction button until the indicator flashes Blue and Red alternatively. The headset is now entered into pairing mode. Switch on the Bluetooth function of your mobile phone and search for Bluetooth device. After searched, select iBall Base 09 in the Bluetooth device list. According to indication, enter password or PIN No 0000, and press the key yes or confirm. After pairing is successful, the headset and mobile phone will remember each other; there is no need to re-pair next time.

Just like hats, shoes, and other personal accessories, ears range greatly in size from person to person. The Base 09 is a well-planned headset, designed to accommodate many different ear sizes and shapes. Its lightweight, adjustable and long molded headband, coupled with ultra soft ear cups give the user good comfort even when used for long durations.

Bluetooth wireless headsets are most often used in combination with Bluetooth enabled phones. But I also wire-connected the Base 09 with my iPod Touch and the headset delivers crisp sound quality with real, natural sound effects. Its design is comfortable enough to wear with glasses. This quality wireless stereo device lets you enjoy music without the hassle of wires. In the event of an incoming call, however, youll be able to answer without skipping a beat. Keep in mind that stereo Bluetooth products tend to place audio performance above call quality.

The Base 09 is for the fashion conscious and its superb call audio quality and comfortable fit make it an excellent buy.

SPECS

Dimension: 17 x 16.5 x 5.7 cm (H x W x D)

Bluetooth version: V2.1 + EDR

Frequency range: 2.40 GHz 2.480 GHz

Effective range: Upto 10 meters

Working time: 16 hours for music; 17 hours for talk

Audio input: 3.5 mm

Weight: 177 grams

Estimated street price: Rs 4,999