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    Hi,

    help us to test bluetooth headphones. Some of them work way better than others. Especially wearing the FR645M on left wrist can cause problems.
    Just have a look and write as much as you want but please cover Model, Left wrist, FW, comments and a link.

    You can find also some information in this thread: https://forums.garmin.com/forum/into...ent-headphones

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    Headphone model Left wrist working Tested with FW Comments Link
    Anker SoundBuds Slim+ Yes 2.4 & 2.5 works fine indoor and outdoor.
    Sweated to death after ~ 10 runs.
    https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B0756T7R5T/
    Hussar magic buds NO 2.5 cuts in and out on left wrist;
    pretty good when run/ not as good walking
    https://www.amazon.com/Headphones-Hu.../dp/B01EYEHDJI
    BeatsX YES 2.4 2.5
    4.0
    works fine indoor and outdoor
    Jabra Elite Sport NO 2.4 & 2.5 cuts out constantly when worn on left wrist. Works fine on right https://www.jabra.com.de/sports-head...ra-elite-sport
    TaoTronics TT-BH16 YES 2.4 & 2.5 works fine indoor and outdoor https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B01LYAY765/
    TaoTronics TT-BH027 Yes 3.1 works fine indoor and outdoor.bit too much bass https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B078RYQCSF/
    TaoTronics TT-BH07 NO 3.7 Dropouts when using on left wrist. But its okay when using with the right one, with no dropouts. https://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-Hea...dp/B07C77M3HL/
    Aukey Latitude YES 2,5 tested just outdoors https://www.amazon.it/gp/product/B06XWSXGDK/
    Aukey EP-B4 YES 2.5 tested just outdoors https://www.amazon.it/gp/product/B018AOMCH6/
    Bose SoundSport Free Wireless NO 2.4 & 2.5 Works indoor both wrist. Recommend for no audio cutout to wear on right wrist for outdoor. https://www.amazon.com/Bose-SoundSpo.../dp/B0748G1QLP
    SoundPEATS YES 2.5 Works indoor both wrists. They are a little large, i.e., diameter of a quarter https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00STP86HC/
    Plantronics BackBeat Fit NO 2.5 Works fine indoor on either wrist, but outdoor left wrist causes intermittent dropouts. Outdoor on right wrist works perfectly. https://www.amazon.com/Plantronics-B.../dp/B00KJLMBQQ
    Aftershokz Trekz Air YES 2.5 A truly wonderful pair of headphones, excellent quality and very comfortable, buds don't work for me, these are bone conducting ones. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B075FMK7SD/
    Meizu EP51 NO 2.5 Good quality, comfortable, especially for 30$. Great work indoor - up to 10m, but in running/walking mode - pull out hand behind the back and receive intermittent dropouts https://www.meizu.com/en/accessory/ep51.html
    Skullcandy Ink'd YES 2.4 & 2.5 Rare drop out but only if I move my arm behind my back https://www.amazon.com/Skullcandy-Bl.../dp/B06XPK9N8L
    JBL Inspire 500 NO 2.5 YES - outdoor while running
    NO - outdoor while walking (some cutouts)
    https://uk.jbl.com/sport-headphones/...spire+500.html
    Jaybird FREEDOM 2 YES 2.5 YES when switching controller right-->left side and sound via the Jaybird app. https://jaybirdsport.com/en-gb/freed...tml#985-000749
    Jaybird X3 NO 2.50
    3.70
    Activity - outdoor running. The earphones were worn in the "active" mode (over the ear method which puts the controller on the left side).
    Update 3.70: Unberable. Keeps dropping out and if you are walking it disconnect and doesnt connect back if you don´t do it manually.
    I think it got worst with the update of the fw
    https://www.amazon.com/Jaybird-Wirel.../dp/B01M7NCT5O
    Mpow (MPBH088AB-DE) YES 2.5 Yes - when running
    No - when walking (regular cutaouts)
    https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B075WTBYPJ/
    Taotronics Bluetooth 4.1 Yes 2.5 Works indoor & outdoor https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B075MY2X9Q/
    Senso S-255 No 2.5 Cuts out on left wrist if you turn on GPS for running.
    JLab Epic Air NO 2.5 Works indoor (see below from other user)
    JLab Epic Air Yes 2.5 I've been running outside with GPS (& inside on treadmill) with FW 2.5 with watch on left wrist and have had successful results with the JLab Epic Air headsets. I've only ever experienced a rare drop out when I tuck my hand behind my back.
    Jabra Sportpace Yes 2.5 Excellent! Works on left wrist, with GPS and HR strap. Hasn't skipped a single time while using GPS on runs. Very good fit, good sound, but heavy on bass and highs toned down, but still very good for running. https://www.amazon.de/Jabra-Bluetooth-kabelloser-Sport-Kopfhörer-Smartphone-schwarz/
    iLive True Wireless Earbuds NO 2.5 Cuts out on left wrist if you turn on GPS for running
    JBL Reflect YES 2.5 Some cut outs
    Sony MDR-AS900BT NO 2.5
    Sony MDR-XB80BS YES 2.5 https://www.amazon.de/Sony-MDR-XB80B...dp/B01LD5GQYO/
    Sony MDR-XB80BS NO 3.70 Constant dropouts on left wrist. Works fine on right wrist.
    RHA MA750 Wireless YES 2.5 works indoor and outdoor https://www.rha-audio.com/se/headphones/ma-wireless
    JBL mini reflect YES 2.5 Receiver on the left, watch on the left, no dropouts. https://www.amazon.de/JBL-Sport-Kopfhörer-Schweißbeständig-Reflektierendem-3-Tasten-Fernbedienung-Schwarz/dp/B01738P6J6/
    Zolo Liberty+ YES 2.5 & 3.1 some cutouts outdoors (rare) https://www.amazon.de/Bluetooth-Technologie-Schweißfest-unterstützt-Geräuschisolierung-Schwarz/dp/B075JCG29M/
    Skullcandy Method BT Sport Earbuds YES 2.5 & 3.1 Sounds decent. Pairs easily. No dropouts. Only tested outdoors. I was surprised how well both the horseshoe thing around my neck and the earbuds stay in place. https://www.skullcandy.ca/shop/earbu...ethod-wireless
    Apple Airpods NO 2.5 & 3.1 lots of drop outs with 2.5 but definitely less with 3.1. fairly frustrating. wouldn't recommend
    Jabra Sports Coach YES 3.1 outside were pretty much faultless on either wrist - shortish run though. Only reproducible patchy dropouts on left wrist if held towards the back of the body on waist and further back https://www.jabra.co.uk/sports-headp...coach-wireless
    Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless YES 3.3 Works indoor and outdoor.
    Works since update to FW 3.30.
    Small dropouts during running but this is the same with my mobile phone.
    KitSound Race YES 3.1 Unbelievable for the price great sound but not waterproof. Can be 8m away from watch so no drop outs with watch on either arm. https://www.amazon.co.uk/KitSound-Wi...dp/B01FFTGUQ8/
    Bose Soundsport Wireless YES 3.1 Yes- Indoor, Yes - Outdoor
    Works perfect indoors on both wrists.
    Outdoors- works perfect on both wrists.
    Other user reports that these headphones don't work wtith this FW!
    Jabra PULSE v.4 NO 3.20 Indoor OK, Outdoor NOK
    Intermittent audio. Cuts in and out frequently. For every 30 seconds. Very bad. Not acceptable
    Compare to using bt headset w iPhone, only short break once or twice for an hour run
    MEE Audio X7 NO 3.20 Indoor OK, Outdoor NOK.
    Intermittent audio. Cuts in and out frequently. For every 30 seconds. Very bad. Not acceptable
    Compare to using bt headset w iPhone, only short break once or twice for an hour run
    Tranya Sports Wireless Earbuds YES 3.30 works fine indoor and outdoor. No
    dropouts, sound quality good for
    inexpensive true wireless earbuds. YMMV
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07C75CNBQ/
    Sony WF-1000x NO 3.30 Constant dropouts even when not moving, would not recommend, even with the latest Sony firmware. Left and right sync issues and when GPS and ANT+ is added to the mix the sound is unstable. (They work ok with my android phone with less issues) https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/t...eless/wf-1000x
    Sony WF-SP700N YES 3.30 I have seen no issues with the watch on the left wrist, when I switched the watch to the right I did have some breakups outside whilst walking, did not try running with it on my right wrist though. https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/t...less/wf-sp700n
    Jabra Sport 65t NO N/A Works indoor. Not working outdoor, constant
    dropouts. Working on Right Wrist.
    https://g.co/kgs/URh7fW
    Anker SoundBuds Slim+ YES - indoor
    NOT REALLY outdoor
    3.30 Works pretty much as Apple Airpods. Fine inside, not too bad when running outside, but when walking and arm is stretched, dropping all the time. https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B0756T7R5T/
    Aftershokz Trekz Titanium YES 3.40 A truly wonderful pair of bone conducting headphones
    Anker Soundcore
    Spirit X Sports
    YES - indoor
    YER -outdoor
    3.20
    3.40
    Works great when running but when the arm is stretched/dropped ie when walking, the connection will drop.
    Update 3.40: I no longer have the dropout issues.
    https://www.amazon.com/Headphones-So.../dp/B07B9R67WR
    Plantronics Backbeat Go 2 YES 3.40 Good pair of BT headphones
    Zealsound True Wireless Bluetooth Headphones YES 3.40 works fine indoor and outdoor. No
    dropouts, sound quality is pretty good, especially for this price for true wireless headphones. They also stay in perfectly for me, because of the rubber 'hook
    https://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-Zea...dp/B07BTW6B4R/
    SILVERCREST Bluetooth headphones SBKO 4.0 D1 YES 3.40 Works fine indoor and outdoor on both right and left wrist. Absolutely OK when running outdoor. When walking outdoor with watch on left wrist, some minor dropouts experienced. But just by adjusting bt receiver (move it a bit down), bt connection was re-established and no dropouts. Sound is OK too. Links to CZ and DE version of e-shop provided, but should be available also in other Lidl e-shops. For 17.99 EUR you can't make a mistake. And it has magnets, so you can connect headphones together around your neck, when not using it. Works OK with GPS enabled https://www.lidl.de/de/silvercrest-s...4-0-d1/p268379

    https://www.lidl-shop.cz/SILVERCREST...-D1/p100232845
    Sony SP500 YES 3.40 They work great. No skips, works on left arm, works on right arm, works when I move. Works if I put the watch on in one room, and go to the next room, with a wall between. I bought them because I wanted semi open headphones so that I can hear sounds. They look a little special but fit really well, and has a good price as well. https://www.sony.com/electronics/in-...hones/wi-sp500
    Roxcore Flow U NO 3.40 I have also tested with Roxcore Flow U (probably only sold in Scandinavia) and they didn't work at all. They skip all the time, at any distance from the watch. https://www.kjell.com/se/sortiment/m...t-svart-p23548
    Vidonn F1 Titanium Wireless Sports Headset Yes - Indoor
    Yes - outdoor
    3.40 A cheaper bone conduction alternative which works well. Good connection on both wrists, in front and behind body, only slight break-up on left wrist with arm straight beside thigh.
    Edit: Starting to note more break-ups on left wrist when arm fully extended. Running position is fine
    https://www.amazon.com/Conduction-He.../dp/B07449HBNH
    Samsung IconX (2016) NO 3.40 Does not pair!
    Sennheiser 4.50BTNC NO 3.40 Does not pair!
    SYLLABLE D3X NO 3.40 Does not pair!
    TWS M9 NO 3.40 Does not pair!
    Zolo Liberty NO 3.40 I have constant dropouts and it's unusable outdoors running.
    Rigth wrist is working though.
    Zolo Liberty+ NO 3.40
    3.70
    I have constant dropouts and it's unusable outdoors running.
    Rigth wrist is working though.
    ONEAR 500 YES 3.70 it works great on left wrist (645M in 3.7), during an outdoor run. There are made especially for running, and fit well in ears.
    the bluetooth transmitter is on the left side, so it works very well with the watch on left wrist.
    https://www.decathlon.fr/ecouteurs-o...d_8485505.html
    Syncwire SW-BTE-01 YES 3.70 works fine both indoor and outdoor.
    Syllable D900P NO 3.70 Worst than my others headphones. keeps dropping and there is some change on the volume depending the position of your arms or head.
    MPOW T1 TWS YES 3.70 Until now, did four outside runs and no dropouts. although there are some lag and changes in the volume depending on the movement of your head or arms. I Hope it will last for a long time, because don´t think there is IP rating for water resistence https://www.amazon.com/Mpow-Wireless.../dp/B07FPMB66P
    MIIEGO AL3+ NO ?? Dropouts when using on left wrist. But its okay when using with the right one, with no dropouts. https://miiego.com/products/al3-freedom
    Jabra Elite 45e YES 3.70 Works indoor and outdoor, on both left and right wrist. https://www.amazon.de/Jabra-Ear-Kopf...dp/B07CXXWJN7/
    Jaybird Run YES 4.00 Left wrist works well while jogging but has serious dropouts when hand is lowered (for tall person). Right wrist is better ... Connecting is sometimes flaky.
    Anker Soundbuds Curve YES 3.70 Left wrist works well while running but has dropouts when hand is lowered such as when walking. Didnt try right wrist. Able to reconnect easily by reaching arm closer to headphones momentarily. Headphones nice and cheap, just wanted something to listen to podcasts with. https://www.amazon.com.au/Anker-Head.../dp/B0721MP41Q
    Sony SBH70 YES 3.40
    3.70
    Work flawless. I always wear GM on the left wrist so didn't test the right wrist.
    This is a great water proof earbud bluetooth headset for somebody
    who don't like inear like me.
    .
    P.S: I'm not always online. Expect delays to update the list.

    skopek
    Last edited by skopek; 10-09-2018, 06:32 AM.

  • #2
    Thanks for starting this. It would be good if people can try with the 645 on both wrists per headphone type. I’ve got Ankers as well and they are working well. I’ll check the exact model in a bit, just in case it’s different

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    • #3
      headphone model Left wrist Tested withe FW comments
      Hussar magic buds cuts in and out on left wrist 2.5 pretty good when run/ not as good walking
      you could probably live with it even though it is not perfect
      Link https://www.amazon.com/Headphones-Hu.../dp/B01EYEHDJI

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      • #4
        Headphone model Left wrist working Tested with FW Comments Link
        BeatsX YES 2.4 & 2.5 works fine indoor and outdoor

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        • #5
          Headphone model Left wrist working Tested with FW Comments Link
          Jabra Elite Sport No 2.4 & 2.5 Cuts out constantly when worn on left wrist. Works fine on right. https://www.jabra.com/sports-headpho...ra-elite-sport

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          • #6
            Headphone model Left wrist working Tested with FW Comments Link
            TaoTronics TT-BH16 YES 2.4 & 2.5 works fine indoor and outdoor https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B01...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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            • #7
              I use these and works

              aukey

              https://www.amazon.it/gp/product/B06...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

              aukey

              https://www.amazon.it/gp/product/B01...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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              • #8
                have you tried both wrists? Indoors and Outdoors?

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                • #9
                  hello, maybe I don't understand the question sorry :-/ are we speak about headphone?
                  Both models works of both wrists, I use them only outdoors: perfect

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                  • #10
                    yes, I was asking whether with the 645 on the left wrist and the right wrist whether the headphones still work perfectly. Some headphones have the communication part of them in a block which is on one side of the head. This means some headphones work better with the watch on a certain arm.

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                    • #11
                      Understood
                      I can confirm both headphones works with both wrists

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                      • #12
                        Headphone model Left wrist working Tested with FW Comments Link
                        Bose SoundSport Free Wireless YES - indoor
                        NO - outdoor
                        2.4 & 2.5 Works indoor both wrist. Recommend for no audio cutout to wear on right wrist for outdoor. https://www.amazon.com/Bose-SoundSport-Truly-Wireless-Headphones/dp/B0748G1QLP?ref_=nav_signin&
                        1st Garmin: Garmin 645M
                        Headphones: Bose Free SoundSport Navy/Citron
                        Sport: Runner, Cyclist, Walker, Gym

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                        • #13
                          Headphone model Left wrist working Tested with FW Comments Link
                          SoundPEATS YES 2.5 I'm Left handed so watch and bluetooth are on the same side. Works indoor both wrists. Inexpensive, sound was ok, on-board volume control, and worked out of the box, but I don't expect them to last a long time. They are a little large, i.e., diameter of a quarter https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
                          Last edited by CliftonMiller; 04-04-2018, 11:35 AM. Reason: Linky

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                          • #14
                            Here's my experience with the Plantronics BackBeat Fit (already listed on the official Garmin list, but probably not bad to add to the list)
                            Headphone model Left wrist working Tested with FW Comments Link
                            Plantronics BackBeat Fit YES - indoor
                            NO - outdoor
                            2.5 Works fine indoor on either wrist, but outdoor left wrist causes intermittent dropouts. Outdoor on right wrist works perfectly. https://www.amazon.com/Plantronics-B.../dp/B00KJLMBQQ

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                            • #15
                              Headphone model Left wrist working Tested with FW Comments Link
                              Aftershokz Trekz Air YES - indoor
                              YES - outdoor
                              2.5 A truly wonderful pair of headphones, excellent quality and very comfortable, buds don't work for me, these are bone conducting ones. A bit pricey, but worth it IMO https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B075FMK7...ing=UTF8&psc=1

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