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Review: Motorola HX1 Endeavor Bluetooth Headset

Manufacturers of Bluetooth headsets are in an arms race of sorts in an effort to design and build a headset with the most complete noise cancellation possible. Various headsets sporting an assortment of hardware and software solutions have been marketed over the years as offering high end noise reduction and cancellation, but it has never quite been perfected.

Motorola’s latest high-end headset, the HX1 Endeavor, leverages a number of technologies to provide optimal noise cancellation and voice quality in a wide array of situations. The full review follows the break. (And you can watch TiPB's video hands-on with it at CES here.)

Features

As far as the core technologies are concerned, there isn’t anything earth-shattering about the HX1. The primary tools that Motorola utilizes are their CrystalTalk DSP (Digital Signal Processor), and a bone-conduction technology.

The big to-do about the HX1 is more about how all of the different technologies are implemented. CrystalTalk utilizes dual microphones in order to cancel out surrounding noise and does an admirable job. In my tests, I was able to have a phone conversation while listening to music in my car. Not only did the other party hear me clearly, they weren’t able to hear the music in the background.

The second piece of technology that is heavily used in order to provide the best quality call quality is the bone conduction. For the unfamiliar, bone conduction uses vibrations from the jaw or inner ear in order to better isolate the sound. The HX1 uses an earpiece that fits deeper into your ear than most headsets. The bone conduction is used in what Motorola terms “Stealth Mode”, which uses the bone conduction exclusively in order to cut out the most extreme wind noise. In testing, there was some degradation in the sound quality. My wife described it as similar to when you have water in your ears, which would seem to be pretty spot on considering the sound is being generated from vibrations in your ear.

Fit

The HX1 comes with a number of different options for customizing the headset to your ear. A standard ear hook is used in order to provide a secure fit. Because of the fact that this headset lodges fairly deep in your ear there are some comfort issues, but it wasn’t a problem for extended use.

Sound Quality

The HX1 provides some of the best noise cancellation that I’ve used. Using CrystalTalk, I was able to carry on conversations in noisy environments without any complaints from the other end of the call. Stealth Mode, while not offering the best sound quality, allows you to be understood in extreme conditions such as high winds or loud environments. Incoming calls are very easy to hear largely because of the earpiece being placed in your ear.

Conclusion

If the Motorola HX1 doesn’t provide the best noise cancellation on the market, it is definitely close to the top of a very short list. This kind of sound quality does come at a hefty premium however. At $109.95 from the WMExperts store, if you require the best sound quality in extreme noise and the price tag doesn't scare you off, the HX1 is the headset for you.

Pros: 
Sound Quality. Stealth Mode.
Cons: 
A little uncomfortable.
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says:

Thank you for reviewing this! I've been waiting for one of my known review sites to get their hands on it, as I find it hard to compare with sites I'm unfamiliar with what they like and dislike.

This seems to be a great replacement for my H12 which always had too low of a volume in the ear piece for loud areas.

How would you rate the other party's volume? Just enough? Or more than enough?

Thank you!

Tim Ferrill says:

Volume is excellent. Because the earpiece fits so far down inside the ear there isn't any external noise or leakage, so it functions really well.

says:

Thanks Tim, this has always been a concern about ordering devices without being able to try them first :)

says:

Nice post thanks and keep sharing such stuff.
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says:

Its sounds amazing without any noise. Is this product available in Uk. to? DWI lawyers

says:

Its amazing sound without any noise. This product is available in the UK. to? Directory Submission

says:

Just got mine today, and I love it! So thank you for the review!

says:

I had an H15 for a couple of months and abandoned it for a BlueAnt Q1. The incoming sound quality was excellent but the people on the other end kept telling me, "you're fading in and out." Unacceptable.

says:

Though the call quality isn't perfect, the combination of bone conduction, CrystalTalk, and other features make the Motorola Endeavor HX1 a fantastic headset. Its a good one.

says:

If you're interested inBluetooth Headsets.Just check it out

says:

The HX1 provides some of the best noise cancellation that I

says:

I purchased this headset after my previous one dissappeared. so far It has great noise cancelling features. I have not had to use the "Stealth Mode Feature" since its normal operation works extremely well. People have commented to me at how well I sound when I talk to them, as if I'm not on a headset. I am very impressed with how well I hear them. I use this headset in extremely noisy environments and it is better then using my phone without a headset.

says:

This is my first bluetooth and I am amazed at how well it works. The room is very comfortable, even after having been in my ears for long periods of time. The regular sound and voice quality is great. My wife says that a metal bit when you use the stealth mode, but we can understand everything perfectly. I even put my face in front of a desk fan and could not make a difference. The only problem I have is that my iphone does not support voice dialing or streaming audio.

vbestic says:

This is a really nice headset. However, I still have confusion whic one I will buy. Everytime I read new article, I change my mind. I recently look at bluetooth headset comparison chart here and I was sure I'm buying Jawbone era. Then I came across this article.