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Review: Jabra Street2 Bluetooth Headset

Stereo Bluetooth headsets come in all shapes and sizes nowadays. From behind-the-ear styled, over-the-ear styled to the interestingly styled Jabra Street2.

The pendant, dog-tag style headset has been available for a while now, but we still think it’s worth checking out. Going for about $40 (or Rs 3500 here in India), it works with any Stereo Bluetooth Headset that has Stereo Bluetooth profile A2DP support.

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The Design:

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The Street2 consists of a metallic finish control unit housed in a dog-tag style pendant with rubberized border all around it, measuring 2.1 inches long by 1.6 inch wide by 0.38 inch thick. You’re either going to love or hate the design. There’s really no middle ground.

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The official press release described the design as “urban and edgy”, but while we’re hardly the fashion police here at ZCJ, strutting down the street with a large military-style dog-tag around your neck doesnt really seem like it. It is very slim and compact though.

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The Street2, as you’d expect, comes with a metal chain lanyard to wear around your neck. Incase you dont want to use the metal chain though, there’s also a clothes clip in the retail package incase you’re not too keen on making a fashion statement.

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On the metal face, you have controls cut into it in a straightforward grid, which include six buttons for answering the phone or controlling the music player. The controls are backlit with a cool blue light which helps you identify whether it’s switched on or paired with a device.

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The headset has multipoint support, which means you can connect to two devices at the same time. There’s the Play/Pause key, the track shuffle keys, volume controls, and the multifunction Call key. They have a nice tactile feel because they are all made of rubber and are raised above the surface.

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On the right side you have the 3.5mm audio jack which you can plug any pair of headphones into.

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At the bottom you have the charger jack which works using microUSB. Worth noting though, is that unfortunately you cannot use the Street2 while it is charging.

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The back is bare, with no ports or keys, just stainless steel.

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And at the top, you have the opening for the lanyard metal chain, and a tiny microphone pinhole.

The Performance:

Pairing the headset is an easy enough operating. Switch it on using the multifunction call key and find and and pair with it on your Bluetooth-equipped mobile device. We tested it with the iPhone 4S, Nokia Lumia 800 and the HTC Sensation XE, and they all worked fine, with no problems at all. You can play/pause tracks, skip songs, adjust volume all from the headset itself, and the retail package even comes with a nice pair of in-ear type headphones as well. The big advantage with the Street2 though, is that since it has a 3.5mm headset jack, you can plug in any pair of headphones to use it as a Bluetooth module of sorts.

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Sound quality was pretty good, comparable to most other headsets in this price range. The bass was a a little weak, inspite of the ‘Powerful Bass‘ sticker on the retail box, but the overall quality is very decent.

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Call quality was a mixed bag. Callers heard our voice just fine, but we had to bring the pendant closer to your mouths for them to hear us. Voices come in clear and loud on our end though. There is some minor disturbance if you’re more than 2 meters away (standard Bluetooth range is 10 meters). You can use the headset to call the last number or use voice commands if the mobile device you’re connected to supports it. You can also reject calls or transfer calls from the headset to the phone, etc. Like you’d expect from a Bluetooth headset these days.

The Battery Life:

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Battery Life on the Jabra Street2 is rated at 8 hours talk time, 7 hours music streaming, and 9 days standby time, which isnt too bad at all considering the size of the thing.

The Video Overview:

Here’s a quick overview of the Jabra Street2 Bluetooth Headset. Just to give you a better idea.

The Conclusion:

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Much like the Nokia BH-214, I think the Jabra Street2 is a very useful bluetooth headset, because of the fact that you can plug in any pair of standard headphones into it. This means you can keep them plugged into your home speakers and stream music over from your mobile phone, or plug in a pair of headphones and take it with you on the go. Then again, the Nokia BH-111 does the same thing, for almost half the price.

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The dog-tag design isnt my favourite but might appeal to some folks. Beats having a Star Trek inspired hands-free ear-piece though. Design apart, the Street2 sounded decent, and worked well. We tend to like better bass, but very few bluetooth headsets in this affordable price range offer that. It’s recommendable, but not as a fashion accessory.

  • http://www.krishnanblr.com Shivaram Krishnan

    I was thinking of buying this one and had opinion for Nokia Essence, which is better any comparison chart?

    • http://zomgitscj.com/ Clinton Jeff

      Oh man I’ve listened to the Nokia Essence at Nokia World and they are by far the best pair of bluetooth headphones I’ve EVER listened to! Been trying to get a pair in for review but it’s not officially out anywhere yet :(

      • http://www.krishnanblr.com Shivaram Krishnan

        That will make me to wait desperately though I’m in need of a good BT Headset. Thanks!

  • Karan Satija

    Hi CJ,

    Whats the difference between Jabra Street and Jabra Street 2 and will it work with my ipad 2.
    and are there any other Bluetooth headset with a 3.5mm jack better that Jabra

    • http://zomgitscj.com/ Clinton Jeff

      Hi Karan! There’s only one Jabra ‘BT3030′ actually but it’s known as the Street and the Street 2 in different markets. I couldnt really find out why the different names unfortunately but that’s my explanation so far lol. Both should work fine with an iPad. There’s also the Nokia BH-214 and Nokia BH-111 which are available as well, and much cheaper.

    • Dan

      Hi,

      Actually, the Street2 is an update to the Street. Looking at the spec sheet on Jabra’s website, it appears the Street2 is built in the same physical shell as the original. The only change is the move from Bluetooth 2.0 to Bluetooth 3.0 and the addition of “AM3D Virtual Surround Sound 2.0″.
      I’ve had the original Street for over a year now and absolutely love it! The only thing worse than being tethered to my phone by a cable is having a bluetooth headset wedged in my ear all day. With the Street, I can listen to my music without annoying cables, but when I want to stop listening, I can just pop the headphones out and leave them hanging round my neck with the Street.
      I will probaby update to the Street2 if/when the battery in my old one starts to struggle, but for now it is still working perfectly so I’ve no reason to rush for a replacement :)
      Also, I happen to be one of those who likes the look too, so its a hands down winner for me lol.

      • http://plus.google.com/102113894644220140757/ Clinton Jeff

        Darn, thanks for the heads up Dan!

  • Karan Satija

    Thanx!!

  • http://rishminder.wordpress.com Rishminder Singh Sidhu

    disagree with the low bass bit Clinton… i have these and most time have to tine down the bass using the equalizer, might be due to the earphones and not the Bluetooth, i use it with either Fischer audio enigma or sennheiser cx300ii,

    also how is the Nokia bh111 in terms of audio quality when compared with the jabra??

    This one when paired with the laptops works well with only the problem that you need to manually select the type you wanna connect it i.e. using either as remote Bluetooth headset(for voice chat) or as stereo Bluetooth headset(for music)

  • http://www.facebook.com/gxsaurav Saurav Srivastava

    I purchased this handsfree today to replace my 2 year old Nokia BH-214.

    1. The base and sound quality is better than Nokia BH-214.
    2. With Nokia BH-214 connected to PC, I was able to control, play/pause and skip songs in Windows Media Player but I am unable to do so with Street 2.
    3. When I am playing a song in PC and listening via these then skipping songs in Media player doesn’t skips in the headset immediately. It has a delay of 5 seconds before the song skips.
    4. The charger connector is not Micro USB which we find in current generation of mobile phones like Lumia series, instead this is Mini USB which is thick and needs a separate cable which is bundled. So keep in mind that your regular USB cable won’t charge this.

    Since my usage is 90% with Lumia 800, this headset works fine. However, I feel that Nokia BH-111/214 are better if you want phone as well as PC connectivity.

    I was actually waiting for Nokia BH-221 since March but they are still not available anywhere.

    • http://UnleashThePhones.com/ Clinton Jeff

      Damn that’s annoying. I figured bluetooth headsets would work find with Windows by now! Thanks for the heads up Saurav :o)

      • Saurav Srivastava

        Upon further investigation..

        1. Using with my Lenovo X220 which has inbuilt Bluetooth 3.0 I can say that AVRCP works. I am able to control Windows Media player, Media center etc. It seems that AVRCP for Street 2 needs a bluetooth 3.0 adapter cos Street 2 itself is BT 3.0 based.

        2. Audio is no longer skipping with my laptop.

        Hence I recommend buying a good BT 3.0 adapter when using with a desktop PC and not the usual Rs 130-200 ones available in market. I just ordered these from eBay, bt 3.0+HS. This will be a long term purchase.

        http://www.ebay.in/itm/271028635647?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649#ht_2928wt_906

        Laptops already have good quality Bluetooth adapter inbuilt so no issues with laptops.

        • http://www.facebook.com/gxsaurav Saurav Srivastava

          I purchased a Kinivo BT3-300 Bluetooth 3.0+HS adapter from eBay and the headphone is no longer skipping audio and all controls work fine.

          This handsfree is best used with Bluetooth 3.0.

  • oscar

    How do you remove the Lanyard Chain?

    • watergal

      Just pull, and if it doesn’t work, pull harder…

  • Kevin Maillet-Contoz

    Can it be used as a simple remote ? (jabra connected to a phone, no headset plugged in the jabra, headset connected to the phone).
    I usually plug my phone to my car’s stereo, controlling the player becomes awkward and dangerous when I’m using gps navigation at the same time. As a temporary solution I use a ps3 controller as a remote but I can’t really strap it to the steering wheel.