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5.0 out of 5 stars Swiss army knife of a Bluetooth Headset!, 8 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Sony SBH52 Smart Bluetooth Wireless Handset with NFC Connectivity - Black (Electronics)
Bought this to work with my Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It does not disappoint!

Firstly the device is larger than an average BT headset but you do get a lot in return. The main function for listening to audio wirelessly through the earphones is obvious (and sounds very clear with good bass levels) and the inclusion of FM radio is very welcome and works nicely with RDS information on the clear bright OLED display.

But, where this device differs is that you can remove the earphones and the device works like a mini mobile phone. You can hold it up to your ear and make use of the phone speaker and microphone. I tested it out and my caller could not tell the difference, all was clear and audible. There's a separate speaker for speakerphone function if you prefer. That speaker will also allow you to playback music too or take advantage of text to speech from incoming notifications.

If you use it on an Android device there are a few smart apps compatible with it. These are for notifying you of SMS, Gmail, Calendar events, Twitter and Facebook. Those messages scroll along the screen meaning you don't have to get the phone out to read them. As stated you can get the messages read out for you if you wish.

Finally the other killer feature if you have a NFC enabled device, is that this will pair instantly by bumping together the devices each time you turn it on!

Only criticism is the device when used as a 'phone' handset is small so you don't get brilliant comfort when holding it to your ear but it's a small price to pay if you don't want someone to rob you of your phone or risk dropping it when in a call. Also it's a fingerprint magnet!

I do highly recommend this device if you have one of the new larger phablet style premium phones. It's great!
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Initial post: 13 Jan 2014 10:51:43 GMT
Great review, thanks. Question for you: I have a Note 3 too which I also use to pump music into my car stereo, which does not have Bluetooth, although it does have an AUX in. However, the audio output from the 3.5mm socket on my Note 3 is of poor quality (quiet and lacking dynamic range, way worse than my Note 1, iPhone and other previous phones etc), whilst from tests in stores, the Note 3 Bluetooth streaming is of higher quality! So, I wish to use Bluetooth my Note 3 audio to my car stereo. I was about to buy a Bluetooth adapter (available on Amazon from various Chinese sources), when it occurred to me I could simply use the SBH52 by connecting it to the AUX In jack on my car stereo using a 3.5mm to 3.5mm jack cable. But then it also occured to me that the signal output from the SBH52 (or other Sony BT headset) through the 3.5mm jack is for headphones, NOT AUX, so it may be too strong or too weak and either distort to be too quiet. Any idea? Are you able to try it? Many thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2014 21:47:08 GMT
ex says:
Well, if your car stereo has an AUX aka "line in" input, then you need to supply it with a so-called "line level" input signal (please search Wikipedia for this term), which has a different voltage and impedance from what a headphone jacket outputs. The result of feeding a signal that is meant to go into a headphone into a "line in" input is exactly as you describe - it doesn't sound any good. This effect can be more or less pronounced, depending on the characteristics of the headphone output of the very device that you are connecting, but the proper solution is to use the proper signal. E.g. for an iPod or iPhone with the old dock connector use a cable like this: FiiO L3 Line Out Dock Cable for iPod, iPhone, iPad which gives you access to the "line out" signal from the dock connector.

To answer your exact question: The Sony SBH52 won't help you much as its 3.5mm socket is also designed for headphones. But just search for "bluetooth car aux" here on Amazon and you will find products like this one: Belkin In Car Audio Connect AUX-Bluetooth - which I haven't tried, but you get the idea. Good luck!

Posted on 20 Apr 2014 15:43:23 BDT
Mr. Mac says:
Have you had any problems with the BT disconnecting from the Note 3 for no reason as reported in some coments ?. I had to send the SBH50 back to Amazon because of this but really liked the product so I wondered if the SBH52 had the same insides as the SBH50 so might suffer the same problem if I purchased it.


In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2014 09:02:11 BDT
J. C. Bates says:
There's an app on Google Play called "Bluetooth Auto Connect" that will definitely help. I noticed a problem reconnecting when moving out of range and this app fixed it. It's free and offers loads of other useful functions.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2014 09:15:48 BDT
ex says:
There are at least two apps named "Bluetooth Auto Connect" - am I right to assume that you mean this one here? →

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2014 19:54:13 BDT
Mr. Mac says:
Great thank for taking the time to reply

Posted on 5 May 2016 11:33:36 BDT
Mr J. C. Bates I'm very keen to buy this product. i want to know about battery back up of this product?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 May 2016 11:37:46 BDT
J. C. Bates says:
Sorry I no longer have this product. I do know though that the rechargeable battery did last a long time.
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