Motorola Sphere 2-in-1 Stereo Bluetooth Speaker and Headphone Set, Good system

A good system which our 13 year old likes and uses. The sound is not top quality but it is not bad at all. The headphones are comfortable and it all seems to work smoothly together with the ability to dock the headphones onto the speaker.

Very interesting concept, the development of a charging unit for a headset that doubles as as a speaker it’s quite good looking and you can also use it as a hat stand if your hat gets damp in the rain. The speakers on the headphone look good and the sound is excellent. The other half, a former sound engineer is impressed. In fact i had to listen to a good half hour of ‘how amazing it is that you can get that excellence of sound out of one speaker and how difficult it used to be. ‘ as long as the speaker is plugged in it will charge the headphones when they are placed on the speaker. There is an auxiliary jack if you don’t want to use bluetooth. Connecting the speaker up to an android phone, an iphone and pc running windows was easy. What was less easy for me was keeping the connection when i took the headphones off whilst music was playing. It may be my phone (pixcel c and the everything is optimised for apple). Oh and if you are playing through the speaker and your phone rings your conversation is broadcast to whoever is in the room as well. It’s just like being on a speaker phone. The sound via the headphones is very good and the embedded microphone on the headset works well. It’s an excellent way of calling hands-free. The headphones are extremely comfortable.

Amazing speaker and sync perfectly with my iphone 7 mobile. But unfortunately it’s not syncing with my tv as they have different bluetooth versions that i couldn’t resolve .

Key specs for Motorola Sphere 2-in-1 Stereo Bluetooth Speaker and Headphone Set White:

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  • Bluetooth 4.1 technology and headphones are IP54 water and dust resistant
  • Speaker base docks and charges the headphones and includes 2 x 8W speakers with bass porting
  • Speaker and headphones each have a built in mic for hands free calling
  • Integrated multipoint technology to connect two devices at once
  • Headphones are lightweight and foldable for traveling with up to a 40 foot range

Comments from buyers

“Great sound and easy connectivity
, Almost perfect bluetooth speaker system – shame about the speaker midrange
, Motorola Sphere+ Bluetooth Speaker + Headphones

I daily use those headphones on my daily commute to work and back home, and i must say i’m impressed. Firs of all, bluetooth pairing is simple and straight forward, once the headphones are unplugged from the usb charging cable (that is provided) they go into discoverable mode and my smartphone found them and connected instantly. Sound quality is excellent and the padding comfortable for prolonged use, so i ended up using them around the house for listening to podcasts and live radio from my device. Headphones can be charged directly from the speaker or connected via usb-c cable and the audio playback / phone can be turned on and off pressing the top end of the large round button covering right hand side of the ear cover. Battery charge lasts, for me at least, all day and several times when i forgot to charge them overnight, even a couple days. In terms of both sound quality, connectivity and reliability, i’m very pleased with those and would recommend them.

The box in which the sphere arrives in is a notch about the usual flimsy boxes. The inner top cover has a soft lining and the plastic holding the speaker is sturdy. Beneath the base plastic holder is a rectangular box containing the power supply, an eu and uk slot plug which the adapter clips into, a usb lead and a mini headphone jack lead. The sphere speaker is beautiful to hold. Along the top are the mute, pause/skip, and volume buttons. At the back of the unit are the power input and auxiliary in sockets. There is a rear speaker port which is something i didn’t expect to see – you usually see these on hi-fi speakers. Between the top buttons on the sphere are the led indicators.

I was expecting more from the motorolla sphere. First impressions were good as very nice design & like how the headphones sit on the sphere. When i was unpacking the sphere from the box it wasn’t very clear to me where the power lead & connection cables were. I thought they missing but these are in a black box at the very bottom of the box. There is a small sticker telling you but very easy to miss. Set up is very easy plug it in & away you go. The headphones need charging for a couple of hours before use but then all fine to use. Very easy to paid my iphone to the sphere & the headphones. The idea is to have a seamless link between the headphones & sphere so if listening on one it transfers the audio to the other device i. The sound is ok from the sphere speaker but nothing amazing. Will be fine for a low budget speaker system but if you are looking for bose like quality sound then this doesn’t come anywhere close & at this price i think the sphere should be competing against a bose system. Don’t get me wrong it isn’t awful but joe public would more than likely think the sound is great. Those with a keen ear might think differently though. Headphones were great to wear & comfortable & good sound, better than the speaker in my opinionyou can also use the sphere speaker to make & receive phone calls.

This speaker and headphone set is really good. I am enjoying using this set because it gives me the versatility to switch back and forth between headphones and speakers when i am listening to my music. I use it with my iphone and setting it up was a little bit fiddly the first time because the instructions for the quick set up are a bit lacking and not brilliantly well translated to english. However since the first use they are fine. The sound quality is good on both parts.

A great concept – once you have paired up your device with the system, you can easily switch between speaker mode to headphone mode and head out the door without a break in listening. I found it reasonably easy to setup out of the box, i did have to do some reading up online though as the instructions included weren’t great. It looks nice, and feels solidly built. The headphones also re-charge while docked on the speaker, i got a full day at work out of them no problems. I didn’t find them the most comfortable for long periods, but they aren’t bad by any means, it might be my glasses causing the discomfort. I’m no audio buff but have listened to various types of classical, pop and voice audio on these and they all sounded great to mei can’t decide who the target audience would be for these, i think they would make a great teenagers gift or a starter purchase for someone wanting both headphones and a speaker in one so if that’s what you are after i’d recommend these without hesitation.

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Motorola Sphere 2-in-1 Stereo Bluetooth Speaker and Headphone Set White
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One thought on “Motorola Sphere 2-in-1 Stereo Bluetooth Speaker and Headphone Set, Good system

  1. This review is from : Motorola Sphere 2-in-1 Stereo Bluetooth Speaker and Headphone Set White

    I was hoping for a good quality desktop speaker with the novelty of a set of bluetooth headphones to hand when i want to shut myself off from the world. The audio from the headphones is bearable. They’re no match for equivalently-priced sets from sony, bose and the like. A downside is the 20-25 second transition time between lifting them from the speaker and the sound transferring to the headphones. I’ve noticed that it can work automatically but not consistently. My (old) car’s audio system transfers audio automatically in 1-2 seconds. I can’t rule out the bluetooth driver on my pc and its transition/re-connection time are the issue, except to say that my other bluetooth audio systems don’t demonstrate a similar problem. But the real issue is the audio from the base unit’s speaker system itself when paired via bluetooth. Muddy at best, even crackly at times, despite being located 15 cm from my laptop. I’m not an audio system devotee so when i describe it as muddy, it’s to ordinary, average, non-specialist ears. Imagine draping a tea towel over a speaker, that’s what you’re getting. So much for wireless connectivity; i’ve resorted to using the aux-in cable permanently to get some kind of improvement. There is plenty of information and opinion available on the review sites about this product.
  2. This review is from : Motorola Sphere 2-in-1 Stereo Bluetooth Speaker and Headphone Set White

    I was hoping for a good quality desktop speaker with the novelty of a set of bluetooth headphones to hand when i want to shut myself off from the world. The audio from the headphones is bearable. They’re no match for equivalently-priced sets from sony, bose and the like. A downside is the 20-25 second transition time between lifting them from the speaker and the sound transferring to the headphones. I’ve noticed that it can work automatically but not consistently. My (old) car’s audio system transfers audio automatically in 1-2 seconds. I can’t rule out the bluetooth driver on my pc and its transition/re-connection time are the issue, except to say that my other bluetooth audio systems don’t demonstrate a similar problem. But the real issue is the audio from the base unit’s speaker system itself when paired via bluetooth. Muddy at best, even crackly at times, despite being located 15 cm from my laptop. I’m not an audio system devotee so when i describe it as muddy, it’s to ordinary, average, non-specialist ears. Imagine draping a tea towel over a speaker, that’s what you’re getting. So much for wireless connectivity; i’ve resorted to using the aux-in cable permanently to get some kind of improvement. There is plenty of information and opinion available on the review sites about this product.
  3. This review is from : Motorola Sphere 2-in-1 Stereo Bluetooth Speaker and Headphone Set White

    Let’s get down to it: i don’t like this product because of the poor quality speaker. That’s all you need to know but if you’re interested than pls read on. Full disclosure – i was sent it for free to review by amazon and i’ve had a few blue tooth speakers and head phones over the years. In that time i’ve found that branding means nothing. I have had a mix of great stuff and complete junk from brands i have never heard of and house hold names in equal measure and i have to conclude that the name on the box rarely reflects the quality of the components inside the speakers. At least where companies who send their products out to amazon reviewers are concerned. The problem with the motorola sphere+ is pretty simple – the sound quality doesn’t meet my expectations for the price bracket. The head phones are ok, just ok, nothing special in any way but totally acceptable. The sphere speaker is dreadful, dull and lacking clarity. I am not exaggerating now – the internal speaker on my lg smart phone has better clarity than the sphere.
    • Let’s get down to it: i don’t like this product because of the poor quality speaker. That’s all you need to know but if you’re interested than pls read on. Full disclosure – i was sent it for free to review by amazon and i’ve had a few blue tooth speakers and head phones over the years. In that time i’ve found that branding means nothing. I have had a mix of great stuff and complete junk from brands i have never heard of and house hold names in equal measure and i have to conclude that the name on the box rarely reflects the quality of the components inside the speakers. At least where companies who send their products out to amazon reviewers are concerned. The problem with the motorola sphere+ is pretty simple – the sound quality doesn’t meet my expectations for the price bracket. The head phones are ok, just ok, nothing special in any way but totally acceptable. The sphere speaker is dreadful, dull and lacking clarity. I am not exaggerating now – the internal speaker on my lg smart phone has better clarity than the sphere.

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