Product Review (March 2004) - SHURE
QuietSpot™ Boom QSHB3 Headset

Our first look at SHURE's high quality earphones was early last year with the introduction of the E Series products. The design and sound quality of the in-ear technology appealed to us for many reasons. The design uses an ear piece that fit nicely into the ear canal and greatly reduces external noise, resulting in an intimate experience. Furthermore, the sound quality was excellent making it ideal for audiophiles. More recently SHURE has introduced the same in-ear technology for cellular phone use. The new QSHB3 is a simple design that works very well in real-world settings. The QSHB3 includes an assortment of interchangeable foam and silicone sleeves for the earphone to accommodate a variety of different people. A very flexible ear clip is also included to help keep the headset securely in place. The directional noise-canceling microphone is attached to a flexible boom and is fully adjustable. The design of this microphone is said to reject up 70% of extraneous noise that interferes with cell phone calls. Also included is a foam windscreen to cover the microphone and enables the headset to be used outdoors with some wind conditions.

Performance
We connected the QSHB3 to our LG TM-510 flip-phone for the test. The three terminal plug worked perfectly with our phone. The performance was great and it had all of the sonic benefits of the E Series earphones we've used in the past. The microphone was sensitive and did help reduce noise from the outside environment. People I spoke with confirmed the clarity of my voice. What I really liked about the QSH-3 was the earphone stayed comfortably in my ear and didn't move around.

Conclusion
This is certainly one of those products you're glad you bought. The design of this headset is terrific. I've typically stayed away from many of the hands-free systems because I couldn't find an earpiece that worked well for me. The new QSHB3 stays in place and offers sonic benefits not found in many of the other products I've tried. SHURE is confident that you'll like the new QSHB3 and is backing the product up with a 30-day, no-questions-asked, money back guarantee. The product also includes a full one-year warranty on materials and workmanship. For Nokia® mobile phones, SHURE offers the QSHB4, which has four contacts on the plug.

- Kevin Nakano


Review - At a Glance

 

SHURE - QuietSpot™ QSHB3 Headset


Features

  • NoiseBlocker Earphone
  • Noise-Canceling Microphone
  • Adjustable Mic Boom
  • Lightweight, Secure In Ear Design
  • Personal Fit Kit
  • Flexible Ear Support
  • Windscreen
  • Money-Back Guarantee and One-Year Warranty
  • General
    Connector 2.5mm gold-plated, right-angle, 3-conductor plug
    Length of boom arm 4-7/8 inches (12.4 cm)
    Cable Length 50 inches (127 cm)
    Weight 0.8 oz (23 g) including cable, ear support and foam windscreen

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    Company Information
    SHURE Incorporated
    222 Hartrey Avenue
    Evanston, IL 60202
    Phone: 847.866.2200
    URL: http://www.shure.com/quietspot

    Source: Manufacture Supplied
    MSRP: $39.99

    Warranty: 30-day, no-questions-asked, money-back guarantee, plus a two-year warranty on materials and workmanship

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