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Review: LG Tone Studio The Speaker Headset

Lg Tone Studio

 

I have been lucky enough to get a trial of the LG TONE Studio. Lg dubs this the “Wearable Personal speaker” and to be honest I cannot argue that statement. I have been using the LG Tone Studio paired with my LG G6 and so far its been a very pleasant experience. They paired instantly with no issues and with the LG Tone & talk app which I highly recommend it makes the experience even that much more enjoyable.

When I choose a headset to use, there are a few requirements I am looking for, something with great sound, excellent battery life and a fast charging experience.

Lets take a look at the specs:

Technical Specifications
Bluetooth Specification Version 4.2
Supported Bluetooth Profiles Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Audio/Video Remote Control (AVRCP), Hands-Free (HFP), Headset (HSP)
Talk Time Up to 40 Hours (Earphone Mode); Up to 16 Hours (Speaker Mode)
Music Play Time Up to 35 Hours (Earphone Mode); Up to 6 Hours (Speaker Mode)
Standby Time Up to 61 Days
Charging Time Less than 2 hours
Operating Range 33 ft.
Weight 4.4 oz.
Sound Profile Sound Designed by DTS®
Available Colors Gray
Additional Features Personal Surround Experience, Real 3D Surround Sound, Haptic User Experience, Dual Play, Surround Sound Zone, Velvet Sound™, 32 bit DAC for Hi-Fi sound (Earphone 32bit; Speaker 24bit)

 

This is what comes in the box of the Lg Tone Studio

 
Bluetooth Headset LG TONE Studio™ Wearable Personal Speaker (HBS-W120)
USB Charging Micro USB Charging Cable (AC Adapter Head Not Included)
Ear Gels Extra Ear Gels (1 Set – Small)***
Product Documents Includes: User Manual & Warranty Card

 

Build Quality

The build Quality on the LG Tone Studio is great, although the headset looks bulky it has a very comfortable feel when wearing around your neck this is probably due to the rubberized center which gives it a nice flexible feel, not a stiff rigid feeling.

The retractable ear buds are a very smooth experience, you just pull them out and to retract you extend them all the way (although not so hard) and they roll back fluidly to the headset.

The button layout on the tone maybe the only thing I am  not that fond of. The big reason for this is the buttons for the most part are on the inside of the headset, the part that’s basically around your neck.

The left outside you have your volume controls which is also used to pause and play your music as well as set your equalizer, you also have  your micro usb charging port. The inside of the neckband you have your on and off switch as well as your answer call button, you also have your on and off switch on this side.

On right outside of the device you have your aux in port as well as your next and previous button on the inside you have your play and pause button as well as Speaker/Earphone toggle button to switch between both modes, which by the way can be used when answering a call.

I would think the buttons are laid out this way so they can house the 4 speakers that play your music externally 2 on top and 2 on bottom.

Sound Quality (Music & Voice Calls)

It was as advertised, I can easily go a full 3 days without charging and I usually use it for over 6 hours daily between music and voice calls.
Music quality is excellent, crisp, clear, plenty of bass and treble.  The highs and lows sound great on the headset and the volume levels on the LG Tone Studio are also very good. The Volume through the earbuds aren’t the loudest I have used, actually they seem a bit quite for me but this is a personal preference.

The Lg Tone Studio highlight  is its  speakers. You can actually listen to your music externally. The external speakers have a very nice sound , they are surprisingly loud and crisp had no issues with distortion at its highest volume.r, the headset sits at neck level right below the ears so you hear it pretty clearly.The one real cool thing about this is it has a aux port so u can connect this to any device with a 3.5mm jack and listen to the output thru the external speakers, one thing to note is when you are connected this way the earbuds cant be used just the external speakers.

Yes I know whats the purpose of it when it has Bluetooth and no wires needed. How about gaming, yes gaming Nintendo 3ds, Nintendo switch both these have 3.5mm jacks and its actually pretty cool having the sound external positioned right under your ears, its like a portable surround sound system.  I really enjoyed it.

 

Voice quality of the headset was clear and crisp, I had no complaints with hearing others or them hearing me. Voice dial works seamlessly and over alI I was very happy with the quality.

Battery Life Talk Time & Music Playback
The battery on this seems to last forever, I can go 3 days without charging using it about 6hrs a day between music and calls. The headset also charges pretty fast and that’s another plus.
Conclusion
I really like the LG Tone Studio headset, the sound, build and battery are all top notch. I wish the buttons were laid out a little different for my liking and the sound thru the earbuds where a little louder but these are personal preferences. I recommend  this headsets  and although they are a bit costly, the saying goes you get what you pay for and this would apply in this instance.
You can purchase the headset at any of these retailers. Prices can vary from $139.99 -$229.99.
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