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Motorola S10-HD stereo Bluetooth headphones review

Stereo Bluetooth headphones have long been one of my favorite topics on theONbutton.  I’ve not been shy about my issues with the lack of choice in this sector and frustrations about Apple’s imperfect Bluetooth implementation on iOS.  The winds of change look to be blowing in the right direction though. Apple’s latest version of iOS now supports proper stereo Bluetooth remote control (AVRCP) and hopefully that means manufacturers will feel free to launch a wider range of headsets.  Motorola has had stereo Bluetooth headsets in its lineup for some time and we’ve previously reviewed the S805 and S9-HD, finding both to be solid contenders.  The company has built upon the S9-HD’s design to deliver the new S10-HD and we have one right here, so let’s see if it’s any good shall we?

First impressions of the Motorola S10-HD

With the S10-HD, Motorola has stayed with a similar behind-the-neck design to the S9/S9-HD. As with the S9 family the ear arms of the S10-HD that house the controls and headphones are flexible, while the rear piece housing the battery, USB charging port and power button is solid.

The whole device has a more rubberized feel than the S9 family. They both feel built to a similar high level of quality, but I’m guessing the rubber coating of the S10-HD is designed to make the headset more sweat-resistant than the S9 family. Many people chose the S9 headsets or the Plantronics BackBeat 903/906 as jogging partners and while the S9 seemed to be more sweat resistant than the Plantronics design, the S9 was still vulnerable to moisture. The headset itself feels about the same weight as the S9/S9-HD, although the rear piece is slightly wider presumably to accommodate a higher capacity battery.

The ear controls are near identical to the S9 series, with the track play/pause, forward and back buttons on the right earpiece, while the volume and call controls are on the left earpiece. The only material difference with the controls is that on the S9-HD a long press on the track forward button would toggle the SRS WOW enhancer on and off, whereas this enhancer is not present on the S10-HD.

There are four sizes of ear fittings in the box to allow for a comfortable fit in the ears. They serve a more significant purpose than just comfort however; more about this later. Other items in the box include a power adapter and manual.

Getting comfortable with the Motorola S10-HD

The S9 series was always a polarizing headset. Some people loved the snug fit, which practically guaranteed that they would never fall out of your ears by accident. Others meanwhile found the fit too tight for long term comfort. The S9 series headsets also loosened gently over time, so they became more comfortable after frequent usage, while still retaining a sure-feeling fit.

The S10-HD feel just as snug as my S9-HD did on Day One, although the S9-HD look visibly looser at rest after a year of use than the brand new S10-HD. The various earpieces have a significant impact upon comfort too, because while the smaller ones allow the arms to grip closer to the side of the head, the larger ones push the arms out. So if you find the fit too tight against your head, trying the larger earpieces might be helpful.

Walking around, although the rear piece of the S10-HD is sizable it doesn’t seem to get in the way as much as the rear of the S9-HD. This might just be due to the shape of my head, but I found I could move my head up and down more freely with the S10-HD than with the S9-HD.  Having said that, they do still seem to restrict movement of the head when looking upwards.

Using the Motorola S10-HD

The S10-HD enters pairing mode when switched on for the first time. You can of course also get it into pairing mode after that as well. The headset paired with my iPad and BlackBerry Bold 9700 easily and subsequent reconnections were extremely quick and reliable; I never needed to re-pair the S10-HD, which is in keeping with Motorola’s typically excellent record with Bluetooth devices.

If you’ve ever used an S9 series headset then your fingers will fall naturally onto the controls of the S10-HD. For newcomers, it’s an easy headset to get to know. I found I needed to be a little more precise with key presses compared to with the S9-HD, perhaps that’s because the rubber coating adds a little more distance between the headset’s exterior and the interior button contact.

One of my issues with the S9-HD was that it often lost the Bluetooth signal when walking in open areas or far from other objects, with the phone in my trouser pocket. This resulted in choppy music playback. This has definitely improved with the S10-HD. The new headset’s receiver seems far more able to hold onto a Bluetooth signal when walking around. I went for a brief run with my phone in the front and then back pocket of my shorts, and the S10-HD held the signal without dropouts in both cases.

So how does music sound through the S10-HD? The S9-HD was a solid performer, easily improving upon the original S9, and the S10-HD keeps the reputation going strong. But to tell you more about the characteristics of the sound quality I need to go back to the earpieces.

While it would appear that the different earpiece sizes just impact upon comfort, they actually have a profound impact upon the sound characteristics of the headset. At a basic level, the larger earpieces produce significantly more bass than the smaller ones.

Listening more deeply, it seems that without any earpieces fitted, the S10-HD has a presence peak around approximately 1-3kHz, which is the frequency range of much of the human voice. This characteristic accentuates vocals and is similar to the effect heard when selecting a ‘Pop’ equalizer preset on many stereos. The bass and treble frequencies are still there but the boosting of the midrange pushes the vocals to the foreground.

The acoustic properties of the earpieces has an effect of boosting the low end frequencies, and this is most pronounced with the largest earpieces. I found the most balanced sound was with the second largest earpieces.

With these fitted, basslines were solidly resolved without being over-accentuated. By comparison while the Plantronics BackBeat 903 produced a more open airy sound with more room at the treble end, the Motorola S10-HD is the headset to choose if you want a pumping bassline. Just like the S9-HD, the S10-HD can produce an amazing amount of clear bass, which really is remarkable given the small size of the headphone drivers.

What’s also great about the S10-HD is that while the bass often gets lost to street noise on other headsets, the snug fit of the larger earpieces means that the bass remains intact when walking around wearing the S10-HD.

Of course the S10-HD will let you make calls as well, and it does a reasonable job of this given its design.  Callers’ voices come through very clearly, but for them to hear you it helps to be in a quiet environment since the mic is mounted on one of the earpieces.

There are a couple of issues with the S10-HD. As with the S9 series, the fit will probably continue to polarize opinion regarding how comfortable the S10-HD is to wear over extended periods. I found the S10-HD to be very comfortable when worn for a long time with the second largest earpieces. But your mileage may vary depending upon the shape of your head.

The other issue relates to the volume of the S10-HD. Some devices surrender control of volume to the Bluetooth headset, and both the iPad and Bold 9700 behaved this way with the S10-HD. In both cases I found that the minimum volume did not go low enough for all use-cases I would envisage for the headset. I actually thought that the unit Motorola had sent me was faulty but the second one they sent had identical volume levels. I then paired the S10-HD to a Samsung Epic 4G and this issue was not present, since the Epic 4G allows you to control the master volume from the phone when connected to a Bluetooth headset. Whether this is a problem for you will depend upon your cellphone and how loud you like to listen to music. If your cellphone allows you to control music volume on the phone when connected to a stereo Bluetooth headset then this will probably not be an issue for you at all.

It’s worth mentioning that the Plantronics Backbeat 903/906, Sony DR-BT50 and Motorola’s own S9-HD also exhibit this issue, although those headsets go down to lower minimum volume level than the S10-HD.  These headsets should really all be able to output a negligible volume level if requested.  Perhaps it is an issue with the Bluetooth A2DP stereo audio streaming protocol rather than the headsets, since it seems to affect so many of them – I’d be interested to find this out.

Motorola S10-HD: The final sound-check

At $79.95 the S10-HD comes in at $50 less than the S9-HD did when it was released last year, and if you’re a fan of the Motorola S9/S9-HD then the S10-HD will most likely appeal to you.  Equally if you’re looking for a headset to wear when jogging or working out, the S10-HD should be one of the headsets near the top of your shortlist.  The sound quality of the S10-HD is very enjoyable and uniquely configurable due to the characteristics of the earpieces.  I love that Motorola has vastly improved the S10-HD’s ability to hold on to a Bluetooth signal compared to the S9-HD.  If Motorola, along with other manufacturers, could resolve the minimum volume issue then the S10-HD would be pretty close to perfect.

Neil Berman

Oct 18, 2010 - Posted by | Hardware, Mobile, Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Nice! Really looking forward to it.

    If you wouldn’t mind including in the review:
    – Put this thing through some serious sweat tests please
    – Connection while running
    – Does it sit differently on your head (design seems different) – hoping it’s more discrete
    – battery life!


    Comment by Pete | Oct 20, 2010 | Reply

    • Just got these yesterday. No problems connecting to my Android. All controls worked as advertised (seek and pause). Volume was no problem for me. Took them for a 4 mile run and had no problems with sweat (I sweat a good bit on my runs). Connection didn’t drop once. Sound quality is okay but seemed a little muffled.

      Comment by Brian | Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

      • Hi Brian,

        We just connected the S10-HD to a Samsung Epic 4G and the volume issue was not present on that phone either. Looks like it’s only an issue on devices that surrender the volume control totally to the headset.


        Comment by theONbutton | Oct 26, 2010

  2. Nice! Really looking forward to it.

    If you wouldn’t mind including in the review:
    – Put this thing through some serious sweat tests please
    – Connection while running
    – Does it sit differently on your head (design seems different) – hoping it’s more discrete
    – How’s the mic? any noise cancellation?


    Comment by Pete | Oct 20, 2010 | Reply

  3. I bought these as soon as they came out. I happened to be looking for Bluetooth headphones and saw that these were coming out in a month, so I waited.

    As for comfort, they take some getting used to. They do push on your ears in an odd way. It’s not bad, just different from earbuds. I use them for running and have used them a few times. No sweat issues though I haven’t sweated that much. One thing you’ll have to think about is how these will fit if you wear glasses because the earphones rest against your head right where your glasses go over your ears.

    Right now, the main issue is that the forward and back buttons don’t work with my iPhone. I don’t think I’m doing anything wrong. The other issue is that sometimes it will skip to the next song without me touching anything. When this happened today I turned it off and then back on and the problem stopped, so perhaps it was a problem with the Bluetooth connection.

    Comment by Steve | Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Steve, the iPhone track selection issue you describe sounds like normal behavior for an iPhone pre-iOS 4.1. The Bluetooth track skip implementation was included in the 4.1 release of iOS. Have you updated to 4.1 or is your iPhone on an older version of iOS? Neil

      Comment by theONbutton | Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

  4. odd, these guys seem to give a totally different viewpoint.,2817,2372054,00.asp
    do you disagree with any points the make?
    Thanks if you can add any thoughts!?


    Comment by Jed | Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Jed,

      PC Mag missed the fact that the different earbuds have a massive impact upon the sound quality of the S10-HD. With the smallest set the the sound is weak but with the largest set the bass is very full and the sound is solid. The S10-HD ships with the smallest set of earbuds already fitted so I’m guessing PC Mag might have just tested them like that without trying the other earbuds. That would explain why they thought it sounded weak.



      Comment by theONbutton | Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

      • Hi Neil,

        Thanks for taking the time to offer some thoughts!

        My criteria is; stereo BT headset (or even headphone, mic isn’t critical) for no more than $151 USD, that’s sturdy enough for regular jogging.

        I’m trying to decide between…
        Backbeat 903+*

        These are little too pricey for me I think.
        Unless I can find somewhere that’s offering a bargain?
        MM 100
        PX 210 BT

        Any thoughts on which you’d pick & why greatly appreciated!

        *doesn’t seem to be well distributed in Oz, so it may be knocked-off the list!

        Comment by Jed | Nov 11, 2010

      • Hi Jed,

        I haven’t had a chance to listen to the Nokia models you mentioned, but between the S10-HD and BackBeat the S10 is probably a better bet for jogging. They grip the head firmly and are designed to be more sweat resistant than the BackBeat. On the downside some people find they grip too firmly and become uncomfortable. The BackBeat 903 is a superb sounding headset (I haven’t heard the 903+ yet) but it doesn’t really have any moisture protection. The one thing worth mentioning about the S10-HD is that they can be a problematic fit with some types of sunglasses. It depends how flexible and resilient the glasses are, but I’ve snapped a couple of pairs of cheap plastic sunglasses due to them being stretched by the S9-HD that I’ve had for the last year, and the S10-HD is a similar design. Not sure whether that’s an issue for you, but I’m guessing that Oz+jogging=needsunglasses.


        Comment by theONbutton | Nov 11, 2010

      • Sunnies is not an issue as I usually run on dusk & into the evening on some fields, hence I don’t need/use them.

        Thanks Neil, I’ve now scratched 903+ as I’ve seen other sources say the same about them not being “ruggidized” enough.
        I’m pretty sure I’m done with the BH-503 too.
        So that leaves only:

        MM 100
        PX 210 BT

        Getitng closer, thanks for your thoughts/help!

        Comment by Jed | Nov 12, 2010

      • Sunnies is not an issue as I usually run on dusk & into the evening on some fields, hence I don’t need/use them.

        Thanks Neil, I’ve now scratched 903+ as I’ve seen other sources say the same about them not being “ruggidized” enough.
        I’m pretty sure I’m done with the BH-503 too.
        So that leaves only:

        MM 100
        PX 210 BT

        Getting closer, thanks again for your thoughts/help!

        Comment by Jed | Nov 12, 2010

  5. found for fairly cheap in oz with these guys

    Comment by Jed | Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    • Bear in mind this link points to the S9-HD rather than the S10-HD

      Comment by theONbutton | Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

      • yeah i know, s10-hd doesn’t seem to be on oz (australia) yet.
        or at least in the search engine i tried.

        Comment by Jed | Nov 11, 2010

  6. Great review! I just picked these up an hour ago and I love them!

    Comment by Marco Genovese | Dec 2, 2010 | Reply

  7. i have a problem to bought s9 hd & s10 hd ,whose better ? tells me….

    Comment by Anonymous | Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

  8. Do not buy these for gym use. Mine lasted two days. Volume Controls are erratic (up did not work, down did, adjusting volume on ipod irrelevant), the design wicks sweat into the earbuds from your head, the earbuds move a lot if you are exercising and effect the sound,
    and, finally, they are uncomfortable.

    Comment by Andrew | Dec 16, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Andrew, re your comment that you were unable to control the volume on your iPod, which generation were you using? The S10-HD’s controls worked fine for me with the current generation iPod Touch. Neil

      Comment by theONbutton | Dec 18, 2010 | Reply

  9. could you tell me how you paired the s10 to your blackberry
    and ipad? i’m having troubling pairing the headset to both devices
    at the same time. Thanks in advance!

    Comment by sammi | Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi sammi, do you mean you’re trying to use the headset on both devices simultaneously or are you trying to store pairings on both and use them one at a time?

      Comment by theONbutton | Dec 27, 2010 | Reply

      • I am trying to use both devices simultaneously. i guess the first question is if that is even possible.

        I wanted to listen to music on my ipad while still being able to answer calls on my blackberry

        Comment by sammi | Dec 27, 2010

      • I don’t think that’s possible but I might be wrong. Alternatively you could put the music on your BlackBerry and then when a call comes in the headset would switch to the call. The music player on the current BlackBerries is pretty good.

        Comment by theONbutton | Dec 28, 2010

      • i got it to pair with both devices, but do you know if it is possible to keep both devices paired when i turn off the headset?

        Comment by sammi | Dec 27, 2010

      • The devices should remember the pairing, so when you turn the headset back on it should search for devices it knows and connect automatically.

        Comment by theONbutton | Dec 28, 2010

  10. Sunnies is not an issue as I usually run on dusk & into the evening on some fields, hence I don’t need/use them. Thanks Neil, I’ve now scratched 903+ as I’ve seen other sources say the same about them not being “ruggidized” enough. I’m pretty sure I’m done with the BH-503 too. So that leaves only: S10-HD BH-504 BH-505 MM 100 PX 210 BT Getting closer, thanks again for your thoughts/help!

    Comment by Yvette Ball | Dec 29, 2010 | Reply

    • You’re welcome :-)

      Comment by theONbutton | Dec 29, 2010 | Reply

  11. Um,

    Why is thread #11 supposedly by yvette ball when that’s the post I made on 11/11/10?

    Neil can you please advise how I unsubscribe from this entire story/thread?

    I don’t want to receive emails about it any-more.


    Comment by Jed | Dec 29, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Jed, here are the instructions for unsubscribing from a WordPress post

      Comment by theONbutton | Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

      • I read that but can’t see a “manage your subscriptions” link anywhere on this page.

        It says you don’t need to have a wordpress acct.
        Is that wrong?

        Comment by Jed | Dec 31, 2010

      • Hmm…is there an Unsubscribe link at the bottom of the comment emails? Otherwise I’m sure someone on the WordPress Forums will be able to help you. Here is the link

        Comment by theONbutton | Dec 31, 2010

      • Sorry I’m an idiot!

        I wasn’t looking at the emails coming in, but rather on this page, & at the main wordpress page.

        I can now see the “manage your subscriptions” & “unsubscribe” links in the emails I’m getting.

        Unsubscribing now, so if you respond i wont see it.
        Thanks for your help!


        Comment by Jed | Jan 1, 2011

  12. Hi, I’ve noticed that on this review you’ve writen: “The
    headset paired with my iPad and BlackBerry Bold 9700 easily and
    subsequent reconnections were extremely quick and reliable;” So,
    could you connect the S10 to both devices at same time. I know that
    it is possible with the S9 but I wasnt able to do that with the
    S10. It won’t connect with my ipod touch 4g and my blackberry 8520
    curve at same time. Can you help me? Thanks.

    Comment by Kamalo | Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi Kamalo, I didn’t try connecting them simultaneously. I was just describing that I was able to pair the headset to the Bold and the iPad and that the headset reliably reconnected without needing to be re-paired occasionally like some other Bluetooth devices I’ve used.

      Comment by theONbutton | Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

      • well, that’s a shame. My brother has got the S9 and he is able to connect to his ipod and his nokia phone at the same time. It’s increadible that S10 has lost this function!

        Comment by Kamalo | Jan 5, 2011

  13. Hi, This was a great review, and highly informative. But it
    fails to mention something I feel is quite important, and I thought
    I would comment to potentially inform others who might have a
    similar issue to me. I recently recieved my S10-HDs and I upgraded
    from S9-HDs. The primary reason for this upgrade was although I was
    happy with them,I have searched everywhere for a carry case for my
    S9s and I was unable to find any that would definately fit and
    protect, the headphones. Any I did buy would be expensive and there
    would be a significant chance they would fit properly. The S10
    website blurb (probably written by the manufacturer, as it apears
    everywhere) lists on the packaging that they come with a ‘Carry
    pouch’. This is what promted my upgrade as it would make me feel a
    lot more comfortable carrying these around in a backpack. The
    problem is that this is pretty much a lie. They come in a clear
    plastic box, that I guess you could use as a carry case, but that’s
    hardly what was advertised. Basically because of this I kind of
    regret my purchase. Any others looking to upgrade should consider
    this… Regards, Chris

    Comment by Chris Racey | Jan 12, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi Chris, that’s an interesting point. I actually didn’t receive any kind of carry case as they came to me from Motorola PR in non-retail packaging, which is why a description of the carry case is not in my review.

      Comment by theONbutton | Jan 12, 2011 | Reply

  14. Awesome set! Mine go nearly 100 feet at work with clear audio streaming from my iPad!

    Comment by Matt | Feb 7, 2011 | Reply

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  16. Hey, amazing review!
    But I´m having a “problem” which I can´t find a solution (not a review that says this is a problem): my SD10 starts to beep when the battery is low.
    I was expecting this, and I wouldn´t bother if it beeps once or twice than died (like S9), but mine starts to beep for almost 1 hour before it dies! Two or three times on every song! And this is really annoying!
    I´m looking to how to shutdown this beep but I can´t find a single reference on this.
    Any thoughts?

    Comment by Bruno | Feb 14, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi Bruno, I don’t know of a way to disable the beeping. The Plantronics BackBeat also 903 does the same thing, although it seems less intrusive.

      Comment by theONbutton | Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    • I currently have the S9-HD and my biggest annoyance with it is also its low battery warning. It insists of beeping 3 times in quick succession every 2 seconds. This is extremely intruisive because the headphones still have plenty of power in it. I’ve run it for over 20 minutes in this low power state before giving up out of annoyance rather than the battery dying. It is a shame that they make it impractical for the user to run them until the battery dies.

      How often does the S10 beep during low battery warning. You mention two or three times every song seems a lot more bearable than every 2 seconds.

      Comment by Mil | Feb 23, 2011 | Reply

    • I have the same problem. 3 beeps every 30 seconds or so.
      It isn’t that often but the beep volume is very high compared to normal music so it is really annoying.
      The worst part is it is so unnecessary, I feel an irrational rage at whoever designed it. Ruining the last hour of playtime for no good reason.
      I currently get about 2 hours normal playback then the beeps start. Not great.

      If anyone can find out how to disable the beeps that would be great!

      On comfort, i found they are a lot better upside down. Looks like I don’t know how to wear them but stops the pinching at the top of my ears…

      Comment by Matt | Sep 1, 2011 | Reply

  17. Which of the two has the loudest volume capability during phone calls. This is my only concern when choosing.

    Thanks for a great article!

    Comment by rs5050@yahoo,com | Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    • I’ve used both of these, I’m not sure about call volume per se but in terms of microphone/call quality and bluetooth signal stability the S10’s are far superior to the S9’s. The S10’s are very loud, I’m not sure if there’s a difference in volume between the two, though

      Comment by Chris Racey | Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    • As long as you are not in direct wind with the s10, you will have very clear communication. I can voice dial on mine with ease.

      Comment by Bdawg | Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

  18. I lost my S9-HDs on the bus. I was kinda upset about it… I went to look at prices for another set and found out about the S10. Amazon reviews are either love or hate – this is a pretty good one. Thanks! If you had an Amazon referral link or something I’d click it for the stellar review!

    Comment by St.G | Mar 4, 2011 | Reply

  19. Neil,

    You made a fantastic review! I have had the s10 for two weeks and they are great. While they crack up every now and then, there are no clarity problems. I agree with the tightness on the head and it would be nice if they were a bit lighter on the above-ear inward pressure when worn for hours (longest, 3 1/2 hours).
    Also, the initial syncing with the phone took a minute or less– marvelous!

    My question is: if I can use the s10 without a problem on my iPhone 4, why are the headphones not compatible with the macbook pro aluminum unibody? As far as I am aware, the laptop supports A2DP right?

    Comment by Bdawg | Mar 28, 2011 | Reply

  20. Hi All,

    I just purchased two S10’s and have been having issues with how long they are supposed to charge and actually having them connect. I’ve had them for two days…charged each (one for myself one for my husband) for at least 2 hours. My Droid will say that it is paired but not connected…when I attempt to synch it works the first time. However, after turning it off after use and then trying it again later in the day, the message I receive is “paired but not connected” and a slow red blinking light instead of the steady blue. Then it won’t connect until I recharge for another two hours. What am I doing wrong?

    Any help is greatly appreciated!


    Comment by Mag | Apr 8, 2011 | Reply

  21. will this pair with a 2 year old ipod nano

    Comment by phil | May 4, 2011 | Reply

  22. I’ve had my s10-hd headset for 2 weeks. My thoughts:
    1. In the gym I’ve had no problems. I sweat a lot and they have never given me a problem. (Note: I also keep a towel in hand and dry them off a few times throughout my workout to prevent sweat from getting inside.)
    2. On the road, they’re great. I ride a motorcycle to and from work and these are perfect. They fit under my helmet. I can answer calls. I keep the volume low to be able to hear traffic and still the music comes through.
    3. The sound quality is ok at best. I’ve tried all the different earpieces and nothing really seems to bring out the bass. However, if I even slightly press the earphones into my ears then they sound great. I wish there were some way to make them just a bit tighter and they would be perfect.
    4. Comfort is no issue. I have an average sized and shaped head and I’ve had no problems with comfort. If I wear them for more than an hour or two, my ears become a little tender, but I find the same with all earbud styled headphones.
    5. worth the money for me. I’d buy them again without hesitation.

    Comment by jeppu | May 26, 2011 | Reply

  23. I’m quite disappointed with the sound quality of HD-S10, they sound flat and high frequencies are strongly suppressed , which is rather unusual as it’s easier for a small driver to reproduce higher frequencies than bass. Another warning to anyone who expect that equalizer on their portable device will improve the sound quality – the bad news is that in bluetooth mode equalizer is disabled on most smartphones and portable media players, including Blackberry smartphones .When I realized that changing equalizer presets on my Blackberry doesn’t affect the sound quality transferred via bluetooth I did some research and found out that nothing can be done about it. To see whether S10 is even capable of producing better sound I processed a musical file using sound editing software to achieve desired quality (i.e. processed a song with different from original equalizer preset and exported it as an MP3 file ) but the result was a complete disappointment. Headphones can’t be returned because of hygienic considerations, and I would never sell them even for the half of the price paid,I don’t want people to think bad about me.Stay away from Motorola HD S10 , a pair of ear-buds from the dollar store sounds same or better

    Comment by Spaceferret | May 30, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi Spaceferret,

      From my experience the built-in EQ on phones normally only works when cabled headphones are plugged into the device. I don’t think this a limitation of the S10-HD specifically, it applies to all Bluetooth headphones that I’ve used.

      Comment by theONbutton | May 30, 2011 | Reply

      • I hope you have read my comment in its all entirety, if not let me quote myself again :” Another warning to anyone who expect that equalizer on their portable device will improve the sound quality – the bad news is that in bluetooth mode equalizer is disabled on most smartphones and portable media players, including Blackberry smartphones”

        Comment by Spaceferret | May 30, 2011

  24. The fact of the matter is that this product is of unacceptably low quality , assigning letters HD (high definition) to the model number makes for a really mean joke. I didn’t exaggerate when I compared the sound quality of S10 to the one obtainable from the dollar-store ear-buds, I have a pair of these ,albeit corded ones,obviously they don’t sell expensive bluetooth accessories in dollar -stores,and comparing to S10 they have the same if not better dynamic response and definitely better high-range frequency rendering. I appreciate your review , however your readers will only benefit from avoiding having their hard earned money to be spent on something that is not what it claims to be.

    Comment by Spaceferret | May 30, 2011 | Reply

  25. Hi, thanks for the review.
    I have few questions.
    Do you think the headphones can fit under the helmet ?
    I wuold like to use them with my iphone’s GPS app riding my motorbike…
    Is it possible in your opinion, or are the headphones too big to fit under the helmet?

    thanks for the answers
    Andrew from Italy ;)

    Comment by Andrew | Jun 12, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi Andrew,

      I doubt the S10-HD will fit under a helmet, as the band at the back is rigid and sticks out a few centimeters.

      Good luck!


      Comment by theONbutton | Jul 3, 2011 | Reply

  26. Hey Andrew from Italy, Ive tried to use the headphones under the helmet and it fits well. Just gotta be more careful while taking the helmet off. The band at the back dont bother, it stays out of the helmet. The only thing is that it’s not possible to command the buttons from inside.

    CAMiLO from Brazil

    Comment by Kamalo | Jul 18, 2011 | Reply

  27. i bought these yesterday and they paired with my Samsung Galaxy S easily. ran 8x200s in the Texas heat and sweat my ass off, and no problems with the headset.

    the sound quality is pretty far below average, i’m afraid. i have yet to try some of the different ear pieces, and hopefully that will help, but i doubt it. these are not for audiophiles. for me though, its worth the tradeoff to not have to deal with cords, ear buds falling out of my ears, etc.

    somebody mentioned glasses – this is another problem. i wear Oakleys in the piercing TX sun and its a pretty wierd experience with these headphones. they stay on, but they sit on top of the headphones and it doesn’t make for a good fit. kinda sucks, but again – something i’m willing to put up with in order to say goodbye to cords and iPod shuffles that die after 2 drops of sweat hit them.

    Comment by Todd Anstis | Jul 21, 2011 | Reply

    • Todd,

      Changing the ear pieces makes a fundamental difference to the fullness of the sound and amount of bass generated. I found the smallest set to be very light on bass, the midsize set are a good balance for my liking and the largest set are bass heavy.

      Good luck!


      Comment by theONbutton | Jul 24, 2011 | Reply

  28. Hi there, good night. First of all, I’d like to apologize for my bad english, I’m from Venezuela and still learning the language.

    Well, I’m about to get an iPod touch 4th generation, and I’m interested in a bluetooth headphones and actually I really like these ones, the S10-HD. I want to know if they will pair and work correctly. Have someone ever used them together?

    I understood that they both (iPod touch 4th and S10-HD) worked with the A2DP protocol bluetooth so everything should be fine, is that right?

    If someone can help me, PLEASE contact me to:

    My twitter: @KelvinJet
    or my E-mail:

    Comment by Kelvin Lopez | Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

  29. Hi i’ve recently purchased a S10-HD from the US and currently waiting for it to arrive, one issue i had with the original S9 (not the HD) was when i was going for long walks the music would keep jumping and stutering every few steps, im wondering if the S10-HD has these sort of characteristics too

    Comment by Anonymous | Aug 10, 2011 | Reply

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