Quieter bluetooth headsets?
March 20, 2014 5:18 PM   Subscribe

I just bought a Plantronics Marque M155 Bluetooth headset for use with my cell phone. The lowest volume setting on it is too loud for my probably-overly-sensitive ears. Any suggestions for quieter headsets?

I have an Android phone, if the problem has to do with the phone itself and not my headset. The headset volume setting appears as the system volume. I often have the same problem with the phone's own speaker as well, or with regular no-microphone headphones I plug into the phone. Lots of things are too loud for me, and it causes me pain.

I'm open to one-ear or two-ear options, but would prefer wireless (so an in-line volume adjustment would probably not be the best solution).
posted by asperity to Technology (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Perhaps you could try an app like DSP Manager. This should let you set up a profile for Bluetooth where you could set all the levels to their lowest setting.
posted by davidvanb at 5:21 AM on March 21, 2014

Tested that with all sliders at -15 dB, but it doesn't seem to do anything at all to change the speaker/Bluetooth volume.
posted by asperity at 8:37 AM on March 21, 2014

In the event anybody spots this later, I think I've figured out how to solve the problem for wired headphones and possibly for Bluetooth ones as well: my phone and other devices are nearly all overpowered for the low-impedance headphones I've been using.

I bought a set of high-impedance earphones that help a lot. The very lowest volume setting is no longer too loud for me and I can even adjust the volume over a few notches without it being painful. They also don't transmit as much hiss as my other headphones have. Specifically I bought the Etymotic Ety-Kids earphones, but I think anything with high impedance would probably work for me.
posted by asperity at 2:34 PM on February 21, 2015

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