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Old 08-08-2018, 10:27 PM   #1
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What happened to Marriage Savers headsets? And what are all of you using now instead?
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I'm using a set of the older Eartecs that the prior owner left on the boat.
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I'm using a set of the older Eartecs that the prior owner left on the boat.
Are those radio or bluetooth?
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What happened to Marriage Savers headsets? And what are all of you using now instead?


We use Sena SPH10 headsets. Bluetooth. Very effective. Not inexpensive.
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Are those radio or bluetooth?
They're the radio type, with separate battery pack. I'll replace them with the bluetooth versions if/when they fail.
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Eartec is still around, AFAIK.

We've been using Sena SPH10s, and they've worked well for us. Haven't bothered with syncing to phones or music or any thing else...

Can't say whether the Senas (Bluetooth) are any better than Eartecs (radio, I think), or not, although I'd guess the latter won't sync to phones or music or anything else.

Might be useful to think about whether you want the headset to fit over the top of your head or around the back of your neck.

We just used ear things with our cell phones for a while. That was usually OK when we both have cell connectivity, at least for hearing, not as good for speaking. Before that, we used family radios... OK, except there's a time lag on the voice-activation circuitry; had to count to three (out loud) before the transmitter started. And these were simplex, too, so only one of us could talk at a time.

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We use Eartec Ultralites. Love ‘em.
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We have a set of the "Marriage savers" but we hardly use them. They're quite susceptible to noise.


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Have earteac and have used them weekly anchoring and moving around Mexico for the past three years. No noise problem with ours, I can talk to the fly bridge from the swim step or engine room while running my Dd6V92 motors.
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I'm using a set of the older Eartecs that the prior owner left on the boat.
We have a neew set of Eartec Ultra lites. They work great with DECT technology, whatever that is.
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We use a set of Sena Expand headsets.

https://www.sena.com/product/expand/
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We use a set of Sena Expand headsets.

https://www.sena.com/product/expand/


That looks pretty nice. It appears to be a weatherproof version of the Sena SPH10 headset. The button configuration looks like it might be a little more convenient than the SPH10. If my current Sena headsets die, that would be a great replacement.
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We recently purchased the Eartec Ultralights. Pricey investment, but high quality commo, and no battery issues thus far. Admiral's only complaint is that they tend to slide when she bends her head - too much hair (definitely not my problem). We're going to put together a safety cord of some kind to make sure hers don't end up as a gift to Poseidon.
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That looks pretty nice. It appears to be a weatherproof version of the Sena SPH10 headset. The button configuration looks like it might be a little more convenient than the SPH10. If my current Sena headsets die, that would be a great replacement.
We love the expand...they work really well. One advantage to the older versions is that the mic boom is attached and not plugged into the headsets. Sometimes the booms that plug in with the 3.5mm "headphone" jack loosen up.
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We use Eartec Ultralites. Love ‘em.
Same here. Love them.
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I have had the original Eartecs since 2010 and always had great success with them. When they suddenly started acting wonky after seven years of service I was interested in a self-contained headset with newer tech and thought the Senas would be the way to go based on my research. I ordered the "Expand 02's" as they were a newer release than the SPH10's. Obviously people have had good success with Sena so I'm not sure if I got a bum pair or if trying the Expands over the 10's was a mistake for our purposes but the level of interference we experienced made them unusable. Separately, as was my concern, the slight bluetooth delay was too annoying to tolerate for us when we were within earshot of each other with the headsets on as is the case for some moments when we are using them. That may not bother some but for us it will probably make any bluetooth setup a non-starter.

I was pleased to find that an inexpensive replacement headset from Eartec solved my initial issue. I am happy to hear that people like the Ultralites as now that my original headsets are acting up again I plan to give them a try. It will be nice to shed the belt pack. Thanks for the opinions!
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Separately, as was my concern, the slight bluetooth delay was too annoying to tolerate for us when we were within earshot of each other with the headsets on as is the case for some moments when we are using them. That may not bother some but for us it will probably make any bluetooth setup a non-starter.

Bluetooth delay?

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Bluetooth delay?
There is a slight digital delay (milliseconds) that can occur with Bluetooth, not usually as bad but not dissimilar to the delay you may notice if you've ever been within earshot of someone you're talking to between cell phones. Some people I know who use the Senas and other Bluetooth headsets have mentioned it and it's certainly something that doesn't bother everyone I've spoken with that experience it.
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Ah. Yes, I know what you mean, I think, now that you describe it. Only notice it when we're standing right next to each other with the headsets on and paired... when we can hear each other both around and through the headsets at the same time. But we don't do that often, anyway...

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My wife and I just took our first cruise on the boat that was longer than just a weekend, and we were ready to kill each other from screaming at each other as we were going through locks and anchoring out. I had with me two little Bluetooth ear pieces, I figured there had to be a way to get them to talk to each other without just calling each other, as some areas didn't really have good reception. I found this app called infinite intercom. I didn't have high hopes, but it works extremely well, with very little delay. Basically you just pair the ear piece to each phone. Then you turn on the hotspot on one phone, and connect the other phone to it. Then open up the app on each phone, and your talking. I really like it because we can use the small ear pieces and don't have to have a bulky headset.
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