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Altec Lansing Backbeat 903 review

The Bluetooth-enabled Backbeat 903 is a real wireless winner Tested at £60.00

Our Verdict

The perfect partner for your Bluetooth-enabled portable

For

  • Detailed, open delivery, comfortable, microphone is a nice touch

Against

  • Only that the on-ear controls are not fully compatible with the iPhone

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

The perfect partner for your Bluetooth-enabled portable

Pros

  • + Detailed, open delivery, comfortable, microphone is a nice touch

Cons

  • - Only that the on-ear controls are not fully compatible with the iPhone

If the Altec Lansing headphones here look familiar, it's because we reviewed them back in October 2009. Thing is, when they appeared in the magazine's Round-Up of wireless headphones, they did so as the Backbeat 906, which includes a Bluetooth sender.

As there's a vast quantity of devices out there that already have stereo Bluetooth built-in (including the iPhone), and knowing how such things can affect sound quality, we felt it necessary to test the sender-less version.

Thankfully it sounds just as good, with a detailed, open and dynamic delivery defying what many will expect from Bluetooth headphones.

Add a comfortable design, easy pairing, on-ear controls (although skip forward and back doesn't work on the iPhone), and a built-in mic for taking calls, and you've got a real wireless winner.

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