Jabra Sport Coach Wireless review

Jabra Sport Coach Wireless Box inside

Jabra Sport Coach Wireless In-Ear

After using the Philips SHQ7300LF/00 for quite some time as my workout-companion i got into some disadvantages of them. First of all, the fit was never perfect. I ordered some special BOSE EarWings to get a better fit but that worked only partially because now they won’t fall out during work-out but it looses almost all of its sound quality because they won’t seal the ear any more.

I decided that it was time to get something new and hopefully better suiting my needs. Coincidentally during my daily amazon visit, i ran into a special pre-order offer to get the new Jabra Sport Coach Wireless for just 119€. The official date of release is today, July 7th but i got them already yesterday, thanks to amazon. Now it is time to present my first impression to you.

Unboxing

The design and handling of the box is way better then the before mentioned Philips SHQ7300LF/00. It feels very high-quality and fits with its design into the persona of its buyers. It opens like book to present all the necessary information and a decent view of the ear-pieces.

Accessories

The box comes loaded with a lot of accessories. There are 3 different sized EarWings, 4 EarGels (in-ear pieces), two clips to get a better fit of the cable, a padded case and micro-USB charging cable. A printed instruction manual is also included.

Features

The Jabra Sport Coach wireless are featuring everything you already know from any other bluetooth headphones.

  • Bluetooth 4.0 (10m range)
  • NFC for simpler pairing
  • sweat and water resistant
  • hands-free calling
  • cable remote control

But there are also some special features i definitely have to mention. The Jabra Sport Coach wireless are supporting:

  • Dolby Audio profile
  • TrackFit motion sensor for workouts
  • in-ear audio coaching
  • companion app to coach your workout

First test

The fit is almost perfect. I used the medium EarWings with the medium EarGels and can’t shake my head enough to get them to fall out. I turned the ear-pieces on and got really surprised, a friendly voice was telling me how to pair them with my phone. I expected an annoying beep like my Philips were offering. So it was quite a nice surprise to get all commands and the percentage of the battery told by a nice female voice.

The pairing went really easy, I put my phone next to the cable-remote-control, NFC does the rest. The quality of the sound was unbelievable for a sport device. I didn’t expect much because of my old headphones so i was even more thrilled about the overall quality.

Conclusion

Yesterday was monday, international chest-day. A good workout to test the main features of my new head-phones in a real world environment. The quality was overwhelming. They do not struggle neither during Burpees nor the chest press. I didn’t here anyone else in my environment which is quite nice if you have to do your workout i a heavily crowded gym. By now I would definitely recommend the Jabra Sport Coach wireless head-phones to any sport-enthusiastic.

Next steps

After test the normal functionality i will move on to test the Jabra Sport Life companion app and also the integration into my already used Endomondo Running app. I will keep you updated after i collected some experience with both of them.

Updated KabelDeutschland streaming proxy

What’s new

The last time, I released my KabelDeutschland streaming proxy as a result of the reverse-engineering of the KabelDeutschland API. There have been a few minor issues, mainly in using the proxy together with some other tools like Kodi / XBMC or some stream-recorder based on ffmpeg.

Today i’d like to announce a new version of the KabelDeutschland streaming proxy that solves these issues. We are now able to use it together with the media-center software.

The playlist-handling has been fully rewritten to avoid the multiple redirects during playback. This was the main problem why ffmpeg could not read the playlist and its streams and prevented the media-center from playing the channels.

You can now select the quality of the stream by adding this param to the call. There are 3 options available, low | medium | high. Load your desired quality by opening http://[ip-address]/medium. If there was no quality-selector given, it will return the medium streams. There is still the debug option available by adding /txt at the end of the url after the quality identifier http://[ip-address]/medium/txt.

Below you will find the binaries for all supported architectures but there was also an update at the PHP version of this tool. This update can be grabbed from github.

Download

Shared Folder at mega.co.nz (mirror at dropbox)

Use cases

The last time i mentioned that i was trying to get the proxy running in conclusion with Kodi / XBMC and some other useful tools. Here is a short description of how to get these tools to work with the KabelDeutschland streaming proxy.

Kodi / XBMC

To watch live TV using this proxy in Kodi or XBMC, you have to enable an add-on called PVR IPTV Simple Client. This can be found under the PVR-Clients section in the add-ons category. After enabling it, there needs to be one configuration to be set-up, the Url of the playlist has to be added as seen on the screens. Also the checkbox cache m3u at local storage has to be unchecked so it reloads the playlist every time Kodi starts. After enabling and configuring the add-on, the last step is to enable Live-TV at the Kodi settings by checking the box under Settings -> Live TV.

Now you should see an option at the main menu named TV. Select the channel sub-option and enjoy the program.

The first time, the loading of the channel-list could take up to one minute, so please be patient.

Tvstreamrecord

I crashed into this tool (http://pavion.github.io/tvstreamrecord/) by looking for some new stuff for my Synology DS215j. It has a prebuilt package so i decided to give it a try and installed it. I imported the generated playlist but unfortunately i was not able to record the stream. As i described in my introduction, the problem was ffmpeg that could not handle redirects in playlists but with the new version of the KabelDeutschland streaming proxy it was easy to get the recorder running. Nevertheless there are some tweaks you have to do before it works.

As a step by step introduction we will start by adding the playlist. Open http://[Synology]:8030, click on the Channels-tab and click the Import button. Select your generated playlist. After the upload, you will see a list of all channels. You can now grab the EPG information at one of the two EPG tabs. Now we have to change the configuration. Switch over to Config -> FFMPEG support and add http to the list of stream-type. Hit submit-changes.

Now the last step is to change the path for your recordings under the General tab.

Thats it, you are now able to create a scheduled record.