I'm finally catching up w/ the 21st century and bought my first pair of truly wireless earbuds: the Sony WF-1000XM3.

My issue is that audio quality degrades significantly when I connect them to my computer and enable the microphone. To do this, I have to switch from High Fidelity Playback (A2DP Sink) to Headset Unit (HSP/HFP), which forces the output to go from Stereo to Mono.

For ~$200+, I was hoping to have better audio quality than my cheap wired earbuds+mic. I already bought 2 other earbuds at different price points and noticed similar or worse issues. Tried with Airpods Pro as well, but since I'm not on a Mac, I could never get the mic working.

In short, I'm wondering if things change significantly with something like the Sennheiser Momentum 2 (or higher price point), or if I should consider non-truly wireless earphones, if I want quality audio and mic?

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Each A2DP "service" is Mono-Directional.

A typical device using the A2DP profile for music will not support more than one service (i.e. audio stream), but it's possible. This would need a more complicated chipset so it may not be suitable for the size constraints of "truly wireless" earbuds.

Unfortunately I can't recommend any headphones that do this because I haven't found a pair myself. It is often cheaper/simpler for the headset to switch to HSP for bi-directional audio.

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    Thanks, Romen. I think I'll have to go the gaming headset route, which use USB+wireless adapter to support high quality audio and mic simultaneously.
    – Khashir
    Sep 17, 2020 at 20:25

The solution seems to be to buy earbuds that support a USB Bluetooth adapter, like the ones a wireless gaming headset would use (search for "Lag-Free Wireless Audio" to read about the included adapter).

According to this reddit thread (2020-07), the Jabra Elite 75t can be hooked up to the Jabra Link 370, which increase range and:

"Sound quality features such as HD voice, HiFi Audio and A2DP for crystal-clear sound for calls and music."

However, I haven't tried this myself, and Jabra Link devices are not officially supported by Jabra to work with earbuds (only headsets and speakers), so YMMV.


Galaxy Buds Pro support this. Uncomfortable as hell, but good sound, good mic and support simultaneous HSP and A2DP.

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