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February 02, 2007

Fifth CES Favorite: Jabra Bluetooth devices

MP3 players do not come equipped with Bluetooth for your listening pleasure with wireless headphones. To my further disgruntlement, many PDAs are not equipped with the proper Bluetooth codecs for wireless stereo music, which renders them less than perfect music players. But, don't despair. It seems Jabra has heard my call of desperation and come to the rescue like a Saint Bernard in a blizzard.

Jabra makes a nice set of wireless Bluetooth headphones (BT620s) that fit comfortably over your ear. The problem is for some Smartphone and PDA phone toters that while the headphones hook up via Bluetooth, they only work for phone calls, not music. Clever Jabra has come up with a solution, however. The A120s is a nifty, little Bluetooth stereo music adapter. Of course it comes with the standard 3.5 jack, and you will need a 2.5 adapter to use it with a Treo. Why Palm uses the non-standard, smaller jack is a mystery to me. Anyway, with that accommodation, you can now listen to your tunes via Bluetooth on your Treo in stereo. When there is an incoming call, the music automatically stops so that you can talk on the phone through the built-in microphone--if you have paired the phone with the headphones. Tap the headphones, and the music starts again. You can also navigate through your music and adjust the volume with buttons on the headphones.

If you just want to talk on your Treo handsfree, you may wish to consider the super small and light Jabra JX10 Bluetooth headset.

You can wear it on either ear with or without the ear clip. You can just plug this featherweight (less than 1/3 ounce) right into your ear if you wish. It comes with a charging cradle and costs about $85. That's a bit pricey, but it has no peer for stylish design, sound quality, and ear comfort. If you want something a little more economical, Jabra offers other Bluetooth headsets (BT125 and BT160) for as little as $39.95.

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Posted by conradb212 at February 2, 2007 06:51 PM


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