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Bluetooth Anyone?
One of the things that don't seem to get discussed here on Jane is the subject of boy's toys, or gadgets.  I must confess that as of about eight years go, I used to be a real gadget freak.  I had to have the latest gizmo, receiver, or computer wizzbang.   Then somewhere I went retro, or back to basics.  Must be something about getting older, and your base-plate starts settling more.

It's interesting to recall, because about the time that Bush made it into the White House, I began to pick up a couple of older tube/valve receivers, and dusted off my Father's old Sansui 2000X and Sony six head tape deck, and picked up his old Wharfedale corner cabinets, with the 15" sand lined drivers.   Old things really sounded great again.  My ole Fisher 500C still worked nicely.

And with the exception of upgrading the old computer, I pretty much marked time.  Who needs all that new junk, which bleeds your wallet, and either goes out of date yesterday, or breaks when you least expect it.  So I stopped at Dolby Pro Logic, and have been more than satisfied of late.  I don't even have one of those wide screens.   Hell, my computer, with the 22" wide screen is the only one I really need.

However, one thing had slowly slipped under the radar with me over the last few years.  I began noticing all these techno geeks, and other off worlders sprouting a little ear bud that reminded me of something right out of Star Trek and the Borg.  They not only looked funny, but it was really unbecoming as well.  Who in their right mind would want to have just one little device stuck in one ear?  It didn't make sense to me.

However, my old cell phone was getting dated, and I began to think about getting a new one.  So I went to the nearesd Cingular store and started eyeballing the new phones, and what they had to offer.  And one thing keep cropping up: Bluetooth.  What in the blue blazes was Bluetooth?  Every one seemed to have that capability in one form or another.  

So I went home, got on the computer, and started reading up on this thing, and what was to offer with the new phones.   Now, let me tell you, I LOVE music.  I have a 160 gig hard drive, that is getting close to full of Mp3s, no more than 192 kbs each.  That's a lot of Jazz, Classic Rock, New Age, and even all of Allison Krause.  Wink1

Hell, I still have a pair of floor standing speaker enclosures that I have yet to finish, and load with the drivers and crossover.  Oh, did I tell you that I am In To Music?  I have been building my own enclosures for over 30 years: I even have hopes of someday making a nice folding horn, like a Klipsch Horn, but not tomorrow anyway.  

But one thing bothers me.   Using my Zen player, or Sony Mp3 Discman require headphones that are physically connected to the player, and when I am working, or installing my work for clients, the wires just seem to get in the way.  What a bummer.

But wait!  The little single earbuds that look so ugly and Borgish are outdated.  Now, you can actually get neat little stereo headphones that will mate up to your phone and play anything that your phone has in it's memory,....................ifyou have a phone with stereo bluetooth capability.   Amazing!

So I went back to the Cingular store, which was in the process of going over to AT&T(Horrors!), and picked out a nice little LG CU500v, picked up a simple set of Southwing bluetooth headphones, and I am in Business!  Now, I can go anywhere, turn on the headphones, and my phone will marry up with it, and I can play any of the 2 gigs of music I have in my micro SD card inserted in the phone.  WOW!

As I have said, I am not into techno-gadgets much anymore, but this is one gadget that is well worth the time and money.  For less than $75 I have a phone and headphone, and I am liberated!  It's amazing.  So don't let anyone tell you about how wonderful the Old Days are.  Things are getting better, and I Love It!  

Now, when will they be coming up with those computer chip implants?  I can hardly wait.  Wink1

So here is my question: how many of you are already sporting the single ear receiver, or have already moved up to the stereo units?  I can tell you that stereo bluetooth is simply wonderful.  And  they appeal to the military in me.  Both ears are covered, and everything is balanced.  S2
“Conservatism is only as good as what it conserves.” - Friedrich von Hayek -
Bluetooths are very convienient for driving on Post here, since Post Regulations extremely forbid cell phone use on the roads here without a hands-free device. You see the bluetooth quite alot now.

Problem - Army Regs., I read once, don't allow you to run around in uniform with a bluetooth in your ear. Small Irony.


But I don't think anyone cares while you're in the vehicle though.
It's absolutely wonderful! I just got a dongle for my upstairs computer, an Anycom, but can't figure out how to get it to marry up with my stereo headset yet. It will pick up the phone and run it through the computer, but there is something I am missing here.

What is nice about having a device hooking up the computer, is that you can move around and still pick up phone calls, your stereo music, and al sorts of input devices, such as keyboard, mouse, printer, scanner, and a host of things. You just have to make certain that you are getting a Class I device, instead of a Class II. The Class I is the higher power and will currently extend out ideally to 100 metres. The Class II will only go out to 30 metres, but they never go out that far. With the Class I device you can travel throughout the entire room and pick up stereo music from the base unit.

Neat huh? This is the future standard for ALL computer devices. Everythning will be hooked up via Bluetooth, rather than all those cumbersome wires. I hate working on my computer, I have so many of them behind the case. It's a mess that I would love to do away with.
“Conservatism is only as good as what it conserves.” - Friedrich von Hayek -
Boy, Bluetooth has really come a long way since this thread was posted.   S22

But the next version, version 5, could be the clincher for me. S22

Faster, longer-range Bluetooth 5 to reach devices soon. Bluetooth 5 will have four times the range and twice the speed of Bluetooth 4.2.[/url]

Quote:A new version of the Bluetooth wireless spec will be coming to devices soon, giving users faster connectivity among devices over longer distances.

The new version, Bluetooth 5, is a big upgrade over Bluetooth 4.2, the current specification. In a clear line of sight, the range of Bluetooth 5 could stretch to 400 meters, said analysts at The Linley Group in a research note this week. That means users could connect a smartphone to a Bluetooth speaker that may not even be visible.

Final Bluetooth 5 specifications will be disclosed by the end of this year or early next year, the Linley analysts said.

In a typical, realistic setting, Bluetooth 5 will offer a range of up to 120 meters, which is four times that of Bluetooth 4.2, and be two times faster, with data transfer rates of 2Mbps, said Chuck Sabin, director for business strategy at the Bluetooth-Special Interest Group, which sets the standards for Bluetooth.

Historically, once a final Bluetooth specification is released, devices quickly follow suit, Sabin said. So if the Bluetooth 5 specification is finalized and released late this year, devices that use it could come early next year, Sabin said.

This is fantastic.   I am unable to get my computer's bluetooth capability to broadcast music at one end of my basement shop, and be able to receive it at the other end of the shop.  I had pretty much given up hope, and have been still using the regular wireless headphones that have much greater broadcast reception range.
“Conservatism is only as good as what it conserves.” - Friedrich von Hayek -

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