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Old Jan 11th, 2006, 07:29 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Too cool.......Bluetooth, tunes and phone finally merge..but not the way you think



Been waiting for this for a while.

Sitting at my G5 listening to some music over the internet with a good sounding set of headphones on......phone rings, music goes away, phone answers , I talk, caller hangs up, phone hangs up, music resumes. All without my touching a thing and no wires.

Now this could just as easily be your iPod or any other device that takes a standard audio jack.

Too, too, cool.

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CNET editors' review
for Plantronics Pulsar 590A Bluetooth headset
Reviewed by: Brian Bennett
Edited by: Jasmine France
Review date: 11/2/05

The ability to privately listen to music or spoken word via headphones wherever you go is one of life's great luxuries. Making mobile audio even sweeter, however, is the $199 Plantronics Pulsar 590A headset. Operating on the new Bluetooth Advanced Audio Distribution Profile protocol, the Pulsar 590A is essentially a wireless audio device that lets you hear stereo audio without the usual hassle of cords. In addition, the Pulsar can function as a hands-free cellular headset, allowing you to answer calls without touching your mobile phone.
The Plantronics Pulsar 590A comes in two basic parts. The main section is a futuristic over-the-head-style headphone unit constructed from silver and black plastic. The right ear cup sports call answer, mute, and volume up/down buttons along with a telescoping microphone tube. Backing this up is a circular universal Bluetooth adapter, which is about the size of a bar of hotel soap. Also bundled is a small, flat cradle and an AC power cord to charge the headphones' and adapter's rechargeable batteries. Once charged, indicator lights on both devices glow a steady blue. You can charge with just the AC cord sans cradle if space is critical.

The Plantronics Pulsar 590A is very easy to use. First, we followed the simple directions laid out within the manual for pairing the adapter to the headphone unit, then the headphones to our Bluetooth-capable cellular handset; you'll need to do this procedure only once. With this done, we connected the adapter to our MP3 player using its standard headphone jack. With all devices involved powered up and linked, we casually tossed the MP3 player, the adapter, and the cell phone in a bag and walked out the door. While walking the streets of NYC, we were able to groove to tunes in stereo with surprisingly solid audio quality. The two volume buttons, however, are small and tricky to depress. When a call came through, the Pulsar automatically cut out the music and chimed an alert. We simply answered by pressing the Call Answer button once. Once our chat was over, the Pulsar resumed music playback. In our anecdotal tests, callers said we sounded reasonably clear, but they could tell we were using a cell phone. Battery life also proved to be good in cursory testing. We played audio through the Pulsar 590A continuously over a period of about 11 hours without having to recharge. This is not bad, but a word of warning: It's a pain to recharge a device such as headphones when you're not used to doing so.
BTW while the article indicates he pressed the button to answer that's optional as my phone autoanswers.

Right now I'm using a Moto 815 cell the heart of the system BUT Panasonic announced a cordless home phone at CES with Bluetooth so that will be the daytime phone system around the office.



http://www.motorola.com/motoinfo/pro.../0,,82,00.html

I'm unlimited evenings and weekends on the cell so it's smaller to carry.

Now this would also work with one of the XM Radio systems as well - anything with a stereo headphone jack.

Haven't been a Plantronics fan BUT this one really does what it promises.



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Old Jan 14th, 2006, 08:00 PM   #2
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Bumping this as I think many music/mobile users will want to take a hard look. It's better than I imagined.

The pod is plugged into the Intel iMac on the main floor and I'm listening to classical guitar over the Internet
I just walked up to the my desk upstairs to check mail and the damn music is still playing perfectly !!!!!!

Geez what a range!! Had a client come in and try it - just terrific as the phone rang, the headset turned off the music, and we started chatting .......real good "eyes big and round" reaction.
Then even more so when I hung up and the music came back on. All without he or I touching anything.

This is waaaaay better than trying to stuff an iPod into a phone or vice versa. Very comfortable for long wearing sessions and extremely good battery life on the headset/puck.

It clearly sleeps well as I ran it for two days without charge and with pretty extensive music listening times in that. Finally seeing some benefit of the advanced Bluetooth standard.



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OK, so do I need Bluetooth in my G5 and Phone in order for it to all work properly? I want a BT Phone but I still have another year and a half with my contract and dont want to pay that much for a BT phone right now.

And is that $199 CDN? not bad for what it does!
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Less actually - price has dropped - I think I'm actually going to sell them since a main supplier has them available . $159 or so.

You DO need a BT phone for but the audio aspect works with anything with a standard mini stereo jack. ( you do not need BT in the music source ).
THAT's the neat break through, it does not require the music source and phone to be a single device. It's even very feasible for TV or gaming - anything with a stereo out jack works.

It's a good looking piece of technology that really does what it promises......and given the range and ease of use....more than expected.



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I might have to pick up one of those BT Home phones if I get Vonage, then again, now that I bought a place, I don't have roommates to **** off with my music so I wont be usin gthe headphones as much. Damn Telus, I want a BT phone!!!! GRRR
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Just an update as I learn more - YES I'm enjoying this system thoroughly.

With the Moto 815 I can just press and hold the main button on the BT head set and speak the name of the contact and it dials it or I can speak the number.

What's interesting......I don't have to train the phone in any way. It reads the contact name and interprets my voice speaking it. Now I'm impressed - so far it's 100% accurate too.

So if I type as the contact name "Meghan cell" into contacts with her phone number.

Then I SAY "Meghan cell.

The phone dials her number...all without voice training and without touching the phone.

Some neat algorithm that is.

The more I use this combination the more impressed. Convergence here is very good. Even MORE impressed as time goes on ...unusual that. No buyers remorse this time.

Highly highly recommended.
I'm also getting 50' range for the music as well. Very nice to work with some nature sounds coming through the headphones ( doing that now ) and "Look ma no hands" answer the phone and touch the headset to dial out stored contacts by name or new numbers by just saying them.

yeah yeah small things but when you handle 40-50 calls a day small things count

Count me pleased.



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Man, if I had a BT phone, I'd be buying this right now. Oh well.
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Well Panasonic and another company have BT home phones and I'm sure that will spread.
Apple should do their own



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I like the cell phone portion as I'm always listening to my music and always wondering if someones calling me or not. If it were not for the vibration setting on my phone, I'd probably miss all my calls.
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Yeah for me with 40-50 calls a day it's a life saver and I find the music relaxes me.

Not having to deal with wires is a big plus when working around the machines too.



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