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iPod Wireless Speakers and Headphones

from: Dale Ewans




The iPod seems to have induced a certain trend in the consumer
electronics industry as many companies on the market rushed to
manufacture accessories for the little device that allows you to
take music with you wherever you go. Speakers and headphones
were among the first choices as iPod accessories for consumer
electronics companies. The next step was wireless speakers and
headphones to allow more freedom of movement. We'll try to
discuss the pros and cons of wireless peripherals for the iPod
as well as the models that each wireless component works with.



Logitech



Logitech began marketing in 2005 a wireless headphone
unit
that works with any model of iPod that has a dock
connector on the base. This feature is standard on all new
models and is available on older models as well. The headphones
use Bluetooth technology to connect to the iPod through an
adapter that transmits the signal. They come with rechargeable
batteries that supposedly can play up to eight hours of music
per charge.



The wireless headset is very light and weighs only 3.2 ounces,
with the adapter unit weighing less than an ounce. iPod controls
are provided on one of the earpieces, so there is no need to
return to the iPod to adjust the volume or move through the play
list. The iPod can be left sitting on a counter or on a desk,
and the headphones will pick up the signal for up to 30 feet
away.



Logitech also markets a wireless music receiver and
transmitter that turns your current stereo into a receiver and
set of speakers for your iPod. It comes with its own
rechargeable batteries so it doesn't drain your iPod. The
receiver unit simply plugs into your stereo system and the
transmitter onto your iPod. The system works with any iPod or
MP3 player with a standard 3.5mm headphone output.



The benefit of this system is that you can use it to make your
existing speakers wireless without having to purchase additional
equipment. It is easy to plug in and use so you can easily move
to other rooms in the house. The only drawback is the 30-feet
distance restriction between the receiver and the transmitter.



Macally



Macally designed a Bluetooth based BlueWave iPod headset
that connects to the iPod through a transmitter plugged into the
iPod's headphone port. One issue with the BlueWave system is
that the transmitter unit doesn't use the iPod's connector for
power but two non-rechargeable AAA batteries. Another issue
would be the plastic notch situated by the headphone jack that
prevents the transmitter from wobbling on the iPod's top and
which you will need to remove if you own an iPod shuffle or a
first or second generation iPod.



The signal's range should be around 30 feet but it varies
greatly depending on the environment you are in, especially if
doors or walls stand in the way. The headphones can provide up
to eight hours of interrupted music depending on volume level
and other factors. They are also powered by two non-rechargeable
AAA batteries.



With the BlueWave system you can also wirelessly stream music
from your iPod by connecting the headphones to the home speaker
system with a RCA patch cable that fits in the line-out jack
from the headphones.



Oregon Scientific



Oregon Scientific released in 2005 a very interesting
wireless speaker system designed for the iPod, the iBall.
The speaker is shaped like a bowling ball and it connects to a
transmitter dock, that holds the iPod, through 2.4 Ghz wireless
technology, with adaptive frequency hopping spread spectrum. The
signal range should be up to 100 feet and the rechargeable
batteries provide up to 8 hours of music on a single charge. It
is compatible with iPods, iPod photos, iPod nanos, and iPod
minis.



The iBall has a built-in remote for the iPod which you can use
even if the iPod is not in the room. The speaker has a round LCD
display that you can use to change volume and skip tracks, find
out the time, wireless signal strength, battery power,
play/pause status.



Wi-Gear The iMuffs from Wi-Gear are wireless
headphones
made especially for the iPod but with a twist.
They use Bluetooth technology to connect wirelessly to both your
iPod and your Bluetooth enabled phone, so you can
use them as a wireless headset for the cell phone. When you
receive a call, the iMuffs pause the music on the iPod, ring in
the headphones and allow you to speak in the integrated
microphone.



The iMuffs system has a small receiver that hooks on top of the
iPod and comes with a rechargeable battery that provides up to
12 hours of interrupted music. As expected with Bluetooth, the
iMuffs headphones can pick up the signal in the 30 feet signal
range. They also feature iPod controls on each earpiece for
pause, volume, skip and search.



In the future, the market of wireless headphones and speakers
for the iPod will become a bigger share of the overall iPod
accessories market, as the signal range will increase, the audio
output quality will get better and the batteries the
manufacturers use for power will allow more hours of playtime.



About the author:


Dale Ewans shows you how wireless technology improved audio
systems at href="http://www.wireless-speakers.org">http://www.Wireless-Speak
ers.org where you can learn how href="http://www.wireless-speakers.org/learn/wireless-speakers.ht
ml">wireless speakers and headphones work, read product
reviews and find out shopping tips and tricks.






 



 

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