Friday, March 09, 2007

Appears Bluetooth Stereo Not Ready For Prime Time

The dream of getting rid of the wires from mobile phone music and podcast listening headphones is still alive, but is going through some technology development growing pains right now. I have been reading blogger posts giving reviews on the current available Bluetooth stereo listening devices and the verdict so far is not good. Stay Tuned as the verdict will only get better.

The MobileBurn blog post said this:

My first experience with a set of A2DP Bluetooth stereo headphones was Motorola's HT820, which was included with the Motorola Q that we received back in May of this year. I was quite pleased with the experience overall, and was very happy about finally being able to lose those wires. But back then there were few devices available with A2DP support, so I had kinda just assumed that all A2DP headphones would work with all A2DP devices, just as pretty much all Bluetooth headsets work with all Bluetooth phones.

With that naive thought in mind, I decided last month that we should do a roundup of A2DP headphone here at MobileBurn. We matched up four pair of stereo headphones with four A2DP devices. The headphones in question were the BlueAnt X5, the Motorola HT820, Nokia's BH-601, and the Sony Ericsson HBH-DS970. Our test phones were the newly released LG Chocolate for Verizon (VX8500), a pre-production MOTOKRZR K1 from Motorola, Motorola's Q Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphone, and the Sony Ericsson W710i Walkman phone.

The results of our testing were quite depressing. No headset worked properly with all of the phones, and no phone worked properly with all of the headsets. Because of the nature of the testing, it is hard for us to determine whether the phone or headset is the cause of any particular problem, though a few issues seem consistent enough across the board that we can level blame.

Here is another article source on Stereo Bluetooth from

I still keep the dream alive that stereo bluetooth will be a reliable replacement for all those pesky wires.

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