The Advantages of Bluetooth Headphones Over Other Wireless Headphones
The greatest convenience that you can ever enjoy from using Bluetooth headphones is wireless mobility but not at the expense of higher power consumption. Although there still are other types of wireless headphones available on the market today, Bluetooth headsets outrun them in terms of ease, convenience, and mobility.
The most common type of wireless headphones are radio frequency headphones, which make use of radio waves to link two devices--a transmitter and a receiver (usually the headphone). Another popular type are infrared headphones, which are still wireless and use infrared frequency waves for communication between the linked devices. Both of these types of headphones have limitations that Bluetooth headphones have gotten over. For example, the signal or transmission range of Bluetooth headsets can cover a radius of up to 100 meters, especially for Class 1 devices. Radio frequency headphones, however, can cover a wider radius, but they also consume more power than Bluetooth-equipped headphones do. So, in terms of signal coverage and power consumption, any headphone with Bluetooth capability has the perfect mix.
Another reason that makes Bluetooth headsets a better alternative to other wireless headphones is the wide range of devices that you can use with them. The most common devices that you can use your Bluetooth-capable headphones with are mobile phones, media players, computers, and game boxes.
These days, the most common device used with Bluetooth-capable headphones are cell phones and personal digital assistants (PDA). Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) allows many mobile phones and personal digital assistants to stream high-quality audio to your Bluetooth-capable headphones. For you, this means eliminating the hassle of using wired headphones just to listen to audio from your mobile phone or PDA. But, that's just part of the bigger picture. Many wireless headphones also have built-in microphones. If your cell phone, personal digital assistant, or handheld device supports the Bluetooth Headset Profile (HSP), Hands-Free Profile (HFP), and Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), you can use your Bluetooth-capable headphone for more than just listening to streaming audio. You can also make and receive calls, as well as control your device wirelessly.
Next to mobile phones and PDAs, computers are common partners of Bluetooth headsets. Wherever a software application requires the use of a headphones and microphones, your Bluetooth-enabled headphones have that covered, as well. Voice chatting and video chatting through such platforms as Skype or Google Chat become more convenient with wire-free use of headphones that are paired or linked to your laptop or desktop computer via Bluetooth.
The media players are also catching up to the Bluetooth craze. Many of the latest models of portable players - from MP3 players to DVD players and the like - are starting to support and enable Bluetooth functionality. This is good news for you because you can pair your Bluetooth-equipped headsets with such devices and enjoy your digital music and videos without the wires.
Gamers have also stepped up to the Bluetooth bandwagon. The latest generation of game consoles, for example, are beginning to include features that allow game players to go online, as well as to establish and interact with online social communities. With Bluetooth headsets enabling you to chat with your game mates while both of your hands are preoccupied by the game controllers, you can easily keep in touch with fellow gamers while standing far away from your game box.
With more and more devices adding support for them, Bluetooth headphones will soon be the dominant type of headphones for use in listening to audio and for voice chats.