These days a cell phone is more than just a phone and Bluetooth headsets do more than answer your phone wirelessly. It’s not uncommon to listen to music on ones phone. I’ve done it. Why carry an extra device? And people have been clamoring for a good stereo Bluetooth headset.
Plantronics is introducing the Pulsar(R) 260 Stereo Bluetooth(R) Headset. If you want to see one in person check it out at CTIA Wireless 2007 (Plantronics Booth #1013, Hall A2).
The Pulsar(r) 260 uses (A2DP) Advanced Audio Distribution Profile. This is a clever strategy because mobile phones featuring the A2DP stereo profile are expected to rise significantly in the next year.
“As consumers become increasingly familiar with portable multimedia content – music, video games and videos – digital stereo listening is becoming a primary purchase driver for mobile phones,” said Renee Niemi, general manager and vice president of Mobile and Entertainment at Plantronics. “Media enabled handsets are expected to significantly outsell standalone portable music players in the near future – a trend that Plantronics expects to become a catalyst for high quality, audio-plus-voice headset accessories.”
“As technologies converge and more mobile phones are used as multimedia devices, it is increasingly important that stereo headsets offer not only superb sound quality but voice functionality,” added Niemi. “The Pulsar 260 adds a new dimension to stereo Bluetooth choice by offering a new wearing style and addressing the needs of today’s consumer.”
Unlike many Bluetooth Headsets that are small, in-the-ear mono devices, the Pulsar(R) 260 is a lightweight pendant-plus-earphones design. The control pendant clips easily to pockets, lapels or shoulder straps. The central control panel has been designed to intuitively navigate through track selections and control the volume without needing to ever touch your phone. For me, one of the most important features of a headset is how it feels in my ear. The Pulsar 260’s earbuds are not only noise-isolating, they are made of soft silicone gel so the contoured tips are very secure. I hate feeling like my headset might fall out at any moment. And it’s certainly annoying if that happens right in the middle of a conversation. And these gel tips are meticulously engineered to remain comfortable over time. There’s nothing more annoying than my earplugs irritating my ears. I really need to feel like they are just “floating” in my ears with no annoying pulling sensation. And considering Plantronics reputation one can be assured of high quality, wireless stereo sound.
Plantronics Pulsar(R) 260 features include:
Compatibility with mobile phones featuring the A2DP Bluetooth profile
High-fidelity stereo sound and superior audio performance
Freedom to roam up to 33 feet from a Bluetooth device
Battery which allows for up to nine hours of talking time and seven hours of listening time
Inline microphone with call answer end button
Support for the Audio Visual Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) to allow customers to remotely control functions such as mute, volume level or track forward/back
Compact headset design for convenient travel and storage
Audio-out cable for connection to any 3.5 jack for full external stereo sound
Multipoint connectivity to actively pair with one audio device and one voice device
Pricing and Availability
The Pulsar(R) 260 is immediately available for $109.95 (MSRP) at most major retailers and www.plantronics.com.