Does Bluetooth Make Sense for Wireless Audio?

Written 2013-03-22 by Herman_Digi
Sennheiser Bluetooth Stereo Noise Cancelling Headphones

Why not? Bluetooth technology has been around since 1999 and common in our everyday lives.  Yet even with all of the available accessories and equipment integrators don’t always think of it in terms of eliminating wire runs and labor.

Connecting laptops, PCs, microphones and projectors can easily be done with Bluetooth with minimal hassle and equipment.  Imagine the higher quality of Bluetooth vs. the low quality 3.5mm PC audio port.

Advantages of Bluetooth:

  • Great quality with aptX codec (used in high performance Bluetooth peripherals)
  • Needs no wi-fi network/routers
  • Commonly available on most consumer electronics
  • 20 – 33 foot range that can be extended with Class 1 devices for industrial use that go 300 feet
  • Can transmit through solid objects
  • Standard protocol
  • Uses almost no power
  • Bluetooth 4.0 has high speed technology for large files and lower latency rates for a better end user steaming experience
  • Security – the data is only sent between the two paired devices and nowhere else.

Although Bluetooth may not be the highest audio quality method for transmission compared to wired solutions, it is certainly the easiest to deploy and the most portable option available to any pro av integrator.

Herman has a full range of blue tooth headsets, remotes and microphones for your next design:

Ever wonder where the name “Bluetooth” came from? While it was the code name for the Special Interest Group (SIG) that formed in 1998, the name just stuck. It comes from a 10th century Danish King, Harald Blåtand or Harold Bluetooth.  King Blåtand united warring factions in parts of Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Bluetooth technology is designed to bring together different industries such as computing, mobile phones and automotive.