Jabra talks up Bluetooth iPod accessories
Fewer wires for PSP, DS, MP3 player owners too
CeBIT Bluetooth headset specialist Jabra this week stepped into the iPod, handheld games console and music-phone accessory markets, pitching a handful of new products designed to free digital music device owners from cumbersome wires.
Jabra's iPod-oriented offerings include a Bluetooth adaptor, the A125s, that hooks into the MP3 player's dock connector and beams audio out to any Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) compatible headset. Jabra said the unit will run for ten hours.
The Jabra A120s is the same kind of device, this time equipped with a 3.5mm earphone jack to grab and transmit music from Macs, PCs, MP3 players, handheld games consoles, phones, TVs and so on to Bluetooth headphones - like Jabra's own BT620s set - or other A2DP-compatible cans.
Jabra's A120s Bluetooth stereo adaptor (left) and BT325s earphones
Unlike other stereo Bluetooth headphones, the BT620s pair also incorporate a microphone so they can be used with music mobiles not only for music playback but for taking calls. Jabra said the set's rechargeable battery provides up to 14 hours' music play and phone conversation time, or up to 240 hours' operation in stand-by mode.
Jabra's BT6200s Bluetooth stereo headphones
Jabra also unveiled the BT325s, a lightweight set of earphones that connect to an MP3 using a 3.5mm jack but also sports a Bluetooth dongle that connects to a mobile phone, allowing you to use the two devices at once. You can also use it to receive Bluetooth-beamed music. The Bluetooth unit has sufficient battery capacity for eight hours' talk time or 240 hours on stand-by.
Finally, the company announced a USB Bluetooth stereo adaptor that brings A2DP support to PCs in a cheaper, more simple form than the A120s provides.
Jabra said all these products will ship in Europe by the end of Q2. It provided pricing only for the A320s USB adaptor - it will cost about €30 (£21/$36) - and the BT620s, which will retail for around €99 (£68/$118). ®