Bluetooth technology is now widely used on portable devices such as mobile phones as a standard for wireless interconnectivity, especially when it comes to pairing headsets/hands-free units. Tapping into the less congested and burgeoning market of portable media players, Logitech has launched a set of unique wireless headphones specifically designed for the iPod based on the Bluetooth Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP). What makes the Logitech Wireless Heaphones for iPod special is that you don't just listen to your music, you can control it too. The Logitech Wireless Headphones for iPod is one of the few Bluetooth headphones for the iPod that comes with integrated remote controls. You control the basic functions of the iPod such as volume, play/pause and track selection on the headphones itself with your iPod sitting far away on its docking station or tucked away in a bag. The headphones uses advanced Bluetooth 1.2 technology, which includes adaptive frequency hopping to ensure interference-free listening at all times and as a Class 2 device, it stays connected for up to 10 meters without loosing its signal.
Two iPod Accessories in One Package
The Logitech Wireless Headphones for iPod comes in two parts – the headphones itself and a Bluetooth adapter. The 'street-style' headphones is designed with a behind-the-head band that rests comfortably and firmly over the ears, but users who wear glasses may find that it needs some getting used to. The remote control is found on the right side of the headphones and its four basic buttons are designed to be wide and far apart. This lowers the learning curve and makes them easier to identify, feeling for specific controls without the need to look. The Bluetooth adapter on the other hand, sits on top of an iPod with an adjustable input jack to fit the various models available, which includes the 3rd and 4th generation iPods, iPod Photo and iPod mini. Both devices charge separately and the provided AC adapter comes with two connectors. A full-charge for both devices takes around 2.5 hours and will last up to 8 hours of non-stop playing.
Not Just for the iPod
As a Bluetooth device, the Logitech Wireless Headphones for iPod can also be used on an iPod nano or any other device as long as it has a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack connector since Logitech bundles an extension cable just for this purpose. While you can still enjoy wireless freedom when listening to your favorite tunes, such a connection loses its remote control feature as the remote connector is designed to fit the iPod only (the iPod nano does not feature a remote jack at all).
On-the-go With the Blues
The Logitech Wireless Headphones for iPod are all paired at the factory. Therefore, setting up is a no-brainer and users do not have to worry about additional procedures for synchronization between the headphones and its adapter. To use them, users will only have to press and hold the sync buttons on both devices and they should be recognized in a matter of seconds. During our listening tests, we noticed that the headphones had a boomy bass and exhibited occasional echo effects, which tended to distort the clarity of audio. The headphones are definitely not suited for the audiophile who wants quality over all, but it does work very well with musical genres that are bass-centric, like rock or trance. The Logitech Wireless Headphones for iPod is great for on-the-go listening without being tethered to wires and its remote control abilities are a boon to iPod users everywhere. iPod owners seeking a hassle free way of controlling their music should give the Logitech Wireless Headphones for iPod some serious consideration.
The Logitech Wireless Headphones for iPod has already been released in selected regions though it will only reach Singapore shores in November 2005. Users around the globe can, on the other hand opt to purchase them through Logitech's on-line store for US$149.99.