As a growing number of portable devices are offering Bluetooth functions, Panasonic has enhanced the D-Snap SV-SD850N to offer A2DP, AVRCP, and HFP Bluetooth profiles. The SV-SD950N makes use of the missing corner of its controls as it implements a button which allows calls to be made and received when paired with a mobile phone. It is also possible to transferring files and transmitting audio to Bluetooth headphones or speakers.
The SV- SD950N still offers the same features as the previous model, including the 60 hour battery life, noise isolation, and storage relying completely on SD/SDHC cards. The additional Bluetooth capabilities do come at a price as the new model will sell for an equivalent of about $220.
[Press Release via Akihabara News]
When the Bluetooth-enabled PMP branded by Insignia, Best Buy’s in-house brand, was first spotted in late January, availability was listed as “coming soon.”
At some point between then and now (we couldn’t say exactly when for sure), the 4GB NS-DVB4G has been given a “usually leaves our warehouse in 1 business day” designation and been priced at a pretty reasonable $160. The 2.4-ounce player has a 2.2-inch display (262K colors), microSD slot, and FM tuner with 20 presets; supports an impressive array of audio files (Ogg Vorbis included); and can play MPEG4 and WMV videos at up to 30 frames per second.
[Product Page via CrunchGear]
We were reporting a while back about the T9 Bluetooth player, but when it hit the shores of the US, Samsung had stripped the Bluetooth. Now the Bluetooth T9, appropriately dubbed T9B, will indeed be hitting the US come March and will retail for $159 for the 2GB and $209 for the 4GB. Both are about a $30 premium over the Bluetoothless T9s.
The T9B has more functionality than simply sending audio to Bluetooth headphones and speakers. The player will tie into any Bluetooth mobile phone. It works like this. Your phone is in your pocket and it rings. You look at your T9B to see who is calling. Pressing a button on the T9B picks up the call and pauses your tunes. With your phone still in your pocket, you speak to the T9B and hear out of the headphones, Bluetooth or otherwise. The microphone is sensitive enough to sit on the table so you don’t have to hold it up to your mouth and look like a fool talking to an MP3 player.
Samsung is on the ball; first the nano-competing Z5 and the innovative K5 with external speakers. Now Samsung will be the first major manufacturer to release a mass market Bluetooth MP3 player. We were first teased with early FCC photos and were unsure of when this wireless wonder would show up in stores. Now you can have one in your hands and fast as you can drive to the nearest Best Buy.
Lately the interfaces and GUI’s have been very clean on the Z5 and the K5, so you can probably expect the same from the T9. But really the focus on this player is Bluetooth functionality, where we will see wireless headphones, speakers, and hopefully car head unit connectivity. The player is reasonably priced at $150 and $200 for 2GB and 4GB respectively.
Update: Readers are reporting that Bluetooth will not be available in the US model. Cnet reports that and it is not shown on Best Buy’s site. If this is the case, the T9 will be very dissappointing. Thank you all for the comments below.
[Best Buy - thanks Kisuke]
Check out these cool portable bluetooth speakers by BenQ-Siemens. They’re compatible with any gadget that supports AD2P and AVRCP, which means that you can stream and control your music from up to 30 feet away. Imagine turning up the speaker volume in the living room from your cell phone in the bedroom!
Of course, if you’re determined to get out of bed in the morning, the IMS100 also offers a 3.5mm audio jack that can be connected to just about any non-Bluetooth-enabled device out there, even a computer.
Measuring 7.09″ x 3.15″ x 1.57″ and weighing about 9.5 oz., the speakers can run for about 6 hours on 4 AA batteries or indefinitely with the included power supply. The IMS100 is slated for release in August.
[BenQ-Siemens via Gizmodo]
One by one the A2DP audio centric Bluetooth devices are lining up for the yet-to-hit-the-mainstream Bluetooth compatible MP3 players. One such device, the X5 from Blue Ant, will set you back $140 MSRP but give you a decent set of features.
Connected to your MP3 player the phones will give you wireless music along with ear mounted controls. They will also work well with your favorite VOIP setup with a detachable microphone. The battery will last 12 and be rechargeable by USB. They are available now at Amazon and other fine online retailers.
[Blue Ant via ubergizmo]
The Samsung T9 appeared on the FCC’s application filing website. The features look like it is an updated version of the T8 with a similar feature set and supported formats like MP3, WMA, OGG, TXT, JPG, and SVI (Samsung’s video format). The video plays back at 15FPS on the 208 X 176 LCD screen. Samsung promises 30 hours of battery time out of the T9, but will likely result in 20-25 hours real world. The manual shows the player working in UMS mode, so that is good news for easy usage.
Check out the FCC’s site for a lot more photos. They even have the user manual to this new player in PDF form for your reading pleasure. No word on release date, but we will keep you posted.
[FCC Filing via Engadget]
Forget the clumsy cassette adapters and poor sounding FM modulators; wirelessly transmit your music in style to you Pioneer Carrozzeria head unit with your Bluetooth enabled MP3 player. Well, Bluetooth MP3 players are few and far between for now, but more are in the works. The Pioneer DEH-P810 Carrozzeria will start selling in Japan at the end of this month for around 73,500 yen or around $660 USD.
[Press Release via Akihabara]
More and more Bluetooth audio devices are coming to the market everyday. But we are still missing a decent number of Bluetooth MP3 players. In the mean time, the BlueAnt BluSonic is another wireless speaker system that works with A2DP stereo audio and hands free protocols. The hands free protocol utilizes the BlueSonic’s built in microphone for use with your mobile phone or VOIP setup. However audio enthusiast still wait for the portable music devices. The speakers sell for around $133 USD.
[BlueAnt BlueSonic via Ubergizmo]
This BMW Motorrad WCS-1 helmet contains a Bluetooth headset embedded inside of the helmet. The helmet is compatible with phone headset profiles as well as the audio A2DP, compatible with upcoming Bluetooth MP3 players. Three external buttons allow you to switch the device on and control the volume. Already have a helmet? BMW also makes retrofit kits for existing BMW helmets.
Now bring on some decent Bluetooth MP3 players.
[BMW via DLMag]