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Improving Bluetooth Sound Quality

Boot Camp feature for Thursday, July 12, 2007

Improving the sound quality…in a Bluetooth headset. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Wireless headsets for mobile phones have been gaining in popularity….but some users have tried them and tossed them aside. Call quality on some Bluetooth headsets isn't what it should be. Plantronics has added new features to its latest headset ….the Voyager 520. Category director Ron Vitale…

"As you travel in and out of cars or in noisy airports, you want to be able to adapt to those noisy environments. So this has a noise canceling microphone that adapts to those noisy environments. Another interesting feature that it has is a windscreen. So what it does is, when you're outside and it's really windy, you want something that's able to filter that wind so the person on the other end of the line can hear you."

Rather than an array of buttons that can be hard to find when you reach up to your ear…the 520 uses a small joystick type control….

"You can do answer and end of the call and also adjust your volume up and down by just sliding it back and forth. So there's not a lot of controls to fiddle with, there's just one in the center there that you can use for adjusting all your controls. This product incorporates what we call multi-point technology which will allow you to connect or pair the device to two cell phones."

The Voyager 520 arrives next month. The suggested retail price is a hundred dollars….but they typically sell for less. Plantronics has plenty of competition from Motorola, Jabra, Cardo and others. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.