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on February 7, 2011
Just bought this item last week. I was looking for an efficient (while frugal) way to get audio from my TV to my couch using Bluetooth technology. This set is very well designed in general, but 2 things strike me as lower value:
1) The attached cord in the transmitter seems very fragile (only time will tell).
2) Sound quality and volume of the kit (please read below).
As I read in other reviews, the sound level/quality using the included headphones is lower. Then I thought of checking the level/quality connecting the included headphones directly to the source (iPod). The quality was the same, BUT the volume was slightly lower. So I did what just sounded as the next step: Try other headphones and re-evaluate. This made a BIG difference. I used a pair of older (better quality headphones) and to my surprise, the quality of sound using BT was almost as good as connecting the quality headphones directly to the source. I can't understand why HP would pack a pair of inferior headphones with this set. I know overall cost makes a difference, but I would have preferred not receiving a pair of low quality headphones (while mentioning this in the packaging) and a lower price (who doesn't have headphones already?) versus having to pay a couple of extra $ for a low quality set. Is it worthwhile risking for a return, because of the cheap headphones??
If I wasn't as curious as I am, I would have sent this set right back to the store, but now that I know the secret, I might as well keep them. (Paid $30+tax)
I did not notice a time lag on my set... maybe I got lucky, maybe the newest batch doesn't have that problem??
Overall, I like the quality of sound, the design (I would have preferred for the option of the transmitter to be able to be connected to USB power if needed, if not use the default = internal rechargeable battery) and the portability of the pendant receiver, which depending on the person, might use it or not. Wired connections are always going to be better than wireless, I can hear a very low hiss while using BT, but I have heard Plasma TVs interfere with BT, so this could be the reason. I have yet to try them with other sources. I am sure the sound will be even better. What still worries me is the fragile cable for the 1/8" stereo plug. It seems like it's going to break, but we will see... Only time will tell (like Asia used to sing).