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Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Plantronics Pulsar 590A Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

1. Introduction

The more technologically advanced our BlackBerry devices get, the more we can begin to replace other gadgets and eliminate the need for multiple devices.  Now, I’m not yet ready to ditch my iPod – but I am getting closer.  Now that I have a 4GB Memory Card (and soon an even larger one) I can take quite a bit of music with me on the road.  My BlackBerry also has a feature built in that my iPod does not – A2DP – or Stereo Bluetooth.  What is so cool about this? With the right headset, I can stream Stereo Bluetooth music – that’s right – no wires and great sound.

Enter the Plantronics Pulsar 590 A Bluetooth Stereo Headphones.  These guys have a built in Microphone (which extends when needed) so it functions as a Bluetooth headset for phone calls, but it also supports Bluetooth Stereo. This is the future, I am convinced of that – should it be in your “present?” Read on for my thoughts.

About Plantronics

In 1961 a pilot from Santa Cruz, California had an idea and eight years later that same idea would carry the historic first words from the moon: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." The idea was a lightweight communications headset.

Originally designed for use by airline pilots as an alternative to the bulky headphones of the day, the lightweight design soon caught the eye of NASA. Beginning with the final two Mercury flights, Plantronics headsets were used exclusively by the crews of the Gemini and Apollo programs, including all the lunar missions, as well as on the ground by mission controllers.

Other mission-critical customers soon took note. In the mid '60s, the Federal Aviation Agency selected Plantronics as the sole supplier of headsets for air traffic controllers, a privilege Plantronics still holds today. And in a critical milestone for the company, Plantronics was soon selected to supply headsets to the operators of the Bell Telephone company.

Today, headsets have become mainstream, and Plantronics provides a wide range of products from mission-critical and business-critical applications to personal communications and entertainment. In the office, Plantronics is leading a wireless revolution with products that deliver unprecedented freedom and mobility to take your conversations further. From outer space to office space, Plantronics headsets set the standard.

Here is the “Official Company Line” on the 590A

The Plantronics Pulsar 590A Bluetooth stereo headset has been bundled with a universal Bluetooth audio adapter, to provide immediate wireless compatibility for any device with a headphone jack, such as laptops, home stereos, MP3 players, including Apple iPods, and multimedia devices, such as Sony PSP.

Smartphones without A2DP support (Treo 650, 700) require the use of the bundled audio adapter.

Devices that support A2DP Bluetooth profile will not need the adapter.
The Pulsar 590A is a Bluetooth stereo headset that lets you listen wirelessly to music with excellent sound quality, and switch seamlessly to take mobile phone calls with the single press of a button.

Bundled with a universal Bluetooth audio adapter, the Pulsar 590A provides immediate wireless compatibility for any device with a headphone jack, such as laptops, home stereos, MP3 players, including Apple iPods, and multimedia devices, such as Sony PSP.

Smartphones without A2DP support (Treo 650, 700) requires the use of the bundled audio adapter.

Devices that support A2DP Bluetooth profile does not need to use the adapter.

Great Sound, No Wires

The Pulsar 590A uses multipoint technology to function as both a stereo headset for high fidelity listening, as well as a communications headset for use with mobile phones and other voice-enabled devices. The headset includes a telescopic voice tube with an omni-directional microphone for clear voice communications.

Its extended range capabilities provide users with great mobile freedom and enables them to listen to music or have conversations up to 33 feet away from their laptop, music device or cell phone. The Pulsar 590A provides up to 12 hours of talk time and 10 hours of listen time, so users stay in touch and in tune all the time.

Comfort and Choice

The Pulsar 590A has a familiar headband wearing style with pivoting ear cushions that provide all-day wearing comfort. The portable, lightweight headset features a foldable design for compact charging and travel storage and ships with a full range of accessories, including a desktop charging stand, AC charger, USB charging cable, in-flight cable and travel case. The in-flight cable allows the headset to be used with the Bluetooth radio disabled, a requirement for most airline travel.

  • High fidelity stereo sound for superior audio performance
  • Up to 12 hours talk time and up to 10 hours audio listening time
  • Universal adapter plugs directly into most 3.5 mm audio devices, such as iPods, to enjoy wireless stereo listening
  • Seamlessly switch between calls and music listening
  • Telescoping voice tube provides clear calls and discreet conversations
  • Foldable headset design for convenient travel and compact storage
  • Adjustable headband and pillow-soft ear cushions for superior fit and wearing comfort
  • Dedicated buttons allow call and music control functions directly from the headset
  • Convenient desktop charging stand to charge and store your headset
  • Foldable Headset, AC Charger, In-Flight Cable, USB Charger, and Travel Case included
  • For stereo listening, Bluetooth® devices must support the Bluetooth Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP). Devices that do not support the A2DP profile must use the Plantronics universal adapter.
Bluetooth mobile phones with built-in MP3 must support the Bluetooth Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) for stereo listening.

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