updated 09:25 am EDT, Wed September 20, 2006
Jabra BT320s Earphones
Jabra, the experienced manufacturer of wireless headsets, released a new set of earphones on Wednesday that can link themselves to almost any cellphone or music player that matches the A2DP audio profile for Bluetooth. The BT320s (pictured) automatically pauses music playback whenever an incoming call is detected and doubles as a wireless remote for basic cellphone and music controls. Jabra claims the BT320s are rainproof and can last for up to 6 hours of continuous music or conversation. Owners are not limited to a single audio source; Jabra has also just begun shipping two new adapters that give the option of listening to music players and similar devices. First is the A120s, a basic Bluetooth transmitter that plugs into any standard 3.5mm minijack, offering audio (but not remote control) for devices such as computers or more generic music players. The more advanced A125s is designed specifically for the iPod and plugs into the Dock Connector so that listeners can pause music on an iPod when they receive phone calls on a nearby Bluetooth phone. Both A-series adapters will play audio for up to 10 hours and are available for $50 (A120s) and $60 (A125s). Jabra expects the BT320s to ship by the end of 2006 for $89.