It Could Have Been Great: Sennheiser BTD300i Wireless Dongle
The BTD300i wireless dongle is designed to give bluetooth capabilities on a standard non-bluetooth Ipod. You plug it in on the Ipod’s dock connector, and your Ipod is ready to be paired with a bluetooth headphone such as the PX210BT that I had reviewed earlier.
This was very exciting to me earlier, as the audio player on my Blackberry smartphone is not very good, and I have most of my music stored in the Ipod. It’s even more exciting as now I can have a very light travelling package that involves no wires. The 6th Gen Ipod Nano video is one of the lightest and slimmest players around, and it makes a great pairing with the BTD300i dongle, as you can see in the picture. Having the combo in your pocket feels just as light as having a few dollars bill in your pocket. The fact that the BTD300i supports the higher quality apt-X bluetooth transmission code is just a bonus to me, as previously I’ve used the PX210BT with my Blackberry phone, and Ipod 3G and 4G with great results. If you’ve read the PX210BT review, this portable headphone is one of the best sounding portables I’ve ever encountered, even considering wired rivals.
Seriously, I was ready to spread the optimism out to the local guys. I mean, with the dongle, everyone with an Ipod can start to enjoy great quality wireless music. You can even leave the Ipod on your backpack, and have a total wireless freedom while enjoying music out of the PX210BT. The wireless experience has been very revolutionary to me, perhaps even more than the 16-drivers JH16.
To my disappointment, the dongle comes with a single flaw that makes the whole set-up pretty much unusable… The problem is that though the dongle transmits a clear CD-like signal, it maxes out at such a low volume that even 100% volume on both the headset and the Ipod is still 60% of what I normally listen at. It’s great if you’re a low volume headphone listener. But this set up is designed to be used outdoors, and you can’t enjoy low volume music outdoors.
Is there any solution to this? Apparently not that I know of. I tried this with two different Ipods, the Classic and the Nano, and still can’t get anywhere near a decent listening level. So, how can I recommend this set up to my friends? Probably can’t. Of course the PX210BT is still a wonderful headphone, and you can pair it directly to any A2DP Bluetooth capable phones with great results. But as for the tiny Nano+dongle set up, I’d have to wait until something else better comes up.
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