Bluetooth Low Energy seems to really have taken off. I’m not sure which phones support it, but I think it might be a better platform for audio control and low bandwidth audio itself than “classic” bluetooth. Anyone know if there has been any uptake in the industry? Is Made for iPhone or whatever it’s called strictly Bluetooth Classic or is there more to it?
I’m not an iPhone person myself and any streaming I’ve done has been underwhelming either for audio quality (Siemens) or battery life (Starkey). I have to say that the Starkey audio quality over 900MHz was not bad and the range was excellent. Unfortunately it seems everyone has gone 2.4GHz. Busiest band on the planet. Hopefully some day BLE will usher in a standard that works as well as MIDI did for the music and cell phone industries.
I ask this question after seeing/posting this in the “articles” area of the forum:
NXP and Widex Team for Wireless Audio Streaming Hearing Aids
NXP Semiconductors and Widex announced that they have collaborated to develop, test and integrate NXP’s NxH2003 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) audio streaming SoC into Widex BEYOND hearing aids. The two companies worked closely together throughout the product development cycle, merging the best of hearing aid engineering and wireless audio streaming semiconductor technology, to deliver hearing aid devices that can stream wireless audio from an iOS device, consuming only 2.8 mA current at 1.2 Volts, which is best in industry. This allows end users to enjoy music directly from their personal devices for prolonged periods of time.