Costco Kirkland Signature 8.0 (Product Information)

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#153

Nate, Amazon has any number of low-latency transmitters. I think the one I got was around $25. Works great.


#154

Thanks, Ken.
Could you share with us how you implemented it into your setup?
Regards, Nate :smiley:


#155

I’m assuming KenP is not using his HA’s for his solution. But maybe he is. According to the brands poll he’s using one of the Costco KS HA’s so I kinda doubt it.
Sure any of these transmitters from a source out standard bluetooth to any standard bluetooth reception device (headphones or even intermediate device to HA’s) should work. They wouldn’t exist if they didn’t.


#156

I know he uses KS6, perhaps with a Connect Clip? I would think the Connect Clip would let you use any low latency bluetooth transmitter.


#157

Yes. That’s why I added “even intermediate device”. NateS has been scoping around trying to figure out how to transmit to the KS8’s without an intermediate device like an iphone. I don’t think it’s possible.


#162

You use a standard BT accessory for your brand. On Amazon search “for low latency Bluetooth transmitter” and pick one with a lot of buyers having good comments.

If your TV has an optical outlet, you want one that can be supplied by that. The alternative is the RCA jacks. You want to avoid the 3.5 plug used for headphones as it disable sound to speakers. Using that would make you the only one who can hear the sound.

The one I bought was a year or so ago so there are newer models. You don’t have to spend a lot or extra for one. Just make sure the comments include favorable remarks on how well it syncs with lip movement.


#165

It wandered off but kinda related when NateS mused about other options to connect to the KS8’s.


#167

@z10user2


#168

KS8s could certainly improve your hearing. Will these be your first hearing aids? I think it’s very unlikely that any hearing aid will be able to restore audibility for much of your high frequency hearing. Some sort of frequency lowering may be helpful. The KS8 has a version of frequency lowering, but the Phonak Brio 3 has a more sophisticated version that might be more suitable for you. The big caveat though, is that frequency lowering is not just a turn it on and see if you like it kind of thing. It takes some tinkering to get it right and I don’t know how likely you are to find that Costco (or anyplace else)


#170

OK, thanks. Realistic expectations are a HUGE part of the game. I would think the KS8s would be a notable improvement.


#172

I apologize for the number of posts not related to the thread…although prompted by questions about the KS8.

To finish the ideas though…no…even with the ks5 or 6 you still need an intermediate device to stream from something other than Apple. KS7 is not mfi. The KS8 is and it too would need an intermediate device to stream from something other than Apple.
Really…they all do. MFi is in its own world.


#173

On the other hand, I just had my KS5s repaired (after our dog chewed the left one up pretty bad) and at the same time I had high frequencies boosted up on my KS5s to account for additional hearing loss. After having the high frequencies boosted, I tried the new KS8s at the same visit, set the same way, and ended up deciding stick with my KS5s for now because of the dramatic improvement in them. I am really impressed with my old hearing aids now, and for now have deferred the cost of new hearing aids, replacing accessories, etc. A very happy visit to Costco!


#174

Thanks for that additional info, Ken.
There are people on this thread debating whether to buy the KS8s, and the streamer adds about $200 to the cost of the decision, so your info about a low cost alternative certainly seems relevant to the discussion. It was relevant to me when I weighed that decision in my recent trip to Costco Hearing Center.


#175

Nate, I think the most cost effective way to get direct to hearing aids from the TV is the BT accessory coupled to an inexpensive BT transmitter. Not only can you use it there but with other BT capable devices.


#178

Thank you indeed @lawrence. I tried but it didn’t work.


#179

@NateS Let me know if you need help getting your audiogram into the forum.


#181

I purchased KS 7.0 two weeks ago and they worked fine with my Android phone app. Also the batteries lasted 7-10 days.
I realized last week that the new KS 8.0 were now available with more options and were $100 less. When I talked to the tech at Costco about possibly upgrading he tried to talk me out of it. He said there was a problem with the battery life and with the new KS 8.0 I would be changing batteries every 2-3 days. He also said that other than the ability to handle phone calls without the magnetic strip there was no difference between the KS 8.0 and the KS 7.0.
Can anyone with the new KS 8.0 (and Android phone) shed some light on these comments?
Thanks,


#182

From what I can tell (I don’t have KS8’s)…the primary purpose of the KS8 is to provide mfi. You don’t have an iphone. So then why bother. There might be a couple improvements in internal functioning here and there but you might not notice. (Enter your audiogram here)

I could imagine that battery life could very well be impacted by connecting to an iphone depending on how much you use it for calls and streaming. But I don’t recall reading here what the few people that have them are saying about battery life.

And for you, you could probably airplane mode them and save your battery.

But then even for the sake of saving $100 and not using any more features being offered…why not.


#183

At the risk of seeming to interfere, in what could otherwise be good information; blahakd, which Android phone app are you using and what are it’s functions? Does it just take the place of a costly remote? Do you know, would it work with the KS 8.0?

I have read many reviews on KS/Android apps, mostly negative.

Thanks.


#184

At the risk of going all off-topic :slight_smile: but this should all be well hashed out in the KS7 thread.
Assuming his mention of some app is in fact the program from Rexton. It’s called Smart Remote. You can find it in the store and have a look. It’s free. Yes. It’s pretty much a remote. Change programs, change volume, change tone, change mic focus, check batteries, mute mics. The ushe.

I suppose he could be talking about another program but I don’t think there are others that could operate hearing aids. But what do I know.