I’m going to replace two, 4 year old Widex RITE aids with either two Oticon Agil RITE aids or two Widex CLEASR440s.
My audiologist is leaning toward the Oticon but I’m concerned about latency issues with the Bluetooh connection. Specifically, I watch a lot of video on my iPad and I want to be able to transmit the sound from these videos directly to my aids. My concern with the Oticon is the latency of the Bluetooth connection, which is about 150ms. It drives me crazy to watch video when the sound is not completely in sync with the lips. Because of this, I’ve never been able to successfully use a Bluetooth headset for watching videos on my iPad. The sound is never in sync with the actors’ lips. I can only assume that if I were to pair my iPad with Oticon aids via Bluetooth, this same problem would exist. Is that correct? Is there any way around this? Is audio/video sync failure a problem if the Oticon Streamer is connected to the iPad audio output jack with a cord? Can this be done? I feel that Bluetooth would be great for audio on my iPhone and iPad but I’m really concerned about this video sync issue.
I understand that the Widex uses a RF (Radio Frequency) connection that does not have this long latency problem that plagues Bluetooth. The downside is that the WidexLink system would always require that my iPad (and iPhone) be plugged in via a cord to the M-DEX system. I think another advantage this has over the Oticon though is that the Widex system does not require the wearing of a neck strap like the Oticon Streamer system does.
Can anyone here offer some opinions and/or experience about Oticon’s Streamer versus Widex’s WidexLink for watching video on iPads and iPhones?