With the increasing popularity of the stereo Bluetooth profile, A2DP, manufacturers are pumping out A2DP-compatible headsets like no tomorrow. The main advantage of A2DP over previously used audio profiles is that it supports stereo quality streaming audio, and is thus perfect for listening to high quality music being streamed from a compatible handset.
A common misconception that A2DP is a Bluetooth version 2.0 profile only, but this is not the case. The A2DP profile can be included by manufacturers in Bluetooth version 1.1 and 1.2. Most Bluetooth version 2.0 devices natively support A2DP.
The Jabra BT8010 is the focus of this article, and as you might have guessed, it supports the A2DP profile! The headset is unique because there are two “headsets” – if you’re just making calls you can wear just the one headset, and if you’re going to listen to music and want the stereo experience you just plug in the other headset, which wraps around and attaches to your other ear.
The BT8010 is one of very few Bluetooth headsets that have an LCD display to use when configuring the headset and to indicate which mode and settings are currently active. There’s nothing worse than trying to figure out what your Bluetooth headset is doing by staring at a multicolour LED and trying to remember what sequence of flashes means what!!