Skip to main content

Travel Tech (and more): Aluratek - Bluetooth Audio Receiver and Transmitter

Travel Tech (and more): Aluratek - Bluetooth Audio Receiver and Transmitter

Travel Tech (and more): Aluratek - Bluetooth Audio Receiver and Transmitter

When flying long distances on airliners, especially in Economy class, I try to make my life a bit easier each time I fly. For our most recent trip to Milan, Italy for a screenwriting conference, family visiting and sightseeing, I decided I wanted a better audio experience than the past.

On previous trips I had brought my own on-ear headphones, which helped a bit, but the wires were still a constant headache as you got up and down during the flight — something very necessary when you are spending 11+ hours in a tin can shooting through the sky ay 500+ miles per hour. (LAUGH)

Back in January I picked up the VAVA MOOV 28 Wireless Headphones Sports Earphones from Amazon to replace — yet another — dead pair of Apple headphones. These have delivered great performance and significantly cut down on environmental noise. So much so that I needed to be more careful when out walking as my hearing was supressed and I couldn’t always hear cars and bikes approaching. This feature, though, seemed like it would be great on n airplane, though.

Now, I don’t have hundreds of dollars to put out for a nice pair of over-the-ear noise cancelling headphones as much as I might want them, so I went looking for the way to use these new headphones on the plane. This meant picking up this small (the size in the picture is quite deceptive) Aluratek - Bluetooth Audio Receiver and Transmitter from my local Best Buy, I was cutting it short on time and needed to pick it up locally to insure I had it for the trip.

I tried out the pairing while sitting at my desk ti make sure it would work once I got on the plane. Several reviews had mentioned issues with pairing. This worked perfectly the first time. I turned on each device and placed it into pairing mode. After about 15 seconds they recognized each other.

Another issue I had seen mentioned with Bluetooth transmitters is that the volume levels weren’t sufficient for some people. In my case, though, after insuring the volume was set to full on the transmitter and on the audio source, I could turn up my headphones loud enough that it was actually uncomfortable. My experience with the devices on the plane was the same. I connected the transmitter to the headphone jack in the seat back in front of me, powered it up and the headphones, set the setback entertainment volume to 90% or so and enjoyed excellent audio — especially compared to the typical cheap headphones given out by the airlines. This, combined with the natural noise-muffling of the in-ear headphones meant I could hear my movies perfectly and listen to audio as I drifted off to sleep, something I like to do on planes.

Not that you necessarily need it, but I found that the transmitter had plenty of power to reach me even as I walked about the cabin to stretch and visited the bathroom. I simply forgot to take off my headphones and only noticed when was was standing 20 feet away or so that the music was still in my ears.

Both  Aluratek - Bluetooth Audio Receiver and Transmitter and the VAVA MOOV are rated for 9-10 hours of battery life and that was almost exactly what I got. that said, since I had a USB port at my seat, I could have recharged either, or powered the transmitter continuously, from that plug. I did give a quick recharge to my headphones towards the end of our 11+ hour flight and then was able to continue listening without any trouble.

While most International Flights use more modern aircraft and provide standard 1/8” headphone jacks, you might find that picking up a airline headphone convertor — which take the two-prong connector and converts it to a standard headphone jack, might be worthwhile backup. I would also recommend a right angle 1/8” adapter, instead of the straight cord that comes with the the transmitter, in case you happen upon an aircraft with the headphone jack on the inside of the armrest. This will prevent you from damaging or being inconvenienced by the transmitter.

Overall, I was very happy with my experience with the Aluratek - Bluetooth Audio Receiver and Transmitter and plan to use it around the house for both sending audio to my media center sound bar and turning older powered speakers into bluetooth speakers.


Popular posts from this blog

Microsoft release email services to replace Hotmail

Today Microsoft released its new email service to replace its Hotmail brand. This new streamlined Metro interface design looks good and functions well so far. You can use your existing Microsoft account to log in and then choose an email alias (i.e. for your new email address. Here are several articles that discuss Goodbye, Hotmail; Hello, [REVIEW]  Outlook Is a Completely New, Feature-Filled Webmail Service from Microsoft Go Get Your @Outlook Email Address Quick Before Someone Else Does I will post links to more articles and reviews as they appear.

Tiny Wow - Tools That Solve Your Files Problem - Convert to/from many file formats [Shared]

A nice collection of quick, online tools, to convert to and from a variety of file types. Just the site to keep in mind when you need to shuffle one type data into a new system. — Douglas TinyWow & Your Privacy Don't you love finding a great online tool-set that claims to be free, let's you build and interact the way you want, only to be denied access if you don't pay for an account(or sign up for an account). Our site is free. We don't limit. We don't even take sign-ups. Might we take sign-ups one day? Sure, we probably will(but not any time soon). When we do go down that route, what we will NOT do is trick you into spending your time using our tools, only to be denied access before you can download what you have just spent your precious time creating. TinyWow is free. We don't have ads, we don't sell data. We currently have no plans to monetize. Why offer these tools for free? We operate two tech websites: Alphr & TechJunkie. We thought our use

TechIQ Gift Guide #15: Sams Teach Yourself Wordpress 3 in 10 minutes

#15 Sams Teach Yourself Wordpress 3 in 10 minutes Chuck Tomasi , fellow Friends in Tech member and co-author of Podcasting for Dummies , along with another Friends in Tech member and podcasting partner, Kreg Steppe , have a new book out that would be a great gift for anyone interested in blogging and New Media. Wordpress is my first recommendation when someone wants to get started with blogging, but it can be a little intimidating. It is very powerful and with power comes complexity. That said, this book can help to jumpstart your Wordpress knowledge and help you be productive. There is also a companion podcast to the book, Wordpress in 10, available from the author's web site. From "Sams Teach Yourself WordPress in 10 Minutes gives you straightforward, practical answers when you need fast results. By working through its 10-minute lessons, you’ll learn everything you need to build great blogs with WordPress and, and reach any audience by web brows