surgeyX: Why isn't losless audio streaming built into the BT 3 and 4 standards? I
think it's stupid that you have to buy completely new dongles and devices
just to use proprietary losless codecs to get high quality streaming audio
Jesse B Andersen: If the SMS Audio wireless ones are Bluetooth enabled then yes. As a side
note, those headphones do not appear to have Apt-X, therefore the audio
quality will be normal Bluetooth.
Jesse B Andersen: CSR, the company that makes APT-X, licenses their technology to other
companies. This ensures that they will get money for a technology that will
make them "stand out". If Bluetooth Special Interest Group (the guys that
manage Bluetooth) wanted to have APT-X built in, they would have to come to
a deal with CSR. Of course having the APT-X means that every device with
bluetooth would be more expensive.
veryannoyingname: android phones like the Samsung galaxy S3 and HTC one X have APT-X built
in, so do they still need the dongle or can they connect direct to the
audio system "lossless" because they have APT-X built in
Jesse B Andersen: There are not that many. I have some links to Apt-X transmitters at my blog.
Mikael Roofpower: can i use that with sms audio sync by 50 wireless?
chinzching718: HI Jesse, can i connect this to my Samsung HomeTheater (HT-D5530) and
transmit the sound/audio to TurtleBeach PX5?
Jesse B Andersen: I know there are focus issues. If I keep the focus set on a specific place
then that works, but if I bring a device closer to the camera then the
device does not look sharp. If I set auto focus then I can move devices
around, although the camera can lose focus on dark colors. The white
background can make dark colors stand out, but the camera is now dealing
with two drastically opposite colors; dealing with these two opposites is
hard because it switches focus on whites and then darks.
Jesse B Andersen: No.
Jesse B Andersen: You got to define what "loud" is. In my case... loud is volume that is high
enough that makes hearing uncomfortable because my ears are being destroyed
- and for that case the 550-X are loud enough. However, if as a DJ you
needed volume high enough to hear at a "loud party" like a rave... then no
they are not loud enough. It is described here /watch?v=hVd6mGXwBNg
dirghoswash: hi jesse..pls tell me if the volume in the 550x is loud enough as i was
reading reviews of it where people had issues..thanks..
Kevin Southam: Fix the autofocus man. Every time you move it goes out of focus.
widmansg: by spec 1.8msec
Jesse B Andersen: Those phones can connect to an APT-X receiver (headphones, speakers) and
yield "lossless" results.
Jesse B Andersen: I can only speak for the BT-D1 and "normal bluetooth". The control scheme
changes with this dongle, which can be a problem. I have not figured out a
way around it, the only way I see of fixing that is a software update by
Creative (which could happen because of the complaints).
majorsmoo: great review i have a pair of harman kardon bt bluetooth headphones and did
alot of experimenting yesterday and i notice some audio quality
differences, my headphones support apt x so im offically looking for a
great dongle or usb device thanks again
Jesse B Andersen: I probably would have if it had been available. But I only saw the BT-D1 at
Amazon (which is where I usually buy stuff from).
Jesse B Andersen: I didn't try that, but I don't think so. It basically works as a sound card
for your computer.
Jessica Lee: Thanks for the help Jesse. your video on the Sennheiser 550 review made me
buy the headphones after much research :) I think I will stick with the 550
because of the difference in money. I bought them online for 150 on ebay-
used without most of the accessories. but hopefully if they work just as
advertised- a great deal.
Jessica Lee: Is it worth buying the 550-X to get the bluetooth X quality? Or if you
aren't really an audiphile, just stick with the 550? On amazon the
difference is 200 dollars. Thanks!
Jesse B Andersen: It is an issue of the camera, the background, the lighting, and proximity
of the device. I wish I had a more professional camera that can deal with
these issues (ie be faster at each auto adjustment). Another way of solving
these issues is to have multiple cameras fixed at different focus spots,
and then edit the videos properly. Of course this could take 3x the amount
of time of recording and video editing. The cameras would have to be white
balanced each time and... it's a hassle.
veryannoyingname: Thanks. Do they still need the dongle attached to the phone?
Jesse B Andersen: I think if you got the dollars... yes get the MM 550-X. Apt-X has several
advantages, including better audio quality and video lip sync delay.
chinzching718: hi! can i connect this to Samsung home theatre (HT-D-5530) and transmit the
sound to PX% TurtleBeach? thanks
surgeyX: I was thinking -- how about using BT 3.0 or 4.0 and using the SBC codec at
higher bitrates? Problem with that is the cost of newer 3.0\4.0 chips with
integrated wifi required to boost the bitrate is probably cost more to the
manufacturers than licensing apt-X...Either way it's friggen 2012 and we
should have lossless audio streaming in BT 4 :P
Benhua Yang: you should get the Sennheiser BTD 500 USB ,it's better than this one. but
the way can you make a review about MM 550-x? Thanks.
Shayar Ajnabee: Hi, Jasse. Thank you so much for the prompt reply. I visited your blog and
there are so many for iphone/ipod. I was looking one for usb and the only
ones I find is this creative BT-D1 and Sennheiser BTD 500. I noticed that
with Creative BT-D1 you loose the system audio control from laptop. How do
you get around that? Does that happen with all the dongles that exist right
oztronix: WHAT IS THE AUDIO LATENCY ? (Less than 120ms = good) (more than 120ms = bad)
Jesse B Andersen: The BTD 500 sells for about $100, which is $60 more than the Creative
BT-D1! Currently I am testing many aspects of the MM 550-X. I will NOT do
one video regarding the headphones, it has to be broken down because there
are many aspects. There are easy things to figure out like specs and some
features, but I have a few opinions. When I do opinions usually there
people that absolutely hate me, and some like them. I will try to be fare.
Shayar Ajnabee: what's a good APT-X transmitter to use as of right now with MM 550-X?
Jesse B Andersen: This BT-D1 is for PCs. What you may need is a 3.5mm Apt-X stereo
transmitter that will connect from the Samsung device. I have not checked
what Turtle Beach uses so I'm not sure about that end.
Benhua Yang: wow, that's too expensive in US to get btd 500(but I am still waiting for
the mm 550-x).I am EU,I got one about 66USD(plus shipping). I want to know
does its very comfortable to wear or not?what about noise canceling compere
with Bose QC 15?
Csaba Horváth: You should get the Creative BT-W1 instead, because it support
bi-directional audio operation.
RagingAura: Tried a Kinivo BTH360S with the BT-W1 I bought originally for the WP-350
creative headset. As it turns out, it can recieve APTX audio, which is
crystal clear. However, it can't transmit using it's built in mic like the
WP-350 can. I tried it on a regular BT dongle, and the sound was
predictably terrible. It doesn't list compatibility, but apparently it has
the hardware to decode APTX, and it's 30 dollars cheaper than the WP-350.
Oddly, it doesn't sound as good when connected to the Galaxy S3.
qklhccwe: Damn, just bought a BT-W1 for my Sennheiser MM-550-X (with builtin mic),
but I think the BT-W1 is not compatible. The cover of the BT-W1 says
"Exclusive for Creative Wireless Headphones with Invisible Mic", but the
cover also says it supports APT-X and Bluetooth. The devices doesn't seem
to be able to pair....
RagingAura: I've tried both a Creative headset and an offbrand headset. The offbrand
headset can receive sound, but it's mic doesn't transmit through the BT-W1.
I'm guessing the voice part only works with the specific Creative headsets.
DEnis Toranzos: can this device also be use as a regular Bluetooth to transfer data?
Csaba Horváth: A pity :( Strange, I tried looking for the BT-W1 on the US Creative page,
but it bounces me back to the main page. Anyway, any readers who are
planning to buy an Apt-X headset with a built-in mic should avoid the BT-D1.
horsovski: Does someone know why with mm550x TRAVEL + BTD500 USB, when using
microphone, the quality changes from APT-X to standard bluetooth and the
sound quality is terrible then. As soon as the microphone on headphones
gets disabled, the quality is fine again and back to APT-X. Why does this
happen and how can I fix this ?
Jesse B Andersen: Let me know what particular things of the MM 550-X you are interested in.
Creative Bluetooth Audio BT-D1 (APT-X Stereo Transmitter)4.6
out of 5