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Using bluetooth headphones with OS X


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Hey guy's,

I purchased a pair of Philips SHB6100 bluetooth headphones for some late night listening etc.

I had them working great on my Vista laptop, enabled by changing output from 'Digital Out' to 'Bluetooth Headphones'. The OS X seems to do this differently though.

They paired to the mac in a matter of seconds and they do show up in the list of 'Line Out' devices but I can't figure out how to select them as the output method.

Any help would be awesome regarding this!
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Just to update, I figured out how to select the headphones and have 'blips' of sound playing through them.

The problem is the audio quality - it's terrible! It freezes, skips and well isn't listenable if that's the word.

Any way to improve this?
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What version of OSX are you using? They should work in Leopard but you may have problems with earlier versions as I don't think A2DP was supported previously.
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Hi shfle,

Version 10.5.4. I too thought that Apple threw A2DP support into Leopard as well?

I'll keep playing around with it...
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Well, moved the USB Dongle from the back of the beast to the back of my monitor and hey presto.

Must've been getting interference from the aluminum case, Apple's BT Keyboard & MM seem to respond a bit better now too.
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