Gadgets :: February 8, 2016
by Gregg Ellman
Thanks to a tip from a reader (Ray) in Palmetto, Fla., who asked me about the Telme2 TosBlue-X device.
Ray originally told me via email that he was looking for a device like this to add to his TV because, “My hearing is not as good as my wife. Therefore I am looking for a Bluetooth transmitter from my TV to my speakers.”
After testing the TosBlue-X along with the company’s BHX Bluetooth headset, I was happy to inform Ray that they work great.
The installation took less than 2 minutes, including opening the boxes. After opening it, don’t trash the box just yet because the instructions are on the back.
All the cables you need are included; you must choose to have your audio connected using either the standard 3.5 mm or the optical cable, but just one.
The instructions are kind of vague on the either/or part of the audio cables, along with what to do with the USB cable, which was obvious to me but might not be to others; it’s for power so I connected it to an AC/USB power adapter (not included).
If your TV has the optical connection, use that one. If it only has the 3.5 mm port, you have no choice and I used since my TV was mounted to a wall and I didn’t want to remove it.
There’s double-sided tape on the TosBlue-X to attach to your TV; be sure the front part is exposed to where you audio source will be.
Every time I turn the TV and headphones on and off the connection returns without needing to pair it again. The headphones have padded ear-pads, an adjustable headband and volume controls on the side with the power button.
A charging cable for a specific connection is included.
Thanks for the tip Ray, definitely a great device, which will solve your issue.
www.telme2.com $69.99 for the TosBlue-X, $99 for the Bluetooth headset
They inspect the products three to five times the level of typical manufactured smartphone accessories and before even using them you’ll see how durable they are just by the feel.
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The high-speed USB 2.0 cable is made with 4 mm heavy-gauge cables inside a tangle-free jacket. This keeps it from shorting out and becoming useless when a corner bends, gets pressed or caught in a drawer.
A cord manager is included for when the cable is not being used.
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Use them while fishing in the rain, exercising or anytime in dry or wet environments.
This allows the charger to recognize the device being charged and give it the proper charging for the amperage requirements.
The AC connection prongs rotate 180-degree to ensure it will plug into any wall or power strip outlet.