This answers my previous questions, both sender & receiver are battery powered. Would this extend battery life of net books (etc) appreciably? Or is battery drain from earphone use, negligible, and not an issue here? ________________________________ From: Jacob Kruger <jacobk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: NAPSA Blind <blind@xxxxxxxxxxxx> Cc: BlindZA <blindza@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Tue, June 21, 2011 4:43:42 AM Subject: [blindza] Next pseudo gadget got hold of this past weekend Ok, this is partly relevant, since I got hold of it specifically for use along with my screen reader in an open plan office environment, etc. Anyway, had been looking for some form of wireless headset for a little while that would preferably be somewhat portable, would be battery powered or rechargeable on both ends - base/transmission unit as well as headphones/receiver, etc. etc., with part of the idea being that while do use normal headphones, the lead sometimes gets in my way when I am trying to do things with my hands, inbetween typing on the keyboard, etc., and sometimes it would just be nice to not be restricted by an audio lead, etc., and the sort of final thing is sometimes it might be nice to use an audio gadget of sorts without it being too obvious that I had earphones in my ears, etc., but that one's still not perfectly doable due to the size of the headphones, but at least they're relatively comfortable/lightweight. Basically it's a base unit around 20cm high when standing up, around 3cm thick, and around 10cm back to front, and it can run off 3 AAA batteries in both base unit, and headphones, which while they're ones that fit over your ears, they're relatively lightweight, and quite comfortable. The base unit also has a DC power socket, but it didn't actually come with the relevant power unit, but that should be easy enough to find at the right sort of shop since it's generally just the diameter of that socket that makes sure it's the right voltage, etc. What you do is turn on the base unit, and then turn on the headphones, and it has it's own volume control, and a microphone input socket, and then also another 2 press buttons on it, which let you reset it to base unit reception, or to sort of scan through FM radio channels - so it sort of doubles as a battery powered FM radio if you want that. On the base unit, there's an on/off slider switch, and another slider switch that lets you switch it between audio input, or acting as a form of baby monitor/spy device where it uses a built in microphone to then let you listen to what's happening around it, and the stereo audio line it comes with also has a standard RCA converter lead to let you plug it into things like TVs, etc., but anyway. The range is meant to be around 10 meters, but depending on surroundings, it actually seems a little bit further transmitting than that - sometimes anyway, and while it's not the loudest set of earphones, they do seem to provide pretty decent sound quality, and it does also handle stereo well enough. Lastly, while had been asking one of the local, decent computer shops to look for something like a bluetooth unit for me, etc., they firstly seemed to think these weren't too easy to find, and the prices they came back with were around R700+, but when happened to be in a smaller local computer shop this past weekend, that, among other things sells some other gaming accessories, and second hand PC games, etc., I asked them, and they had this XGR set there on the shelf, for R140, and it's full name is something like an XGR 6 in 1 wireless headset including FM radio, microphone support, etc. Like said, primary thing is it will let me avoid using normal headphones with a lead, but would also let you, for example, listen to an audio book/podcast from a little bit of distance away from the output source if you wanted to, or could be used as a sort of spy device to listen to something happening next door whithout being physically present - sit in on meetings, whithout being present...<smile> Stay well Jacob Kruger Blind Biker Skype: BlindZA '...fate had broken his body, but not his spirit...'