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[Forbes] CES 2020: Bluetooth LE Audio Is Going To Vastly Improve Wireless Earbuds

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Broadcast Audio is a new feature that expands on Bluetooth LE Audio’s multi-streaming audio support. The Bluetooth audio source can transmit to multiple devices simultaneously — not just a single set of wireless earbuds. This will allow someone to play music on their smartphone and have their friends also listen in using their own Bluetooth headphones. Broadcast Audio could also enable a public source (such as a TV in an airport lounge) to allow multiple people with Bluetooth headphones to connect and listen in without requiring a permission-based pairing process.
Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradmoo.../#2e492a602996

And I just bought a Bluetooth 5.0 PCI card...

By the way, the "LE" stands for low energy. It should be higher range, with less energy, higher quality sound and all that.

For anyone that doesn't know this already, it may be of note that Bluetooth 5.0 already addresses the issues of using a mic and stereo headphones at the same time. Before 5.0, the only way to get audio and voice with a Bluetooth device was basically to use it at phone call quality, but 5.0 allows for normal stereo audio and voice so its finally possible to have a Bluetooth headset for gaming.

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hmm, wouldn't this piss off a lot of audio streaming service?

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hmm, wouldn't this piss off a lot of audio streaming service?
Why would it? You can have multiple people listen to one stream without headphones... with speakers. All this means is you could do that with multiple people using headphones instead of a speaker.

This opens up the possibility to go somewhere and connect to their Bluetooth broadcast. Lets say you went to a coffee shop and wanted to listen to their goofy ambient music with some sound blocking headphones, you could... I guess.

Or, lets say you have an old person who has bad hearing. They could in theory go to a movie that broadcasts the audio for the movie via Bluetooth for anyone that wants it, and said old person could use a Bluetooth hearing aid to listen to the movie. Or this same type of thing could be built into TVs. My grandpa actually uses some kind of wireless hearing aid device with his TV, and with Bluetooth LE that could be done without the need for a separate device.

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true about the speakers, i was more on thinking there'd be less subscribers and preferring to tether to someone else's subscription.

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Quote: Originally Posted by epic1337 View Post
true about the speakers, i was more on thinking there'd be less subscribers and preferring to tether to someone else's subscription.
Not really, its like having it plugged into a speaker so a group of people can listen.... like your car. I am not going to pair my headphones with my cubicle neighbor and listen to whatever he is listening to, and only when he is listening to it, so i can avoid paying a $8 subscription to spotify.



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Quote: Originally Posted by UltraMega View Post
For anyone that doesn't know this already, it may be of note that Bluetooth 5.0 already addresses the issues of using a mic and stereo headphones at the same time. Before 5.0, the only way to get audio and voice with a Bluetooth device was basically to use it at phone call quality, but 5.0 allows for normal stereo audio and voice so its finally possible to have a Bluetooth headset for gaming.
Do you have a source for that?
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Do you have a source for that?
Google it yourself if you want, it's absolutely true.

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Quote: Originally Posted by UltraMega View Post
Google it yourself if you want, it's absolutely true.
I've done a fair bit of research on it and this is the first time I've heard anyone make this claim. Bluetooth 5.0 didn't introduce any new audio profiles, so you're still limited to A2DP (one-way stereo audio), and HSP/HFP (two-way mono audio for communication). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...tooth_profiles
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Weird, I thought this was already a thing since you have been able to connect multiple wireless speakers to one receiver for a decade now.


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