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Help: Bluetooth Headphones with a non-bluetooth MP3 player

by Capn212 / October 16, 2007 5:06 AM PDT

So I bought some bluetooth headphones on sale and want to use them with my Creative Zen MP3 player, which does not have built in bluetooth. My idea was to get a 3.5mm - USB adapter (like this one: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.4670) and attach a Female-Female USB gender changer, then a USB Bluetooth dongle. I can deal with the fact that it's going to be bulky, and even with not having bluetooth controls, but will it even work? I'm mostly concerned about how I'm going to pair them. Thoughts/Suggestions?


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From what I see...
by ahtoi / October 17, 2007 1:48 AM PDT

nowhere in the description anything about blu-tooth dongle. I would assumed this will not work with the earphone.

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this is the one
by Capn212 / October 17, 2007 3:36 AM PDT
In reply to: From what I see...
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Now..that's is an interesting connection.
by ahtoi / October 17, 2007 8:49 AM PDT
In reply to: this is the one

Will it work? I hate to guess. You might give it a try; we are talking about less than $10 total here.

But here is something else that you may not have seen though, notice both usb device has same type of connector, so you do need another connector to mate the two together.

I hope you didn't pay alot for the earphone because you could have buy one (with dongle) for about $40.

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 17, 2007 9:54 AM PDT

Doesn't BT require some cooperation from the OS to be able to configure a connection between the dongle and the earphones?

Pairing has been mentioned but with no user input being possible, I'm not sure it will connect with the dongle.
Having said that, I have a Bluetooth headset and iPod attachment that connects automatically once the pairing has taken place.
Pairing is achieved by button pushing on the earpiece and the attachment.

As has been mentioned, @ $10, it's worth a try


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RE: Interesting connection
by Capn212 / October 17, 2007 10:51 AM PDT

yea, I had to get a Female-Female gender changer (like 99 cents i think) so I guess if nothing else this project will give me some spare parts lol

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Another more expensive option
by rockn_1234567 / October 18, 2007 2:12 AM PDT

You can also buy a bluetooth transmitter mine is made by motorolla and it works great. It will automatically sync with your headset and then you can are free to move with no cords.

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Another choice
by Capn212 / October 19, 2007 6:44 PM PDT

Well, I have all my parts except the USB Bluetooth dongle, but in the end I just ordered a Jabra a210 off ebay so i can use them w/ my xbox 360 n cell + if this doesnt work i can just grab a 2.5mm-3.5mm adapter for mp3. I'll let you guys know when I try the other setup tho just in case

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