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travis bickle 558 68 June 20, 2016 at 04:05 PM More eBay Deals
I bought some wireless Bleudio Air headphones on a deal here recently. I can't get them to work. I've never used Bluetooth before. My desktop says it has Bluetooth built-in when I check in Device Manager. Do I still need one of those external adapters? The headphones turn on, but I don't know how to get audio out of them. Would appreciate some help. Thank you.

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In settings, go to Devices and you should see Bluetooth. If you don't you need a USB adapter.

Put your headphones in pairing mode and your headphones should show up in that panel. Select it and wait until it's connected. Next right click on the audio icon on your menu bar and select audio devices. Click on your headphones(if you see two, select the one that says stereo, not hands free) and click set default at the bottom.

EDIT: I should add the above instructions were for Windows 10 but the process should be somewhat similar for older versions of Windows(though the menus are often in different places).
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In settings, go to Devices and you should see Bluetooth. If you don't you need a USB adapter.

Put your headphones in pairing mode and your headphones should show up in that panel. Select it and wait until it's connected. Next right click on the audio icon on your menu bar and select audio devices. Click on your headphones(if you see two, select the one that says stereo, not hands free) and click set default at the bottom.

EDIT: I should add the above instructions were for Windows 10 but the process should be somewhat similar for older versions of Windows(though the menus are often in different places).
Emphasing 'put your headphones in pairing mode'. There should be some button that you hold down long enough, that a light will begin flashing. This is on the headphones, not the computer. If the headphones aren't ready to pair, they won't be discoverable by the computer.
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Quote from Jep4444 View Post :
In settings, go to Devices and you should see Bluetooth. If you don't you need a USB adapter.

Put your headphones in pairing mode and your headphones should show up in that panel. Select it and wait until it's connected. Next right click on the audio icon on your menu bar and select audio devices. Click on your headphones(if you see two, select the one that says stereo, not hands free) and click set default at the bottom.

EDIT: I should add the above instructions were for Windows 10 but the process should be somewhat similar for older versions of Windows(though the menus are often in different places).
Thank you, Jep. Those were very precise directions. It's working now. For the good reviews these received, I don't see a huge difference in quality vs. my wired. Sennheiser 201s. Maybe I need to tinker with settings?

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Emphasing 'put your headphones in pairing mode'. There should be some button that you hold down long enough, that a light will begin flashing. This is on the headphones, not the computer. If the headphones aren't ready to pair, they won't be discoverable by the computer.
Thank you, Vorlon. That worked. A bit confusing I guess if you've never used Bluetooth before. It kept searching even after I chose "A" which I guess is for Bleudio A Air.
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Thank you, Jep. Those were very precise directions. It's working now. For the good reviews these received, I don't see a huge difference in quality vs. my wired. Sennheiser 201s. Maybe I need to tinker with settings?



Thank you, Vorlon. That worked. A bit confusing I guess if you've never used Bluetooth before. It kept searching even after I chose "A" which I guess is for Bleudio A Air.
I'm not sure a pair of $70 bluetooth headphones will be a drastic improvement over $30 wired headphones(if they are even better).
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I'm not sure a pair of $70 bluetooth headphones will be a drastic improvement over $30 wired headphones(if they are even better).
So Bluetooth are inferior to wired in general? Well, the Sennheiser's had to go because the wiring was coming apart. The Bleudio cost me $42. So I guess the next thing is to get a good Sony pair. I'll try and get some use out of these first. Thanks again.
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So Bluetooth are inferior to wired in general? Well, the Sennheiser's had to go because the wiring was coming apart. The Bleudio cost me $42. So I guess the next thing is to get a good Sony pair. I'll try and get some use out of these first. Thanks again.
In theory you're adding another layer of cost between the bluetooth chip and need for a battery. Then factor in that digital audio often clips the edges of the range(something most people won't notice) and the added latency of a wireless transmission(mostly noticeable when watching video, not audio).

That said bluetooth technology has advanced to the point where a bluetooth set can outperform a cheaper wired set but it's all relative. But to give you a general idea, the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless are probably the best reviewed wireless headphones on the market but still often get outperformed by wired sets that are $50-$100 cheaper, not that the Momentum's aren't really good headphones. That said, expensive headphones are a rabbit's hole you can wander very far down so be careful if it's not something you're comfortable spending on. I'm sure the Bluedio are fine for what you paid.
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