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Simon_H
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S1 Pro - Using a Bluetooth headset mic

Hello! I was wondering if anyone has tried using a Bluetooth headset mic with the S1 and if so, was it successful? I am looking for a portable, wireless mic PA solution and this sounds like it would do the job. Cheers!

 

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Simon_H
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Re: S1 Pro - Using a Bluetooth headset mic

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Hello Fish-54, thanks for your response - it helps a lot! I didn't even consider the Bluetooth latency but now that you've explained it, I can see that it could be an issue. I may try to obtain a loaner S1 Pro and test it out, but I think a dedicated wireless mic transmitter/receiver would be a more reliable setup. 

Thanks again!

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scotthanna
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Re: S1 Pro - Using a Bluetooth headset mic

I haven't, but I don't see why it wouldn't. Plug the Bluetooth adapter into an available channel. 

 

The built in Bluetooth only works for audio out, if that's what you were asking. 

 

I've never used any Bluetooth wireless mic, but use my Sennheiser g4 all the time. 

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Re: S1 Pro - Using a Bluetooth headset mic

Hi Scott, thanks for the reply. Yes, I was referring to using the built-in S1 Pro Bluetooth receiver in conjunction with an external Bluetooth mic (as opposed to a phone or laptop). As you say, there's no reason why it shouldn't work, I was just wondering if any users had tried this configuring before and how it worked out. Cheers!

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Re: S1 Pro - Using a Bluetooth headset mic

Hello Simon_H,

 

I haven't looked at or tried Bluetooth mics, but I know that there might be latency concerns, based on your application.  Bluetooth has improved greatly, but still faces limitations (primarily usable distance) besides the time lag between the transmitter and receiver.  "Low latency" Bluetooth attempts to reduce the time lag (down to about 40ms), but the S1 Pro does not support low-latency Bluetooth (aptX or aptx-LL protocols).  Standard Bluetooth is about 200ms delay.

 

While transmitting music from a phone to a Bluetooth receiver seems fine, we don't hear the delay between the time the transmitter "packages" the signal, sends it the receiver where it's "unpackaged", and sent it to the amplifier to be heard.  We never hear it because we're only hearing one end -- the speaker.

 

Transmitting voice is often another matter, depending on the quality of the transmitter and receiver.  When simply talking, you may notice it as an "echo", as the speaker reproduces the sound  milliseconds after you actually hear yourself say something.  (It's not quite as bad as the delay you hear talking on a cell phone to someone next to you.)  However, when singing with music, even a 10ms delay can throw your perception off, and make it seem you're always trying to slow down to let the speaker "catch up" to you.

 

Dedicated pro audio wireless systems generally have a latency of less than 3ms, but that's why they're generally more expensive than Bluetooth!

 

So, as far as a Bluetooth mic for speaking -- try it.  For singing with music -- try it, and great if it works, but be prepared to be thrown off.

 

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Re: S1 Pro - Using a Bluetooth headset mic

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Hello Fish-54, thanks for your response - it helps a lot! I didn't even consider the Bluetooth latency but now that you've explained it, I can see that it could be an issue. I may try to obtain a loaner S1 Pro and test it out, but I think a dedicated wireless mic transmitter/receiver would be a more reliable setup. 

Thanks again!

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