RCA goes where no iPod has gone before

by James

RCA Jetstream

Wirelessly – for it’s headphones that is. And it’s long been the holy grail of MP3s. iPod fans have been looking for years to the first iPod with this feature, but with each new generation, the prospect of it has eluded the Cupertino faithful. Well, RCA has broken new ground with their JetStream player which incorporates Kleer wireless technology into it’s earbud headphones. The 1GB player can broadcast wirelessly to the oversized earbuds from as far as 30 feet away, which means that you can leave that MP3 player in your gym bag while you work – and rock – out.

And not just at the weights. Imagine being able to listen a John Wooden audio book while your taking the ball to the hole in an game of shirts and skins! Or playing golf while listening to a podcast on how to shoot under par? And you won’t have to compete with wire that connects your tunes to your ears. And when you’re done listening to your favorite MP3s, the FM radio tuner can take over.

Additionally, the JetStream comes with a built-in stop watch, body mass indicator, pedometer, and calorie counter, as well as an armband, wristband and synch software. But what I think is really cool about the JetStream is that it comes with not one, but two sets of headphones (one wireless, one wired – what’s up with that?). That means you don’t always have to work out alone or stay within a few feet of your partner in order to jam with the tunes. Colors come in Pearl, Opal and Jet Black. But only 1GB? Come one, guys, get in “touch” with the MP3 world.

Available this month for about $140

Source – Sciffy Tech

4 reviews or comments

Andi Says: September 19, 2007 at 1:07 pm

And it’s going where many old cell phones and even MP3-players have gone before, but it just doesn’t use the bluetooth standard but some proprietary c**p and ugly phones :)

sciffy tech? :))

Steven Says: September 19, 2007 at 2:59 pm

There have been wireless headphones around for a long time. There are no less than 20 that work with the ipod. Most use blue tooth.

I really like the new logitech ones (and they can be used with any sound device that has a standard mini plug (headset jack).

Just my .02

Jonathon Says: September 20, 2007 at 2:55 pm

@Andi – I completely agree. It might be cheaper or more power efficient than A2DP or some other accepted/used *standard* but if it is only going to work with a small number of devices, then you can count me out.

I’m really hoping that more and more devices start using A2DP. I hate wires. I know that worrying about battery life is still a big part of the puzzle, so when that gets “solved” I’ll be a happy camper.

Andi Says: September 24, 2007 at 4:26 am

Steven: you still plug and have a wired device for those, and that’s bad. As for the iPod, there’s always either this wired module or an add-on bigger than a shuffle that you have to stick up the iPod’s arse. I’d rather have the bluetooth radio and a chunky battery in the player. Really.

Johnathon: true, true… battery life’s a major issue here. I don’t know if I’m the only one, but I’d rather have a bigger device without extreme storage capacity but with a badass battery inside. Look at the iPod classic now… 160gig of data? what the hell?.. a small hard drive/flash memory (small being 40-60 gig) and a big battery would have fit the bill much better, I reckon… A nice example is the AK-47 phone (just google it)… 6800 MAh is cool.

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