MSI preps Bluetooth audio transmitter for Ipods

Posted by Wolfgang Gruener

Chicago (IL) - Micro Star International (MSI) has received FCC approval for a Bluetooth audio transmitter that will enable users of Ipods and other MP3 players as well as other devices with audio jacks to wirelessly stream music to Bluetooth-enabled headsets. The "FS320" package comes with an Ipod Nano-sized transmitter, an audio cable with 3.5 mm input, an USB-based charger as well as drivers and other software on a CD.

The transmitter is promised to work with any Bluetooth device that has an A2DP profile, but MSI recommends to pair the device with its own FS310 stereo headset. The transmitter integrates a proprietary Lithium Polymer battery which can only be charged through the USB port of host device such as a notebook or desktop computer. According to the specifications, however, the device's driver is compatible with Windows-based systems and not with Macs.

Bluetooth audio streaming isn't new, but the FS320 could become one of the first devices that eliminates the headphone cables of MP3 players, which can be especially annoying during workouts. The FS320 can also be used specifically with a cell phone, to allow for hands-free music listening and calling. By linking a mobile phone to the FS320 and any mobile Bluetooth headset, users can listen to music that's on their cell phone, and if a call comes in they can use the wireless headset to take the call.

Pricing and availability of the FS320 have not been announced.