AirPods, iMacs and 2-way audio

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Jeaz, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. Jeaz macrumors 6502

    Jeaz

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    Hey,

    Got a question that maybe one of the early adopters of AirPods can answer for me.

    Normally, when connecting a bluetooth headset to a Mac (at least with all the ones I've tried), sound works fine as long as it's just 1-way, like just listening to music. But as soon as you enable the microphone, like join a Skype call, it swaps to a lower quality and mono. This is ok for calls, but if you say, play a game and use Skype or Discord, it's gets quite noticeable.
    As far as I've understood, it's a bandwidth issue but considering the AirPods connect individually (but appear as one), maybe it's not this time.

    So, could help me find an answer to this?
     
  2. Clete2 macrumors 65816

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    Probably won't be different. Can't say for sure until someone gets their hands on it and tests it.
     
  3. rockyromero macrumors 6502

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    I'm also interested in using Airpods for a full MAC experience with calls, dictation and webinars.

    My BT experience has been less than satisfying and have resorted to wired headphones.

    Most people that I see on webinars do the same.

    I hope to change that & have a better experience with the Airpods.

    I'll know soon enough.

     
  4. posguy99 macrumors 6502a

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  5. jonathanbloom macrumors newbie

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    Glad I am not the only one with this issue. I hope these fix it.
     
  6. Jeaz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jeaz

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    I'm not well-read enough on the subject, but isn't the profiles dictated by the capacity of bluetooth? I mean, it's not like they set up these limited profiles for the heck of it.
     
  7. posguy99 macrumors 6502a

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    Ask the standards association why they set up A2DP without a microphone component. HSP is obvious enough, it's meant for a headset, you don't need more than 64k mono. Why send unnecessary data?
     
  8. jonathanbloom macrumors newbie

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    Can confirm that when I was in Discord voice chat channel, sounds became "tinny" using airpods.
     
  9. tonoboon macrumors regular

    tonoboon

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    I tried , the sound not quite good as 1 way when using Skype.
     
  10. Jeaz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jeaz

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    Shame. Not really AirPods to blame for that, but rather Bluetooth in general.

    Thanks for the answer anyways!
     

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