Noob question about bluetooth headphones

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Muscleflex, Apr 28, 2015.

  1. Muscleflex macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2010
    Hi all - really sorry for this (maybe) basic question - I have a mid 2012 macbook pro i5 that I've had for just over a year now.

    I just want to know - will ANY bluetooth headphones work with it? I like watching netflix on it at night in bed but the wired headphones I have is starting to get annoying.

    oh - if you guys have any recommendation for any cheap decent bluetooth headphones that works with the macbook pro, I'm all ears! I just use it for watching netflix.
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    I've tried two sets (Sony and beats) with my MacBook and always suffered audio lag with them. Don't know if there's a fix other than using vlc to advance the audio but it's annoying. Maybe others have found headsets that don't suffer this.
  3. Muscleflex thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2010
    hmm thanks for that. i've not even heard of the audio lag problem. i'll look into it. I think Apple recommends Beats but they're like £179 here in the UK which is definitely way too much for just using on Netflix (I'm not an audio nerd and I rarely listen to music - only in the car when I'm driving)
  4. jh344, Apr 28, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2015

    jh344 macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2011
    I have a pair of bluetooth headphones I got for my PS4. I've tested them out on my MBP with both music and Netflix and they seem to work fine!

    Headphones themselves are pretty bulky (they're more of a headset really) but the sound quality is fantastic for the price

    Search for Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) if the link doesn't work

    Oh, also my MBP is a 2013 13inch i5 model if that makes any difference?
  5. Muscleflex thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2010
    Wow they're huge! :p
    Thanks. I'll read more reviews on that one.

    I've just realized I can use that Sony one on my ps3 as well when I'm watching netflix? My wife complains I watch my movies too loud!
  6. Ledgem macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2008
    Hawaii, USA
    Yes, any Bluetooth headphones will be compatible with your computer, and any other devices that support Bluetooth audio (smartphones, tablets... the PlayStation 3 apparently doesn't support A2DP, the stereo audio standard for Bluetooth, but may use its own proprietary thing).

    Regarding audio lag, it depends on your application. I've found that many video players properly synchronize the audio and video when using Bluetooth headphones. Streaming is a bit hit or miss. Things like system notifications can occasionally lag; games would probably lag.
  7. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    Apple recommends beats because they OWN beats, bought the company last year.

    I can't speak to the audio lag issue but you can use any Bluetooth headphones as it's a industry standard.
  8. Muscleflex thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2010

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