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I finally got around to trying the Plantronics Pulsar 590E with the Palm Pre to see how well Bluetooth stereo is handled on the phone. It turns out it’s handled pretty darn well, and it is a great experience. The 590E is super-lightweight and has a […]

I finally got around to trying the Plantronics Pulsar 590E with the Palm Pre to see how well Bluetooth stereo is handled on the phone. It turns out it’s handled pretty darn well, and it is a great experience. The 590E is super-lightweight and has a microphone so the headset functions as stereo headphones for listening to music and also as a phone headset.

The Pre switches back and forth with ease. I was listening to music on the Pre when a call came in, and the Pre switched over to a headset automatically. When the call was terminated, the music started back up again. The 590E is a good phone headset with decent audio quality for calls. I had a long call with Kevin, and he said it sounded good.

I wouldn’t go around town wearing the Pulsar 590 all the time, but it works well in the coffee shop. I am satisfied that the Palm Pre handles A2DP very well, too. If you missed it when it first appeared, check out the Pulsar video I shot when I first got it:
http://www.youtube.com/v/0Viq4rJ5t9M&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&feature=player_embedded&fs=1

  1. No, no James, you really should wear those around town! Oh, and in meetings too.

    ;-)

    I’ve tended to find interference issues with A2DP on various devices but certainly the sound quality was pretty good on your vid.

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  2. Yes this is a nice feature on all A2DP capable phones. I do this with my BB Storm paired over BT with my car stereo and when a call comes in pauses the song then goes back to the song after the call. It also pauses with email if I have the email alerts on. Enjoy your Pre James and keep posting about all the goods. By the way have you found out if Palm will be releasing a video recorder update for the Pre?

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  3. If you find the Pulsar 590′s painful to wear like I do then you can cover them up with extra padding from Goodcans. Get the iGrado for $10. http://goodcans.com/HeadphoneStore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=8&products_id=64. They fit perfectly over the original pads and these pads will also look original. You can also ~slowly~ widen the heaphones. I would still be using these heaphones but they gave out on me.

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  4. Not my experience:(

    With the motorola s9 HD bluetooth headset, the audio cuts out quite a bit when the pre’s in my front pocket. Works slightly better with the pre in the back pocket, but still..

    these headphones worked perfectly on my touch pro.
    -mark

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