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Rhapsody in Bluetooth

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SEEMS like this is a week for Bluetooth technology, and for those who are still in love with an older stereo or TV, the Belkin HD Bluetooth music receiver is a perfect accessory.

The HD receiver brings together your old system with any device having Bluetooth technology, including iOS and Android-based devices.

Setting it up is simple: Plug the HD receiver into your existing system with the included cables (3.5mm to RCA and coaxial HD Audio cables) and pair the receiver with your Bluetooth device. The pairing is done with a simple tap of your device to the new receiver.

From there the receiver allows your hand-held media player to send any audio files you have stored on it to the existing speaker systems.

Up to eight devices and can be stored in the receiver.

www.belkin.com

-- Since the Monster iSport Freedom headphones are wireless with Bluetooth, once you slip them over your ears, they make you feel like you're listening to a live concert on the go.

Along with the great sound, the iSport gives you a water-resistant, sweat-proof and even washable design.

A multi-function key controls the power, volume, next or previous track and even allows you to answer calls. Obviously, there is a built-in microphone at the base of one ear cup.

The iSport Freedom headphones are made with a fashionable neon green design, a rubberized finish and a reflective safety trim for nighttime use.

Each ear cup is comfortably padded with 400-millimetre drivers sending out the great sound and are connected with a flexible headband.

There's also a 3.5mm connection if you want a wired connection with the included in-line mic cable.

www.monsterproducts.com

-- The WhiteLabel SoundDew water-resistant Bluetooth speaker is music-friendly at home, work or play -- even in the shower.

What makes it waterproof and somewhat indestructible is an internal protective water- and dirt-resistant housing encased with a rubberized outside shell.

The design incorporates a hook on the speaker to let it hang from anything that will hold it, including belts, backpacks and handlebars.

The sound quality from the 76-mm speaker is impressive and the portability makes it a great accessory.

A 3.5mm aux-in lets you plug in non-Bluetooth devices for listening, and a built-in mic lets it work as a hands-free speaker phone.

www.whitelabel.co/sounddew.html

-- The PlanOn PrintStik PS905ME printer has a line on the box "Print anything, anywhere in just seconds" and after you see it in person, you'll see this is an accurate statement.

It's small, portable and very easy to use.

It's small enough to store in a backpack to print boarding passes, movie tickets or anything you have to have on paper right there and then.

It's designed to be cable-free and connects to your smartphone or tablet with Bluetooth but can connect with the included USB cable. Power is supplied by the built-in rechargeable lithium-Polymer battery.

The paper is stored on a 20-sheet roll cartridge (one included) and the whole setup is stored in a nylon zipper case.

When you consider how big and clunky our first home printers were, this one is pretty amazing for document printing.

www.planon.com

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 13, 2013 A15

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