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Someone tell if this would work...

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by pglaser01, Nov 22, 2013.

  1. pglaser01


    Mar 19, 2013
    St. Louis, MO
    If only I were that good....

    So for my birthday my wife bought me a pair of wireless earbuds to connect to my iphone since I'm always complaining about the cord pulling my buds out when running. I had a thought that since they run wireless through bluetooth up to 50 feet away from the phone...I could use these (somewhat) as in ears to free up spae on the small stages we play on.

    I would hopefully run my iphone headphone input with a 1/4 adapter into the auxillary out of our board and hopefully i can get a signal into the headphones.

    Only question though, would the signal from the board fry my phone??? Any help if this is a good idea or dumb is appreciated. I understand they're not true in ears, but I don't have the dough for real ones and figured why not try it out..

  2. Hi.

    The delay/latency, whatever You want to call it will drive You nuts.

    Results some pretty interesting playing that's for sure though.

  3. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

    I used a wireless earphone rig back in the 80's and 90's. Being the cheapskate that I was, I found a cheap Recoton/Jensen wireless headphone set, with the receiver being a small, pagerlike pack to which I plugged ear buds into.

    The range was not great, so results with the transmitter at the board was poor. One day, I patched the headphone out into an unused send on the snake, and put the transmitter on stage, by my bass rig. Success. Not bad for a cheap $69 unit. I still have it.

    My point is that you never know if it will work, unless you try it.
  4. Good way to go deaf. It's likely loud enough you need earplugs first and monitors second. That's what IEM do.

    I have heard of diy custom moulding with cannibalised ear bud elements but that sounds like a recipe for disaster.
  5. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    You'll have to try it.
    Keep at it and practice with it a while. Don't just hear the latency and reject it.
    You can train your brain to deal with latency. People worry too much about it.
  6. pglaser01


    Mar 19, 2013
    St. Louis, MO
    If only I were that good....
    Ran into a problem I can't figure out...I don't know how to set it up or find an app that would allow me to run an audio signal into my phone for bluetooth...darn, it sounded so easy....
  7. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Unless they seal inside your ears they wouldn't work all that well as IEM's.
  8. Precisely. The temptation would be to max the volume to get over the drums etc, blowing your hearing in days.
  9. synaesthesia


    Apr 13, 2004
    I posted this query a few years ago, got a bluetooth setup to try - still have it somewhere... works but not useable, bluetooth latency is nowhere close to a few ms, but it was something like 1 to 2 seconds or seemed like it to me. Try it if you must I'd like to know if it is at a workable level these days but i think the technology of bluetooth implementation itself is limited. You hear of gamers complaining all the time as reflexes and audio are not in sync but at levels of interfering delay.
  10. JohnMCA72


    Feb 4, 2009
    A little negative delay can take care of that latency.
  11. You'll find neg delay units next to the auto tempo correctors and wrong note replacers.
  12. TimmyP


    Nov 4, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    I believe you need an Apple camera kit to get audio into the iDevice.
  13. fokof

    fokof One day ,I'll be in the future

    Mar 16, 2007

    Please explain "negative delay"

    Get back in time ?
  14. Hi.

    He was joking.

    I hope...

  15. JohnMCA72


    Feb 4, 2009
    Most delays don't go below 0 (i.e. negative) for the delay time. If you can find one that does, you've really got something!