Can you use wireless headphones on public transport?

36 replies
Found 26th Jul 2009
I am new to learning about wireless headphones so I don't know much about how they work at the mo. I am looking into getting some but mainly for usage on public transport, like on a train/coach, etc. Is this practical when you need to use a transmitter as well? Or is there a wireless headphone system without needing a transmitter? Or am I missing something?

Rep will be left for all help given, thanks.

35 Comments

Yes, you can use them

Original Poster

StevenA2000_uk;5852249

Yes, you can use them



Thanks. How does it work though? Does it mean I'd have to carry a transmitter around with me everywhere?

I believe most sturdy sets have a transmitter built into the jack. Failing that some of the newer models have the transmitter built in

Banned

You need a transmitter either FM or bluetooth.

You can't use them on planes

NO you will cause the bus/taxi/train driver to crash. Do you not read the signs?

For the sake of the kids just use a wire.

Happysteveo;5852260

Thanks. How does it work though? Does it mean I'd have to carry a … Thanks. How does it work though? Does it mean I'd have to carry a transmitter around with me everywhere?



Depends on a) whether you mean wireless WiFi or wireless Radio headphones and b) whether the device you want to connect them to already has a built in receiver.

Original Poster

Sociopath;5852270

I believe most sturdy sets have a transmitter built into the jack. … I believe most sturdy sets have a transmitter built into the jack. Failing that some of the newer models have the transmitter built in



Thanks, I am looking into buying this pair digitaldirect.co.uk/son…tml Would I have to carry that attachment around everywhere with me as well? Have you seen any wireless headphones with a smaller transmitter than this?

Original Poster

ants97;5852290

NO you will cause the bus/taxi/train driver to crash. Do you not read the … NO you will cause the bus/taxi/train driver to crash. Do you not read the signs?For the sake of the kids just use a wire.



What signs?

Happysteveo;5852309

What signs?



The signs telling you not to use any wireless equipment ever. They are in every taxi, bus, train and ferry now. It's from the EU apparently.

Original Poster

StevenA2000_uk;5852292

Depends on a) whether you mean wireless WiFi or wireless Radio … Depends on a) whether you mean wireless WiFi or wireless Radio headphones and b) whether the device you want to connect them to already has a built in receiver.:)



Aha. So with my laptop it has wireless biult in does that mean I wouldn't have to use the transmitter. But I'm guessing I would have to use the transmitter for something like my psp?

Original Poster

ants97;5852321

The signs telling you not to use any wireless equipment ever. They are in … The signs telling you not to use any wireless equipment ever. They are in every taxi, bus, train and ferry now. It's from the EU apparently.



Oh. I must be looking out the window too much.

Original Poster

Sociopath;5852270

I believe most sturdy sets have a transmitter built into the jack. … I believe most sturdy sets have a transmitter built into the jack. Failing that some of the newer models have the transmitter built in



lumoruk;5852271

You need a transmitter either FM or bluetooth. You can't use them on … You need a transmitter either FM or bluetooth. You can't use them on planes



Thank you

you realise you cant switch on your music at home, pop on these headphones and listen whilst you bus it to work. That wont work.

Happysteveo;5852305

Thanks, I am looking into buying this pair … Thanks, I am looking into buying this pair http://www.digitaldirect.co.uk/sony/mdr-rf800rk.html Would I have to carry that attachment around everywhere with me as well? Have you seen any wireless headphones with a smaller transmitter than this?



Those are for home use and won't work more than x amount of meters away from the base which has to stay at home.

ants97;5852321

The signs telling you not to use any wireless equipment ever. They are in … The signs telling you not to use any wireless equipment ever. They are in every taxi, bus, train and ferry now. It's from the EU apparently.



You do realise they are based on old legistation that is now defunct don't you? I bet you also believe that mobiles phones interfer with hospital equipment.. You are allowed to use phones in hospitals as they now don't interfer with anything (Used to only interfer with dialysis machines anyhow but they have been upgraded), you can now use wireless and all that tech on planes once in the air now also. A lot has changed since the original legistation was declared defunct.

Oh and it is worth noting that nobody can tell you to turn off your mobile phone now due to real EU legistation as its considered a neccessity to information. Hospitals can't ask you either

Original Poster

shanecr;5852342

you realise you cant switch on your music at home, pop on these … you realise you cant switch on your music at home, pop on these headphones and listen whilst you bus it to work. That wont work.



Ha, yeah I get that the range can be up to 100 m or whatever, thanks. :-D

Sociopath;5852392

You do realise they are based on old legistation that is now defunct … You do realise they are based on old legistation that is now defunct don't you? I bet you also believe that mobiles phones interfer with hospital equipment.. You are allowed to use phones in hospitals as they now don't interfer with anything (Used to only interfer with dialysis machines anyhow but they have been upgraded), you can now use wireless and all that tech on planes once in the air now also. A lot has changed since the original legistation was declared defunct.Oh and it is worth noting that nobody can tell you to turn off your mobile phone now due to real EU legistation as its considered a neccessity to information. Hospitals can't ask you either




Try telling that to the millions of people that die every year in taxi crashes all because some robbie williams fan wants to listen to angels without a wire.:x

ants97;5852408

Try telling that to the millions of people that die every year in taxi … Try telling that to the millions of people that die every year in taxi crashes all because some robbie williams fan wants to listen to angels without a wire.:x



Taxi crahes? What vital equipment is interfered with in a cab?

Original Poster

[QUOTE=Sociopath;5852392]Those are for home use and won't work more than x amount of meters away from the base which has to stay at home.
QUOTE]

Thanks, can you suggest some that would be better for travelling?

Happysteveo;5852419

[QUOTE=Sociopath;5852392]Those are for home use and won't work more than … [QUOTE=Sociopath;5852392]Those are for home use and won't work more than x amount of meters away from the base which has to stay at home.Thanks, can you suggest some that would be better for travelling?



Personally I would buy a better base unit and have one with built in bluetooth/wireless so you can use some great wire free 'phones. Sony are doing some great ones at the moment.

What base unit are you using anyhow?

Happysteveo;5852431

[quote=Sociopath;5852392]Those are for home use and won't work more than … [quote=Sociopath;5852392]Those are for home use and won't work more than x amount of meters away from the base which has to stay at home.QUOTE]Thanks, can you suggest some that would be better for travelling?


For portable use I'd be looking into bluetooth although it can be clumsy depending on the audio equipment you want to use.

John

Original Poster

Um, base unit? Don't think I have one? I just wanna be able to hook them up to my laptop or psp really.

Original Poster

Johnmcl7;5852447

[quote=Happysteveo;5852431]For portable use I'd be looking into bluetooth … [quote=Happysteveo;5852431]For portable use I'd be looking into bluetooth although it can be clumsy depending on the audio equipment you want to use.John



Thanks, does that mean if I want to use the headphone with my psp for example I'd need to attach a bluetooth transmitter to the psp?

Sociopath;5852392

Those are for home use and won't work more than x amount of meters away … Those are for home use and won't work more than x amount of meters away from the base which has to stay at home.You do realise they are based on old legistation that is now defunct don't you? I bet you also believe that mobiles phones interfer with hospital equipment.. You are allowed to use phones in hospitals as they now don't interfer with anything (Used to only interfer with dialysis machines anyhow but they have been upgraded), you can now use wireless and all that tech on planes once in the air now also. A lot has changed since the original legistation was declared defunct.Oh and it is worth noting that nobody can tell you to turn off your mobile phone now due to real EU legistation as its considered a neccessity to information. Hospitals can't ask you either



They can. You are still not supposed to use them in high dependency areas and if your interfering with other patients by not being discreet etc. - you can be asked.

bellabonkers;5852482

They can. You are still not supposed to use them in high dependency areas … They can. You are still not supposed to use them in high dependency areas and if your interfering with other patients by not being discreet etc. - you can be asked.



The original "findings" said they only interfered with kidney dialysis machiens and so a few years back they shielded the older machines and all the new machines must be shielded. There is now no equipment that is interfered with according to the EU itself and due to the upgrade of the mobile phone to a neccessity (by the government no less) they fall under an instrument of freedom of information (which is protected by the EU also). Teachers confiscating mobile phones are open to be sued due to this and demanding people turn off their phone is also a breach of now basic rights.

I don't support it but I do know it.

Sociopath;5852423

Taxi crahes? What vital equipment is interfered with in a cab?



the driver.:whistling:

It's all about the waves.

Happysteveo;5852455

Thanks, does that mean if I want to use the headphone with my psp for … Thanks, does that mean if I want to use the headphone with my psp for example I'd need to attach a bluetooth transmitter to the psp?



Yep, you'll need a bluetooth transmitter for any device that doesn't have builtin bluetooth with A2DP - mobile phones often support this as may the bluetooth on a laptop. I did look into this a few months ago when choosing new headphones but there's a lot of downsides unfortunately, both the device and headphones need to be charged up and you can end up paying quite a bit more for the BT functionality.

John

Original Poster

Thanks, looks like it could be a bit of a non starter for me then as I cant seem to find any closed back headphones that are suitable.

That's the problem I found, in general there seems to be very few closed back headphones in comparison to open back headphones. If I'm using my headphones in public, I don't want people having to put up with being able to hear my music and I don't want outside audio coming through the headphones so closed back makes a lot more sense.

John

Original Poster

Thanks John. Which headphones did you go for in the end then?

After going through some recommendations on the avforum I went for a pair of Ultrasone 780's, they seemed to get good reviews. They were pricey but I thought given the headphones will outlast the mp3 players it made sense to get a decent pair that would last. The cable on them is rubbish though, way too long and no user friendly way of swapping it for a shorter cord suitable for portable use.

forum.techpond.co.uk/vie…221

John

Banned

i know its now legal to have a fm transmitter (it wasn't before), but they cant be above a certain power rating, but i think anything for wirless headphones would be in the acceptable range. i personally prefer bluetooth, its so much better! but it depends on what ur using to stream the music sort of speak.

Original Poster

Johnmcl7;5853151

After going through some recommendations on the avforum I went for a pair … After going through some recommendations on the avforum I went for a pair of Ultrasone 780's, they seemed to get good reviews. They were pricey but I thought given the headphones will outlast the mp3 players it made sense to get a decent pair that would last. The cable on them is rubbish though, way too long and no user friendly way of swapping it for a shorter cord suitable for portable use.http://forum.techpond.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=221John



Thanks, they look really good but my budget is £50, I wouldn't be using them enough to warrant spending any more :-(

Original Poster

dothealsuk;5853161

i know its now legal to have a fm transmitter (it wasn't before), but … i know its now legal to have a fm transmitter (it wasn't before), but they cant be above a certain power rating, but i think anything for wirless headphones would be in the acceptable range. i personally prefer bluetooth, its so much better! but it depends on what ur using to stream the music sort of speak.



Thanks, it would just be the lappy or psp.

dothealsuk;5853161

i know its now legal to have a fm transmitter (it wasn't before), but … i know its now legal to have a fm transmitter (it wasn't before), but they cant be above a certain power rating, but i think anything for wirless headphones would be in the acceptable range. i personally prefer bluetooth, its so much better! but it depends on what ur using to stream the music sort of speak.



That's a good idea as I'd assume that standard wireless headphones could be used with the fm transmitter in place of the suppled mains powered base.

John

ants97;5852290

NO you will cause the bus/taxi/train driver to crash. Do you not read the … NO you will cause the bus/taxi/train driver to crash. Do you not read the signs?For the sake of the kids just use a wire.



OMFG - are you literally retarded?! You think wireless devices interfere cause cars, trains and buses to crash?! Somebody should tell the terrorists about this - they would have a field day...
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