on Wednesday introduces the Pulsar 590, a wireless headset that uses Bluetooth and a universal adapter to work wirelessly with iPods, PSPs, MP3 players and any other device with a headphone jack. What’s more, the headset can work with mobile phones and other Bluetooth-compatible devices without using the adapter. It will be available this fall for US$149.99 by itself, or $199.99 bundled with the adapter.
The Pulsar 590 includes a telescoping voice tube with omni-directional mic for voice communications, and a headband-style stereo headset with pivoting ear cushions. Included is an AC power charger, USB charging cable, in-flight cable and travel case. The in-flight cable allows the Pulsar 590 to work “tethered” to satisfy the requirements of most airlines.
Plantronics claims the Pulsar 590 can work up to 33 feet away from the device it’s pair to, providing about 12 hours of talk time and 10 hours of listen time. The universal adapter is required for devices that don’t have Bluetooth built in, but cell phones and other devices that support the new Bluetooth Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) can work without the adapter.