Thursday, November 21, 2013

What's the Difference Between the Streamer and the Streamer Pro?

I recently received a question on my blog asking about the difference between the Oticon Streamer and the Streamer Pro. I wasn't aware there was a new version of the Streamer out, so I thought I'd take a look for myself.

For those unfamiliar, the Streamer is part of Oticon's ConnectLine series of products. If you have a compatible hearing aid (such as my Oticon Epoqs), you can take advantage of these products. They all utilize the hearing aids' Bluetooth connectivity, and the center of this gadget hub is the Streamer. It turns your hearing aids into a wireless headset; you can use it and the other ConnectLine devices to stream television, computer, mobile phone, tablet, and other device audio right into your ears.

I have a Streamer, and love it. At first glance, the Streamer Pro seems to vary in appearance from my Streamer (click to enlarge):

It looks like it is also shorter and wider than the original Streamer.

I took a look at both manuals (Streamer 1.2 and Streamer Pro) to find any more differences:

  • The microphone has been moved slightly in position at the top of the device.
  • The new Streamer Pro has flatter buttons on the front.
  • The volume control is on the side rather than the front. 
  • The Streamer Pro also has two connections for the neckloop where the original Streamer has one. 
  • The range the Streamer should be within appears to have expanded from .5 meters to 1.
  • The Streamer Pro uses micro USB to charge rather than mini.
  • The ConnectLine Microphone option appears to be new. You can use the Streamer to have a much easier one-on-one conversation with someone in a busy/loud area.
  • The Streamer Pro has an Aux Selector button on the side for use with an audio cable, or headset.
  • The Streamer Pro has telecoil functionality built-in.
  • There is an optional FM receiver device for the Streamer Pro (this is awesome!).
Are there any more differences between the two that I haven't noticed? I'd love to hear from you if you have experience with the Streamer Pro.

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