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  1. Default Resound TV streaming - Clip vs TV Streamer

    Apologize if this has already been answered - of so, please point me to the correct thread.

    Just purchased a set of Cala 8's from Costco. As most know you get a free micro-mic, clip or remote. Since I use an iPhone i have no use for the remote.

    Here's my question. If i'm going to stream TV to my hearing aids, is the Resound TV Streamer significantly better than using a generic BT streamer + clip?

    I can get a generic streamer for under $100 whereas the Resound streamer is $300+/-. Unless the resound device is a lot better, doesn't seem worth it.

    Also, what else can i use the clip for?

    Thanks!
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    I too have the Cala 8 and an iPhone, so don't need the Clip for normal use. One use I did find was at a classical concert - I used it to change programs and play with the volume. You aren't supposed to have your phone on during the concert, and I find pressing the buttons on the aids to be awkward, so I used the remote. And of course, I wanted to make sure it worked, so this was a good excuse.
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    Thanks for the reply. Is the volume control a true volume control or a program switcher? I'm currently wearing 6 1/2 year old Beltone Reach (Resound DOT) HA's that don't have a " volume" control, just multiple programs.
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    Plus and minus for volume control. It also can pair to any phone or Bluetooth transmitter. One nice use is to get a low delay transmitter to attach to the TV which lets you avoid the Resound TV product.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve_U View Post
    Here's my question. If i'm going to stream TV to my hearing aids, is the Resound TV Streamer significantly better than using a generic BT streamer + clip?

    I can get a generic streamer for under $100 whereas the Resound streamer is $300+/-. Unless the resound device is a lot better, doesn't seem worth it.
    I don't have Resound HAs but I didn't realize that there's such thing as a generic streamer that would work with most HAs (or maybe with just Resound?). I always thought that you'd have to buy the specific streamer designed for that specific make/model.

    I know that sometimes even different brands are under the same parent company and there may be cross compatibility that allows streamer from one brand/model to work with another. But I never thought that streaming of HAs really follow any standard protocol that would allow generic streamers to be a possibility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Volusiano View Post
    I don't have Resound HAs but I didn't realize that there's such thing as a generic streamer that would work with most HAs (or maybe with just Resound?). I always thought that you'd have to buy the specific streamer designed for that specific make/model.

    I know that sometimes even different brands are under the same parent company and there may be cross compatibility that allows streamer from one brand/model to work with another. But I never thought that streaming of HAs really follow any standard protocol that would allow generic streamers to be a possibility.
    The Cala 8 's are have Bluetooth low energy (BLE) built in and will pair directly with a newer iPhone / iPad or with Resound's tv streamer. TaoTronics makes a low-latency Bluetooth classic streamer for under $50. However, to use the TaoTronics I'd need to use the Phone Clip to get the signal to the HA's.

    I guess the real question is "Is the Resound tv streamer worth $400?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve_U View Post
    I guess the real question is "Is the Resound tv streamer worth $400?"
    Where did you get that price from? The ReSound TV Streamer 2 is $210 at Costco.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rasmus_braun View Post
    Where did you get that price from? The ReSound TV Streamer 2 is $210 at Costco.
    Just by looking on line. Was going to discuss price with my Costco HIS when i pick up my new HA's. Maybe i should have checked first - but that said - $210 vs $50 - is the streamer worth it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve_U View Post
    The Cala 8 's are have Bluetooth low energy (BLE) built in and will pair directly with a newer iPhone / iPad or with Resound's tv streamer. TaoTronics makes a low-latency Bluetooth classic streamer for under $50. However, to use the TaoTronics I'd need to use the Phone Clip to get the signal to the HA's.

    I guess the real question is "Is the Resound tv streamer worth $400?"
    OK, I fully understand now. I thought you were talking about a generic neck/or clip HA streamer as an alternative to the Resound Phone Clip. But in reading it closer, you're just talking about using the (included) Resound Phone Clip as the HA streamer. It sounds like your TV is an older unit that doesn't have Bluetooth built-in so you're needing to get a Bluetooth interface/functionality for your TV which is the Taotronics for $50.

    To me, the generic Taotronics $50 Bluetooth interface is not what you want to compare against the Resound TV streamer, because if you had had a TV with built-in Bluetooth then you wouldn't even need the Taotronics in the first place. I wouldn't even call the Taotronics a "streamer". To me, a "streamer" is something that interfaces directly with your HAs, like the Phone Clip or the iPhone or the Resound TV Streamer. The Taotronics is not in that class because it doesn't interface with your HA.

    The way I see it, what you should be really asking is why do you need the TV streamer if you already have a Phone Clip streamer? OK, the TV streamer doesn't require a Bluetooth interface to your TV, but the Phone Clip does (hence comes the Taotronics into the picture, since your TV doesn't have Bluetooth).

    I think the real question is whether the Phone Clip broadcasts to your HAs in stereo or in mono? Because it's designed as a "phone" interface, there's good chance they design it to be mono to save $. If that's the case, then the TV streamer wins because it has stereo. But if the Phone Clip broadcasts in stereo to your HAs (and read stereo from whatever Bluetooth device), then I don't see why you need to buy the TV Streamer. Just buy the Taotronics to use for your TV or laptop or any other non-Bluetooth device you have.

    The interface protocol between the TV streamer to your HAs is probably the same as the interface protocol between the Phone Clip to your HAs, as long as they both broadcast in stereo to your HAs. So there shouldn't be any quality difference between them in my opinion.
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    In my opinion, no. I have a low-latency device I purchased from Amazon that does a great job for clarity of speech.

    To be fair, I have never tried the TV device. But the phone clip + and the Amazon device does do a great job for my understanding. If you stream a lot, you may have to plug the clip in if it start to flash low battery. I watch TV from bemostly and plug the PC+ into a charger and lay it on the night stand where it continues to function OK.
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