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Wireless headphones -- No connection to IFE?

Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:06 pm

With the onset of wireless bluetooth headphones, how can they be connected to an aircraft's IFE? Bose just released their wireless in-ear headphones, which are supposed to be amazing. I almost pulled the trigger and spent the $300 until I started thinking about how they would hook up to the plane's IFE system....

Is there any solution to this out there?
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mantistobogn
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Re: Wireless headphones -- No connection to IFE?

Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:10 pm

No guarantee this will work but you could try to plugin a Bluetooth to AUX transmitter in the IFE outlet and then connect to that.
 
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Re: Wireless headphones -- No connection to IFE?

Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:21 am

mantistobogn wrote:
No guarantee this will work but you could try to plugin a Bluetooth to AUX transmitter in the IFE outlet and then connect to that.

I can't really think of a reason why this wouldn't work.
 
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Re: Wireless headphones -- No connection to IFE?

Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:32 am

This is an excellent question as I too love my Bose QC noise canceling headphones but dont like the cord.

To answer your question, it appears that you might be able to go wireless provided your aircraft is IFE WiFi equipped. I think Air Canada and United are as long as you download the app while on the ground.

I didn't know this, but it turns out you can turn on your phone's WiFi and Bluetooth capability AFTER you have put your phone in 'airplane mode'. Until now, I thought all WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities were disabled in 'airplane mode'. So according to the instructions found at the link below, it sounds as if your phone receives the IFE WiFi signal and then sends it to your headphones via Bluetooth.

http://www.mactrast.com/2013/10/use-wi- ... de-turned/

For airlines that don't have IFE via WiFi, I'm not sure how it would work without plugging your phone into the IFE jack but that kinda defeats the purpose of going wireless to begin with.

Best of luck and happy travels!
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Re: Wireless headphones -- No connection to IFE?

Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:37 am

mantistobogn wrote:
No guarantee this will work but you could try to plugin a Bluetooth to AUX transmitter in the IFE outlet and then connect to that.


That would defeat the convenience of going wireless (wire > wireless headphones + bulky AUX to bluetooth adapter that needs USB power or battery).
 
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Re: Wireless headphones -- No connection to IFE?

Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:57 am

The wireless Bluetooth systems are for connecting the headphones to a device (phone, laptop) and not a IFE network (which runs on WiFi). The IFE terminals would need to be BT enabled for this to work. I think it's a great idea. I've got a BT noise cancelling headset that I use when flying. It's wireless when listening to music on my phone, but still have to get the cable out when using the IFE.
 
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Re: Wireless headphones -- No connection to IFE?

Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:01 am

The wireless Bluetooth systems are for connecting the headphones to a device (phone, laptop) and not a IFE network (which runs on WiFi). The IFE terminals would need to be BT enabled for this to work. I think it's a great idea. I've got a BT noise cancelling headset that I use when flying. It's wireless when listening to music on my phone, but still have to get the cable out when using the IFE.
 
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Re: Wireless headphones -- No connection to IFE?

Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:02 am

Apple messed this one up. Airlines don't allow Bluetooth on board. Hate the look of the apple earrings anyway.
 
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Re: Wireless headphones -- No connection to IFE?

Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:28 am

Beatyair wrote:
Apple messed this one up. Airlines don't allow Bluetooth on board. Hate the look of the apple earrings anyway.

The amount of people who won't buy those Apple earbuds because they won't work with airline IFE is probably small enough that you can count it with your hands.

Airlines are inconsistent with their rules about Bluetooth, but most forbade it based on the original FAA directive. The FAA has since explicitly allowed it. http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/ ... wsId=15254
 
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Re: Wireless headphones -- No connection to IFE?

Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:33 am

My Sennheiser Bluetooth headphones came with a cable that you can plug in when required. Problem solved!
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Re: Wireless headphones -- No connection to IFE?

Tue Oct 18, 2016 4:17 am

Beatyair wrote:
Apple messed this one up. Airlines don't allow Bluetooth on board. Hate the look of the apple earrings anyway.

Haven't run into that restriction in my travels.
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