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ClipR turns your headphones wireless

- March 1st, 2014

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Don’t you just wish your favourite headphones or speakers were wireless? If your wired audio accessories have a 3.5” connector or jack, a new little gadget –ClipR by Muse Mini – can turn them wireless through Bluetooth 4.0 or NFC (Near Field Communication).

ClipR acts as a transceiver in the form of a lightweight rubber polymer coated disc, shaped like a bulked up poker chip – 42mm wide and 8mm high.

It’s very easy to use and no companion app is required.  You simply plug in your headphones or speakers and control it using its three multi-function buttons.  The large centre button acts as a power and pairing control upon start-up and a pause and play button with a single press. It also has a built-in noise-cancelling microphone on the edge, so when a call comes in, you simply press once to answer or press and hold for three seconds to send the caller to voice mail.

If you begin to hear voices when pressing the centre button with the headphones plugged in, fear not, you’re not going crazy; ClipR is just alerting you about power on, power off or Bluetooth pairing.

When listening to music, the “+” button advances your track with a single press and raises the volume when held for at least two seconds. The “-“ button, as you can probably guess, does the opposite.

Also along the edge, in addition to the headphone jack, is an LED status indicator. There’s also a microUSB connector, protected by a rubber gasket, which allows you to attach ClipR to a power source to recharge its battery, which should be good for a decent six to eight hours of music playback or talk-time.

I like that it’s nice and compact, stores easily, and it’s splash proof.  What I really like is that it adds functionality to an existing pair of ear buds, headphones or speakers.  You can even attach it to a boom box or your car’s audio system through the AUX in. It not only makes things wireless, it also adds a microphone to boot – a bonus when they have no mic to begin with. The sound reproduction, considering you’re now going wireless, is fairly decent – close to what you’d expect.

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ClipR has a metal clip on the back that allows you to easily attach it to your coat, shirt or even belt, although I think an extra little lanyard or hook might make the attachment a little more secure, especially on a winter coat. If you’re using ClipR as a speakerphone you’ll need to ensure that you place it  on your collar or lapel as clipping it on your belt places the mic a little too far away.

It’s a great funky little gadget that brought my old set of ear cups back to life. The only thing I found touchy, but it has nothing to do with ClipR itself, is if you are placing ClipR on your lapel while connecting it to a pair of headphones with a long non-detachable cable, you somehow need a way to bundle it up or tuck it in inside your pocket or clothing.

ClipR by Muse Mini comes in 5 colours and includes a tiny microUSB charging cable and short audio connector cable. It retails for $49.99 and is available from Muse Mini and Amazon.com.

Rating: 4.75 / 5

photos courtesy MuseMini.

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Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.

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5 comments

  1. Steven Bobiash | March 2, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Sounds like a very practical device that will let you keep using stuff you already have!

  2. Braden | March 3, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Price is too high considering you’ve already paid a fair amount for the headphones to begin with

  3. Olevia Peverini | March 26, 2014 at 1:56 am

    wireless heap phons are so comfortable to carry in travelling..i like your post…great job!!

  4. James | May 1, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Very interesting and useful device, however how about sound quality? Is it not important for you ? In my personal opinion I believe that it is better to get top Bluetooth headphones for your budget and be wireless form the start or when you decide to change you headphones for new ones.

  5. Greg Gazin | May 1, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Hi James. Point taken. This device is ideal if you want to use headphones you already own. There will be some loss of quality. A lot depends on the BT signal.

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