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Focal® Bird® Dongle

Wireless dongle for iPod®, iPhone®, and iPad®

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  • Focal® Bird® Dongle

    Connects to iPod® (not included)

 

Our take on the Focal® Bird® Dongle

by Marshall Chase
Focal

Dongle, don't dangle

Going wireless is the most convenient way to play music from your iPod, iPad or iPhone through your Focal Bird powered speaker system. This dongle plugs into your player's dock connector and lets you stream music wirelessly to any Focal Bird system that includes the Power Bird amplifier/subwoofer module. In fact, you can transmit to as many as four Bird systems at the same time.

Thanks to Kleer® wireless technology, this dongle passes CD-quality audio signals with plenty of detail. Although it has a transmission range of up to 33 feet, it uses very little power so you don't have worry about draining your iPod's battery. Plus, this transmitter synchronizes with your Focal Bird speaker system with a simple touch of a button.

Highlights:

  • for use with all Focal Bird powered speaker systems featuring the Power Bird amplifier/subwoofer module
  • Kleer® wireless transmitter for high-quality audio signals
  • compatible with the iPad and most docking iPods
  • compatible with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4
  • transmitter connects to your Apple device's dock connector
  • Apple device supplies power to dongle
  • range: up to 33 feet
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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Features

Overview: With the Kleer technology Focal iTransmitter connected to your Apple iPod, iPhone or iPad's dock connector; you can wirelessly transmit your Apple device's stored music or streaming music apps to a Focal Bird speaker system (sold separately). Thanks to the Kleer technology built into both, the Focal wireless transmitter and the Focal Bird speaker system, your compatible Apple device's audio is wirelessly transmitted over a 2.4GHz radio-frequency link (up to 33') with no audio compression. Kleer technology delivers CD-quality digital stereo sound for CD-Audio, WAV, and AIFF music files. The Kleer technology Focal iTransmitter is also compatible with MP3, AAC, and Apple Lossless music files. In addition, the iTransmitter supports wireless audio transmission of music apps streamed to your iPod touch or iPhone. As an added bonus, the Kleer technology Focal iTransmitter uses very low power consumption, so it won't put too much drain on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad's battery.

Note: The IR remote control that comes with your Focal Bird speaker system will operate basic playback functions of your wirelessly connected iPod, iPhone, or iPad.  Playback functions include - Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Skip Previous/Next.

iPod Compatibility Chart: The Kleer technology Focal iTransmitter is "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" compatible. The Focal iTransmitter supports wireless audio transmission from the following iPods, iPhones, and iPads (as of 2/21/2012).

iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Remote iPod Artist/Song Text Track Info
dock connector 3rd n/a N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th n/a N N N N N N N
mini 1st n/a N N N N N N N
2nd n/a N N N N N N N
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y Y N N N
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N N
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N N
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N N
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y N N N
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N N
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N N
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N N N
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N
3rd 5.0.1 Y N Y Y N N N
4th 5.0.1 Y N Y Y N N N
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N
3GS 4.3.5 Y N Y Y N N N
4 5.0.1 Y N Y Y N N N
4S 5.0.1 Y N Y Y N N N
iPad 1 5.0.1 Y N Y Y N N N
2 5.0.1 Y N Y Y N N N

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

Multi-Transmission: A single iTransmitter can be synchronized with several Focal Bird speaker systems. Multiple iTransmitters can also be synchronized to one Focal Bird speaker system.

Specifications

Power Consumption:

  • Rated Current: 8~15mA
  • Standby Current: less than 10uA

Audio Specs:

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Distortion: <0.1% (20Hz-20kHz)
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: Typical 86dB
  • Sampling Frequency: Max. 44.1kHz

Radio Specs:

  • Frequency Range: 2.403-2.478GHz
  • Sensitivity: Typical-87dBm
  • Transmission Power: Less than 5mW
  • Data Rate: 2.37Mbps
  • Range: 33'
 

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Quick impressions from the Lab

Comment by Ralph Graves Staff Writer - Creative,

Even works for legacy products

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 4/3/2012 10:27:00 AM

I have an older model iPod® classic. So old, it's pretty much "aged out" of the powered speaker market. Most newer docking systems simply don't recognize my player anymore, or if they do, only allow minimal functionality.

That's why I was pleasantly surprised by the Focal Bird Dongle. It not only worked, but it worked beautifully with my iPod classic. The sound was great, and since I was controlling everything from my player, I had full functionality of my device. And these days, that's saying something!

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