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GADGETS: Device creates Bluetooth speaker access for non-Bluetooth TVs

BHX Bluetooth Hi-Fi headset. TNS

Thanks to a tip from a reader (Ray) in Palmetto, Fla., who asked me about the Telme2 TosBlue-X device I now know that with the TosBlue-X connected to a non-Bluetooth TV, can convert it into a Bluetooth device and make it compatible with Bluetooth speakers or headphones.

Ray originally told me via email that he was looking for a device like this to add to his TV because, "My hearing is not as good as my wife's. Therefore I am looking for a Bluetooth transmitter from my TV to my speakers."

After testing the TosBlue-X along with the company's BHX Bluetooth headset, I was happy to inform Ray that they work great.

The installation took less than 2 minutes, including opening the boxes. After opening it, don't trash the box just yet because the instructions are on the back.

All the cables you need are included; you must choose to have your audio connected using either the standard 3.5 mm or the optical cable, but just one.

The instructions are kind of vague on the either/or part of the audio cables, and what to do with the USB cable, which was obvious to me but might not be to others; it's for power so I connected it to an AC/USB power adapter (not included).

If your TV has the optical connection, use that one; if not, use the 3.5 mm port.

There's double-sided tape on the TosBlue-X to attach to your TV; be sure the front part is exposed to where your audio source will be.

I charged the headphones, turned on my TV and hit the pairing button on the headphones and it worked, it's that simple.

Every time I turn the TV and headphones on and off the connection returns without needing to pair it again. The headphones have padded ear-pads, an adjustable headband and volume controls on the side with the power button.

A charging cable for a specific connection is included.

Thanks for the tip Ray, definitely a great device, which will solve your issue.

• $69.99 for the TosBlue-X, $99 for the Bluetooth headset, telme2.com

Portable gear

ToughTest portable mobile accessories really impressed me. The company inspects the products three to five times more than typical manufactured smartphone accessories.

You might not think there's a big difference in USB charging cables but there is. The ToughTested 6-foot USB cable with lightning connection ($29.99 also available with a microUSB connection) high-speed USB 2.0 cable is made with 4 mm heavy-gauge cables inside a tangle-free jacket. This keeps it from shorting out and becoming useless when a corner bends, gets pressed or caught in a drawer. A cord manager is included for when the cable is not being used.

The Marine stereo earbuds ($79.99) are IP67 waterproof, which translates to dust and sand resistant and waterproof (up to 1-meter of water) for 30 minutes.

They have noise reduction technology, in-line control for answering calls and controlling volume, a stress release cable, sports fit in-ear hooks to keep the earbuds in place and come with three sizes of Flexfoam ear tips.

Use them while fishing in the rain, exercising or anytime in dry or wet environments.

The ToughTest Power Share Pro ($34.99) charges up to three USB devices (sharing 4.2 amps) simultaneously at a fast rate along with InstaSense technology.

This allows the charger to recognize the device being charged and give it the proper charging for the amperage requirements.

The AC connection prongs rotate 180-degree to ensure it will plug into any wall or power strip outlet.

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