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Bluetooth Profiles Explained

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Bluetooth technology uses specifications called profiles to connect two devices. The profiles define the device's features or services. There are a number of different Bluetooth profiles, and manufacturers may include one or more of these profiles in their devices. At Plantronics, we use the profiles for transmitting and receiving audio for all of our headsets, and include the profiles for streaming music and video audio in a select few. Below is a list of the Bluetooth profiles included in Plantronics headsets. Note that different headsets include different profiles:
  • HSP (Headset Profile): Provides the headset with the ability to ring, answer and end calls, and adjust the volume. This profile is included in all of our headsets.
  • HFP (Hands Free Profile): Enables you to make outgoing calls from the headset, including performing a last number redial and activating voice dialing on your phone. This profile is included in all of our headsets.
  • A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile): Enables you to stream music from your phone or other device to your headset.
  • AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile): Enables you to play, pause, and stop music, as well as track forward and backward.
  • PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile): Enables the option to allow your headset access to your phone's list of contacts for use with the Caller Announce feature.

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