At last! The Audio Authority BlueBeam C-1071A IR to Bluetooth Converter for PlayStation 3 brings IR remote control to the PS3! This "A" model brings improvements to it's predecessor in the form of automatic Bluetooth pairing, improved IR compatibility, a new IR repeater mode, simultaneous internal/external IR reception, and optimized battery power management, making an already great product even better.
It is a widely accepted fact that the PS3 is much more than just a game console - it is also an outstanding Blu-ray disc player and a powerful multi-media interface. But anyone who has tried to use the PS3 in a home theater system knows how disappointing it is that Sony did not include IR remote control capabilities. The omission makes it just about impossible to use a single universal remote control to control the whole system. There have been some other valiant attempts to find work-arounds, but Audio Authority has come up with a solution that is (in our opinion), more elegant than anything else on the market.
What may not be immediately obvious from looking at the pictures is the small size of this device. When placed on a shelf, next to a PS3, it is about the same height as the bottom part of the PS3, or about a third of the overall height of the PS3. And of course it also works perfectly with IR repeater systems and can be placed completely out of sight when so used.
At the time of this writing, the C-1071A stands alone as the only Bluetooth to IR converter on the market that can operate completely wirelessly, powered solely by a pair of AA batteries (included)., but it can also accept supplemental power from the PS3 USB port, or from the optional 571-013 AC power supply (add to your cart below).
Like most Audio Authority products, the C-1071A comes with a one year limited warranty from the manufacturer.
The BlueBeam is designed to allow a Sony Playstation 3 to be integrated into an IR remote control system. The PS3 accepts only Bluetooth® commands, but the BlueBeam allows any universal IR remote that is capable of learning the PS3 commands to control the PS3. The programming method is similar for most learning remotes and home control systems. You may download CCF files here [links to AAC site] if your remote accepts CCF files.
Brand New Features for the C-1071A:
Read a BlueBeam review at www.RemoteCentral.com.
[notice that this is a review of the C-1071, which was the predecessor to this updated model]
Programming and Pairing
Instructions for pairing the BlueBeam IR to Bluetooth® converter with your PlayStation 3 console are contained in the user manual and quickstart guide. To find the IR codeset for programming your particular IR remote, consult the manufacturer of the remote control.
To power up your BlueBeam, use the enclosed AA batteries, a USB to Mini-USB cable (not included), or the Model 571-013 power supply.
In the Box
Programming application for Windows computers (.zip archive) [links to AAC site]
Here is the back panel of the C-1071A.
In this picture, the C-1071A has been opened and the included AA batteries have been installed.
Shown here is a typical connection example.
Here is the C-1071A BlueBeam product focus sheet. Click to download PDF.
This is the Quick Start Guide. Click to download PDF.
Here is the BlueBeam User Manual. Click to download PDF.
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