March 05, 2009
| by Jason Unger
Audio Authority’s new BlueBeam IR to Bluetooth converter is designed to let universal remote controls to be used with Sony’s PlayStation 3.
The PS3 is Bluetooth-only, which has caused some negative feedback for users looking to only have one remote for all their gear.
“A number of custom integrators and consumers use the Playstation 3 in home entertainment systems because it’s a fantastic Blu-ray player, and provides incredible media extender capabilities,” says Trent Davis, Audio Authority’s product manager.
“However, the limitation of the PS3’s Bluetooth-only control is a major headache to integrators and users alike. The BlueBeam solves that problem, and helps integrators deliver a better product to their customer.”
The BlueBeam, which needs to sit within 30 feet of the PS3, is powered by AA batteries, a powerpack or a USB connection. All PS3 functions are supported, even discrete on and off.
The converter also allows macro creation using a PC setup utility.
This control problem has been an issue for PS3 users since the system was released.
Manufacturers like Nyko and Logic3 have developed USB-based solutions, while a user at Remote Central came up with the IR4PS3.
Audio Authority also introduced two new matrix switchers, two new extenders, and two new video converters.
The Bluebeam will be available in late March. MSRP: $159