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Softick Audio Gateway Review

Softick Audio Gateway ReviewIf like me you enjoy listening to your music on your Palm OS Treo or Centro while on the go you will typically have been limited to using a wired headset such as the bestselling Palm 2 in 1 Stereo Headset Pro or another headset of your choice using the SPE Stereo Adapter.

Having said this, thanks to a very simple and robust software called Softick Audio Gateway you can now also have the option to listen to your music wirelessly and in stereo on your smartphone.  In effect, Softtick Audio Gateway offers the first and only Bluetooth audio streaming solution that allows you to connect your smartphone to any one of the many Bluetooth Stereo Headphones available today.

 Bluetooth Stereo Pairing Bluetooth Stereo Pairing Passcode

After choosing the Bluetooth Stereo headphone of your choice (see my reviews for the highly rated Plantronics Voyager 855, Motorola S9 and MOTOROKR T505 speakerphone) and pairing it with your Treo or Centro (screenshots above) you just need to:

  1. Launch the Softtick Audio Gateway software
  2. Select the “A2DP Stereo Device:“ of your choice (here the Plantronics 855)
  3. Press the “Stream to:“ button at the bottom left of the screen
  4. Presto!  You now have full support for streaming wireless music on your smartphone with Pocket Tunes Deluxe or other audio program…

 Softick Audio GatewaySoftick Audio Gateway music playback

I am also particularly delighted and impressed to see that the latest version of Softick Audio Gateway now appears to be pretty much bug-free as it has worked consistently and flawlessly on my Centro delivering high quality and crystal clear audio to my stereo headphones.  Having said this, while using Audio Gateway you may experience slightly slower performance as the software uses a large amount of resources while working in the background.

I haven’t had to play much with the additional settings (below) and simply chose the highest 304 Kbps output bitrate quality.  Next, under Quality Tweaks I selected “Faster Analysis” and “Disable Volume Control” – both of which seemed to help deliver the best audio quality.

 Softick Audio Gateway setting 1 Softick Audio Gateway setting 2

Additionally, you should know that you can make and receive calls via your Bluetooth Stereo Headset as Softick Audio Gateway automatically pauses music and switches your headset when you answer the phone call.  Music is also automatically restored after your call is finished.

Finally, thanks to Softick Audio Gateway’s full support for Advanced Audio Distribution Profile support (A2DP) and Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) you can easily control Play/Pause, Volume Up/Down and Next/Previous track directly and wirelessly from your Bluetooth Stereo Headphones without the need to touch your smartphone.

Overall, Softick Audio Gateway provides a simple, powerful and convenient solution to take your Treo or Centro to the next level with support for wireless streaming audio.

Treonauts always want to push things to the next level


Posted by Andrew on March 24, 2008 at 03:39 PM

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by Kathryn Walker | Mar 24, 2008 10:33:02 PM

I bought my husband and I both the Plantronics 855 Bluetooth Headsets and recieved them last Tuesday. He had no problems getting his to pair with his Muziq. I on the other hand was having trouble. So I did a search and found this software and of course downloaded the trial. I LOVE IT! I works great with my Treo 755p. I would highly recommend both the headset and the software.

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by Tom | Mar 25, 2008 4:32:34 AM

Buyer Beware: If you are using a subscription music service like Yahoo Music with Pocket Tunes, you will not be able to listen to your DRM music using Pocket Tunes and the Softick Audio Gateway. When I contacted the developer of Pocket Tunes about this, they said that they specifically disable playing of DRM tunes through Bluetooth due to their licensing agreement with Microsoft. ACK!!!

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by LIS | Mar 25, 2008 2:05:09 PM

To Author: In fact, “Faster Analysis” will not provide better audio quality. Otherwise there is no sense in this option: why to choose between better/faster and worse/slower? Just try to tap on "Faster Speed" and "Better Quality" preset buttons and see how this option changed depending on preset.
I noted that "Faster analysis" provides much better device performance but sound is not too deep and nice comparing to slower analysis for the better quality.

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by Matt Dallas | Mar 25, 2008 4:50:52 PM

Softick makes some great products! I think this should be included as standard software on all palm os phones. I have used it for probably 1 yr+ and the first few versions were pretty bad, so if you tried it before I highly recommend giving it another shot. The new version is a lot better. My Moto S9 works great with it and is lightweight. The stereo even now works on Sprint TV, Sprint Music, and internet radio based in pTunes- which is an upgrade! My one tip is if you want the best quality while at the gym, turn off phone feature or multiple email accounts can make it slow down a little.

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by Geoff Bray | Mar 28, 2008 9:46:07 AM

Robust??? You gotta be kidding me! I have used the software for 2+ years and I love the functionality ... but on both the Treo 650 and the 680 it makes the phone WAY more unstable. A lot more involuntary resets, etc.

I think it's worth it not to have to fight with the wires all the time and I love my Plantronics 855 headset.

They've also had countless problems that each new sub-release fixes a few bugs and creates other ones. I've been through at least 6 different versions of this software in the last 2+ years ... all have bugs and all make the phone much less stable.

6
by huh | Mar 28, 2008 1:56:05 PM

don't be foolish

if you want to listen to music on your phone, upgrade your Palm to an Apple iPhone

it's that simple

7
by Russ | Apr 22, 2008 11:18:21 PM

Great software, ZERO customer support. You can send a billion emails and they will not reply. So if you buy the software, understand they will not help you out.

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by Cynthia | Jul 15, 2008 10:50:41 AM

I actually did get a fairly fast response from them after I sent them a blazing email complaining about the DRM business. Really a bummer because the software works absolutely fantastically with my 680 in my Pioneer car bluetooth kit with purchased music. But I already have an Ipod wired into my car for purchased music so I don't need another device for that. I need one that will play the DRM music through my stereo. Any ideas out there?

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by Derek | Jul 18, 2008 12:49:24 PM

I purchased this earlier this week to pair my Motorola HT820 Bluetooth Headphones with my Palm Centro. The sounds is good but two main glitches. There is a one second pause in sound, probably every 30 seconds. Very annoying. I even tried lowering the sound quality so it does not take that much memory but it still does not work.

Also, it has caused my Centro to lock up twice already this week. A real pain in the ass to remove the battery and reboot the phone each time.

I anxiously wait for the next update to fix these bugs.

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