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I have a Motorola S305 Bluetooth headset which I use with my computer often for headphones. I've been using them for a while and have been really pleased with the sound quality, form factor, and battery life.

The only thing is that I haven't found a way to use them as a microphone yet. Is there a way for me to use them for a microphone so that I can seamlessly use them for Skype and other applications?

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From the Sound Preferences menu we select the Input tab to choose our Bluetooth device (here depicted for a Philips headset) for audio input:

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In order to use your headset for telephony we will also have to make sure, that the hardware is set to Duplex mode in Hardware -> Settings:

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Note: In duplex mode the sound quality may not be very high due to usage of the HSP/HFP codecs.

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Yep, that's it. Unfortunately, it makes sound quality horrible if trying to play anything other than a phone call. – Naftuli Tzvi Kay Sep 14 '11 at 22:22
For "better" sound quality choose A2DP for playback (however still this may be far from CD quality). The microphone unfortunately is not available in A2DP mode. – Takkat Sep 15 '11 at 6:19
Roger that. It's just a bummer that no mode exists to make the microphone available over A2DP. – Naftuli Tzvi Kay Sep 15 '11 at 6:20
Unfortunately I have no experience (yet) on that but it may be possible that by introducing L2CAP in Linux kernel 3.0 (11.10) this feature could be made available (if somebody codes drivers). – Takkat Sep 15 '11 at 6:44
@Tapper: This is a limtation of the A2DP specification. – Takkat Sep 29 '12 at 17:40

I have no explicit solution but the bug ticket for this: #508522

Perhaps sometimes there will be the solution for this issue.

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If you open the sound menu and select "Audio preferences", then you'll get a dialog where one of the pages is called "Inputs" or similar. You should be able to see your headphones as an input source there.

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Just try talking into the headsets and see if it work.

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Lol. You win the "Sarcastic Answer of the Year" award! – Naftuli Tzvi Kay Sep 15 '11 at 6:21
This is really a comment, not an answer to the question. Please use "add comment" to leave feedback for the author. – stephenmyall Aug 16 '12 at 16:03

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