There's no point of replacing cable with another cable.
I used a Bluetooth receiver with my earphone because the 3.5mm output on my laptop was complete junk. While output is not as good as USB audio processor, the result is thousand times better and I now enjoy good sound with an universal audio device on all my devices
Lightning port is way better than any kind of plug in the market,mechanically is perfectly built with no weak spots,micro usb and usb type-c plugs has no advantages ,they are easy breakable and design varying to manufacturers,old 3.5 jack soon will be replaced with some ,,thin" solution anyway
I figure it's more for thinness. Also USB-C can output analog audio so who knows if that's what's gaining on the Lenovo/Motorola phones.
Personally I think it would be best to keep the 3.5mm jack for all the reasons already mentioned. As someone shortly before me notes, it's also one of the jacks to most commonly fail because of all the abuse it receives. He states that the USB ports on phones are designed to be more resistant, but I wonder how well they would handle being in pockets with the cable receiving a different pressure/angle from all the movement, all the snagging of cables that happens with headphones and all, PLUS the standard abuse from charging (not to mention the inconvenience of when you want to do both).
Personally I love the convenience of Bluetooth headphones. I had one of the first phones to support stereo Bluetooth audio (Motorola e680i) and what I believe were the first Bluetooth headphones (Motorola ht820) and used the headphones until they truly died. I ended switching back to wired but because I bought a set of v-moda headphones and one advantage is that the cable is replaceable (since in my experience the cable/plug on the headphones dies before the Jack on the device. So with the improvements they've had I can see no reason to not use them for most people as far as quality hours (the need for them to have a charge and the price are valid arguments though).
One thing I am curious about is how stable the connection would be if everybody started using them (I.e. On a packed bus or subway car) since there's bound to be interference since they are all on the same frequency (like what we see with Wi-Fi performance when there's dozens of networked and devices on 2.4ghz, which also happens to be the one used by Bluetooth and other devices, even microwaves).
Why is Apple removing the Headphone jack ? So it can ripp off it's customers by selling overpriced Lightning to Headphone jack converters or headphones with Lightning connecter.
Very nice editorial.....
Really good job.
Thousands of thanks to the person who made this review.
Gsmarena should appreciate these kind of people for their excellent work
3.5mm is a great universal jack yet, but when coming to USB audio, as the audio chip moves out of the mobile components, there'll be less electric interference which further reduces the noise in the audio. USB headphones might be little bit expensive for now, but they'll come down after sometime. With this, even the cheap mobile phone can produce better audio output.
I'd personally prefer v-moda over beats.
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3.5 mm jacks are best for me. There are higher chances of usb ports getting damaged.
Type C connectors are thin and will easily get damaged. Its either 3.5mm jack or wireless for me.
While I personally agree that 3.5mm wired headphones are better than the USB option, as someone who works in a store that sells headphones i have to admit that the headphone socket is a weak point on most devices. The amount of people who come back complaining their new headphones aren't working at all or keep cutting out is huge. when i check the headphones on my own phone and in-store media devices hey presto they work fine. constant plugging in and pulling out, twisting and bending, and snagging on things weakens the port to board connection. Thats an expensive repair. With ALL usb ports be it A / micro-b / c / lightning etc the port is designed to be sturdy while the cable is designed to break first.
The 2 best options i can see are 1) wireless, the advantages are well explained in the article, and 2) headphones with detachable cables so only the cable needs to be changed if needed (like some Beats had).
But seriously i hope it goes wireless. With the exception of audiophiles there is no difference in quality in sound especially when 95+% of people are listening to low quality streaming / mp3's / youtube etc. I hope to start seeing manufacturers replacing in box wired earphones with wireless ones. That way within 2 - 4 years virtually everybody would be switched over to a "new" standard.
3.5mm. Way more universal and already able to deliver excellent sound depending on reproduction devices. But then its apple we are dealing with. They hates the environment, making accessories that gets thrown away if user switches to other platforms.
But can't you still convert to analogue on the phone and send an analogue signal via USB to the headphones? Or is that impossible? I'm all for space saving, and one port should be enough to do it all.
First Of... Very Well Done, Take a Bow.
Secondly & Most Importantly, being a Techie Audiophile Myself (I own a Beats Solo HD & a pair of LG Tone Ultra). I totally Agree. (Yes I have heard USB Audio). TRS is the way to go, even in Majority recording studios, that's what they use (Fine they use the thicker Jack, but so what). Why FIX a thing when it ain't broke. Also, consider the Compatibility level, plug in any high quality 3.5 mm jack into your phone/laptop/tablet/2in1.... & VOILA... I wouldn't give that freedom away. So.. NO USB Audio for me. Maybe we consumers should make it a point to boycott phones without 3.5mm Jack.
One good thing with usb headphone is that I can use any chip to convert to digital to analog. Like LG introduce the detachable modules for G5. I am free to use the headphones which can convert to analog bet way. I dont have to depend on my phone.
Good read and i am totally behind a wireless future IF the OEMs provide the wirless headaet inside the box. Otherwise i will stay with the trusty 3.5 jack.