Duel, 21 Jan 2018IPhone X design wouldn't have been possible without losing headphone jack. If you want to keep... moreI don't care whether iPhone X design afford headphone jack or not. What I want to ask you is, Have you ever watch iPhone 7 headphone jack mod by Strange Part from YouTube? They don't add any extra components on the space where the jack should be, instead they put some plastic block in that precious little space. If you find this innovative and swallowed any excuses shove to your throat by Apple, then it's your choice.
Digital connection right to the headphones or higher quality DAC+Headphone amps, that can actually drive most headphones, those are great point for using the digital connector.
However, that doesn't mean removing the jack. It has been possible for a while, while still having the jack.
With the removal of the jack, one either need a lot of adaptors, or replace perfectly working headphones with new ones.
I usually have a couple of handsfree headphones with me, all the time. 1 pair that is weather resistant. And one pair that sounds good. At times I take even better headphones with me.
But there are cases when I know I'm not going to listen to music, so I only bring the weather resistant pair.
If I were to use an adapter, there is a risk that it would end up stuck to the wrong headphones at the end of the day, and if I then choose no to bring those the enxt day, I migth forget to bring the adapter. Therefor, I would need an adpater for each pair, to make sure that I can use my headphones.
The headphones I usually brings are affordable ones. If I were to replace them with new with a digital connector, those would be more expensive, and I might not feel comfortable to bring them with me all the time.
And then there is those adaptors. Or actually DAC+Headphone amps, in a small format.
While some offerings will be of high quality and with enough power in the headphone amp to actually drive good headphones, not all will be. It is highly likely that the one in the package with the phone, will be about the same level of what used to be built in.... thus not bringing any better audio quality.
Anonymous, 21 Jan 2018No it doesn't. It only means less choice but whatever you choce, there will still be cables. I... moreThe need to charge BT headphones annoys me too...until I tried the EDIFIER w830bt...Insane battery life! Plus BT sound quality is decent (it even has aptX) and I can use the 3.5mm jack if I want to. You can check it out.
Anonymous, 21 Jan 2018Some are scared of change.. I remember a lot of resictance towards the removal of physical keys..Umm... Didn't people that touchpad in return of removal of keys, i remember the times when touch tech was not actually good, the reason why it was rejected, but touchpad was like thing for future at that time, wireless audio doesn't even come close to that, and honestly i don't want to spend any my money buying a dac too
I disagree. They keep on leaving out features and features and phones are even more expensive nowadays. First they takeout removable batteries, then memory expansion, irda, fm radio. Now even audio jack which is very useful since everyone has headphones or earbuds here and there...in car, office, home, gym sack... They're very unexpensive, standardised and useful. Quality is not an issue since you don't expect great quality with compressed audio files, cellular phones and such. You settle for them, for convenience
Anonymous, 21 Jan 2018Valid point. But the removal of minijack will push the tech faster forwardIt just occupies more space but it doesn't actually stop any innovation or anything, making phone little thicker is better than this bullshit, the real innovation required right now is in battery Department where things haven't improved much for a long time
Joonius, 21 Jan 2018Moving forward? Definitely... but the real question is are we moving forward at the right pace?No not fast enough.
Anonymous, 21 Jan 2018No it doesn't. It only means less choice but whatever you choce, there will still be cables. I... moreKind of true, i don't want the headache of charging that too, i had to charge my earphones every 6 hours which was quite a headache, and problem with removing headphone jack is normal earphones cannot be used while charging, as dongle will be required hence I am not going to buy my next phone without headphone jack
Finally found some decent site - .audiocheck.(guess the rest). For those having hi end wired earphones, to listen to below 20Hz bass tones. Because thats what you won't have in wireless ones. Wonder who will bring that to wireless first.
So when will we ditch the minijack? In 2044?
The iPhone leads the way in terms of sales, and when they ditch the minijack theres no going back.
This should be done loooooooooooong very long time ago.
It was the worst phone feature ever added.
ET - the real one, 21 Jan 2018...The Internet and the high concentration of real stupidity has made me numb to sarcasm and i... moreMan its not a joke i was serious.
And Not everybody using BT ecause they can loose it like womans can loose earings.
s4f786, 21 Jan 2018People have eyes lol, when you cross a road you look left and right,earphones don't impair you... moreMan yes people have eyes but they are bind anyway and yet they have an eyes and still so many accidents caused by music each day.
What you want to say?
Last year in my country music killed over 100 people.
Moving forward? Definitely... but the real question is are we moving forward at the right pace?
Does anyone concern the lightning Apple headphone quality? I mean the tiny pins would be damaged quite easily. For those who concerns the quality and durability I advise them to take care the tiny pins otherwise better avoid it. 3.5mm jack is more quality and durable, Sony produce great audio quality too.
FinnishInquisition, 21 Jan 2018You do realise radio frequencies are harmless, especially in the low amounts emitted from phon... moreRadio frequencies are harmless, especially in the low amounts emitted from phones?
So just because we can't see them means they are harmless?
You can't see cancer with the naked eye yet look how harmful it is.
Anonymous, 21 Jan 2018There is absolutely ZERO valid reason why the analog headphone jack should be removed THIS EAR... moreWell so all you want to say with your very long reading is a removing jack is a very good idea and should be done a long time ago? I am I CORRECT? :-)
Anonymous, 21 Jan 2018Valid point. But the removal of minijack will push the tech faster forwardNo it won't as long as people are happy with what's being rammed down their throats.