NRM: "Can we please just realise that the headphone jack is outdated and should have been killed off a while ago?"
Yeah, no. Headphone jack FOR LIFE!
Hell yeah, what kinda of nonsense is this article. I use it everyday.
How about a big !@&$?! NO! I agree dishsoap17, everywhere I go people use headphones, not wireless, just headphones. People ask me to use an aux port not Bluetooth.. Why? People prefer not to charge devices. Connect devices, Just plug in and listen. Simple. So this opinion is quite ridiculous and pure hyperbole. Long live the headphone jack!
The myth that digital headphones provide better quality is bogus. All audio must be converted from digital to analog by a DAC. All you are doing with digital headphones is bypassing the DAC in your phone, which these days are getting to be high quality, and replacing them with a DAC that is bundled into some crappy ear buds. You're moving it into a new piece of hardware, nothing more. Same concept behind it. Digital audio is sent to the DAC, converted to analog, sent to the speakers. No quality difference. Having a headphone jack allows you to also use higher quality headphones for far cheaper than a digital set.
How exactly do you improve on a universally accepted format that works perfectly as is?
Besides being universal it's also much stronger than either Micro USB / Lightning designs
I put this post on his page. He deleted it so I'll put it here instead:
I got news for you mate: SOUND is analogue. At some point between your device and your speakers it must be converted to analogue. Whether it's at a 3.5 jack or after it's been beamed through the air with bluetooth or whatnot is damn near irrelevant. Throwing a link to some noise cancelling headphones means nothing, you know they've existed for longer than bluetooth has right? No, probably not, because you're openly mocking people who have an interest in good quality sound as part of some weak-arse defense of a shitty business decision by a corporate giant who wants to sell more expensive peripherals by taking away consumer choice. What? 85% of wireless headphones where Apple AirPods? Well fancy that, who'd have thought that the people who aren't forced to spend an extra couple hundred bucks don't, despite the option still being just as available to them as iPhone users.
Didn't delete it at all. My response is right next to it.
hmmm. My post isn't there, but someone else has reposted it for me haha. Top job. Perhaps it was being screwy when I tried to edit it though, it went from being reviewed to nothing while I was watching
But I like using the headphone jack, keeps it private and doesn't disturb other people around me.
Someone is looking for some kickbacks.
Making a new connector would entail locking up the connectivity to that device, and if anybody wanted to make devices utilizing that would have to pay a fee. This is what Apple is doing, what Intel is doing with its Lightning connector and what other companies are doing. How do you improve on top of an existing design which is already perfect as it is.
As CrimsonIdol has mentioned, sound is analogue, no matter how much digital wants to replace it with multiple samplings and such, nothing can replace the warm sounds of an analogue wave in music. How is it that audiophiles are moving to diode based amplifiers instead of transistors, why are vinyl records becoming more popular for the sounds it generates rather than the digital ones from CDs and its similar options. How do you perfect a wheel from the initial creation of such a device up to today?
If it's not broken then don't fix it.
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Sorry, I'm using the LG V20, and nothing in the market can compare to this quad dac set up... So no, we should keep the headphone jack.
What a terrible idea. You stick to your iphone if you hate headphone jacks, I'll continue to stay away from any phone that doesn't have one.
No way in hell will I purchase a media player of any kind that has no headphone jack & dl music files in lossless format only. I spend $800.00+ on my headphones & won't be spending over a grand for decent headphones so they'll work on devices w/o headphone jacks
Added bonus of a headphone jack is being able to listen to the radio through FM radio on your phone. Granted most people are unaware that their phones are capable of this.
I use it a lot when I am not near wifi since I don't keep music on my phone.
The writer kinda does have good points. But I'm not an audiophile or anything either. To be honest I've never even used the headphone jack in any of my phones...like ever! I had to look for mine just now to know if I even had one.
im all for this when headphone manufacturers stop using 3.5mm cables and we have one standard thats better. no dongles and adapters should be needed. then yeah, sure why not.
I think universal connectivity is the way to go and the current headphone jack is perfect for that. To be honest I use it all the time on my P10, I only really use my wireless headphones around the house for fear of water damage.
Sorry but till the wireless or Bluetooth ones become priced right for everyone to afford , I say keep the Jack .
There is no reason to remove the headphone jack. If you prefer Bluetooth, use Bluetooth. No reason to take those of us that prefer higher quality sound down with you. The headphone jack doesn't even impede having water resistance. There is actually not a single reason to remove it.
@Jason England - Not yet mate
does anyone mow a yard?
I still don't trust bluetooth headphones, sure they got DSP settings ( great for gaming, movies ) but it's not natural audio for music listening.
Lightning cable's advantage is that accommodates a built-in DAC and amplifier within the cable which is all good but there are options to buy and pair better DAC/amp combo with your device which I'm sure most audioholics or new to audio would prefer.
Why can't you all just use an adapter if you don't want to be wireless?
because why walk around with a dongle for something that can be built into the phone.
is pocket space at such a premium for you that if your device was less than 1mm thicker its a deal breaker because it takes up too much pocket space?
also, what happens if you forget said adapter or were to lose it because it was in your pocket and fell out when you took out your phone?
im sorry, but not everyone thinks like Apple sheeple in 2017 where dongles are acceptable solutions for basic functions...example...do you want regular usb 2.0/3.0 ports on the latest macbooks...get a dongle. F%$king seriously, you paying how much for that product and it cant even give you BASIC functionality out of the box. PATHETIC!!! no other word for it.
My argument for keeping headphone jacks; price.
A set of good new earbuds are below 20 euro for wired ones (Panasonic tcm-125) Wireless would be considerably more expensive.
Also, there simply is no good reason to remove the headphone-jack, from a consumer POV.
the only argument for removing headphones is thinner smartphones and more space, that's it, which is a bit pointless really.
What are you telling about?
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