Apple EarPods with Lightning Connector – White
At the end of last month on the shelves of Russian stores appeared new smartphones iPhone 7 from Apple. The beginning turned out to be very successful-just a few days sales exceeded 2 billion rubles. The strong interest of buyers in the new iPhone experts explained several reasons. Firstly, we resigned ourselves to fruit prices, and secondly, the smartphone received a number of very interesting changes, including a higher processor, a more powerful battery, a display with detailed colors, an updated camera, etc
As for the appearance of the device, one of the most significant changes was the lack of a standard 3.5 mm audio jack. The manufacturer suggested using the new EarPods headphones with Lightning connector or wireless headphones. However, Apple has always taken care of those who are accustomed to the usual 3.5 mm jack: included with the iPhone 7, there is a lightning to 3.5 mm adapter cable.
Many leading audiophile experts have already expressed their opinions about this decision, and every commendable Reviewer has a refusal. Some users not only bayoneted Apple’s decision to deprive the iPhone 7 of a standard 3.5 mm connector, but also believe that this is just a marketing move, and not an attempt to improve the quality with the help of an “advanced”connector. Now we will try to determine whether this is really so.
You can argue for a long time and make arguments in favor of normal EarPods and new Lightning EarPods, but if you rely on the opinion of most of those who have already tried the novelty, then the conclusion is simple: The Sound has not changed. It is worth saying that Apple promised ” a deeper and richer sound.”Of course, sound is a subjective thing, therefore, someone may seem that Apple’s updated headphones sounded in a new way, but if you believe the experts, the new connector does not change anything in terms of sound. Of course, if for a long time deliberately listen to the same track, changing the headphones, you can catch the slightest differences. However, this approach to the case is typical only for the most sophisticated audiophiles, and an ordinary person, even if he is an audiophile, will not do similar tests.
Observe the rubber seal above, in the position of the DAC (photo 9toMac)
For the end user, Lightning is just a connector. Although it is worth noting that inside the headphone cable and lightning 3.5 mm adapter there are DAC chips.
It turns out that in terms of sound quality, Lightning headphones occupy the same space as ordinary headphones-they are quite good as part of the smartphone equipment, but not good enough to pay attention to them and buy them separately.
Even here there is nothing particularly exceptional. In terms of quality, the new EarPods are no different from the old ones. The manufacturer used the same plastic, exactly the same remote control on the cable, the bowls of the headphones themselves are completely identical.
The main change has already been said above: this is a new connector with DAC. By the way, technically EarPods Lightning has the opportunity to sound better — for this, Apple has to use better quality digital-to-analog converters in the headphones and components of the iPhone itself, but so far the company does not, because the Iron quality costs more.
Small 3.5 mm Lightning-minijack adapter
It can also be noted that the Lightning EarPods cable is longer than 7 cm, and the connector, unlike other Lightning cables connectors, received a small rubber gasket at the cable attachment point. Most likely, this board is needed for protection purposes.
All iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are equipped with a small adapter cable from the Lightning connector to the 3.5 mm connector.probably, Apple would even have given up this kind of solution, but the company, probably, understood that the complete incompatibility of the new smartphone with a normal headset far from many users, accustomed to listening to music on mobile phones.
3.5 mm jack adapter
Adapter-the solution is questionable. If the company tried to save money without making a new 3.5 mm iPhone connector, now you need to add an adapter. If Apple wanted to make the iPhone 7 thinner and eliminate the classic headphone jack, then maybe it was worth thinking about developing a new flat analog jack and a new Jack. That would be interesting.
Compatible with other devices
The new EarPods are fully compatible with any iOS device equipped with a Lightning connector. The standard 3.5 mm input will not be an obstacle for the new EarPods.
If you connect two pairs of headphones at the same time to different connectors, the device sends (redirects) the audio signal to the last connected headphones. You can not listen to music simultaneously through both connectors.
Two headphones are connected simultaneously
It is worth paying attention to the fact that EarPods are not the only Lightning headphones on the market. Headphones with this type of connector are offered by other companies. For example, the American Audeze and the Danish Libratone.
Despite many complaints and indignations, the new Lightning Earpods and the missing 3,5 mm input on the iPhone 7 do not change anything radically. They did not make the sound particularly “deep” or “saturated”, but they did not spoil it. So if you’re an avid audiophile, you should approve. By the way, the same applies to ordinary headphones-these headphones have never been appreciated by meticulous fans of the “right”sound.
If you can not get used to the idea that your smartphone will not have a nest for your favorite “ears”, then you will have to compromise-use the adapter. On the other hand, you can usually forget about cables and connectors and switch to modern wireless headphones. Apple fans make sense to pay attention to the AirPods, which will soon go on sale in Russia. If you are not interested in AirPods, you can easily carry any other wireless headset.