That doesn't take a DAC out of the equation and they most certainly are not all created equally especially on cheap Android phones.
Lets get it straight, the headphone jack on it's own isn't the savior of every audiophile's issues. It's a start but definitely not the end all on audio quality when it comes to mobile devices. People act like you can pair any set of fantastic headphones with any device and get phenomenal audio quality just because the headphones can be physically plugged into the darn thing but source audio is always being altered by either the onboard software or onboard DAC, or both, even through your magical 3.5mm headphone jack.
Before I get quoted to hell and back for being wrong, I'm speaking within the context of mobile devices such as phones.
Don't break or lose it. I did and they sent the v30 which has a non user removable battery. At least it has a 3.5 mm.
Yes, but those complaining either have 20 grand (or more in audio equipment) or it's all placebo (assuming the same master for both CD and Vinyl). I've never owned a tube amp, so I don't know, though I do recall a guy I worked with brought in his tube amp (when I was not working) and it was apparently very good, but unless it's a double blind test where all variables but one are unchanged, you can't know.Real audiophiles don't use a phone as the audio source. Some even complain CD is not as pure as a vinyl record, and anything that is not tube amp is not pure.
Bluetooth isn't an answer, it compresses the audio even more and reduces the sound quality. And for USB-C headphones I presume they offload the DAC work and amplification for headphones. I do not have high hopes for how good DAC and AMP and battery that gives them enough juice they can fit inside a headphone while still leaving enough room for the driver.
Yes, bring back 3.5mm jack. It is so universally used, not only for headphones but AUX inputs aswell. Dropping it was always a stupid idea.
It's not 2008 anymore. Read up about aptX HD and Bluetooth 5.0.
It's lossless compression. Nothing is lost. It's literally the same 24 bit audio you can listen to through a cable.
Most of the Bluetooth headphones I have tried sound like crap. Even the m50bt dont sound as good at the th200.
Settled on a quiet comfortii because of the sound stage, but my plug in cans just can't be beat.... Good try wireless options.
What's wrong with a plain old 3.5mm jack? Not hip enough anymore?
1) I think you meant to say "you can't make a phone thinner than the 3.5mm port." You are incorrect. The iPhone 7, which was the first iPhone without a headphone jack, is actually thicker than the iPhone 6 (7.1mm vs 6.9). Also, manufacturers finally realized that nobody cares about how thick phones are any more. The iPhone 8 is 7.3mm, the iPhone X is 7.7. The Galaxy S6 was 6.9mm, the S7 is 7.9, the S8 is 8mm, the S9 is 8.5mm, and the S10 will be 9mm including the camera bump.1: Space; you can't make a phone cheaper then then the 3.5mm port.
2: Cost; you have to spend about $5 to install a hardware DAC in the phone.
I can't use BT at work, so any phone that doesn't have 3.5mm is dead to me.
For Vinyl vs CD, that testing has been done for decades. the first one Is aw was in, I believe, Musician magazine and only 5 (maybe 10) percent of listeners could consistently pick CD vs Vinyl and the group included everyone from average listeners to Audiophiles to studio engineers and the test was done on Studio grade equipment. I'll wager virtually none of us have the equipment to tell the difference, unless you play the vinyl enough times that you hear all the pops and clicks that inevitably surface after a few months of regular listening (or even just from pulling it in/out of the jacket).
Only if they've participated in a double blind test. Self described audiophiles have spent decades claiming expensive interconnect cables and speaker wire (for short runs at that) warrant exotic/insanely priced wire.Yeah but 100% of self-described audiophiles are in that 5% of people that can tell the difference
$600 for earbuds?At least with the introduction of bluetooth 5.0, I have to agree. The bandwidth available to modern bluetooth (2Mbps) is more than sufficient for lossless quality audio playback, particularly when combined with aptX HD.
Just got a CIPHER bluetooth module for my Audeze iSine 20s and I can't tell the difference between it and the hardwire.
Only if they've participated in a double blind test. Self described audiophiles have spent decades claiming expensive interconnect cables and speaker wire (for short runs at that) warrant exotic/insanely priced wire.
I use to sell stereos. Audiophiles are suckers for snake oil.
I wish I could figure out which magazine had that article (I'm sure i"ve got it in a box), because I'd be shocked if they didn't have audiophiles in that group and I'd also be shocked if all of them were the ones who could tell the difference. I'd put my money on audio engineers over self-described audiophiles.
I didn't know that was a thing (but I'm not a gear head, while I use to sell audio and was into it for years after I stopped selling it).Yeah I put those guys in the same bucket as the car guys who say they can feel a performance difference in their car after a regular oil change.