Libratone Debuts Battery-Free Noise Cancelling Headphones With Lightning Connector Ahead of iPhone 7

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Just six days before Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 7 without a headphone jack, Libratone has introduced new Q Adapt in-ear noise-cancelling headphones with a Lightning connector in lieu of a standard 3.5mm audio jack.

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The headphones feature a battery-free design with four levels of active noise cancellation, drawing power from the iPhone or iPad they are connected to through the Lightning connector.

The pair have in-line controls for volume, playback, phone calls, and Siri, and one for the four active noise cancellation settings and talk-through.

The earbuds have a fabric-covered cable available in four colors: elegant nude, cloudy white, stormy black, and rose pink. They also are equipped with three sizes of interchangeable rubber earpieces.

Apple introduced new MFi Program specifications in June 2014 that allow third-party manufacturers to create headphones that connect to iOS devices via a Lightning cable, with features such as passthrough power and active noise cancellation.

Libratone says the Q Adapt headphones will be available in mid-September for $179 and will ship to customers at the beginning of October.

Other Lightning-equipped headphones released to date include, among others, the Philips Fidelio M2L and Fidelio NC1L.

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51 months ago
This is why we need to ditch the 3.5mm

This kind of simplicity for Active NC headphones is simply impossible for 3.5mm jack based solutions.

Also, because it's straight digital, the engineers can take full control of everything.

Currently, iPhones convert the digital sound to analog, then the ANC circuits converts the signal back to digital, does the ANC, and converts it back to analog. With a digital interface, this digital / analog / digital conversion is eliminated.
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51 months ago

This is why we need to ditch the 3.5mm

This kind of simplicity for Active NC is simply impossible for 3.5mm jack based solutions.

How do you charge your iPhone and listen with these at the same time? $200 for headphones that ONLY work for one device? You're joking right? Nothing is gained by removing the headphone jack. NOTHING!
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51 months ago
Great, another way to drain my iPhone battery.
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51 months ago
So you can't use these headphones with your Macbook, on an airplane, with your friends phone or anywhere else?! No thanks, these belong in the trash with the old outdated iPhone 7.
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51 months ago

This is why we need to ditch the 3.5mm

This kind of simplicity for Active NC is simply impossible for 3.5mm jack based solutions.

Fully agree. I think digital connection for audio is definitely the way forward. I have a headphone pair with active noice cancellation that works great with 3.5mm but they require a battery to power this and need charging after 4 hours of active use.
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51 months ago

How do you charge your iPhone and listen with these at the same time? $200 for headphones that ONLY work for one device? You're joking right? Nothing is gained by removing the headphone jack. NOTHING!

Was NOTHING gained from removing the Floppy Disc drive? Was NOTHING gained from removing the Mac's serial port? Was NOTHING gained by removing the DVD-R drive? Was NOTHING gained by removing FireWire ports? NOTHING?

Removing legacy ports forces the technological march forward. That's how standards are adopted. Of course, Macs could have accumulated all of these ports and drives over the years since there would have been people who have wanted to use them, but then new more advanced ports and formats would have never been widely adopted.

We'll see in a week, but I'm convinced that Apple will be pushing for wireless headphones. Future wearable products will rely on not having cables of any kind. Right now, that's the Apple Watch but in some distant future, Apple glasses might join in. In the more immediate future, having wireless AirPods in your ears with Always On Siri connected to all of your devices (not just one) is a major advancement from the standard we have today.

Yes, bluetooth headphones have been around forever, but when they become a priority, technology will push forward and it'll become the standard. Then, we'll look back and wonder why we ever put up with dangling cables from our ears.
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