After 5 long years, it may be time to get over the headphone jack
After 5 long years, it may be time to get over the headphone jack
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After 5 long years, it may be time to get over the headphone jack

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Speaker 1: I actually tried to use wire headphones in the gym just to remind myself how it used to be. And it sucked. Speaker 2: Do Speaker 1: You know what really bugged me about the tech community? It's this incessant complaining about the loss of the headphones, Jack and smartphones. I mean, I do get it change can be a scary thing, but I think it's time. We all move on people. Speaker 1: [00:00:30] So the way I see it, there are two camps. You have your Jack ons and you have your Jack, uh, oh, probably shouldn't finish that. Uh, proje anti Jack. I'm sure there are some PC label for it, but those who love the headphones, Jack would always argue that it is the best way to consume audio and granted between wireless and wired wire is still king, [00:01:00] but is the gap is why does it used to be? I'm not so sure. Just a reminder folks. It's been five long years since apple courageously removed the headphones Jack from the iPhone seven and back then it caused the myriad of mockery from consumers and competitors alike. That is until of course competitors started to follow suit. What this did was offer a much wider adoption of wireless audio. Now I'll be the first to admit the first few years where [00:01:30] it were kinda rough. Bluetooth was notoriously, spoiling, just crossing cause your audio to drop out, but fast forward, five years. And now you have a wireless headset to suit any budget from ultra affordable to ultra premium, all of which have much better connectivity and audio quality. The wider adoption also helped forward the progression of wireless audio with companies like apple, putting forth features, likes spatial audio that uses your headphones. Derometer [00:02:00] to help keep the audio in front of you in a fixed position. So who knows how far the technology can go? Speaker 1: So my question to the Jack ons out there is, are you sure you're not just suffering from rose tinted nostalgia? I mean, are we forgetting though where and tear, why headphones go through the gross stuff? You can dig out the port. Let's not forget the inconvenience of putting them [00:02:30] away. Pathetic, what and the tling. [00:03:00] I actually tried using wide headphones in the gym just to remind myself how it used to be. And it sucked. Wires would get tangled in gym equipment and particularly explosive moves would result in the Jack coming right out, exposing the rest of the gym, go as to my embarrassing J pop gym playlist Speaker 1: [00:03:30] In this particular scenario, wireless is definitely the way to go. Now, don't think I can't hear you. Jack Owens. They're outraged in the comments. G wonder when your battery dies and you're left with no music to that. I say. So we live in a charged up society. We've been conditioned to always have battery life in the background of our mind, whether it be charging on a schedule, carrying a power bank with you. We've always been trained to keep charging in [00:04:00] mind, not to mention a lot of companies are now offering fast charging for their wireless Airbus. That gives you an hour of listening from just five minutes of the plug. Plus let's not forget with the emission of the headphones, Jack, leave more real estate in the phone for newer, more innovative features. For example, with the haptic engine B as advanced as it is right now, if they still had to contend with space restraints and something as small as a phone, every millimeter counts, which means this could lead to even further [00:04:30] future innovations on a smaller side. Speaker 1: I know a lot of people argue like how do you listen to music and keep your phone charged? If there's no head phone Jack. And to me, I'd say that is a perfect use case for wireless audio, because then you don't have to worry about plugging in several dongs just to be able to do two things at once. And finally, the biggest argument Jack Arens have is wireless audios, not for audio files. [00:05:00] Well, duh, the way we consume audio has changed Spotify and apple music have ensured that the majority of people are now streaming so wired or wireless. You're getting a step down in quality regardless. However, apple is now added lossless streaming to apple music. So you can now a lossless sound with your apple products. We are so excited to introduce lossless audio to apple music. Oh, this is great. [00:05:30] I can't wait to hear this on my AirPod max. I, I, I can listen to them on my AirPod max, right? Yeah. None of the wireless earbuds or headphones or I can cat bull with this new lossless audio and none of their phones have headphones jacks. But then how do, while I try and wrap my head around that here's seen that's David card to tell you about the advances in wireless audio Speaker 3: Technology. [00:06:00] Thanks today. So the big issue with lossless audio over Bluetooth is that Bluetooth simply wasn't designed to handle lossless audio. It just doesn't have the bandwidth. If you have a collection of lossless audio files, you know how big they can get and Bluetooth just isn't equipped to do deal with them. So the solution is to go with proprietary, Bluetooth, audio codex, using compression technology that under the right conditions can get you to near lossless audio or something that sounds very close to as good as [00:06:30] lossless audio. A lot of people think Sony's L deck Kodak with some caveats is the best audio Kodak, right? Eight now, and that Qualcomms a P T X HD, or apt X HD as I call it is a small step below that. And then you have the more universally available AAC, Kodak just behind them. That's all debatable. Speaker 3: Of course, I can get really granular here and talk about 16 bit versus 24 depths and audio resolutions. But [00:07:00] one of the problems when you get into so-called high resolution wireless audio codex is that you need to have the right devices to support them. Apple's iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad only support AAC. And for most people it sounds just fine. L D and Appdex only work with Android devices and certain dedicated music players, like a Sony Lockman model. And then of course you need a headphone or speaker that supports those Kodak and it better be a really good [00:07:30] headphone or speaker. It won't matter on top of that. If you're using a streaming service, you need one like co buzz, Amazon, or title that offer high fidelity streaming for Android devices. And while Bluetooth connectivity continues to improve with each new iteration can always run into some interference issues. And you can only wander so far away from the device you're streaming from before things start to degrade. But the average consumer, the quality using any of these codex is really good. And Bluetooth has come a [00:08:00] long way from where it was initially and should get even better with time. But for now, anyway, if you're hardcore about this stuff, a real audio file, so to speak a wired listening experience is still the best back to you Speaker 1: Today. Thanks David knowledgeable as ever. Speaker 1: I like to wrap up by using one of my famous analogies. I liken the headphone Jack to the humble horse. Once our primary [00:08:30] mode of transportation, it soon gave way to the car, leaving the horse to be appreciated for its grace strength and beauty. The same can be said with wireless and wild listening. Now that a vast number looked to wireless audios the day to day, at least space for the audio files, with the high end high-fi setups and high end wired headphones to listen to everything the way it truly was intended. I mean, I do get it in a world of constantly evolving tech. The he phone Jack [00:09:00] seem to be the only constant. Now it's getting phased out. And if one thing is per certain people hate change, but I feel like five years is more than enough morning time for the humble headphone Jack. Speaker 1: Don't you think for you Jack [inaudible] out there? What was your first pair of wireless headphones that made you say I'm not going back for me? Was the OG quiet comfort, 35 from Bowes. I put these on for the first [00:09:30] time and ever since then I was hooked. So do let me know which ones were your favorites in the comments down below, just below the light button, Jack ons, you are more than welcome to debate with us. Maybe let me know how wrong I am or better yet. What would it take for you to snip the cord and become one of the wireless free like me anyway, thank you so much watching. And we'll catch you on the next one.

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