The headphone jack, also known as the TRRS connector, is on the verge of going extinct. More and more Android handsets are ditching the port and Apple did so itself years ago. For those that still have the 3.5mm headphone jack — or iPhone users with a Lightning adapter, why should they ever use this decades old port?
For more than 140 years, the headphone jack has persisted. It supports the bargain bin $5 headphones all the way up to cans that cost hundreds of dollars. It doesn’t cost manufactures much to use and it is exceptionally durable. Yet, smartphone manufacturers have shunned the port in favor of Bluetooth to make room for additional components and to slim up the design of the phones.
By choosing the headphone jack, you are ensuring compatibility with a massive array of different headphones — both new and old. It’s also capable of delivering much better audio quality, especially if used with standalone audio gear designed for great sound.
Bluetooth, though it has its own benefits, is entirely wire-free so you don’t get caught up tethered to your amp or smartphone. This can be hard to put an importance on until you try it. It is freeing. Take Phiaton’s BOLT BT 700 true wireless earbuds for example. Though wireless, they feature superior Balanced Armature Drivers that deliver high quality sound and include a portable charging case that doubles as a powerful speaker.
Not to mention during yard work, exercising, or even walking down the street where a cable can be a hindrance. You don’t have to have your phone in your pocket, you don’t have a cable that can go bad, and you don’t have to worry about having a connector or adapter on your phone.
If you’re looking to enjoy the best of both worlds, Phiaton’s Everplay-X transforms your favorite wireless Phiaton headphones or earphones into their wired equivalents. Take the BT 460, for example. All you have to do is pop open the USB port cover on the bottom of the headphone, find the 3.5mm jack right next to the USB charging port, and plug in the included Everplay-X cable. Attach the other end to your phone, tablet, or other portable device, and you’re ready to go.
Your average person also may not be able to differentiate with the difference in audio quality, let alone have a set of headphones that can deliver that quality, which makes Bluetooth more appealing. If audio quality alone is your most important factor, be sure you have a good enough set of headphones that can deliver and stick to that wired connection. Otherwise, feel free to go wireless and choose Bluetooth.
By Andrew O’Hara