5 neat gadgets that use your smartphone's headphone jack to pull off cool stuff

5 neat gadgets that use your smartphone's headphone jack to pull off cool stuff
When it comes to smart gadgets and accessories, you are probably thinking about the USB port. Although this is the most ubiquitious connector on electronic devices nowdays, the plain old 3.5mm headphone jack still follows behind it. Everything that has an amplifier in it has one, and your smartphone or tablet is no exception to that.

Of course, this could change if Apple really goes through with its intention of removing the 3.5mm jack from the next iPhone. But for the time being, headphone jacks thrive, and so do clever gadget makers with ideas and time on their hands. Check out these five neat accessories that will make it possible for your phone to do stuff you may not have thought of!

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13 Comments

1. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

That XPUMP has to be the worst way to improve audio quality when all its doing is cleaning up the audio from a poor quality DSP on the phone; when a USB DAC plugged into the OTG gives much better audio quality through its own DSP. And if Apple has its way phones will be plugging headphones into that port anyway so it isn't a big step.

2. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Let's hope Apple doesn't have its way.

3. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

I still like the idea of digital headphones as an option though, as long as Androids keep the 3.5mm port.

8. Unordinary unregistered

http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=AZEL8TI&gclid=Cj0KEQjwrte4BRD-oYi3y5_AhZ4BEiQAzIFxny76_-S3C6JkR2C_UfzUxIeFD2ucUzC-k3G8RGpxnNcaAlKr8P8HAQ Using these bad boys with my 6S+ and they are outstanding. Have a pair of XFTs using a 3.5mm jack and the audio quality is night and day.

10. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Those cost more than your phone lol. And they have an inbuilt DAC, that's why it's better. Lightning port is just a digital output and has no effect on quality.

9. tyrionTheWise unregistered

That would either force us to buy a discrete DAC, or buy heavy and expensive headphones with inbuilt DAC. I don't like either option.

4. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

i think the first 2 can work with laptop as well

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I bet the "multi-out" jack will burn battery if all the ports are used at one go.

14. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

No, they just got quieter.

5. aikoo

Posts: 129; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

My barber uses #3. Really cool tech...

15. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Indeed! Terrific mic, pristine conversion, fair price. Get a reflection shield to reduce room ambiance and your lectures will sound phenomenal!

12. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

i remember Nokia days you could use headphone jack to mirror your phone on tv. just plug cheap RCA cable no need for $100 adapter. http://www.lunashops.com/images/upload/Image/nokia-cable-1.jpg

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