Tiny adapter adds high-res audio, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and wireless charging to your iPhone 7
by Luis D. / Mar 16, 2017, 9:42 AM
For how big of a fuss some journalists and consumers made about the iPhone 7 forever ditching the 3.5mm audio jack, the solution sure is simple! Use the bundled Lighting-to-3.5mm adapter, or get a fancier one with a second Lighting port if you want to charge your battery while listening.
The RES converter improves on that design by implementing a 24-bit, 192kHz audio chip for high quality conversion and native playback of hi-res audio files in addition to a 3.5mm jack, a lightning port, and Qi wireless charging. That's a lot of options in a tiny accessory that only asks for a free Lighting port, some added bulk, and a wireless charging pad (if you don't have one and want to charge wirelessly).
Apple would have charged at least $99.99 for the same thingIn addition, the adapter boasts active noise cancellation, picking up outside noise via tiny microphones and canceling it by inverting its phase. However, the adapter goes further with the addition of controllable noise cancellation, letting you choose precisely how much you want to let in. This way, you won't get hit by a raging antelope on the street because your noise cancellation was too good and the animal's anguished howls didn't penetrate your earbuds.
Fully funded via Kickstarter (link), the gadget is complete and ready for mass production. It's surprisingly affordable, too. You can pre-order one for $20 if you are an "early bird", or spend $30 on the regular pricing. Shipping is scheduled for May.
source: Kickstarter via Geeky Gadgets
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Moar adaptors please.
posted on Mar 16, 2017, 9:45 AM 4
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I don't usually do KickStarter, but I might give this a go. Personally, even as an audiophile, I've never been able to tell the difference between 16, 24, and 32-bit rez. I have two sets of the Silversun Pickups last album: one with all FLAC files on my HTC 10, and the iTunes equivalent. Aside from the HTC having a much better volume ceiling and higher bass, they sound relatively similar despite the 24-bit DAC in the 10. They sound better to me with the 10 because I enjoy full tilt loud music, but either would be passable to most people I think.
posted on Mar 16, 2017, 9:50 AM 0
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In order to hear the difference in quality with higher quality files, you need to have full ranged speakers. Headphones are simply not going to cut it. Even if those headphones provide a speaker for all 3 ranges, it still won't matter because the speakers are very close to each other inside the ear-piece. The speakers need to have space between them so each range is more separated. You need a more powerful AMP to amplify all the sounds in the file and speakers that can actually separate the sound. Most headphones only have a tiny speaker or only cover mids and highs. The difference in sound is usually clarity. The best music to try to really hear a difference is orchestrated sounds. When you listen to sounds that were produced with things like keyboards/synthesizers for example, they don't carry the same true sound as a real instrument. Just remember each "sound" is carried by a certain speaker...like certain sounds can only be heard in low, mid's or highs. Without speakers to actually carry the sound, most stuff especially electronic music will sound the same. But if you listen to orchestrated sounds, and you have the right speakers, then you will hear the difference in clarity because all the sounds will come through independent vs begin meshed together. That's why MP3's suck vs WAVE or FLAC. Because WAVE or FLAC doesn't compress the ranges. Its also good to have an AMP with a high end DAC, not consumer grade audio. You need professional grade audio equipment. Liek an example, I use a 70V sound system in my home vs some HTIB. Its a much richer and clear sound and I made sure to install 3 speaker ranges with surround to get the full effect. When I listen to music it sounds like it is suppose too.
posted on Mar 16, 2017, 11:23 AM 0
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Also to add. Many prodction music tarcks that are 24bit or higher, in many cases have a 5.1 coded layer. Most music online is design to be played in "stereo", because most people use headphones for example. But remember music has a value of 0~256. 0 is low, 256 is high and 128 is the middle. As music plays the sound flows between ranges. Music that resonates above 256 is usually coded to a 5.1 layer. Sometimes you can heard this in slightly fancier headphones. Its like the lower sounds you hear in the background. Like I mentioned, because headphones are so small even over-the-ear ones place speakers very close and resonance is lost. 24bit audio is better if played on a 5.1 or higher AMP where you have power available to actually drive the sound and have larger speakers to make the sound come through. Tiny headphone speakers are good for lame things like listening to MP3's and FM radio. Not true ambient sounds!
posted on Mar 16, 2017, 11:34 AM 0
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Techie you need to learn thats when you have the money you can get headphone thats will sound as good as professional sound system with big speakers if not even better in some case. Your sound system is not the only thing thats matter the room in wich you listen to your music also need to be made of special material ect. http://www.digitaltrends.com/h
So for a bigger price than similar quality sound system with big speaker you can get as good quality if not better.
the senheiser one at 50000$ are simply out of this world.
I am using senheiser one as well ( not those 50000$ one lol ) mine only cost about 1500$ ( its the HD800 ) and i am using HDVD 800 from senheiser as amplifier and my phone as the source ( using flac ) and the quality is out of this world.
but yess about 3500$ is a big price for headphone and a dac but the good part is i dont need a special room to enjoy audiophile grade sound and music.
I love checking movie with thats setup ( i stream 4k video to my 4k tv using a google chrome cast ultra ) so my G5 is the source of the sound and video and i put on those headphone.
Most amazing movie experience ever.
posted on Mar 16, 2017, 1:15 PM 1
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Very exciting product. I only wish I knew which DAC they were using. Different DAC's sound different. It is exciting to see more options though for a external dac and this one is at a really good price especially having a extra lightning port so you can charge the phone while listening. People that say you can't hear the difference on headphones haven't used great headphones. I'm not talking about Beats here either... Look at brands like Grado, B&W (P7 or P9), and higher end Senheisers to name a few (I know there are others as well). The amp module makes a difference as well. At this price though nothing really lost giving it a test. Hoping to see more competition in this area.
posted on Mar 16, 2017, 4:28 PM 0
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