Wired or wireless: What type of headphones/earphones are you using?

Wired or wireless: What type of headphones/earphones are you using?
By now, some of you may have heard that according to rumors, Apple might skip the 3.5mm audio jack with the iPhone 7. Given the Cupertino giant's long history of ditching de facto industry standards in the past (floppy disks, CD ROMs, physical keyboards, to name few), this won't strike most as a wild claim.

Still, the fact is that we won't really know until the iPhone 7 is ready for prime time come September, though it's certainly possible that Apple has at least discussed the idea internally and probably even created a few prototypes. If this particular rumor materializes, however, we may become witnesses to a significant shift in the audio industry.

With the above in mind, this seems like as good a time as any to take a head count. What are our readers actually using, and would a switch away from the 3.5mm jack prove impactful? If yes, what would be the scale? To answer these questions, we figured we'd go ahead and just ask, and hope that enough of you participate.

So here goes!

Wired or wireless: What type of headphones/earphones are you using?

Wireless
15.7%
3.5mm
59.47%
Lightning port
0.56%
I mix & match (but mostly wireless)
10.3%
I mix & match (but mostly wired)
12.1%
I don't use headphones or earphones
1.86%

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79 Comments

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Jaybird X2. Arguably the best wireless earphones in compact size.

35. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I wanted those but I had to settle for the cheaper BackBeat Go2... which battery life sucks... However since I mostly listen to music on the car and I mix & match with my NC pair, the battery life is not such a big deal.

50. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

i rarely use a headphone...

74. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Why not keep both the options? Apple going jackless for a slimmer profile is just a stupid reason. Wires maybe a menace but there's no better way to transfer quality music. Look at high end audio amplifiers, they rather use wires than without it. Headphones are meant for music 90% of the time and I'd rather have high quality music rather than shtupid wireless mumbo jumbo that Apple wants to revolutionise.

49. Acer_Predator unregistered

Wireless hps are annoying .. charging all the ime..

58. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

My LG Tone Pros last 2 days on average listening to music almost all the time, 3 if I use them lightly.

67. darkkjedii

Posts: 30955; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's what I use bro.

72. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Well I use the Bluedio Turbine T2s Bluetooth headphones which charge for about 2hrs, providing approximately 40hrs of audio. I go like a month+ without charging them because I mostly use it half the time wireless/half 3.5mm wired.

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

3.5mm. Apple gonna find ways to make a special adapter for us to use

5. DellDeep

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 24, 2015

Apple always finds ways to royally fukc shiit up.

62. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

That special adapter will likely have a special price.

65. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

$99.99

69. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Cuz it's for "special" people lel

3. DellDeep

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 24, 2015

How dare Apple ditch wired headsets and force users to pay for a decent pair of Bluetooth headsets. Wired headphones will still remain preferred among the masses.

34. ph00ny

Posts: 2024; Member since: May 26, 2011

Maybe because they're now in headphone business (they did take over beats headphone business too right?)

77. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

maybe they'll give "free" wireless headphone (Beat of course) for 64GB and 128GB iPhone, those headphone isnt that expensive actually, and their sound quality is just crap, but i doubt their fans will complaint

79. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Apple have always supplied headphones with the iPhones, I doubt that will change if they remove the 3.5mm jack - either a lightning port or Bluetooth option will be supplied so what does it matter?

4. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 590; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

im not a huge fan of having multiple devices to charge to listen to music. dying headphones must suck.

12. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

Yeah it does haha, especially right when you're really getting into the music. Mine do last about 2 or 3 days on a charge, depending on how long I have them playing in a day. Actually, I should probably elaborate on that. They last about 10 hours of continous music playback, so listening to about 3 hours a day lasts you about 3 days, whereas listening for 5 hours a day will last you 2 days.

6. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Wireless in the office where I don't need Digital Noise Cancellation and wired with DNC and DSEE HX with my Z5 Premium, when I'm on the go.

7. DellDeep

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 24, 2015

Maybe I'm old school but I'm always going to stick with WIRED in the office. Don't want my coworkers knowing I listen to music about big booty hoes, gangbanging, and getting junk sucked in case wireless headphones were to fail.

17. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

You mean your friends from elementary school

36. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

how come wireless "fail"... in my phone if my wireless headphones run out of battery, the music Stops playing, it does not go through the speaker...

41. mintveritas

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 25, 2015

I use wireless - - if I turn off the headphones mid-song then playback stops. It's no different with wired headphones, and it's a good feature.

63. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

I fly a lot and would love Wireless. However, I need noise cancellation and Wireless is just not there yet. I like my two sets of Boise QC15 and QC20. Battery life in those are very long.

8. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I prefer wired ones. Better sound quality for the price, more reliable and straightforward connection to the phone and (excluding some noise-cancelling headphones) you don't have to worry about the battery.

37. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I switch to wireless after 3 semi-expensive pairs of headphones got broken cables on one of the side channels... I had enough with broken wires and Bluetooth was a good compromise between practical and quality... Right now I came back to wired a little bit with the NC pair for Xperia.... but mostly I still listen wirelessly.

9. TyrionLannister unregistered

ATH M50x. And they really do sound as good as the reviews say, i.e. incredible.

54. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

They're all I use.

60. tim4444

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

Like them too, sadly only white was available in my country, still looking good though.

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