Any real advantages to lightning connected earphones?

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  1. hakr100 macrumors 6502a

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    I've got several sets of pretty good earbuds and earphones with the 3.5 connector, and I'm pleased with their sound quality. These are $100+ items I've had for a few years. Other than being "fashionable" with the latest from Apple, are there any advantages in the sound you hear as a result of using earbuds or phones with the lightning connector?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    Not really right now.
     
  3. matrix07 macrumors 601

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    Don't think so. It's only analogue vs. digital I believe.
     
  4. barryblack macrumors newbie

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    There could be some advantages in the future, but there aren't many/any headphones that take advantage of it. A few things that could be better:

    - noise cancelation without having to carry a second battery back
    - phones with custom digital-to-analog chips that could produce better sound with settings that are tuned to the specific headset.
    - Equalizer in the headphone and controlled via an app.
    - more power to the headphone speaker
     
  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    Don't forget now we can look forward to DRM audio! Oh boy oh boy
     
  6. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    All sound is analogue by the time you hear it no matter which connector it leaves the phone. In theory high end headphones could get a digital signal and have their own DAC that is better than the one built into the iPhone, but that's about the limit to theoretical advantages.
     
  7. matrix07 macrumors 601

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    That's true. No one has a show for it though.
     

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