Griffin's New iTrip Clip Adapter Makes Wired Headphones Work Wirelessly

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Just days before Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 7 without a headphone jack, Griffin Technology has introduced a new iTrip Clip clippable adapter that enables any pair of wired headphones with a 3.5mm jack to function as wireless headphones via Bluetooth.

To use the iTrip Clip with Apple's wired EarPods, for example, an iPhone user would simply plug the headphones into the adapter and pair the accessory with the smartphone via Bluetooth 4.1. The self-powered adapter also works with AUX cables for Bluetooth audio in the car.

iTrip Clip has play/pause, volume, and track controls, and a built-in mic that can be used to make phone calls or Siri voice commands.

The adapter's rechargeable 800 mAh battery lasts up to 6 hours for music playback or 180 hours in standby. A micro-USB charging cable is included in the box.

iTrip Clip will be available in September for $19.99.

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Exile714

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But how does it sound? I'm guessing ok enough for 90% of headphones to not notice a difference, but not high quality ones.
 
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Great idea, but it could look better and possibly be smaller.

Here's a concept for an Apple-designed one:




IMO it should be as small as possible and having playback controls isn't strictly necessary, with a lot of headphones having remotes these days and the phone still being reachable in your pocket.

Source: http://blog.partlysean.com/page/2
 

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Great idea, but it could look better and possibly be smaller.

Here's a concept for an Apple-designed one:


IMO it should be as small as possible and having playback controls isn't strictly necessary, with a lot of headphones having remotes these days and the phone still being reachable in your pocket.

Source: http://blog.partlysean.com/page/2
That's a cool concept.

This is probably what apple will include in the box with the iPhone 7, with the current EarPods (cheaper than making bluetooth EarPods). Apple can allow the EarPods to send the proper commands through the inline remote, so no, you don't need controls on the actual device.

Of course this only makes sense for devices that don't have a headphone jack (iPhone 7).

And on the plus side, these will be harder to lose than a pair of wireless earbuds people keep imagining.
 
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Will inline controls still work?
Great idea, but it could look better and possibly be smaller.

IMO it should be as small as possible and having playback controls isn't strictly necessary, with a lot of headphones having remotes these days and the phone still being reachable in your pocket.
There are smaller ones. For example:
https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B012ZTBDQS/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=SM0DTIGUUDYU&coliid=I3QD2LX0WMKA7N&psc=1

But inline controls don't work, you have to use the controls on the Bluetooth transmitter.
 

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I actually like the idea of this for the car to connect to an AUX cable, especially if I can rig an adapter to have it continuously charge.
 

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This is old news these things have been around for ages on Amazon, I nearly ended up with one of them but I chose the Mocreo version instead.

Cost me £10 and I've had it for 18 months and its fantastic as its so much louder than my EU restricted iPhone.

Unfortunately the Mocreo's don't seem to be available anymore which is a shame as they would make a killing when the next iPhone comes out if it is as rumoured.

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All Griffin have done is just slap their name on this cheap Chinese thing thats been around for ages on Amazon, cashing in on the iPhone 7's rumoured lack of headphone port.

Don't be surprised if hundreds of these things appear overnight.

However if you can find a Mocreo like I posted above then get that if you can as its brilliant, mine is in use multiple hours a day every day with very little dropouts etc plus due to it being louder than the EU restricted iPhone headphones actually sound better with it.
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And another one the same as the Griffin one.
 
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There are smaller ones. For example:
https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B012ZTBDQS/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=SM0DTIGUUDYU&coliid=I3QD2LX0WMKA7N&psc=1

But inline controls don't work, you have to use the controls on the Bluetooth transmitter.
YET.

I'm betting Apple will change this with new devices, along with other innovations.

I actually like the idea of this for the car to connect to an AUX cable, especially if I can rig an adapter to have it continuously charge.
I bought a $20 MPOW BT 4 dongle that charges continuously and turns on and off with the key. Worked great before I upgraded my head unit. Still pretty good quality considering how little I paid for it.
 

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All of these devices are based upon Bluetooth A2DP adaptor chips that have been on the market for over ten years. A web search will find you the current crop of prociders. There are even Arduino Shield modules using these chips that you can code yourself.
 

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YET.

I'm betting Apple will change this with new devices, along with other innovations.



I bought a $20 MPOW BT 4 dongle that charges continuously and turns on and off with the key. Worked great before I upgraded my head unit. Still pretty good quality considering how little I paid for it.
Thanks for the tip! If new iPhones are going to be sans headphone jack, I guess I should probably switch to bluetooth anyway instead of dealing with a stupid lightning adapter.
 

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Great idea, but it could look better and possibly be smaller.

Here's a concept for an Apple-designed one:




IMO it should be as small as possible and having playback controls isn't strictly necessary, with a lot of headphones having remotes these days and the phone still being reachable in your pocket.

Source: http://blog.partlysean.com/page/2
Looks nice, but it is just another small accesory to lose. I hope Apple gives up just the wireless headphones that need a very limited charge.
 

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Thanks for the tip! If new iPhones are going to be sans headphone jack, I guess I should probably switch to bluetooth anyway instead of dealing with a stupid lightning adapter.
I'm also planning to start traveling with it as well. I fly American mostly, and it would be great to plug the BT transmitter into the headrest Entertainment system on the back of the seat in front of me, so I don't have to keep unplugging my headphones to let passengers out.

I also had a situation where I rented an older car on a trip that only had a 3.5mm jack on the radio, and I made a couple of attempts to buy a cheap cable at a convenience store, but neither had them. The BT dongle would have been very helpful.

Ideally an Apple dongle would be perfect so I wouldn't have to carry a micro-USB to Lightning adapter for charging (though that would be easy enough to leave plugged into the BT transmitter all the time), especially if I can control the sound from the iPhone.
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All of these devices are based upon Bluetooth A2DP adaptor chips that have been on the market for over ten years. A web search will find you the current crop of prociders. There are even Arduino Shield modules using these chips that you can code yourself.
I think the fact that people are unaware of these devices speaks to the notion that people don't seek out solutions they might actually benefit from, if they have no need to, but rather respond to products directly marketed at them, or upgrade when their old methods no longer function. Sometimes when watching late night TV I see all kinds of direct marketing products being sold on TV, many of which I find would be very useful to me over the way I'm currently doing something. What usually prevents me buying them is the fact they aren't made by a brand I know anything about.

I found out about them because I wanted to see if I could find a wireless solution for use with an old iPod, otherwise I would have never been looking. People who already have wired headphones, and aux cords, don't need to find wireless solutions, because they already have an inexpensive solution that does the job. Even if you showed them a BT dongle they might pass it up as what they're using is good enough. Yet for many of those same people, if the headphone jack is removed and they are shown a wireless product, they might wonder how they ever lived without it.

That's how I felt when I started using my BT dongle in my car. It changed my whole communting experience.
 

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Thanks for the tip! If new iPhones are going to be sans headphone jack, I guess I should probably switch to bluetooth anyway instead of dealing with a stupid lightning adapter.
Once you get a Bluetooth headphone/earphone that actually works (no disconnects, decent audio quality), you are never going to want to go back to wired. So much freedom being wireless!
 
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Why the obsession with wireless audio? I can barely stand the pitch shifting and skipping of audio between my iPhone 4 and Mazda 3, and that's with the phone less than three feet away from the console. Is it really that much better on newer phones?