iPhone 6S vs 7 earbuds quality?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by manishans, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. manishans macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2013
    So is there a difference in the sound quality when listening using the earbuds in the 6S vs lightning port earbuds in the iPhone 7?

    I assume the earbuds in the 6S and 7 is the same except the 7 has lighting jack, so do this lightning jack make a difference?

  2. tatsumi macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2015
    Don't know about the adapter, but I felt the lightning ones sound slightly better, but this is just subjective.
    I used to listen to EarPods all the time on my iPhone 6.
  3. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Hard to tell. They both sound very similar to me.
  4. Morpheo macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2014
    That's not what the OP asked.

    "The magazine’s goal was to determine whether or not there is any sound degradation when using the adapter as compared to the standard 3.5mm audio port on last year’s iPhone 6s."

    OP wants to know if there's a difference between the old earbuds and the new earbuds because of the Lightning port, not if there's a difference using the adapter.

    I can't answer because I don't have "standard" earbuds anymore. From what I remember though, and I know it may seem pretty vague and subjective, the lighthing earbuds sound the same, no worse or better than the others (in short, they're just about as mediocre as the older model). As for the adapter, I have a pretty good pair of Sennheiser headphones (certainly not the be-all end-all of heaphones, but very decent) that sound exactly the same with the adapter.

    The article ends with:

    "Even audiophiles with an incredible ear for sound won’t notice the difference unless they’re listening to high-quality 24-bit audio files. While streaming music through services like Spotify, or while listening to compressed sound files in popular formats like MP3, not even the snobbiest sound snobs out there will be able to tell the difference."

    In other words nobody will hear a difference, and if 24-bit audio is the goal, then they'd have to go for something a little less cheap than earbuds. Bottom line these tests show a "difference" that is imperceptible in the real world.
  5. Zimmy68 macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2008
  6. TMRJIJ macrumors 68040


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States

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