Lightning to 3.5mm Adapter Arrives Tomorrow

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  1. Mac 128 macrumors 601

    Mac 128

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    I ordered a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter this weekend, and I just got a notice that it arrives tomorrow. I'm tempted to tear that baby open, but I don't want to spend another $9 on something I don't really need, and we should start getting some teardowns in the next few days from other sources.

    I'll do some tests with it on my SE, and report back as to sound quality at least.
     
  2. sovereign macrumors 6502

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    Don't harm yours, there will be teardowns- a lot of people want to find out what's inside. But please do report back on SQ.
     
  3. Mac 128 thread starter macrumors 601

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    Looks like it requires iOS 10. I'll have to post a review as soon as I upgrade.

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  4. Mac 128, Sep 14, 2016
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    Mac 128 thread starter macrumors 601

    Mac 128

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    OK. Here's the review:

    Conducted on an iPhone SE, with an Apple 3.5mm EarPod attached to the 3.5mm to Lightning Adapter.

    1. The adapter appears to be 100% compatible with the 3.5mm EarPod's controls. The mic works with Siri.

    2. Only one port is active at a time for audio, either the headphone jack or the Lightning port.

    3. The Lightning Adapter is NOT compatible daisy chained through my Lightning HDMI adapter passthrough.

    4. The sound quality is virtually indistinguishable. The Lightning adapter might be slightly louder, but it was hard to tell. I tested various types of music from jazz, to classical, to pop, to hip hop, and again I couldn't really tell the difference between them. Lows were consistent, and highs were likewise crips and clear, with no distortion or any digital artifacts. If I had to guess, I'd say that they used identical chipsets to the SE.

    5. The adapter itself seems quite fragile. The cable seems thinner than the EarPod cable, and it seems quite prone to breakage at the strain relief when pulled at a right angle, whereas the EarPods seem to have much more give. The connectors are larger than I expected, particularly the 3.5mm connector. And the hard edges make it seem that much larger and clumsy. I know it's contrary to the design language, but rounded edges like the mic/controls would have been preferable here, especially when shoving in a pocket or bag where they could get caught on things.

    It's pretty amazing though, as the 3.5mm jack housing appears to be considerably larger than the Lightning housing by volume.

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    The Apple 3.5mm EarPods are connected on the left, the 3.5mm Lightning adapter on the right.
     
  5. cdavidson012 macrumors member

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    I can already see people pulling their phone out of their pocket by the wire and having the wire snap off.

    What can I say, I'm a pessimist. :)
     
  6. Mac 128 thread starter macrumors 601

    Mac 128

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    UPDATE:

    While it doesn't work with the Apple HDMI Video Adapter passthrough, it does work just fine on the Lightning Dock passthrough.

    This does make me wonder if the Belkin splitter adapter will support daisy-chaining Lightning accessories.
     
  7. Mac 128 thread starter macrumors 601

    Mac 128

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    When is somebody going to rip open the headphone adapter and EarPods!?

    The suspense is killing me! I've got one right here I could break open right now ... and I'm getting more and more tempted as I wait ...

    I would have thought this would have been the first thing somebody did!
     

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