Audeze EL-8 Review & Lightning Headphones Discussion

Apple recently announced their new iPhone 7. Personally I don’t see this iPhone as a significant update from the iPhone 6s. Usually when the iPhone has a full number incremental update, the design is quite different. However the iPhone 7 has an almost identical form factor as the previous version.

Perhaps the most significant change is decision to ditch the headphone jack. Apple are trying to push wireless as the future of listening to music. Perhaps they are right, but in this video I wanted to look at another trend that has only just started. That is using the Lightning Connector on the iPhone to connect headphones.

I’m not really convinced that this is going to be the way of the future. My main reason is that the iPhone is only one part of the market. There is a huge market of Android smartphone users who may want to make use of a digital output for audio. In this scenario I predict headphones manufacturers making headphones to connect via USB-C.

I believe it would have been a smarter move by Apple to use the USB-C port on their iOS devices. They can still use all the benefits of power and data transfer using a digital connection but at the same time make it easier for headphones manufacturers to stick to a single port. The Macbooks use USB-C for this purpose. Wouldn’t it make sense to do the same with their iOS devices? This was more a business decision than anything else. Headphone manufacturers now will need to pay a licensing fee to use the Lightning Connector.

In this video I take a look at a set of Lightning Headphones, the EL-8’s by Audeze. I also outline what I see as the benefits and drawbacks of using this connector type for music.

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