I have no prior experience on wireless headsets. How well does pairing work when there are multiple devices? I haven't had a good experience with other gadgets in the past; I used to dualboot my PC, but pairing my Bluetooth mouse with one OS automatically unlinked it from the other OS.
I don't know if it's just a bugged device or if that's what is supposed to happen. If it's the latter case, I wouldn't see any advantages for wireless headphones over 3.5mm, at least in my case.
It sounds like the issue you're having with pairing is device specific, as my headphones are paired to 5 different devices with no problems.
That said a less technical user trying to pair the headphones with multiple devices may have a hard time understanding which device is connected.
Prepared to be downvoted for this, however the cell phone studies that show possible brain impact involve a phone strapped to your head. RF of course decreases with the square of the distance. And the typical recommendations for mitigation involve using and keeping the phone away from your head (or gonads as well, for the heat and possible RF effects)
Although the official line is looking to be removing it for size/weight, I can't help but feel the main purpose is to sell a new generation of peripherals.
I don't use wired headphones anymore, wireless is just better for running.
That said -- I oppose eliminating this jack. My hearing disabled father relies on it for his custom monaural earpiece.
Why eliminate such a functional port in the first place? As someone who took the MacBook plunge USB-C is a pain in the ass.
Wireless headphones - disconnect after 60 seconds of no sound, which means that at the office if I stop listening to music for a little bit(or even pause because someone is talking to me), they will switch off, so I have to turn them back on and wait 20-30 seconds for them to reconnect and sound to start playing through them again.
Sony bluetooth soundbar - worse than useless. There is delay in the audio, meaning that I can't use it for videos or games, because sound plays 0.5s too late. It's ok for music I guess.
My own car - the quality through bluetooth is noticeably worse than when using a 3.5mm jack, and also stops working randomly, requiring me to switch bluetooth on and off on my phone or the car or both.
The connectors are sturdy with no delicate parts like micro USB, most USB-C are USB 3 (or 3.1) with faster bandwidth and it's reversible.
(As another anecdote, I once tried to get a photo from an iPhone onto a Linux PC without having to sign up for some cloud account first. After about an hour of fiddling, I ended up e-mailing the image to myself.)
This isn't necessarily true. You might be able to get a better grip on a bigger phone - if your hands are large enough. Personally these large screened phones (and I have the smaller of the two iPhone models) are too large for me. If I put a case on it actually makes it more difficult and impossible to use one handed. If they were to make it slightly thinner (I don't know how possible it is at this stage) it would be easier for me to hold as the difference between case/no case, despite being only a few millimetres is actually pretty significant.
Oh, and it has a headphone jack, too.
But it was nice for manufacturers to toghether maintain this artificial problem.
Say "Think different", but give everybody the same product, that is how things work at Apple.
200 is a large number, even a number as low as 10 in your immediate vicinity causes trouble. Use your microwave oven? Too bad.
(Owner of wonderful wireless qc35's - still use wires)
Once we got our own office, all these problems went away.
The initial design of the C plugs looks like it was intended as a simple mechanically reversible 3.0 plug.
But then someone decided that if they made both sides active, they could ram video data down it at 4k+ rates.
So now rather than just have pin on one side of the socket side, there are pin on both and the devices have to figure out what way is up by sending handshakes.
Never mind that the C-plug spec have their own little details about power delivery that overlap that of the Power Delivery spec.
Oh, and each OEM can decide if they want to use C ports with or without 3.x speeds and PD...
We of course know aftermarket adapters won't care and you will always be able to hack apart headphones to extract the the analog signal.
I don't think DRM is a primary goal though it's just something you include because rights holders will occasionally demand it and if you offer it you open a few content doors for your platform. It doesn't matter if it works really.
I suppose another opportunity would be to block playback on louder hardware, "Public performance playback is available with a 'Pro' subscription."
Capturing a 44kHz audio signal by snipping the lead off the loudspeaker and putting it into your recorder is very, very trivial. As far as RF engineers are concerned that's pretty much DC.
Turns out PS4 doesn't support Bluetooth. Just the 3.5mm jack.
Oh well, I guess I can use them at work. I whipped em out, paired em up to the Bluetooth on my laptop, and they paired up fine.
Unfortunately, they didn't show up in the list of default devices for sound output or microphone input.
An hour of googling, a new set of driver downloads, re-pairing, this time WITH the extra settings under the advanced menu checked off...
Still don't work. I can't afford to burn any more time on this. 3.5mm at the office it is.
Maybe they work on my phone (Android) ... They do.
It's actually really nice to have no wires between me and my music while at the gym. No worries about the phone call g out of my pocket while doing decline bench press, no annoyance about the phone getting in the way during a deadlift or clean & press (because it can sit on the floor!)
They were about 2 - 3 time more expensive than my regular headphones. Are annoying to charge, and only work in 1/3 of the places I need headphones.
But for the gym, they're not horrible.
Oh! And they're too damned loud with no volume control. I have my phone volume set to 1 and these things are still louder than I'd like.
Anyways, that's a long way of saying I tend towards agreeing with the article.
For all the other ones, apparently this is pretty good:
I have tried bluetooth speakers in my flat on. Works fine on two Linux machines. Doesn't work at all on the other. Connects to the windows machine but isn't actually usable as the music skips so frequently. If I have only tried it on the first device I may have came to the same conclusion as you. Fact is bluetooth isn't especially reliable.
My Plantronics bluetooth headset works and pairs fine, ten quid. I also have some Bluetooth earphones (Vansky), it has issues but for the most part works really well impressive for fifteen quid.
I got fed up with wires. My main issue is with losing the ear bud gromits, I thought this was going to be an article about the audio quality; not a dyspeptic rant.
> I love my shitty Apple headphones that just plug in to anything.
Bluetooth is not ubiquitous _yet_
With difficulty, hence all the stories you hear of people accidentally blasting porn audio over their living room speakers while they think they're in the privacy of their bath/bedroom.
1. Streaming BT from Linux to a BT headset/speaker is a pita to set up
2. If you have 2 BT devices the same (mini-speakers for example) they have the same name/ID and BT can only attempt pairing one at a time, so a time consuming hit-or-miss lesson in patience is what this becomes.
3. Bluetooth devices need batteries. Ordinary speakers do not.
The rumors that Apple will use lightning connectors will result in a lot of phones with the connector stuck in the port because it broke off. Those things are flimsy and break easily.
Couple that with ,maybe, Apple starting a technology war on that front(and we already see few rivals pre-attack, like leEco, Samsung, Sony) could be a beneficial thing for us.
However this still doesn't eliminate the wires. The beats have a cable between them which annoyingly sticks to the back of my neck when I turn my head and unplugs either ear. Almost as annoying as my original wired head plugs.
And then there's the recharging, which isn't big of a deal of itself but ofc after the recharging I have to reconnect the devices. And obv there's the occasional glitch that it doesn't work the first time and I have to redo it and then it works on the second time.
Anyway, even if Apple does in fact remove the ubiquitous 3.5 mm stereo jack I'm sure plenty of people will bitch and moan and still buy it. Such are the fanboys (;
The serious audiophile market though already has headphone amps and will just buy one that connects directly to the lightning connector.
This is like buying blood testing kits from Theranos at this point. And that's before you start to get to the problems addressed in this article.
I don't know how anyone uses bluetooth in any serious manner.
(PS I'm not saying removing the headphone jack is a good idea).
There's a world of difference between a 3.5 jack with about 10mm of plug sticking out the phone and 2" of dangling point of failure, sorry, adaptor snagging every single time you pull the thing from pocket.
Happy memories of Sony Ericcson and Motorola feature phones.
There are 2 things the plug does for me,
1) allows me to easily switch between using my computer for audio or my phone. Prevents my computer from making noise that might bother my officemates (auto play if I forget to turn the volume down)
Also isn't there a smaller/thinner 2.5mm headphone jack? I had a phone with headphones for that (Nokia?)
Unbox Bluetooth headphones.
Try to put them in pairing mode.
Can’t figure out how to get in pairing mode.
Open Settings -> Bluetooth on phone.
Wait for headphones to show up.
Should have "read the instructions" at step one. I know few people believe this but the manufacturer often knows a lot about getting their product to work out of the box.