The Dongle That Pairs iPhone 7s With Decent Headphones Is Already Here
It's an amp. It goes to 11. It fits in your pocket.
Apple, you may have heard, wants to kill your headphones.
Yes, the release of the iPhone 7 will usher in an era sans 3.5mm headphone jacks, and it won’t be the only phone on the market: the Moto Z is also going jack-less.
If you’re feeling anxious about the the post-headphone jack world, stay calm. Those wired cans of yours will still work — you’ll just need the right solution.
In all cases, it’s Astell & Kern’s XB10.
The XB10 is a tiny wireless DAC (digital-to-analog converter) and amp that ensures your favorite wired headphones will can be wedded to your wireless phone. About the size of a tin of lip balm, the codec connects with your phone via Bluetooth and your headphones via jack, delivering clean, crisp 24-bit HD audio that even seasoned audiophiles will abide.
The XB10 is currently available for preorder. For more info, head on over to Astell & Kern’s website.