Lenovo just held a press event where it launched several new phones including the new Moto Z. One feature quietly not glossed on was the fact there was no headphone jack. Instead sound came via the USB port.
Motorola aren’t the first manufacturer to omit the 3.5mm headphone jack and certainly won’t be the last. Using the USB Type C port for audio will emit a higher quality sound.
Apple are rumoured to remove this 50+ year old analogue part in the next iPhone.
So is it a disaster. Hardly. For years I have used the USB port to take audio from my phones and into a dedicated DAC to obtain the best possible sound quality. Audeze already sell the EL-8 that come with an Apple lightning connector to plug in to the lightning port. And there are other companies that have ditched the headphone jack connector on their headphones too.
The Moto Z does come with a USB Type C headphone adapter so you can still use all your old headphones.
So why the change. Well as I mentioned the headphone jack is old tech and is 50+ years old now. 24 bit sound can be obtained or higher from the USB Type C socket. 24 bit bluetooth Hi Res sound is now possible. So you can now connect Hi Res Bluetooth headphones and drop the wire altogether. Or if the device has Qi Wireless charging , you could use the USB Type C connector whilst charging.
This change will upset many people at first. Life changes so people will move on eventually and forget the past.
And lets not forget if you have no headphone jack, that is one less hole to let water in!
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Headphone jack to USB C converter is another accessory to carry around
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It doesn’t have to be an adapter. It can just be a cable too with electronics built in.
wonder does this USB C to 3.5,mm connector have a DAV built into the adapter?
Do you review moto z (also force and play models)?
And the Hasselblad camera which should work with them?
I would be very interested.
Escpecially if you compare the camera with sony qx10.
The new Moto’s are ok. But for camera quality the module is crap. You’re better using the default camera. The clip on aspect of the modules work well, the JBL speaker is good. The QX10 still better quality despite it age. I still have the qx10..
I saw your qx10 in your iPhone test…
I still have my 3 years old combo: LG g2 and Sony qx10.
I’am also happy with the results of qx10,
But not so happy the way copulation must be made.