Report: Samsung to drop the headphone jack from its phones

GirlDownunder

Posts: 126   +39
I like the 3.5 jack and it doesn't take up much space to have it. I DON'T want any more frigging things to charge like a BT headset! This is more "change for the sake of change" than for anything else.

PS: don't expect that you can go out and use any old earbuds in that C port, btw-- LOTS of problems with audio via C.

So, pro's are, none. Cons are have to use BT, (another thing to charge), as new port has myriad issues with audio, can't have wired connection and charge also, can't dependably use current 3.5 headset w/o buying an adapter (also risks same C port issues).
 

FliGuyRyan

Posts: 43   +19
Thank you for sharing. I know of these devices, but would you want to carry this monstrosity in addition to a phone (I carry two phones) plus the headphones, and need to worry about charging this as well? All because of a tiny little jack they want to get rid of? Plus the additional expense of buying one of these for every set of headphones?

"apX enhances the sound quality. Note that aptXmust be incorporated in both sender and receiver to obtain the enhanced sound quality effect"
Uh, I don't see how this will help me unless I am not finding what you are referring to.

It's not quite as much as sound quality, but the two second delay bluetooth has! That is insane. A google search will show you if you don't believe me. I currently use a Samsung S8, so it's not that I have an old phone. A jack has zero latency!

I'm trying and reading the comments, but I'm still not seeing any benefit to get rid of the jack except a tiny bit bigger battery.
Thank you for sharing. I know of these devices, but would you want to carry this monstrosity in addition to a phone (I carry two phones) plus the headphones, and need to worry about charging this as well? All because of a tiny little jack they want to get rid of? Plus the additional expense of buying one of these for every set of headphones?

"apX enhances the sound quality. Note that aptXmust be incorporated in both sender and receiver to obtain the enhanced sound quality effect"
Uh, I don't see how this will help me unless I am not finding what you are referring to.

It's not quite as much as sound quality, but the two second delay bluetooth has! That is insane. A google search will show you if you don't believe me. I currently use a Samsung S8, so it's not that I have an old phone. A jack has zero latency!

I'm trying and reading the comments, but I'm still not seeing any benefit to get rid of the jack except a tiny bit bigger battery.

I don't think dimensions of 1.8 x 1.3 x 0.3 inches qualify this as a monstrosity. It's actually pretty convenient when you don't have to have your phone ball-and-chained to the end of your headphone cord. This means you can get up, leave your phone on your desk while you go get some water from the kitchen, and only the dongle is coming with you.

And yes, the latency is perfect, but with AptX Low Latency, it's much better than no AptX, and better than even original AptX...

Life is a compromise...
 

FliGuyRyan

Posts: 43   +19
how about those who currently have really nice headphones they don't won't to get rid of or have to buy some stupid adapter?

"Stupid adapter" is relative... in the audiophile realm, DACs, pre-amps,amps, electricity filters, receivers, etc., they all have their place. An AptX Low-Latency Bluetooth adapter is worth it's weight in gold to me. It's a lot better (smaller, lighter) than a phone at the end of your headphone cable.
 

FliGuyRyan

Posts: 43   +19
aptX is also owned by Qualcomm and requires a BT adapter that supports it (they have to pay Qualcomm). So both the headphone and phone manufacturer have to pay Qualcomm in order to used aptX. aptX still has it's issues as well and comparing it to prior standards like SBC isn't really flattering, given that they had a ton of latency and poor audio quality. It definitely isn't suited for anything realtime or gaming and that's why many wireless gaming headsets using their own wireless codec/tech.

This aside from having to charge batteries and the limited lifespan of said batteries. You are looking at about 1-3 years of use depending on quality and cycles and then the battery dies. Thanks to each headphone having a different battery, you now have to replace the entire unit.

And thus is the advantage to adding a Bluetooth receiver is the fact that it has it's own battery and when it's lifespan is up, then so be it. We no longer live in a culture (unfortunately) where electronics will be kept for 20 years. A turntable and speakers are plausible, but everything else - especially with batteries - unfortunately cannot be relied upon to be "passed down" to another generation.

It is what it is...
 

erickmendes

Posts: 628   +280
If Apple start selling phones with mustaches, will every other brand follow? ...
I don't want /have money to spend on wireless headphone. I still use my Galaxy S7 (non-edge) and it works wonderful for my needs (even it's camera).

If the time comes for me to buy a new phone and Samsung (my prefered brand) drops the headphone jack, I'll drop Samsung.
 
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ShagnWagn

Posts: 1,297   +1,085
"Stupid adapter" is relative... in the audiophile realm, DACs, pre-amps,amps, electricity filters, receivers, etc., they all have their place. An AptX Low-Latency Bluetooth adapter is worth it's weight in gold to me. It's a lot better (smaller, lighter) than a phone at the end of your headphone cable.

So you are ok with carrying an adaptor plus the phone? We don't have to do that with the existing jack. You are essentially ok with spending more money and more devices to get a fractionally bigger battery in the phone? That sounds illogical to me. You are replacing that tiny jack for a fractionally bigger battery for a much bigger adapter. You be much better off just carrying a separate battery with much more battery. You can already carry an extra battery without a proprietary adapter.

If they start making the displays on phone a separate component, you would be ok with that? How about just so they can say it gives you a tiny little more battery? How about if they took away the touchscreen keyboard and you had to carry a separate keyboard as well because "it's superior"?
 

Evernessince

Posts: 5,464   +6,149
"Stupid adapter" is relative... in the audiophile realm, DACs, pre-amps,amps, electricity filters, receivers, etc., they all have their place. An AptX Low-Latency Bluetooth adapter is worth it's weight in gold to me. It's a lot better (smaller, lighter) than a phone at the end of your headphone cable.

DACs aren't just audiophile. You need one in every device that plays sound. The BT headphone just move that from the phone to the headphone.
 

Xallisto

Posts: 145   +166
Bluetooth earphones work just fine these days...

Pretty soon you people will have no phones to buy. Notches and missing headphone jacks seem to outrage everyone who can't learn to adapt.

I'm sure they do, but the point is that folks will now have to scrap perfectly good pairs of regular headphones.
 
Bluetooth earphones work just fine these days...

Pretty soon you people will have no phones to buy. Notches and missing headphone jacks seem to outrage everyone who can't learn to adapt.

Besides, you can buy a 2 inch cable adapter, and voila! I use it on the iPhone X, and it's like it isn't even there, works great!