Type-C headphones are over, but we don't have to be sad about them.

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Type-C headphones are over, but we don't have to be sad about them.

2019-01-22 17:02:46 129 ℃
< p > At the music video conference in 2016, Jia Yueting produced a "Super Mobile Phone 2".

This is the first mobile phone to adopt CDLA audio standard, and the first mobile phone to replace 3.5mm headphone holes with Type-C interface in the world. In the following year,

, mobile phone manufacturers also cancelled 3.5mm headphone holes and replaced them with Type-C. Some manufacturers say this is for waterproofing, others say it can present a better sound quality. In short, there's always a reason for manufacturers to "get rid of headphone holes".

For this reason, headphone manufacturers have launched Type-C specifications over the past few years to cater to this sudden rise of the new market. However, two years later, we can see countless Bluetooth headphones on CES, but we can't see Type-C headphones.

Type-C headphones are like a gust of wind and disappear without trace

unlike the traditional 3.5mm headphones, the appearance of Type-C headphones is due to the removal of headphone holes from smartphones, which is a fast-growing alternative product. But its fate is not as mainstream as that of the Type-C interface. Instead, it ends up fading out of the market.

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Before understanding the fate of Type-C headphones, we might as well understand why mobile phone manufacturers cancel headphone holes.

Generally speaking, mobile phone manufacturers give priority to two issues before designing their products: how to be more distinctive than competitors and how to extract potential profits.

_iPhone 5 (top) and OPPO R5 (bottom). Pictures from: Mysmartphone

2014, OPPO has cancelled 3.5mm headphone holes on R5 mobile phone with Micro-USB in order to control the thickness of mobile phone within 4.85mm. The solution for headphones is to connect a 3.5mm micro-USB connection to a mobile phone, thus not affecting the normal use of headphones.

By 2016, mobile phone manufacturers were pursuing integration of the fuselage and waterproof and dustproof of the fuselage in addition to its thin structure, so the removal of headphone holes became the first step of "fuselage not opening". On the other hand, after the removal of headphone holes, these manufacturers can also conveniently expand the wireless market, which is undoubtedly a win-win for manufacturers.

Although Apple canceled headphone holes on the iPhone 7, it also launched Bluetooth headset AirPods. Although Apple also included a Lightning EarPods headset and a 3.5mm adapter in the packaging of each iPhone, many users will pay 1276 yuan for an additional pair of AirPods. At present, there is no exact figure on how much profit supplements AirPods can bring to Apple. But according to Apple's Q3 earnings data last year, AirPods, Beats and HomePod, which are classified as "other products," have a total revenue of about $3.74 billion, accounting for 7% of Q3's total profit. The Android camp on the other side of

also began to cancel headphone holes after 2016. After replacing headphone holes with Type-C, they all attached a type-C transfer line with 3.5mm in the random packaging box.

and some smarter mobile phone manufacturers later launched Type-C headphones for users to buy separately, but this also requires users to spend an additional cost of using the machine.

Pictures from: GSMArena

above two methods can solve the problem of using earphone after canceling the jack well, and also prove the feasibility of canceling the headphone jack. However, these solutions also have many shortcomings, such as easy loss of wiring, aesthetic, expensive early Type-C headphones, few accessory purchasing channels, no professional headphone manufacturers to promote, users can not charge the phone while listening to songs...

_Apple's best-selling product is actually Lightning to 3.5mm conversion line

Therefore, under the influence of these restrictions, consumers prefer to support practicality rather than "fewer openings are better looking". At the same time, most ordinary users may not be able to feel the changes brought about by these low-cost Type-C headphones or adapters. In addition, the appearance of wireless headphones, which are becoming cheaper and cheaper, has become the last straw to overwhelm Type-C headphones.

Cheap Bluetooth headset is the biggest enemy of Type-C headset

Looking back on the past, we can find that Type-C headset is receding in the market, in fact, it has a lot to do with product and fragmentation marketing.

But I'm not saying that Type-C headphones can't exceed the traditional 3.5mm headphones in sound quality. Instead, after the removal of headphone holes, mobile phone manufacturers have defined Type-C headphones as a transitional accessory rather than a sustainable development object. Over the past few years, we have been able to connect mobile phones, tablets, computers and other devices equipped with 3.5mm plug-in headphones, plug-and-play, with almost no additional cost considerations, with

. But today when I cancel the headphone hole, I have this dilemma:

My mobile phone is the iPhone, it uses Lightning, if I want to listen to music with my mobile phone, I need a Lightning EarPods; my computer is MacBook, it uses 3.5mm interface, if I want to listen to music with my computer, I need a 3.5mm EarPods...

and I carry with me the iPad Pro (2018), which uses the Type-C (USB-C) interface. If I want to listen to music with it, I need to bring an extra USB-C to 3.5mm conversion line.

That is to say, this is no longer a problem that can be solved by a headphone cable. If I go on a business trip, I should bring at least two types of headphones, or two switching lines that may be lost by me at any time. So eventually I chose to buy an additional pair of AirPods. After all, in my opinion, convenience is more important.

_Sony WH-1000XM3 and AirPods are already my standard headphones.

Similarly, Type-C headphones also encounter the same general problems as Lightning headphones. But unlike Lightning headphones and switching wires, Type-C headphones are often purchased separately by users, and these "exclusive" earphones can only be used for devices without headphone holes, which are currently confined to smartphones.

Even the latest computers, game consoles and players are still equipped with 3.5mm headphone holes, while the Type-C interface is mainly responsible for charging and transmitting data. When I need headphones, I can buy them at any digital store, otherwise they don't necessarily have Type-C headphones.

_The so-called "one drag two" Type-C to 3.5mm conversion line not only solves the audio problem, but also charges at the same time.

Therefore, for the general users who do not know the digital technology themselves, using Type-C headphones not only increases the cost of purchase, but also requires additional time costs, which is more flexible than using conversion lines or Bluetooth headphones.

Pictures from: Stevesrants nraves

So today, we can often see that users prefer to use switching lines or Bluetooth headphones rather than Type-C headphones, which just reflects that versatility is the main reason hindering the popularity of Type-C headphones. On the other hand, inexpensive wireless headphone products have put Type-C headphones in an awkward position.

_Millet Bluetooth Headset Air

Take Millet as an example, the lowest-priced "Dual-unit Half-in-ear Type-C Headset" in the mall is 89 yuan, but the "Millet Bluetooth Audio Receiver" that can turn 3.5mm headset into Bluetooth headset is only 99 yuan; even the most expensive "Millet Bluetooth Headset Air" is only 399 yuan.

_Millet Dual-cell Half-in-Ear Type-C Headset

Although we all know that there is a maximum difference of 300 yuan between wired and wireless products, Bluetooth headset is more versatile and convenient than Type-C headset, and Bluetooth headset can connect to Bluetooth headset whenever Bluetooth audio output is supported.

Therefore, the cost-effective ratio of Bluetooth headset is higher than that of Type-C headset.

Wireless split is the next development form of headphones

Headphones, which has appeared in the market for decades. In the past decades, through continuous improvement and upgrading by manufacturers, headphones have developed from simple to delicate, from wired to wireless, from passive to active noise reduction, and also become our digital life. One of the necessities of life.

So what direction will headphones go this year? The answer has actually been "announced" on this year's CES - the wireless split, which is what we often call "true wireless headphones".

Compared with Type-C headphones which have retired from the market, wireless split headphones are one of the most widely displayed headphones on CES this year. In addition to Tietriangle, Walker, Jabra, Sony and other old audio manufacturers, new brands such as 1MORE and Anker also exhibited their latest wireless split headphone products on CES.

_Anker Soundcore Liberty Air

of course, this is for a reason. Bluetooth's versatility allows headphones to ignore interface issues. With the introduction of Bluetooth 5, the stability and durability of split headphones have been significantly improved. This thumb-sized earplug can also support at least three hours of continuous service, which should also meet the needs of most users. In addition to

, compared with other wireless headphones, true wireless form can also bring users a free wearing experience, whether leisure or sports, such headphones can be deployed. Although they all need to rely on headphone box charging, but the headphone box also takes into account the role of reception, and will not cause too much inconvenience.

Take out the earphone in the headphone box and put it on. It's like unlocking sugar paper and putting sugar in your mouth. It's only a matter of seconds.

Sony WF-SP700N

After solving the problem of device connection, for the future development of real wireless headphones, headphone manufacturers have long tried to give them more functions.

In 2016, Jabra added heart rate monitoring and maximal oxygen uptake monitoring in Elite Sport to make it easy for users to understand heart rate and adjust exercise intensity. Earlier, it was also reported that Apple might add similar features to AirPods variants. By then, all-wireless headphones will not only need a headset, but also take into account the role of wireless health monitoring.

_Jabra Elite Sport

On the other hand, the promotion of fashion brands also makes wireless fragmentation.