Qualcomm Hopes USB-C DAC Dongle Will Alleviate Headphone Woes
Qualcomm today showed off the AQT1000, a tool that will help bridge the audio gap in devices that have a USB-C port but no 3.5mm headphone jack. The AQT1000 is an Aqstic Hi-Fi digital to analog converter (DAC). One end plugs into a phone's USB-C port and the other supports wired headphones. The onboard Aqstic DAC, pulled from the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform, delivers high-quality 384 kHz audio streams at 32 bits with a dynamic range of 123 dB. In addition to Qualcomm's aptX HD codec, the AQT1000 also includes native Direct Stream Digital (DSD) support, which is a high-quality codec known for creating warm tones. Qualcomm itself will not use the AQT1000 to make headphone; instead, it is offering the DAC to headphone and phone makers as an alternative to Bluetooth for mobile listening. Qualcomm expects OEMs will bring the DAC to market in devices early next year.
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2006 Called, It Wants Its Pop-Port Back!
Missing the point
Having to buy and carry around another thing to connect, which can be lost and/or damage.
The alternate is to replace a perfectly good set of headphones you already have
Deal with the quality drop and/or battery drain issues with Bluetooth
Having to use the USB port for the headphones means not being able to charge the phone
Or have a headphone port with DAC built into the phone