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.
Dec 6, 2017
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform, its flagship system-on-a-chip for 2018. Qualcomm expects the module to form the core of next year's top smartphones, which it will endow with multimedia smarts for both audio and video.
Sep 12, 2018
Google has replaced the USB dongle for sale on its site with a new version of the go-between. The new connector features some minor internal tweaks to increase music playback time and reduce plug-in latency with Pixel phones.
Jun 7, 2018
Essential Products today revealed the latest magnetic accessory for the Essential Phone: a snap-on headphone jack. Like the existing camera accessory, the 3.5mm headphone jack is a modular attachment that affixes to two small poles on the rear of the phone.
Nov 13, 2018
Essential Products today said the magnetic snap-on headphone jack it announced over the summer is available for the Essential Phone. Like existing Essential Phone accessories, the 3.5mm headphone jack is a modular attachment that affixes to two small poles on the rear of the phone.
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