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.
Essential Products Debuts an Attachable Headphone Jack
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.
LG Promises the V30 Will 'Delight Ears Everywhere' with New Hi-Fi Powers
LG today said its forthcoming V30 flagship handset will be its most advanced device yet when it comes to audio reproduction and recording. To start, the phone adopts a 32-bit advanced hi-fi quad DAC from ESS Technology.
Lenovo Picked USB-C Over Stereo Headphone Jack for Tech and Design Reasons
Neither the Moto Z Droid nor the Moto Z Droid Force has a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, the two phones adopted the USB-C standard for charging and audio output.
Qualcomm Says Support for aptX HD Accelerating
Qualcomm today said more than 55 consumer products now include support for aptX HD, its high-quality Bluetooth audio codec. The aptX HD codec supports 24-bit music quality over Bluetooth and improves the signal-to-noise ratio, which results in lower background noise.
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