The Future of Wired Headphone

The Future of Wired Headphone

March 07, 2018 by Mixcder

Nowadays, as the popularity of music, there is an increasing number of people take headphones everywhere such as workplace and outdoors. Headphones are simply divided into wired headphones and wireless headphones. More people prefer to buy wireless headphones because they are portable and lightweight. In addition, with the release of the iPhone 7, Apple chucked the 3.5mm audio jack, so iPhone users would like to pair their phones to wireless headphones for this change. In fact, although the future is undoubtedly wireless, in the near-term, it might actually lead to a renaissance of the wired headphones. The contents below would clearly show the relevant innovation.

Power to the Wired Headphones Can Offer Noise Cancellation, HD Audio and More

A digital connector to wired earbuds opens up a whole new realm of possibilities. Until now, analog earbuds were simple speakers on wires. In some cases, they might include a button to answer calls, control volume and maybe skip to the next track. But that was about it. Without a power source, the earbuds could not include any level of sophistication.

Now, with a digital connection, like the Lightning port (or USB-C for a more standardized approach), wired earbuds can receive power. This means that they can incorporate a chip, and basically do everything that the fancy wireless earbuds do. Here are some of the top features that are enabled:

  •  Multiple microphones which can perform beamforming, for enhanced voice quality. Until now, simple microphones have been available in headsets by using TRRS audio jacks, but this is not a viable power source for advanced  processing.
  •  Active noise cancellation to reduce ambient noise, as well as smart filters for safety features like identifying sirens or other important sounds that shouldn’t be ignored.
  •  Manipulation of the digital stream to improve sound quality or boost volume. Instead of relying on the digital to analog convertor (DAC) and amplifier that are shipped with the standard phone chipset, these can be implemented on the  headphones. This allows the headphone OEMs to implement their own chipset and determine the quality and volume of the output audio.
  • Sensors and sensor fusion to perform all the tricks that are available in battery powered headsets like tracking vitals and biometrics and detecting when the buds are removed from your ear to automatically pause music or to change the active speaker or mic.
  •  3D audio can be used to enhance sound quality as well as offer more immersive virtual and augmented reality

In conclusion, even though wireless headphones have become more fashionable than before, wired headphones would never be eliminated. They are much cheaper and they don’t need to be charged. Further to this, Bluetooth signal is not stable sometimes. Hence, some people would like to carry the wired headphones out. Consumers would choose the different kinds of headphones depend on their varied consumer needs.

Original Article: Will the future of audio be wireless or smart wired