Smartphones without a jack: the best solutions for listening to music

Smartphones without a jack are now a reality, whether it is the iPhone with their Lightning port or other smartphones like the Xiaomi Mi A2 and the Huawei P20 Pro to name a few. It is high time to start thinking about the different possible alternatives.

Since 2016, more and more manufacturers have decided to do without the jack, preferring the USB type C port. This was the case for example with Lenovo and its Moto Z, but also the Chinese manufacturer LeEco which made even with its Le 2, Le 2 Pro and Le Max 2.

This year, many phone manufacturers are expected to continue this momentum since USB Type-C socket allows audio to be easily passed to compatible headphones or a pair of headphones. In other words, it is quite possible to listen to music by connecting headphones no longer to a mini-jack, but to a USB Type-C connector or, for iPhone 8 owners, to a Lightning port. Of course, you still have to get your hands on a compatible product.

On a smartphone that no longer has a jack port, there are two possibilities. Either keep a wired headset, using USB Type-C and the USB Audio protocol, or get rid of the wires completely with a Bluetooth device.

Let's take a look at the existing alternatives.

Bluetooth headsets and headphones

Perhaps this is the simplest answer: your smartphone no longer has a mini-jack connector? Just go wireless, with Bluetooth technology. As for helmets, we already offer a guide to the best solutions here we can cite many references in the field, including:

Le Sony WH-1000XM2

The 1000XM2, which we were able to test in writing, has an adjustable headband and ear cups that swivel flat for easy storage. It offers touch controls to manage its multiple functions, including active noise reduction, and it has a good battery life of 30 hours.

Find the 1000XM2 on Amazon

Le Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 has an adjustable headband and swivel ear cups. It offers noise reduction, but also an option to be able to hear outside noises. It has an autonomy close to 24 hours.

Find the BackBeat Pro 2 on Amazon

Le Bose QC35

The Bose QC35, successor to the famous QC25, is a benchmark in the Bluetooth headset market, especially in terms of noise reduction. It offers one of the best noise reduction on the market to date. It also has NFC pairing and a 20-hour battery life.

Find the Bose QC35 on Amazon

To consult more models, we invite you to refer to our guide to Bluetooth headsets.

If you don't want to be too crowded, you can prefer Bluetooth headphones to them.

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