See audiophiles cry at today's Apple iPhone 7 announcement
For the next two hours, or thereabouts, all of the tech industry will be concentrating its gaze at Apple's latest press event.
The company will be showing off new products at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Apple is highly expected to reveal its next version of the iPhone, which may be called (shocker) the iPhone 7. Many rumors claim the phone will do away with the standard 3.5mm headphone jack, which could cause lots of audiophiles to get emotional.
The event may also show off the second version of its Apple Watch, and it could even have some "one more thing" surprises in store. Microsoft might even pop in to demo some software running on one of those new devices.
We don't expect to see much Microsoft news during the time of Apple's press conference. so feel free to head over to our sister site iMore, who are at the event and will be running a live blog with all the reveals. (Don't feel bad; we will be checking it out too). If you want to watch Apple's live stream on your Windows 10 PC or smartphone, you can go to Apple's site (opens in new tab) and check it out on the Microsoft Edge browser.
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He also has a huge external DAC for his PC, but he needs something when he's out and about. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
1. Buy Tidal's source library of high def audio files. 2. Offer HD playback on Grove and all Win Devices 3. Incorporate High Quality DAC's in Surface and Phones. MS could take the Audio high ground back from Apple. Think about it. Apple was born out of music playback and the iPod, now MS could take that away from Apple and gain the very vocal and loyal audiophile community in the process. And they could do it all for a lot less than most of their recent aquisitions. Hell, if I was an MS Product Manager, I would be all over it.
I'm sure there is going to be a need to improve usability in the future but the fact is that we play our music on digital devices.
Analog headphone jacks are going to disappear on all devices eventually because lightning/USB C/Bluetooth5 do improve audio quality.
All phones/digital Devices with 3.5 jacks need digital to analog signal conversion hardware and being that not all hardware is equal, as an audiophile, you cant just rely on the purchase of a great pare of headphones to give you a pure audio experience.
Manufacturers of even high end devices can be guilty of using sub par, mediocre, or even skew the signal in attempts to ramp up the bass or what have you, to give a not always desired custom sound.
My point is, when you take out the analog port you take out the potential for poor digital to analog hardware. This gives you pure digital signal. Now its the headphones that need to convert the signal, a device that can be built with the sole purpose of providing the purest audio in its price range.
At this point all you have to do is go and buy your Lighting/USB C headphones that provide the quality you desire.
Audiophiles should be very happy. Also, I'm sure that the headphones will be lightning and USB C compatible.
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