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the best headphones and adapters

26 mayo, 2021

The headphone jack is disappearing from mobile phones. An evolutionary fact that, justified or not based on what each phone contributes, seems unstoppable, and that pushes users to take different alternatives. Either buy an adapter for the USB C port and thus keep your current headphones with a jack, or switch to a headphones with a USB C connector, or make the leap to a Bluetooth headset, thus erasing a new cable from your day to day .

The latter also has the drawback of the battery, although many Bluetooth headphones also have an auxiliary cable to continue working even when they do not have power. But be that as it may, let’s try recommend a series of USB C and Bluetooth adapters and headphones, so that you have options when making the jump, if that is your intention. Will you join us?

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Four USB C mobile headsets without minijack

Changing the connector, one of the possibilities offered by the new generation of mobiles without a minijack, and also the new generation of headphones. Thus, we maintain contact with the wire and continue to have headphones that always work and that we do not need to charge. Since not all USB C headphones work on all mobiles, we will try to select the most standard possible.

1. OnePlus Bullets with USB C connector

Oneplus Bullets

OnePlus recently launched a proposal for its proprietary headphones, the Bullets that we also find with a minijack and with a Bluetooth connection. It is a headset that have a built-in DAC to enhance the audio experience and that we can buy in two ways. The first, on the OnePlus website, with an integrated USB C – Jack connector, to be able to decide which headphones we want to use. The second, that we bring you from Amazon, the naked headphones, just to connect to the USB C port of your phone, whether OnePlus or not.


ONEPLUS a6013 Type-c Bullets Earphones (Black)

ONEPLUS a6013 Type-c Bullets Earphones (Black)

2. Libratone Q Adapt

Libratone

Libratone has its own alternative for the market for headphones with a USB Type-C port, for those users whose smartphone no longer has a 3.5 mm minijack. We find here a fairly elegant design, being a well-built alternative and, although not as cheap as the other options we have chosen, they are quality. As if that were not enough, they have active noise cancellation and to fit all ears, we have up to four different ear tips to swap.


Libratone Q Adapt - InEar Lightning Headphone, White

Libratone Q Adapt – InEar Lightning Headphone, White

Razer Hammerhead USB C

Razer

Some new earbuds, like the OnePlus Bullets, but this time directly from the Razer catalog. The Hammerhead have, among their many varieties, with this version for USB C ports that also includes the DAC inside, thus improving the sound quality. They are of the in-ear type, and have good noise isolation, although passive and not active. Without a doubt, a good option if we are looking for this type of headset for our mobile phone with a USB C port.


Razer RZ04-02420100-R3G1 - Headphones with USB-C, Color Black

Razer RZ04-02420100-R3G1 – Headphones with USB-C, Color Black

Xiaomi Mi ANC

Xiaomi Anc

Xiaomi also has headphones with a USB C connection, following the line of the multiple OnePlus variants. These are the Xiaomi Mi ANC, they have a pretty good quality for their price, but with a big drawback. We are fortunate that Amazon makes them available to us although for now they cannot be purchased in physical stores of the brand.


Xiaomi 15703 - Headphones, Black Color

Xiaomi 15703 – Headphones, Black Color

Four Bluetooth mobile headsets with or without minijack

We leave behind the compilation of headphones with USB type C port to make the leap to headphones with Bluetooth connectivity, one of the most widespread on the market together with headphones for jack. We leave you a series of options among the most recommended on the market, including those that are probably the best that can be bought at the moment, the Sony XM3. Let’s go there.

Sony WH-1000XM3

Sony WH-1000XM3

As we said, possibly the best Bluetooth headphones that can be bought at the moment, although not by far the cheapest. Sony’s XM3s have great sound quality, like almost all Japanese audio products, but stand out above all for their noise reduction. If you are looking to listen to music and isolate yourself from the outside, the XM3 should be among your options. Yes, you can also use them with a cable, although they have one with a minijack connector and you will have to use an adapter. By the way, we leave you the XM2, which are also a fantastic alternative even today.


Sony WH-1000XM3B - Wireless Headband Headphones, with Integrated Alexa - Black

Sony WH-1000XM3B – Wireless Headband Headphones, with Integrated Alexa – Black

Sony WH1000XM2 - Wireless Headband Headphones, Beige

Sony WH1000XM2 – Wireless Headband Headphones, Beige

Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT

Audiotechnica

Audio Technica is also characterized by having an excellent catalog of audio products including, how could it be otherwise, headphones with Bluetooth connectivity. Here we have the ATH-M50, other over-ear headphones thatIf we wish, we can also connect with cable, although as in the case of Sony, they bring a cable for a minijack. We can get them in black and white, at our choice, we leave you here the links from Amazon.


Audio-Technica ATH-M50XBT - Wireless Headphones, Color Black

Audio-Technica ATH-M50XBT – Wireless Headphones, Color Black

Jabra Move

Jabra Move Red

We can also find cheaper options and whose performance does not detract so much from that of the high spheres of wireless audio. Jabra has one of them, specifically the Jabra Move. Lightweight headphones, with a good design, comfortable and with up to eight hours of use with each charge. An alternative to consider and that we can find in various colors, including a really attractive red model.


Jabra Move Bluetooth® Wireless Headphones, Red

Jabra Move Bluetooth® Wireless Headphones, Red

RHA MA650

Ma650

RHA is another brand of headphones that has wireless variants, and among them we find the MA650, possibly the most interesting in its catalog for its value for money. We talk about 8 hours autonomy for in-ear headphones, which have AptX audio and a three-button remote that works for both Android and iOS (it had to be said). They have a good aluminum construction and are resistant, in addition to coming with different silicone covers to choose the one that best suits our ear. By the way, active noise cancellation, highly sought after.


RHA MA650 Wireless: Noise Isolating In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones with Universal Remote and Microphone 12-Hour Battery Life

RHA MA650 Wireless: Noise Isolating In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones with Universal Remote and Microphone 12-Hour Battery Life

USB C adapters – Jack for mobiles without minijack

And we come to the adapters, to the most economical option (depending on which model we choose) to maintain our current headphones with minijack, or even to be able to face the purchase of better or newer ones. Adapters that tend to have some problems with certain brands, as they take the DAC out of the phone to bring it to the connector and limit compatibility, but like USB C headphones, we have chosen the most compatible on the market, passive adapters to be able to use them in any mobile regardless of who made it. Let’s get started.

Google USB C to minijack adapter

Google adapter

While Google’s USB C headphones leave a lot to be desired in build and audio quality, its adapter for minijack ports is pretty solid and it fulfills its function: allowing us to connect a headphone with a minijack to a mobile with a USB type C port. We can find them in their own online store at a price of 12 euros. We leave you the purchase link below.

Kolpop Jack2USB

Kolpop

Another inexpensive alternative that comes to us from the Kolpop cables and accessories catalog. Simple, easily stored in pockets and covers and with a black color easier to keep clean and “new” over time. This Kolpop alternative is handy for those looking to keep their 3.5mm jack headphones working.


Kolpop USB C Jack, USB Type C Aux to Headphone Audio Jack 3.5mm Adapter Hi-Res DAC Chipset Compatible iPad Pro 2018, Huawei P20 Mate 20 Pro, Xiaomi Mix 2s, Google Pixel 3/2, HTC U11 (USB-C to 3.5)

Kolpop Jack USB C, USB Type C Aux to Headphone Audio Jack 3.5mm Adapter Hi-Res DAC Chipset Compatible iPad Pro 2018, Huawei P20 Mate 20 Pro, Xiaomi Mix 2s, Google Pixel 3/2, HTC U11 (USB-C to 3.5)