New Lightning to 2.5mm Adapters for Popular Headphone Models

While we here at Lightningcans are much more excited about the new headphones models coming out specifically designed to take full advantage of the powered lightning connector, like the affordable Philips Fidelio or stellar Audeze Sine’s.

These types of headphones were designed from the outset to capitalize on the power supplied through the lightning connector by integrating amplifiers, DACs and dedicated apps for fine tuning audio.

Why People Hated Apple for Dropping the Headphone Jack

Fidelio boxHowever, most audiophiles probably already own a pair of cans they’ve A.) already invested a considerable amount of money in and B.) have grown emotionally attached to.

This is why so many people were upset with the dropping of the 3.5mm jack. It wasn’t because they fear change, it’s because they didn’t want to have to give up their trusty earphones they’ve been using happily for years..

Cable Adapters for Mainstream Audio Companies

Well, slowly but surely, more and more options for using older headphones with the iPhone 7 are coming to market. What started as a trickle, and slowly grew into a flow with CES 2017, is now a full blown market of “adapter cables”.

Scosche for Bose

scosche strikeline

Scosche Strikeline has dedicated EQ app for your smartphone.

For example Bose, one of the most popular “high end” headphone companies, given their consumer appeal, were frequently purchased by iPhone users.

Electronics innovator Scosche recognized this gap in the market and created one of the first 2.5mm jack-to-lightning adaptor cables that include inline mic and controls to work specifically with Bose headsets.

 

Shure Adapter Cables

RMCE-LTG

Factory made Shure in-ear lightning cable

Soon after, Shure, perhaps THE biggest audiophile quality in-ear-monitor or earbud maker, announced they are releasing a special set of cables for their in ears as well.

With Shure’s MMCX connectors on one end to connect to the earphones themselves, and a lightning pin on the other end, this little adapter bridges the gap between iPhone 7 progression and old-fashioned and trusted Shure earphones.

 

Ablet/Neomusical 2.5-Lightning Cables

The newest addition to the family of adaptor cables are the Ablet Audio Adapter and the New Neomusicia Adapter. If you’re wondering why we’re talking about both these cables in the same breath, it’s because they appear to be pretty much the same cable.

We’ve seen a lot of this in the lightning headphone industry..there have been a lot of crappy lightning earbud clones hitting the market in a desperate grab for market share. We highly recommend you avoid them. This happens when an OEM, or Original Equipment Manufacturer allows for relabelling or rebranding. These type of products are always made in China because they are often in violation of some type of copyright law.

However, those are headphones themselves. We recommend you avoid them because most of your money, like 90% of it, when buying headphones, goes to the tech in the headphone unit itself. The cables are just an accessory. For this reason, the 2.5-lightning cables from Ablet Audio and New Neomusicia intrigue us.

 

New Neomusicia Cable Overview

Neomusicia cable review

Tangle free and sexy in grey. Note the super-re-enforced 2.5mm plug compared to the Ablet models..

 

The New Neomusicia (try typing that fast 20times over.. impossible), come in gray, have a nylon braided cable, is 1.3m in length, which is 4.2 feet, and is billed as “tangle free”. The lighting tip connects to iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPod touch and iPads.

 

lightning to 2.5mm Sennheiser

This cable looks handsome plugged into a pair of Senns..almost factory-like in how the colors and materials match.

 

iphone 7 audio cable

We’re a big fan of low-profile plugs, however we are a bit worried about torque applied to the 5-pin tip as the cable is twisted and turned but not freely.

The other end of the cable has a standard 2.5mm jack that New Neomusicia claims works with some of the most popular audiophile brands currently on market including:

  • Sennheiser HD 598 Cs
  • Sennheiser HD598
  • Sennheiser HD 558
  • Sennheiser HD 518
  • Sennheiser HD 599
  • Sennheiser HD 569
  • Sennheiser HD 579
  • Audio Technica ATH-M50x
  • Audio Technica ATH-M40x
  • Audio Technica ATH-M70x

The cables also come with a full 1-year warranty which is nice and the design, overall, looks minimalist and functional, which is something we can get behind.

 

Ablet Lightning Adapter Cable Overview

Don’t adjust your monitor, these cables DO look exactly like the ones above. NO this is not a mistake.. they are pretty much guaranteed to be manufactured by the same factory in China. However, the Ablet cables are marketed to a slightly different audience; Bose users.

lightning to 2.5mm

Note the straight plug on this cable. This is the first variation and is different than variation #2.

 

adapter cable

A handsome upgrade for any Bose user.

 

The Ablets, like the Neomusicia are gray, have an inline mic and control, are 1.3m or 4.2 feet in length, have a braided nylon tangle-free cord, work with lightning-port Apple devices. They also come with a 2-year warranty, which is 1 year more than the Neomusicia oddly enough..

To make things even more confusing, there are TWO subsets of the Ablet cables:

Variation #1

First is a cable with a straight 2.5mm plug. These are designed to be used with Bose QuietComfort 25, Bose QuietComfort 35, and Bose OE2 headsets. They WILL NOT WORK with Bose QuietComfort QC3’s.

Bose QuietComfort lightning

Note the straight plug. This is for QuietComfort 25/35/OE2 only.

Variation #2

The second variation can be distinguished from the first because the 2.5mm jack is angled and not straight like the first. Everything else is the same, same mic/controls, same materials, same length and same 2-year warranty.

Ablet cable variation 2

Notice the bent plug. This is how you know this is the cable for the QuietComfort 3/QC3

The only difference is this variation DOES work with the QuietComfort 3/QC3. They WILL NOT WORK with Bose QuietComfort 25, Bose QuietComfort 35, and Bose OE2 headsets

Conclusion

There are cables now for Shure, Bose, Audio-Technica and Sennheiser popular models. This is massive and will make tens of thousands of audiophiles happy knowing they won’t have to give up their beloved pair of cans/in-ears just to be able to use new Apple products. If you’re still not fully convinced on the adapter cable, then you might want to check out our homepage where we cover a wide variety of new headphones designed specifically for the iPhone 7.

***If purchasing any of the above mentioned cables, make sure to read the fine print carefully.. some of these cables look VERY similar, and you want to make sure you get the right one for your make and model of headphones.***


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