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
However, 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
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
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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.***