In the modern world, with people constantly on the move, hifi headphones and earphones can be found almost everywhere. As technology advances, the design of these devices will change change as well to adapt to the latest and greatest audio trends. Apple recently made a big decision not to include the headphone jack in the design of their iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 devices, making quite a ruckus in the process as consumers were understandably quite shocked.
As humans, we get used to products that we are familiar with. It can initially be difficult for us to work out which products are compatible with a new feature, especially when a product as popular as an iPhone changes slightly. People literally grew up with the old 3.5mm headphone jack, so being forced to say goodbye has been tough for many.
Thankfully, there are a whole new breed of high-tech lightning-ready options available to replace our old 3.5mm standbys. The ANKER SoundBuds Digital IE10 for example can be inserted directly into the Lightning Port of your latest and greatest Apple device, getting rid of the need for the old style of headphone jack on previous models.
With the new connector type comes all new possibilities including hires audio direct from the phone, powered headphones capable of active-noise cancellation without the need for external battery packs, and other creative lightning-powered accessories.
IE10 Lightning Earbud Specifications
The first thing that we believe you should look at when purchasing any product to be used with an Apple device, is whether or not they are compatible. iPhones have been known to catch on fire (although not nearly as often as Samsung Note 7s), or even emit electrical charges when they are being used with an incompatible product.
The ANKER SoundBuds Digital IE10 do not come with that risk, as they have been Apple MFi certified, having been made specifically for use with iOS. Your device itself knows whether or not a product that has been inserted into the Lightning Port is Apple MFi certified, as there is a tiny authentication chip inside of each official connector. Now you know!
*You can check whether an accessory like a pair of headphones if officially MFi certified by using Apple’s own “approved list” search found at https://mfi.apple.com/MFiWeb/getAPS
It should be noted that this specific set of earphones also features an industry leading DAC. A DAC is a digital-to-analog converter that is directly responsible for making the music sound as real as it can, producing crystal clear sound with no distortion. This particular DAC has the ability to deliver 24-bit 48kHz high-resolution sound, and the ergonomic design of the earphones adds to this quality by creating a level of noise isolation. If you are still curious about how DACs work, the audiophiles at What HiFi have a great guide.
ANKER have specifically designed the ANKER SoundBuds Digital IE10 for use in a sporting environment. We can see how efficiently they have done this by looking at the product in two different ways. Firstly, the product is much more durable than a standard set of earphones would be. Secondly, the product features an IPX5 level of water resistance. This level means that sweat or rain will not adversely affect the earphones, but you would not be able to submerge them in water. Not that you would do that with an Apple device attached to the other end!
The Lightning connectivity feature of this device is really what makes it stand out among other products. It can be used with a range of iPods, iPhones, and iPads. The certification level of the ANKER SoundBuds means that you know that your device is in safe hands. You do not need to rely on a bulky adapter to use standard headphones, and you do not need to use batteries or recharge the SoundBuds to make them work.
Luckily, ANKER has gone even further when considering what they could actually do with the Lightning Port and the design of their SoundBuds. You can use the SoundBuds to activate Siri, allowing you to intuitively control your device without the need to even get it out of your pocket. All you need to do is press a button. From there, you can answer your phone, make a call, or simply change the song that you are listening to.
Unique Lightning-Exclusive Features
Comfort has also been taken into consideration during the design process of the ANKER SoundBuds Digital IE10, as you can tailor them directly to meet the needs of your own ears. They come with a range of customizable inserts. The EarTips and In-Ear Hooks all come in a size range of small, medium, and large, while the Memory Foam EarTips come in one standard size. This allows you to test all of the different sizes and shapes, finding the pair that feels comfiest for you.
Everyone listens to music differently, and we all have different tastes when it comes to music. Some people like to be able to hear the voice in a song clearly, while other people prefer to have a large amount of bass over everything else. There are 3 different EQ modes to choose from when using the SoundBuds: balance, clear voice, and super bass. You can switch between modes easily, with just the touch of a button.
Our favorite part of the ANKER SoundBuds Digital IE10 would have to be how durable the product actually is. We have all experienced earphones and headphones that break in just a handful of weeks due to general wear and tear, and it can be frustrating. The SoundBuds feature a fully reinforced cable that has been 10,000+ bend tested, meaning that they are highly unlikely to break quickly due to general wear and tear. The lead itself is also long, meaning that it is highly unlikely to fall out of your ears while you move around at the gym.
So, are they worth it?
When we look at products that are compatible with Apple devices, often what we see is a ridiculously high price tag. We generally have to pay a relatively large amount of money to have a product that we know is not going to cause problems with our device.
The ANKER SoundBuds Digital IE10 are different. They are incredibly affordable when compared to other Apple MFi certified products, and they are even affordable when compared to other products that have not been Apple MFi certified. It’s difficult to find products that offer as many fantastic features as this one does with a similar price tag.
We are big fans of lightning-powered earbuds as there are some great offerings like the JBL Reflect Aware and Libratone Q Adapts, both of which look cool AND offer active noise cancelling, but you have to pay extra for that tech. If you want a straight-forward pair of lightning buds that you can use at the gym or jogging without worrying about breaking, then the Soundbuds are probably for you.
Have you ever had a standard set of earphones break not long after you buy them? It can be irritating, to say the least. The SoundBuds have a level of durability that is unlike that of other products, so they will not break within minutes. They are also fully customizable, allowing you to tailor them to meet your every need and requirement.
All in all, the ANKER SoundBuds Digital IE10 is a fantastic product, and any owner of an Apple device would benefit from having a pair of them around.