Alright, that title was a little harsh, but seriously..
The Lightning cable slash USB-C slash Bluetooth era is officially upon us. With Samsung announcing the development of their own proprietary connector for headphones, it seems quite certain that everyone’s old headphones will become redundant.
You are super excited about your new iPhone 7/7 Plus and love how thin and sleek it is. You can’t wait to get your own Airpods and are excited about checking out other Bluetooth headsets that use Apples new W chip.
But what about your old headphones? Your trusty standbys? You’re “better half”? Well, maybe you aren’t quite that attached to your old headphones. But in case you are, here are a few potential uses for your old headsets.
1. Relegate Them to a Single Task
I have a pair of Audio Technical ATH-M50’s I’ve had for years. They are some of the most highly rated, affordable cans the world has ever seen. They have a super long cable and are usually at my home office desk, plugged into the back of my Mac Mini, ready to pump Tiesto’s Clublife at a moments notice.
Actually, I rarely ever used them in combination with my actual phone. Just like studio monitors, that is, headphones that never leave the studio, my trusty old ATH-M50’s will now become my dedicated “work” headphones.
This means I’ll never “forget” my earbuds when going to work and be stuck trying to hammer out articles like this without any musical inspiration. You can do the same.
Simply relegate your old favorite headphones to be your “work” headphones, since most of us use PC towers or Mac Mini’s or Macbook Pro’s and they all still have old fashioned 3.5mm headphone ports.
Conversely, if you have small kids who use your old hand-me-down iPads, your old headphones can be their “new” headphones.
2. Suck it up and Buy an Adapter
Yes, we admit, this isn’t the prettiest option, and isn’t a long term (we’re talking years here) solution, but it is better than nothing, especially if you’ve dropped a few hundred or even thousands of dollars on your current headphones.
This is more relevant to audiophiles. Many high end ear-buds and cans, or “over ear monitors” as they’re sometimes called, easily run north of $1,000. While some may balk at that number, others consider it the minimum entry price to experience the euphoric world of perfect audio nirvana.
Obviously then, if you’ve spent thousands on your headphones you don’t’ want to simply “relegate” them to be your work headphones. In this case, we simply recommend using an adapter. You can use Apple’s stock adapter or you can buy a more sturdy after-market one from Amazon like in the image below:
Sure it’s not the most elegant of solutions but hey, glass half full or half empty right? If you look at it one way it’s an ugly add-on to your beautiful headset. If you look at another way however you’re simply lengthening your headphone cord by another 3-4 inches! Hurray!
If you are NOT an audiophile and you are just particularly attached to your current headphones, then you can get yourself a fancy-dancy Bluetooth adapter. This will turn your wired headset into a Bluetooth headset, meaning you’ll sync with your phone’s Bluetooth and control the audio through a little remote instead of having to take out your phone.
3. Donate Them to Some Ears in Need
Every community has some sort of store where people can donate used clothes and working electronics for less fortunate people to purchase at highly discounted rates. Whether it’s Goodwill or St. Vincent’s it doesn’t matter. Donating your old high quality headphones will put a smile on someone’s day who simply can’t afford an iPhone 7. Chances are it’ll make you feel good too!