While we here at Lightning Cans 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..
Luckily, some of the new Lightning-connected replacement options are pretty cool, featuring integrated DACs to actually improve audio quality..
- Input Interface: MFi standard lightning plug
- Output Interface: 3.5mm stereo jack
- Drive Ability: 16-32Ohms (recommended)
Best Cable Adapters for Top 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 2018, is now a full blown market of “adapter cables”.
We go into more detail below about all the specific options for various headphone makes and models but here is a current complete list of lightning port replacement cables for some of the most popular models.
Overview of Replacement Cables for Major Headphone Brands:
|Scosche Strikeline Cable||Unspecified/ All 3.5mm Input Devices|
|New Neomusicia Cable||Sennheiser HD 598 Cs|
Audio Technica ATH-M50x
Audio Technica ATH-M40x
Audio Technica ATH-M70x
|Shure Remote + Mic Lightning Cable||Shure SE215|
|Ablet Lightning Cable||Bose QuietComfort 25|
Bose QuietComfort 35
Bose QuietComfort OE2
|Audeze Cipher Cable||Audeze Sine|
Audeze EL-8 Titanium
Audeze iSine 20
Audeze iSine 10
Bose Headphones Option #1: Scosche Lightning Cable
For example Bose, one of the most popular “high end” headphone companies, given their consumer appeal, were frequently purchased by iPhone users.
Electronics maker Scosche makes a lightning cable that can be plugged into including the Bose QuietComfort 35 (QC35), QuietComfort 25 (QC25), and SoundLink models.
- PROBLEM SOLVED - With Apple removing the headphone jack from the iPhone X, 8/8 Plus, 7/7 Plus, this adapter allows you to connect your iPhone to your favorite devices with a 3.5mm Aux-In adapter,...
- ENHANCED AUDIO QUALITY - Direct connection from Lightning to USB delivers outstanding quality without any manipulation of the audio signal
- CONTROLS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS - Integrated control buttons allow you to play, pause, track forward, track back and adjust volume without unlocking your iPhone
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.
Bose Headphones Option #2: New NEOMUSICIA Lightning Adapter Cable
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 NEOMUSICIA cables are marketed to a slightly different audience; Bose users.
The New 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 1-year warranty which provides a bit of peace of mind.
Shure IEMs Option #1: Lightning 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.
- Premium Remote + Mic Lightning Accessory Cable (RMCE-LTG) enables Shure SE Earphones with detachable cables to directly connect with the latest Apple iOS devices for high-quality digital audio...
- Works with SE215, SE315, SE425, SE535 and SE846 Sound Isolating Earphones.
- 50" cable designed for use with Apple iOS devices with Lightning connectors.
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.
Audio Technica & Sennheiser Options: Ablet 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 don’t own all of these different models so we can’t test ourselves, so if you’ve had experience, please let us know in the comments below!
New NEOMUSICIA Replacement Lightning Cable for:
- Beats by Dre
- Beats Solo2
- Beats solo3
- Beats Studio Wireless
- Beats Studio 2.0 Wired
- Beats Mixr Wired
- Beats Pro
- Pill headphones
The Lightning Cans 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.***
Last update on 2018-12-11 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API