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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

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..

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 2017, 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 CableUnspecified/ All 3.5mm Input Devices
New Neomusicia CableSennheiser HD 598 Cs
Sennheiser HD598
Sennheiser HD558
Sennheiser HD518
Sennheiser HD599
Sennheiser HD569
Sennheiser HD579
Audio Technica ATH-M50x
Audio Technica ATH-M40x
Audio Technica ATH-M70x
Shure Remote + Mic Lightning CableShure SE215
Shure SE315
Shure SE425
Shure SE535
Shure SE846
Ablet Lightning CableBose QuietComfort 25
Bose QuietComfort 35
Bose QuietComfort OE2
Audeze Cipher CableAudeze 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.

SCOSCHE StrikeLine 3.5mm Stereo Cable with Controls - Black
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SCOSCHE StrikeLine 3.5mm Stereo Cable with Controls - Black
  • 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, like headphones, your car stereo, or portable speakers
  • 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
  • HANDS-FREE CALLS - With the in-line integrated microphone and controls, you can take voice calls or access Siri through your favorite headphones
  • INCLUDES MUSIC PLAYER APP - Download the optional free Scosche Player and Firmware Update App to ensure ongoing iOS compatibility. Note that this app is NOT required to use this cable

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.

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NEW NEOMUSICIA Cable for Bose QuietComfort 15/QC15/QC2 headphones, Lightning jack Adapter cord with Mic & Remote volume for iphone 7, iphone 7plus, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus
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NEW NEOMUSICIA Cable for Bose QuietComfort 15/QC15/QC2 headphones, Lightning jack Adapter cord with Mic & Remote volume for iphone 7, iphone 7plus, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus
  • our this cable is made with the Tangle-Free Nylon Braided cord,length is 1.3m(4.3ft),Cable Diameter is 3mm,color is Grey, the jack isLightning jack to 3.5mm Male
  • support the volume up,volume down,play/pause,change the song,answer/end the call,Microphone
  • it is Compatible with iphone 7, iphone 7plus, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus & all apple devices that have a Lightning connector and support iOS 10, iOS 10.3, iOS 11 or later, including iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone.(note:when you use this cable on iphone 6/6s/6plu/6s plus/5s/5s plus/ipod/ipad,you must update your apple device to iOS 10 or later,it can not work with iOS 8 iOS 9)
  • the 3.5mm jack fit Bose QuietComfort 15 / Bose QuietComfort 2 / QC15 / QC2 headphones
  • package include:1*replacemet cable,1 years warranty on parts and labor

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.

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Shure RMCE-LTG Remote + Mic Lightning Accessory Cable for SE Earphones
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Shure RMCE-LTG Remote + Mic Lightning Accessory Cable for SE Earphones
  • 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 and communication control.
  • Works with SE215, SE315, SE425, SE535 and SE846 Sound Isolating Earphones.
  • 50" cable designed for use with Apple iOS devices with Lightning connectors.
  • Inline three-button remote controls key phone functions with a responsive, tactile feel. Communication: send/end call, Siri voice control. Music Playback: play, pause, fast-forward, rewind, skip. Microphone placement optimized for clarity of speech and intelligibility of voice commands.
  • Features durable reinforced cable for years of use, MMCX connectors, and a customizable wireform fit.

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!

Ablet 2.5mm Cable for Sennheiser Momentum & Momentum 2.0 on-ear and over-ear models:

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Ablet 2.5mm male for Sennheiser Momentum , Momentum 2.0 Replacement Stereo Cable with Controls & mic compatible Lightning Devices iPhone 7/7 Plus - Gray
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Ablet 2.5mm male for Sennheiser Momentum , Momentum 2.0 Replacement Stereo Cable with Controls & mic compatible Lightning Devices iPhone 7/7 Plus - Gray
  • In-line replacement Lightning to 2.5mm end with lock cable for Sennheiser Momentum , Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-Ear , Over-Ear headphones
  • Connect your iPhone 7/ 7+ to your Sennheiser Momentum , Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 , On-Ear , Over-Ear headphones via Lightning
  • Allows you to control play, pause, track forward, track back and adjust volume,please make sure your apple device is using iOS 10 or later,it can not work with iOS 8 iOS 9
  • 4.3 Foot cable length
  • Built in microphone gives you accessibility to Siri or voice calls on your Sennheiser Momentum , Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-Ear , Over-Ear headphones

Ablet Lightning Cable for Audio Technica & KNS supporting ATH-M50X, ATH-M40X, ATH-M70X, KRK, KNS8400 and KNS6400 models:

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Ablet Apple Replacement Cable for ATH-M50x , ATH-M40x , ATH-M70x , KRK KNS8400 , KNS6400 Headphones, Audio Technica Audio Cable for iPhone 7 or 7 Plus with Volume Control and Microphone
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Ablet Apple Replacement Cable for ATH-M50x , ATH-M40x , ATH-M70x , KRK KNS8400 , KNS6400 Headphones, Audio Technica Audio Cable for iPhone 7 or 7 Plus with Volume Control and Microphone
  • DESIGN INFO - This cord is 4.3 foot length and used to connect lightning to 2.5mm male jack with locking system like the original one
  • PHONE CALL or MUSIC CONTROL - Integrated volume control buttons to adjust volume. It also allows you to do NEXT/PREVIOUS/PLAY/PAUSE the track. Its clear inline microphone works for phone calls and facetime well
  • COMPATIBILITY - Allows you connecting the lightning jack of iPhone 7 or 7 plus to ATH-M50x , ATH-M40x , ATH-M70x , KRK KNS8400 , KNS6400 Headphones
  • !!!NOTE!!! - Make sure the software system of your iPhone device is IOS 10 or later.
  • ONE YEAR WARRANTY - Built to last, We promise a 1 year warranty that protects against defects and flaws in workmanship

Ablet Lightning Replacement  for Sol Republic Master Tracks HD V8, V10, V12, and X3 models:

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Ablet Apple Replacement Cable for Sol Republic Master tracks HD V8 , V10 , V12, X3 headphone, Sol Republic Audio Cable for iPhone 7 or 7 Plus with Volume Control and Microphone
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Ablet Apple Replacement Cable for Sol Republic Master tracks HD V8 , V10 , V12, X3 headphone, Sol Republic Audio Cable for iPhone 7 or 7 Plus with Volume Control and Microphone
  • DESIGN INFO - This Sol Republic cord is 4 foot length and used to connect lightning to 2 x 2.5mm male jack
  • PHONE CALL or MUSIC CONTROL - Integrated volume control buttons to adjust volume. It also allows you to do NEXT/PREVIOUS/PLAY/PAUSE the track. Its clear inline mic works for phone calls and facetime well
  • COMPATIBILITY - Allows you connecting the lightning jack of iPhone 7 or 7 plus to Sol Republic Master tracks HD V8 , V10 , V12, X3 headphones
  • !!!NOTE!!! - Make sure the software system of your iPhone device is IOS 10 or later
  • ONE YEAR WARRANTY - Built to last, We promise a 1 year warranty that protects against defects and flaws in workmanship

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 and Pill headphone models:

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 2018-07-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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