iPhone Lightning Headphones Reviewed
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Finally, a Lightning Cable for Bose Headphones

Now you can finally connect your trusty Bose headphones to your brand new iPhone 11! or iPad Pro

No, Bose has not released a pair of lightning cable headphones. Yes, this is surprising, especially seeing how the Bose 700 redesigned flagship model JUST came out, but alas, all that comes with the headphones is a standard 3.5mm audio jack.. which is pretty much worthless with most smartphones today..

Fortunately there are a variety of 3rd party companies making 2.5mm-to-lightning and 2.5mm-to-USB-C replacement cables you can use with popular Bose headphone models.

Bose-to-Lightning Cables Finally Arrive

Bose, one of the titans of the consumer grade hifi headphone industry, made world famous by business class travelers and their amazingly effective QuietComfort headphones.

Bose has built a solid reputation for itself making some the best active noise cancelling headphones that can be picked up everywhere from Target to Amazon to your local international airport.

We’ve covered what we think to be some of the best sound cancelling ear buds before and we’ve also talked about great high end Lightning connected over-ear headphones, but what we haven’t talked about are over-ear, noise cancelling, Lightning cable headphones. Until now.

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No, Bose hasn’t begun manufacturing headsets with built in Lightning cables to work with the masses of new happy iPhone 7, 8, XS, XMax, XR, and iPhone 11 owners.

We wouldn’t be surprised if this happens, as there are a whole multitude of advantages of Lighting audio over analog and Bluetooth.

In the meantime, a third party manufacturer has stepped up to the plate and made a replacement Bose headphone cable that has a Lightning connected tip.

Scosche I3AAC Strikeline Male Apple Certified Lightning to Male 3.5mm Stereo Aux Cable Adapter with Built-in Microphone and Button Controls -...
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Scosche I3AAC Strikeline Male Apple Certified Lightning to Male 3.5mm Stereo Aux Cable Adapter with Built-in Microphone and Button Controls -...
  • 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...
  • 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.

This cord is made specifically to work with Bose headsets, with one end connecting to the headset itself via 2.5mm plug, and the other end connecting to your iPhone XS or 11, iPad Pro or iPod via Lightning connector.

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

The adapter cord, called “Strikeline”, made by electronics giant Scosche, has all the functions you’d expect out of a Lightning-enabled Bose headset.

Seamless “Stock Looking” Connecting

The Strikeline looks very nice. It’s all black, minimally branded, and looks like it came with the Bose headphones they’re designed to work with.

Now you can make your Bose “lightning-capable” by simply swapping out your 2.5-to-3.5mm cord with the Strikeline 2.5-to-Lightning cord for a sleek, “manufacturer” looking upgrade.Bose with iphone 7

In-line Controls and Microphone

It wouldn’t be a real “upgrade” if you had to sacrifice the ability to adjust volume and answer calls when switching to Lightning.

Scosche made sure to integrate a very subtle control so you can take full advantage of Siri on your iPhone 7 or iPad when using your Bose headphones.

Dedicated Sound Adjustment App

With the Strikeline cable comes Scosche’s own music app that allows you to more finely tune your digital music. (remember, Lightning is all digital compared to the old 3.5 jack which was analog)lightning adapter

Overall, the Strikeline is pretty dope and a solid solution for anyone trying to figure out how to use their headphones with their new Apple product.. or for people who just don’t like dongles and think Airpods are dumb, which is most of us.

You can grab your own Strikeline upgrade straight off Amazon, and presumably, from a local electronics retailer near you soon.

If we had to give it a star-based review we’d rate it the following:

  • 100%
    Practical reason to help "ditch the dongle"? - 100%
  • 85%
    Build quality? - 85%
  • 80%
    Engineering? - 80%
  • 80%
    Reasonable price point? - 80%
  • 99%
    Do we want one for our Bose? - 99%
88.8%

Summary

Apple left us all out to dry with their new iPhone and their stupid “dongles”. Well, thankfully companies like Scosche are providing affordable alternatives to clunky adapters. This lightning cable with build in controls is as close to stock as we can get for Bose cans currently, and for that, they deserve to be commended.

Last update on 2019-12-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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