Apple has listed a new product on its online store: the Audeze EL-8 Titanium. With this, the Cupertino giant is now selling a set of headphones that can be connected to Apple devices using the company’s proprietary Lightning connector, instead of the traditional 3.5mm jack.
The Audeze EL-8 Titanium is a closed-back headphone that is touted as the “world’s first headphone with a fully integrated Apple Lightning cable.” It has an amplifier as well as a 24-bit digital-to-analog (DAC) converter built right into the Lightning cable itself.
The Audeze EL-8 Titanium Closed-Back comes with a Lightning cable with headphone amp and DAC. Not only that, it also has a standard audio cable for use with non-Apple devices, as well as a 3.5mm to 0.25 inch plug adapter for use with non-Lightning devices.
Apart from having good quality sound, the EL-8 Titanium headphones are also foldable which makes them easier to store and carry around. Also, the headphone’s cables actually has an embedded microphone.
There have been rumours that say the iPhone 7 will no longer feature a 3.5mm audio jack. Apparently, the move is to make the iPhone even thinner than its predecessor. It seems Apple is serious about alienating music fans by removing the 3.5mm audio jack from its devices, and they’re taking early steps to do so.
The Audeze’s EL-8 Titanium Closed-Back headphones could be a way for Apple to ease its customers into the transition, but seeing that it retails for $799.95 (approximately RM3,400) on the Apple Online Store and can only be purchased in the U.S, this isn’t an easy, nor affordable transition.