RMAA: Apple iPhone 7 24-bit
THD and jitter: Apple’s Lightning to 3,5 mm Headphone Adapter VS iPhone 6
RMAA: Apple’s Lightning to 3,5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter 24-bit
Larry Ho’s Facebook thread
Heis’s appraisal of it
Lil Wayne is firing in my wife’s iPhone 7, is blasting from my FitEar MH335DW, is vocal frying my eardrums at a volume of 4/16 through Apple’s 9$ Lightning to 3,5mm Headphone Jack Adapter. I don’t agree that removing the headphone jack was a courageous move. Forcing users to use a dongle in order to enjoy wired headphones is something of a dick move.
But damn does the dongle perform. It spits absolute volume equivalent to the iPhone 6’s maximum output. It spits slightly less hiss than a stock iPhone, and appears to suffer less EMI interference. Best yet, it sports as low an output impedance as exists. Measurements bear out its capabilities. At normal listening levels, you’ll be hard pressed to better it.
Head-fi peeps seem to like the 7.
I’m torn. Apple sticking with the iPhone 6 design for three years is a shame. It’s an ugly, slippery, haptically poor design. Even if you liked the iPhone 6, your old coverall case won’t work. The shifted camera is to blame. For audiophiles, the 7 does nothing the iPhone 6, or, for that matter, the iPhone 5, can’t do. What it does that neither stock 6s nor 5s do is force you to listen to one of the most stable headphone outputs out there. And it’s 9$. And no one is forcing you not to spend more for placebo.
Upgrade your 6’s and 5’s OS to iOS 10, spend 9$ for the dongle, and zip away to measurably one of the purest experiences this side of an iPhone and Mojo. If this were a review, I’d say: ‘ho hum’ to the 7 and ‘well done’ to the dongle. As it’s a hodgepodge, I’ll let the below do the honours.