[Discussion] [POLL] 3.5mm Headphones or USB Type-C Headphones: Which one you prefer and why?

2017-07-02 09:33:22
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Hi Mi fans,
Xiaomi Mi6 was launched last month and the device does not havie a 3.5mm headphone jack. As Xiaomi managed to bring up new alternative quite a few consumers, some still like the conventional 3.5mm jack. Mi has removed the 3.5mm headphone jack in order to make space for other components that were utilized in the Xiaomi Mi6, like a bigger battery pack, for example. In addition to that, the company also needed to separate the charging interface and the data transfer interface inside of the phone, and Xiaomi says that would not be possible if a 3.5mm headphone jack was a part of the package.

3.5mm headphones
These jacks or connectors were being used in transistor radios, so they go back a long way. They became popular with the launch of the Sony Walkman player in 1979. They are technically referred to as TRS (Tip Ring Sleeve) connectors. Each part of the jack carries out a function. This includes left and right audio outputs, and if the headphones have mic capability, one of the conductors takes care of it. The jack can be found in any general audio appliance and, along with the software, it converts audio signals from digital to analog.
3.5mm headset

Type-C USB Headphones
The Type-C CDLA headphone is an intelligent device with power consumption control, an independent CPU and over 100 individual components. Possessing a unique, built-in identification label allows for the headphone to be automatically recognised when plugged in, deploying various intelligent settings for audio quality according to the users previously recorded preferences. Because, who says smart shouldn't be applied to headphones.

Type-C USB Headset

Now, it is worth noting that the Xiaomi Mi 6 comes with a Type-C USB to 3.5mm audio jack, which will let you use your existing headphones with the device, but you will need to use this dongle in order to make it happen. the Xiaomi Mi 6 is quite a compelling smartphone, especially This device packs in some serious specs, while it is made out of metal and glass, just like its predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi5 which has been quite successful for the Xiaomi.

Difference Between USB C-Type Headset over 3.5mm Headset
The USB Type-C standard is capable of transmitting analog audio through the interface’s Sideband Unit (SBU) pins. This means that customers will be able to use adapters to connect up USB-only phones to their existing headphones, but carrying one around is not really convenient. While smartphones may be thinner, having to stick an adapter in the cable line will just make them longer.

Device A: Typical low-cost smartphone setup. Device B: External USB audio devices require many more stages and components

We should also be aware that backwards compatibility with 3.5mm headphones is completely up to the handset manufacturer at this point, even though they will need to provide a DAC and speaker amplifier inside their phone. This should be provided as part of the CODEC package that is also used to power a phone’s speakers, but we may eventually see companies drop support to save on costs.

Analog v/s Digital Audio Transmission
The old 3.5mm jack socket and the new proposals being put forward by USB Type-C. The major difference is that the 3.5mm connector transfers stereo analog audio out of the socket, meaning that all of the digital conversion and headphone driving components are housed in the smartphone.
USB can transfer more than just digital audio. This also opens the door for advanced communication between hardware, so high-end headphones may be packed with additional hardware and software features. The volume, play, pause, and skip functions that are included in some smartphone headphones could be made more reliably compatible, and could also be augmented with shuffle, navigation, and even EQ options. Furthermore, digital processing options included in headphones could be accompanied and controlled by dedicated smartphone apps, giving users control over the sound of their headsets from the palm of their hand.

Noise cancelling is another feature being touted as one of the big benefits of moving over to digital audio, as the signals can be processed inside the headphones. You can already pick up very good battery powered noise cancelling headphones that sport a 3.5mm audio connector, so really, USB Type-C is only offering a more reliable power supply and perhaps a slimmer form factor for noise cancelling headphones.

How do you charge your phone while listening to music?
The other big question that has some people concerned: how do you charge your phone while listening to music? There is a provision in the USB specification for a power loop through, which could be supported directly by headphones or third party adapters. However, there’s a little bit of ambiguity in the specification about how well this will work with digital headphones that require external power and if it supports Quick Charging technologies. There isn’t an official digital audio specification for USB Type-C connectors yet either, meaning that we could see several slightly different manufacturer implementations in the near future.

The removal of the headphone jack is obviously going to cause some backlash. Some peoples will see the move as a crash grab by manufacturers wanting to sell more accessories, but others are going to appreciate the change and the possible benefits they might bring.

Would you be willing to change your old headphones for USB Type C versions on future phones?

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2017-07-02 09:33:22
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Pro Bunny

royalKamal | from Redmi 3S


it's easy to carry and
2017-07-02 09:37:54

Advanced Bunny

Rela | from Redmi Note 4


3.5mm headphone jack is easy plug in and long lasting than usb c type.
2017-07-02 10:13:46
I feel 3.5 jack is easy to plug in
2017-07-02 10:33:07

MIUI Translator team

Gaurav Kesarwani | from Redmi Note 4


3.5mm headphones
2017-07-02 10:40:57

Semi Pro Bunny

Sivaram S | from app


i prefer 3.5mm head phones...
2017-07-02 10:47:37

Master Bunny

Hanan Bhat | from Redmi Note 4


Very good, thanks for sharing.
2017-07-02 11:38:49

Semi Pro Bunny

Ramesha H | from Redmi Note 4


3.5mm Head Phone
2017-07-02 11:54:06

Master Bunny

592566428 | from Redmi Note 4


3.5mm jack is the best at this point of time
2017-07-02 12:09:23

Mi FC President

DiLshad Sys | from MI 5


good informative thread.. 3.5mm jack will be removed in future
2017-07-02 12:22:15

Semi Pro Bunny

AayPee | from MI MAX


Haven't used any Type C headphone till now. So unable to feel the difference
2017-07-02 12:58:02
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