I’m no audiophile, but wired headsets still sound noticeably better since you’re avoiding the bluetooth real-time (data) compression. And you never have to worry about pairing or the batteries dying.
And you’re less likely to drop them, and, if you do, they’re easier to find.
I hate snagging wires on things, but there are two issues that keep me from transitioning to Bluetooth completely:
Most of the cheap bluetooth devices I’ve tried have a bizarre delay issue with spoken word. To my ears, it sounds as if nearly every first letter is dropped: “_t _s a _ruth _niversally __knowledged, _hat _ single _an in _ossession _f a _ood _ortune, _ust _e _n _ant _f _ _ife.” It’s so unpleasant.
Bluetooth (inherently?) has a tiny staticky background noise. It’s annoying at low volume on literally every BT device I’ve ever owned. Sometimes I want to listen at the very lowest volume setting. Can’t do that on BT.
Wait, there’s one more thing: I’m a two-phoner, and you just can’t beat wired for fast, easy device switching.
I’m a holdout because I’m in a crawlspace under this bridge and the War of the Worlds has broken out and I could give a shit about headphones right now. Holdouts?! I’ll show you holdouts, motherfuckers.
I have both, but use the wired headphones/earbuds mostly since my MP3 player doesn’t have BT. Generally this is when I am working in the yard and out of wifi range since my phone signal is a bit tenuous where I live. I thread the cord through the neck of my shirt and then out the bottom hem to connect to the Sansa player in my pocket to reduce the risk of snagging.
I do use the BT headphones (QFX set bought from meh…) sometimes when I am inside using the phone to listen to Pandora for instance. Used them extensively a couple of days ago while I was making applesauce and bourbon/peach jam to put up in jars. Saved me from getting wires tangled up in the pots and pans etc. and potentially burning myself.
Gonna probably spring for a set of these just to try them out. If they fit into my hearing protectors I may use them when I mow since sometimes the cord sticks to my skin if I get too sweaty and it tends to pull the earbuds out when I turn my head too far or reach across to get something etc. or occasionally will snag on a branch if I mow too close to the bushes…I’ll have to figure out a way to throw a BT signal to them… maybe put a range extender/access point in the shop to help cover the rest of the acre. But WTH… $15 is worth a try.
@chienfou@eeterrific I use my ~10-year-old Sansa weekly. I’ve gone through several sets of wired earbuds, but the player still works great. I have a bunch of music on it (w/SD card) and usually just listen on shuffle play. Sometimes I use it for audio books (but not on shuffle ).
Like it says, “Everything you need, nothing you don’t.”
@chienfou@eeterrific@macromeh The old Sansa clips are great. The screen on mine died, though, after hundreds of hours of use.
Audiobook mode was great. You never accidentally tapped the “forward” button and skipped to the next hour+ long track. And having “lock” be a separate position on the power slider was a great idea.
Unfortunately, their new players are not nearly as good, nor as durable.
@chienfou@eeterrific@macromeh@mschuette I never even Rockboxed my standard clip. Too bad the Clip+ was well out of production when it finally died.
I still have my clip. I may take a crack at a screen replacement. I guess I don’t really have much to lose at this point.
I love my Clips as well. I actually had one stay out in the rain once and revived it by leaving in a jar of rice set on the dash of my car for a couple of days. Those things ROCK!
3.5mm jacks have notably better audio quality, no latency, cheaper headphones at better fidelity, utility outside of audio, and, in enthusiast-level devices (like the last few years of LG phones) that have their own internal DACs and amps, can drive audiophile headphones in a way that Bluetooth can’t. My last three phones have all been made by LG for this reason, and will continue to be for as long as they’re the only ones who care about audio quality and not how many dongles they can sell.
I use square to accept credit card transactions. Must have a headphone jack for that reason. There is a bluetooth POS version but I’m not spending thousands of dollars for that version of square and not lugging that around with me everywhere I go. The current square device fits easily into my pocket.
@mdjst5 Oh, does that mean I can use it on my Samsung Galaxy Note 9? It might be hard to believe but there are people that use non apple phones.
Besides, even if I had an iPhone, why should I be forced to pay $10 when my existing one still works just because phone manufacturers are trying to sell more bluetooth headphones by removing the headphone jack.
@mdjst5 This is the weirdest goddamn comment on this thread.
iPhones haven’t had 3.5mm jacks for what, 3 years? 4 years? So IF @cengland0 had an iPhone, then the lightning jack was already in use via the lightning-to-aux dongle. And that solution is working for them.
I’m “squarely” in the pro-jack world. I can appreciate the magic of the new fangled wireless thing right up until the charge is gone and I’m trapped on a long haul flight/drive/Disneyland line with dead sound producers. I’m not an audiophile but do love the cord, sound and comfort of my Bose headphones (bought on clearance for a decent price)
Being a year or so into not having a headphone jack on my phone, I still semi-routinely (say a couple times a week) experience the impulse to plug headphones into it, half-forgetting that’s no longer possible. The lightning-headphone dongle is still in the wrong room about 90% of the time. I often miss the quality of the bigger headphones and the inline controls of the earbuds. It’s usually just a little bit too much bother to go find the dongle or adapter or whatever to plug the headphones into.
The AirPods are a saving grace, compared to every other Bluetooth option I’ve tried (except a FiiO dongle thingy that supports AAC). They’re the worst of all the wired headphones’ tradeoffs (no controls, too stupid-looking to be seen wearing, sound quality… acceptable), but they do nonetheless sound better than the wired EarPods and they’re maximally comfortable.
The batteries in my AirPods haven’t gotten longer-lasting. I still associate that sad noise with trying to play Super Mario on an NES as a kid. I hear it a lot–5 hours is on the high end of what you get out of them. It’s maybe half that on a phone call. At least they charge fast.
Not having wires is a good tradeoff… maybe half the time? I used to snag cords on things too often. Handles and such. So half the time not having a headphone jack is neither worse nor better.
@narfcake Android is far too irrelevant for me to bother worrying about their corporate plots. The ditching of headphone jacks is nevertheless an unnecessary evil to force people to get airpods. Iphones would be equally functional with the headphone jack, but they must have more money to pay off the demons they accidentally summoned when concocting their nefarious plots.
Even if I didn’t have trouble finding one of most pairs, we have a puppy, who’s major focus is finding things we want kept usable, and chewing them. I can buy wired headphones for under $10, I can get replacement foamies cheaper than that.