@meniska I already have a stethoscope, but…I feel like Meh is overlooking the lucrative low-end smoke-damaged medical supply racket. Think of the whimsy, the cross-market promotional opportunities! Irk could rock out in front of an easel with an inaccurate sketch of the Islets of Langerhans!
@mike808 That’s all true, but it goes without saying, because these are for devices without the old analog audio connector (“phone connector,” “3.5 mm mini jack,” “TRS connector,” or whatever you call it.) For devices that do have that jack, you have your choice of almost every other audio output device on the market.
gives me an idea for a weird invention. look I know it’s all about Spotify in your Airpods now. but what if there were a pair of USB-C headphones with a microSD slot. the headphones would store all your music, freeing up your phone memory. it’d be like temporary attached storage for music.
@NAFderwin It should work in theory, because you’d basically have a USB hub that connects to the audio device and an SD card reader, but it’d be bulkier & heavier, and awkward to have hanging off the phone. What you’re basically asking for is an SD card slot in the phone itself (which is present on many Android devices but not Google’s own, generally.)
@Atomizer unfortunately the Android phone I have (which is great) doesn’t have such a slot, so I was sort of picturing a short cord with maybe a blob in the center of it that could accept an expansion card. this cord would essentially be a USB-C DAC with its own microSD reader. i think about really cumbersome adapters & dongles in my sleep
Outside of the Pixel, Android support seems to be a gamble:
One problem that the Q Adapt earphones do have, though: you have no idea which USB-C device they’ll be compatible with and to what extent. Take smartphones as the obvious example: the Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL work with it perfectly, of course, and so do the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 and the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. But the OnePlus 5T? Nothing. It’s like I haven’t plugged anything into it at all. When I connect the Q Adapt in-ears to my MacBook Pro, they play very nicely, but I can’t use their remote control to pause the music I’m listening to or adjust its volume. On the Mac, only software-based volume controls — such as the volume slider in Spotify or iTunes — can tweak the sound output of the Q Adapt earphones.
Seems that, in general, for USB-C headphones to work with Android you need headphones that supports digital USB-C audio. There’s an analog standard, where the DAC is supposed to have been performed by the phone and which are not well supported. The more expensive products tend to be digital - better sound quality. I can’t find any documentation on these.
The ANC level controls are on the cable, which suggests you may not need an app for them to work.
I don’t think I have a use for these without at least audio and ANC and don’t really want to generate more ewaste…
Someone mentioned in the last Libratone speaker sale (I just got mine earlier Thursday but haven’t opened them up yet) that Libratone went bankrupt, so Meh is apparently clearancing a supply of their stuff. It’s probably less of a risk to pick up these headphones than the Bluetooth speakers, but in any case they appear to have made good quality, pricey audio equipment.
@unksol I wasn’t making an argument, but I’m guessing that the company went under because they wanted to charge a premium for a brand I hadn’t heard of until a few days ago, regardless of the quality of their products.
Just received an email from Libratone that they went bankrupt. As a consequence hereof, they are unable to process any warranty or return requests. Maybe this is something to consider before buying one of their products…
@Atomizer@unksol if you think quality is an assurance against a business failing I have some bad news for you about basically the entire history of capitalism. These may or may not be any good but the only think the business going under tells you for sure is that you won’t be able to get any support from them.
@Atomizer@DonWhiteside@unksol Have to agree… some of the finest products are from companies that did not stay in business. Either they just failed financially and closed, or else, bought by large companies that disassemble and loot whatever was left, often keep the name to put their low-end mass-produced crap to give it some credibility.
This product fails in all the parts I’m looking for. The reviews on Amazon seem to state that the cord won’t last. The app has questionable permissions and a below meh 2.7 scope on Android. The company went out of business and didn’t even provide good support when they did.
I’m interested in this type of product, but if they can’t get the basics correct, I’ll pass.
@Knightp It’s a classic MEH product. A high quality product with some significant design errors unsupported by the company that made it and sold at an 60% discount. Assuming they bought the usual truckload, it may well come round again at an 80% discount. High Quality, Issue Free, Low Price - can only get, at most, two of these.
Wow, I’ve been blissfully unaware Libratone went out of business. Bought these for $119 over two years ago when I needed USB-C earbuds for my Pixel that I could stuff in my pocket and use on the subway, and for that they’ve done the trick nicely and held up well. Audio was a little bassy so I turned on a treble preset in the Libratone app. No brainer at this price!
@JaBbA64 I just want a better pair than the included Pixel USB-C. The fact that Google actually sells this on the Google Store is hopefully proof it works with the Pixel 3 and isn’t completely terrible.
USB-C earbuds are such a minefield even now. Fitting, given the standard it’s using.
@ronaldr321meh Amazon listing says that phone calls are not supported on Samsung S8 and S9, but music will. So I’m guessing this will be either similar story. I’m hoping that extends to my Surface Book 2 as well.
@ronaldr321meh Had similar question about whether USB-C would work on newest Amazon Fire10, which has USB-C? Or for that matter, a laptop that has USB-C, as most new ones do. It sounds like this really needs supporte by their “app” to work, so my guess is probably No on both counts (maybe on the Fire if you can do the trick to side-load Android apps directly since Amazon normally locks you into their own service only.) And with them out-of-business, likely no future for those Apps.
@pmarin@ronaldr321meh see my comment above. USB-C is mostly a crap-shoot and these don’t seem to be an exception. Some non-Pixel devices are reported work perfectly, some not at all. (Phone calls would be a nice bonus, but no expectation of that). I’m interested in audio out and ANC. But even that is ambiguous. From the Amazon link:
Question: Will the active noise cancelling (anc) technology function on non-google devices that support audio but not phone calls?
Answer: That is correct. It will support audio, just not phone calls. Libratone Seller · July 26, 2018
I do not think that the app is required, but I’m not absolutely certain of that.
@pmarin@ronaldr321meh headphones arrived yesterday. Seem to work completely (playback, noise cancellation, and mic) with my LG G6. I tested the mic with the Skype callback test so not sure whether you can answer/hangup phone calls. Noise cancellation works and seems good. I’ve only tried it with minimal background noise so don’t know how it would be in a noisy office, cafe, etc. I still don’t think that you need the app. I installed it when I thought I had a problem, but will uninstall whenever I get around to it.
But did go ahead and order for Lightning – worth a try. Both good and bad: (1) Good: no built-in battery so it will not be bad at start or bad within a year like most Meh products with built-in batteries (often a few years old at the time they are sold here, and life of those batteries is often 3-5 years). (2) Bad: Needs an App to work properly, but company is out-of-business, so little hope of future support of even basic iOS / Android compatibility changes when needed.
Nonetheless, take my money, please. You murderous rake!
Very Apple-y packaging. Soft carrying case with magnetic clasp is a nice touch too. Brief test with kitchen stove hood indicates noise-cancellation works. Not sure of the utility of the Libratone phone app: reviews on the App Store are all about their speakers, and give the app poor ratings