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This is the best solution for iPhones without headphone jacks

It even comes with noise cancelling.


Phillip Tracy


Posted on Feb 15, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 11:59 pm CDT

There is finally a solution for iPhone 7 owners who still aren’t happy about its missing headphone jack, and the frustration of not being able to charge their phone while listening to wired earbuds.

The Pioneer Rayz Plus are a pair of wired in-ear headphones that have an additional lightning port built into the cable. That means you can plug the headphones into your phone and use the unique in-line port to charge your device.

There was an uproar when Apple ditched the headphone jack in its latest offerings. The company responded by including a lightning-to-3.5mm auxiliary adapter with its phone—an imperfect solution that still doesn’t allow for charging and listening at the same time.

That is no longer an issue thanks to the fancy cable on Pioneer’s pricey new in-ear headphones.

The device is also able to offer noise-cancelling functionality without the need for additional batteries, because it runs on Apple’s active lightning cable. Its cable will also come with a programmable button that opens an app of choice when pressed.

The Rayz Plus will cost $150, putting it firmly among other proven wired solutions. 

The verdict is still out if putting an additional port in the cable is the right way to approach this problem. We will reserve our opinion when we get a chance to review the device, but the idea of plugging a cable into another cable that leads to your ears seems like exactly the sort of reason the industry is turning to wireless in the first place. 

H/T Gizmodo

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*First Published: Feb 15, 2017, 3:32 pm CST