Apple’s new BeatsX headphones (right) are out now, for the princely sum of £130. That’s probably a fair price for a pair of headphones that are also a fashion accessory from a famous #brand, but it’s bit too rich for my blood. Instead, I’m picking up the budget alternative (left): the no-nonsense Cellular Line Motion In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones, available now at Mobile Fun for just £40.
Out of the box, the OnePlus 3 and many other Android smartphones don’t support the aptX codecs for streaming high-quality audio over Bluetooth. That’s because phone makers need to pay a license fee to use the technology, and for most it’s not worth the investment.
However, most phones with a Qualcomm chipset already have the hardware support they need; they just require some proprietary drivers to activate their latent aptX support. Those drivers have now been produced, and made into an easy-to-install file. Here’s how to get started.
Yesterday we looked at some of the best fully wireless alternatives to Apple’s upcoming AirPods — which included some very advanced but also quite expensive models. Today, we’re back to have a look at the other side of the coin: more traditional Bluetooth headphones that offer a good fit and excellent portability at a much lower price point.
As we’ve reported several times before, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are expected to ditch the 3.5mm port, making analogue headphones a thing of the past. In their stead, Apple will focus their attention on wired headphones using the Lightning connector and wireless Bluetooth headphones. Apple’s EarPods have used the 3.5mm in the past, so two options are a possibility: we’ll see an 3.5mm to Lightning adapter bundled with the new iPhones and the existing EarPods, or we’ll see new EarPods with an integrated Lightning connector. A new leak suggests that it’s going to be the latter.
How do you ensure that your music sounds as good as it possibly can? It sounds like a simple question with a straightforward solution, but there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes than you may realise.