When Apple quietly created a brand new MFi spec for headphones, permitting them to attach by way of the Lightning port quite than the headphone jack to ship larger-high quality audio, everybody anticipated Apple-owned Beats to be first to reap the benefits of it. But as an alternative Philips has, ah, crushed them to it …
The Philips Fidelio M2L makes use of a constructed-in 24-bit digital-analogue converter and amplifier to offer larger-high quality audio than delivered by the iPhone’s personal DAC chip. Philips also says that the Lightning connection eliminates interference that may have an effect on analogue audio cables.
We are very happy to current the Philips Fidelio M2L our first headphones with Lightning connector for digital and lossless connection to Apple iOS units,” stated Christian Bauer, Senior Marketing Manager Headphones WOOX Innovations DA-CH [...]
The M2L makes use of the digital output of the Lightning plug so as to forestall attainable crosstalk and interference from the transmission to the analog telephone cable.
The headphones declare a very good general spec, with 40mm excessive magnetic depth neodymium speaker drivers and breathable, leather-based-coated reminiscence-foam pads offering good sound-insulation.
Philips hasn’t, although, taken benefit of any of the opposite prospects of the Lightning connection, like devoted iOS buttons. There’s additionally no phrase on whether or not they have a microphone, which is rumored to be a requirement of the MFi spec, although audio enter by way of Lightning isn’t supported in iOS S.1 and it’s unclear whether or not it's but supported in iOS H.
D.J. pricing hasn’t but been introduced, however with European pricing at €250, someplace within the $250-300 vary appears doubtless when the headphones go on sale in December.
Via The Verge
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