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The woes of USB-C audio on mobile phones - and is the jack coming back?

Spymaster

Cockney Wanker
They don't do 20 hours, but they are fantastic for the price.
I thought I'd check these out. They arrived today and it makes you realise just how good the Ankers are (I've got the Soundbuds Slim and some Spirit Pros). Absolutely no contest for richness of sound and bass response.

Can't argue for twelve quid though. I'll keep them as back-ups.
 

editor

hiraethified
All getting a bit heated in here innit. I liked the joke kabbes but also I'm cutting the editor some slack because usb-c headphones are a fucking faffy nightmare. I reckon I'm on a replacement adaptor every three weeks or so.
I'm glad it's not just me. I've gone through 3 in two months, but I've got refunds on them. Maybe the Huawei ones - which were as cheap as chips - will prove more durable.
 

UnderAnOpenSky

baseline neural therapy
So I thought I'd bag those £11 Taotonics ones as an emergency keep in my bag back up and agree that they're not bad for the price. The Anker ones have a much better sound quality but still. £11!
I'm almost tempted by a second pair at the price!

How much were the Anker ones and are they a similar design?
 

Spymaster

Cockney Wanker
How much were the Anker ones and are they a similar design?
About £25 and almost identical in design and interface. The drivers are the difference.

If you're looking to play music (rather than video/audiobooks/phonecalls, etc.,) get the Ankers. The difference is huge. But the Tao's are perfectly acceptable as back-ups.

I'm actually not sure that you can get much better than Anker Soundbuds for in-ear reproduction. You can spend much more money for not much improvement in sound. A mate of mine has some Bose gigs and I don't think they're much better. Certainly not £150 better!

Next step up (apparently) is to buy those seperate buds, but I'd lose one of those within a week. It's handy to be able to whip them out of your ears and keep them round your neck occasionally which you can't do with singles. The 30cm wire between the buds, for me, is therefore a bonus rather than a hindrance and it's hardly a major inconvenience. If the single buds came first in tech, we'd be trying to find a way to keep them joined and firms would be selling 30cm cords to keep them together!
 
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editor

hiraethified
I'm almost tempted by a second pair at the price!

How much were the Anker ones and are they a similar design?
I got them for £23. They're similar but a bit smaller in design, although the controls on the Tao ones are more tactile. Sound quality wise, the Ankers are well worth the fairly minimal extra spend. The bass response is very impressive.
 
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