Wednesday’s Apple event brought a few surprises but was largely what we expected it to be. The removal of the headphone jack on the new iPhone 7/Plus has caused quite a stir, although Apple has defended its decision with vigor. So where does that leave us a few days after? Many consumers will turn their attention to finding a pair of new headphones now that pre-orders have kicked off. We’ve already rounded up some of our favorite wireless options but there are also a number of Lightning-enabled cans on the market. Head below for our top four picks.
Like any headphones purchase, there are a few questions to consider when choosing a new pair. First up is style. Do you prefer in- or over-ear? The former is ideal for working or active lifestyles while the latter provides a more traditional listening experience. There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing one or the other.
Another thing to consider is price. Unlike Bluetooth headphones, the market isn’t nearly as competitive for Lighting-enabled headphones. That means you’re going to pay a higher price right now in comparison to traditional options. That said, here are few options to consider when outfitting your new iPhone 7.
JBL Reflect Aware Sport Earphones w/ Noise Cancellation: $200
Available in four colors, these earbuds are deemed “the world’s first sport headphones with noise cancellation and adaptive noise control.” There is a built-in remote control for volume, playback and Siri right in the Lightning cable. It ships with three ergonomic and regular ear-tips. Learn more in our launch coverage.
SHARKK Light MFi Apple-Certified Earphones: $38
These are the most cost-effective headphones in our roundup today. SHARKK doesn’t have nearly the same name recognition of other options we’re featuring, but at $38, this set is worth noting. Features include a built-in remote with volume control, MFi Apple-certification, and a “fray resistant cable”.
Philips Fidelio M2L/27 High Resolution Headphones w/ Built-in DAC: $200
Philips’ Fidelio over-ears were one of the first Lightning-enabled headphones on the market. Notable features include a built-in Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) and a bass reflex system that “delivers a clear, dynamic and balanced” low-end. Deluxe memory foam cushions round out the list of features that make this set standout from the rest.
Sony MDR-1ADAC Over-Ear Headphones w/ Built-in DAC: $398
We saved the biggest for last. Sony’s MDR-1ADAC checks every box for a high-end listening experience while still enjoying the convenience of a Lightning connection. These headphones have 40mm drivers that are supported by an internal eight hour battery life which is recharged by the included Lightning cable. High-resolution compatibility, foldable earcups and a carrying pouch round out the feature list.
Looking for more options? Be sure to hit up this roundup that includes all of our favorite wireless headphones for the new iPhone 7.