It’s always nice to see major technological advancements in the products we use everyday, but when Apple dropped the traditional headphone jack on the iPhone 7 it left a massive amount of perfectly useable headphones more or less useless. We have already rounded up some of the best wireless options, including truly wireless earbuds for those ready to ditch their old cans. However, if you’re like me, and more than happy with the performance and sound quality on the wired-up headphones you already own, it might be time to look into a wireless adapter of sorts.
Despite a number of solutions already on the market, the recent (fully funded) Kickstarter campaign for EarStudio caught our eye…
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The basic idea here is a small wireless receiver that connects to your iOS device (or other Bluetooth-enabled gear) and then simply sends said audio down a typical 3.5mm jack to your existing headphones. Just the same, the system will also work with speaker setups and other listening devices that only accept an analog audio signal.
But this is not your typical Bluetooth audio adapter. It also spits out audio at a much higher quality than your average wire-free audio hub. To be specific, what you’re hearing on a daily basis, through a standard audio setup (headphones, speakers via streaming service), is at best 16-bit/44.1kHz. What that means exactly isn’t entirely important, just know that it directly represents the fidelity of the amplitude and frequency response in digital audio.
Leveraging Qualcomm’s aptX HD codec, the EarStudio adapter is capable of reproducing audio at 24-bit/48kHz. While that may not be a massive step up to the average user, at nearly double the quality overall, audiophiles will certainly take note. Not to get overly technical here but Radsone is pulling this all off with the combination of its patented DC tech and internal up-scaling. In other words, even if the audio source is at a lower rate, the EarStudio will up-convert the music to its native resolution.
The internal battery lasts for up to 14 hours with USB charging and there are external balance and volume controls. There is also a companion app that features a number of audio enhancements and more.
While the project was funded in just 3-days, there are still some early bird packs available starting at
$79 $49 ($30 discount). Backers can expect delivery starting in September 2017.