JBL Noise Cancelling Earbuds Use USB Type-C
Check out this awesome 3.5mm headphone jack has been the default way to connect headphones to a mobile device for many years, but JBL is looking to change that with the Reflect Aware C noise-canceling earbuds. Rather than connect via a headphone jack, these earbuds plug into a USB Type-C port.
USB Type-C is the new universal standard for USB, but it’s far from universal right now. Only a few computers have these ports, and a number of flagship phones are still shipping with older microUSB. Type-C ports are similar in size to microUSB, but they’ll be on everything from laptops to smartphones. They are designed to be more durable, and the connectors are reversible. Of particular interest to JBL, Type-C can be used to deliver data (sound) as well as power.
Active noise-canceling headphones require power to sample the ambient noise and mitigate it. That usually means some sort of rechargeable battery inside the earbuds or inside the in-line controls.
However, the Reflect Aware C just pull power from the device over USB Type-C. These earbuds were announced alongside the new HTC 10, which features a Type-C port. Other compatible phones include the Nexus 6P/5X, LG G5, and Nextbit Robin. They won’t work with the Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, which have a microUSB port. JBL has also released a similar product that connects to the Apple Lightning port for power and audio.
The Reflect Aware C noise-canceling earbuds will ship on June 19th, and you can pre-order them direct from JBL for $160.