Jack plug: USB Type-C can it really replace it? [Exclusive Guide]

1:26 am October 22, 201611871

Farewell Jack! Whether you like it or not, the Jack is on track to make my farewell in the world of telephony. 7 tends launched the iPhone and some Android smartphones should follow suit. The Jack will be replaced by USB Type-C. But is it really possible? We do the complete point on the issue.

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When speaking of Jack on the smartphone, it is somewhat confused. Indeed, the Jack displays originally (1878) a diameter of 6.35 mm. Clearly today, the Jack is used mainly in the world of the show or for musicians. One branch of my Gibson Les Paul on the amp with a Jack (I don’t want to hear about Fender Stratocaster, no but oh!).

On the mobile is in fact of mini-jack 3.5 mm in diameter. The mini-jack spread quickly, along with the headphones and earphones, and including the first Walkmann. Then we continue to use this technology. She does not take place and can listen to music everywhere, all the time, and in the best quality, according to the material of each course.

But now that Apple has seemed wise to remove the Jack from my iPhone 7 , believing that USB Type-C technology would be much better . The Jack is old us Apple says it is time to replace it. This will help encourage other more modern technologies.


Other brands have apparently adopted this point of view since the next HTC and even the Galaxy S8 should be devoid of Jack. But is it really a good idea? Is the interest for the consumer so obvious? Going to “retool”? All our answers.

USB Type-C, but what’s the point?

Why change something that works? We are all asked the question of interest to the USB Type-C. It is that technically, there are a few benefits. Today, to listen to my music in a best quality on my smartphone, several elements must be taken into account.

First there is the quality of the headphones, but also components of the smartphone without talking about the format of your content. If we look at the components of the smartphone, there are several issues . Which chip is used to manage the sound signal (DSP)? Which chip is used to transform the digital signal into analog signal (DAC)? What are the types of amplifiers built into the smartphone?


With the USB Type-C, are now the helmets which will integrate these data . This means roughly that integrated components to smartphones for my part will be more important when choosing my mobile. The different chips will be directly integrated in the headphones and earphones USB Type-C.

In practice, if you buy a smartphone in 2016 and a helmet in USB Type-C, you can change your mobile without paying attention to its integrated technology. Your helmet will ensure the same quality in time. A way to limit the obsolescence of the helmets, which is a good thing.

Audio HD, really?

In General, the integration of the chips in the helmets should improve sound quality. Helmets manufacturers are specialists, and we rely on them to compete on the quality of its offered by helmets.

In addition, USB Type-C will offer opportunities to these builders especially at the level of features. We can for example think about effects on music, special management of equalization or still for example to adjust volume depending on the activity. For example if the wearer of the helmet is doing a running session, volume may increase when it accelerates. For example.

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The other issue for users of Android smartphones is the HD audio. At the present time, and rather schematically, it is impossible to offer a different sampling of one imposed by Android, or 48 KHz. Except that music in HD is based on a frequency of 96 or 192 KHz . So, it is impossible today to listen to the HD audio on an Android smartphone whatever it is.

If some models like Marshmall London smartphone have a marketing message based on a better sound quality, is not on the sampling frequency that depends. If you want to listen to sounds in FLAC or so on Qobuz streaming service (which offers the look in HD), is not on Android that it happens.

In reality, there is a small difference compared to other models, but for purists the process is medium because it is to pass the content of 96 and 192 KHz in 48 KHz by destroying the least possible titles. But well, we are not on the true HD audio.

With USB Type-C, the sampling frequency supported by the smarpthone will no longer matter. Indeed, the chips being in helmets, they are the ones who will be able to manage the frequency. The only problem is that at present therefore a system which keeps the frequency of 48 KHz on the speakers of the smartphone while allowing to pass on the 96 to 192 KHz in helmets. But at the present time, nothing does. The HD audio on Android at the moment, it’s the wind.

All redeem?

With the disappearance of the Jack, the issue of the acquisition of helmets necessarily arises. Because at the present time, few users equipped with headsets or earphones in USB Type-C. Yet, the disappearance of the Jack will not leave much choice, he’ll have to change my material if there was even there of wired headphones only.

Otherwise, two solutions: opt for mini-jack/USB Type – C adapters or wireless headphones. In the second case, this involves a purchase. All this for what purpose? We don’t know really because right now on Android quality gain is far from clear.

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True audiophiles are already equipped today and they certainly don’t listen their music on their smartphone. Music fans opt for better quality audio readers like the Sony Walkman F800 , with true HD sound and helmets that fit. This argument of the quality of sound on smartphone’s lion to be valid.

And to recharge then!

It is especially since if the headphones plug into the port USB-Type C, how do you recharge your smartphone at the same time? is the big question of a purely practical nature everyone arises.

Because today, in terms of use, we all have the same problem, our smartphones lack autonomy. Listen to music on your smartphone involves to do when we’re traveling, in mobility. And as everyone knows, listen to my music can quickly melt the battery.

But then what happens if I want to listen to my music while charging my smartphone on an external battery in transit for example? And well I can’t. And that is the problem of the removal of the Jack. In terms of use, replace it with a USB Type-C is zero points.

So what to make? And just that this idea to remove this Jack is totally inappropriate. Away from us the idea of making the refractory to the evolution of technology, on the contrary. We love innovation but only if it is well thought out. And the problem is that all this is badly thought, anyway for the user.

Because in the end, the removal of the Jack will push many users to “retool”, for a gain in quality that is far from clear at present. The worst case is that this was not to be since it does not correspond to the needs of users.


On the contrary, all this strips us of something that was still useful . And this isn’t because technology mini-jack is old it is obsolete or unnecessary, although instead. Looks like another: “it’s in the old pots, we do the best jams” . Come on, plug the guitars!