- More and more smartphones are adopting USB-C, a rising cable standard – but there aren’t yet many quality USB-C headphones available.
- Some device makers are now releasing their own branded USB-C headphones to sell alongside their USB-C smartphones.
- Many USB-C headphones are on the pricier side and may have limited smartphone compatibility.
Many smartphones are now shifting away from their existing charging ports, and towards the newer USB-C standard. Most major 2017 flagship phones support USB-C, and so to will this year’s crop.
And yet, there’s a big problem: The market for USB-C headphones has been slow to catch up, leaving audiophiles who want a wired headset with few places to go. That’s especially important as more and more phone manufacturers follow Apple’s lead in ditching the headphone jack.
Even so, there are a few USB-C audio options available that users can consider. Prospective buyers be warned, though, that USB-C headphones are pricey, and may not work with all models of phone.
Here are some of the best USB-C headphones to buy:
Libratone Q-Adapt in-ear USB-C headphones
These “Made for Google” USB-C headphones sell for $US150 and work best with the Google Pixel 2 smartphone, but can be used with other USB-C devices.
JBL Reflect Aware C earphones
These earbuds were the first-ever noise-cancelling USB-C headphones. They vary in price but sell for about $US120 on Amazon.
HTC USonic adaptive audio earphones
Xiaomi Mi noise-cancelling USB-C headphones
Xiaomi is not well known in the US, but it does does offer a pretty extensive line of accessories. Its latest noise-cancelling USB-C earbuds have been recommended by many tech blogs. They sell for about $US57.
Razer Hammerhead USB-C headphones
Last year, the gaming company Razer had dipped its toe into the mobile sector with the Razer Phone, a high-powered USB-C smartphone. To go with it, Razer released a pair of USB-C headphones for $US80.
In addition to the Razer Phone, they are compatible with the OnePlus 5, HTC U11, Xiaomi Mi 6, Xiaomi Mi Max 2 and also the Huawei Mate 9, Huawei Nexus 6p, Moto Z, LG Nexus 5x and Google Pixel.
Essential HD earphones
Essential’s HD earphones are some of the newer USB-C options on the market. They have been recommended by many for their compatibility with several smartphones and the USB-C MacBook Pro. They sell for $US99.