10 Worthy Wireless Audio Accessories for Your New iPhone 7

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-12-14
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 Worthy Wireless Audio Accessories for Your New iPhone 7
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    10 Worthy Wireless Audio Accessories for Your New iPhone 7

    The lack of a headphone jack in the iPhone 7 is an opportunity for users to choose from a wide range of wireless audio accessories for Apple's latest handset.
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    Affordable Earbuds from Apple’s Beats
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    Affordable Earbuds from Apple’s Beats

    Apple’s Beats by Dre line includes the Powerbeats2 wireless earbuds. The earbuds, which cost $200, come with a rechargeable battery and connect to a handset via Bluetooth. When connected, they can deliver audio up to 30 feet away from the iPhone. The Powerbeats2 also come with a built-in microphone so users can make or accept calls with the device.
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    The Portable Harmon Kardon Onyx
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    The Portable Harmon Kardon Onyx

    Harman/Kardon offers some of the highest-quality portable speakers on the market, and the Onyx is one of them. The device is a simple, round speaker that sits on a stand and is capable of delivering outstanding audio that can fill a room. The Onyx, which connects to the device via Bluetooth, can last up to five hours on a single charge and has speakerphone functionality. At $450, it’s a little pricey.
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    Bose Offers Affordable Earbuds
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    Bose Offers Affordable Earbuds

    The Bose SoundSport wireless earbuds are designed for athletes that want to listen to music while they’re running or engaging in other activities. The headphones, which cost $150, offer up to six hours on a single charge and can connect to devices via Bluetooth or a near-field communication chip. Like the others, there’s a microphone built in for calls.
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    JBL’s High-End Portable Speaker
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    JBL’s High-End Portable Speaker

    The JBL Xtreme has, for the last few years, been one of the better-sounding portable Bluetooth speakers. The device, which costs $300, is splash-proof, which means it can be used outdoors without worry. It has dual USB ports to charge devices such as the iPhone, and connects to the handset via Bluetooth. It also offers speakerphone support.
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    Beats Delivers High-End Studio Headphones
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    Beats Delivers High-End Studio Headphones

    Apple’s Beats Studio wireless on-ear headphones compete near the top of the audio food chain. The headphones feature adaptive noise cancellation and built-in software to deliver better audio clarity. They can last up to 12 hours on a single charge and are capable of delivering audio up to 30 feet away from the iPhone. They cost $380.
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    Sony Offers the XB3 Portable Speaker
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    Sony Offers the XB3 Portable Speaker

    The Sony XB3 is a portable Bluetooth speaker that can connect to devices via Bluetooth or near-field communication. The speaker has a splash-proof design for outdoor use and a built-in microphone, allowing users to make hands-free calls. It can last up to 24 hours on a single charge and costs $150.
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    LG Beams Audio to the iPhone
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    LG Beams Audio to the iPhone

    LG’s Tone Pro wireless headphones wrap around the neck instead of the head when worn, delivering wireless stereo sound via a Bluetooth connection. They also come with audio controls on the device, allowing users to pause and play audio tracks without using their device. And like many of the others, the LG Tone Pro comes with a built-in microphone for calling. The LG Tone Pro is available for $70.
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    Insignia Sells Cheap Wireless Earbuds
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    Insignia Sells Cheap Wireless Earbuds

    Those looking to get wireless earbuds on the cheap should consider the Insignia wireless in-ear headphones. The headphones, which cost just $50, include controls, so users don’t need to break out their device. They also deliver up to eight hours of battery life and are sweat-resistant, so they can be used while exercising. They even have a built-in microphone. But it’s their price that might be of the most interest to many users.
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    Samsung’s Tiny Gear IconX Earbuds
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    Samsung’s Tiny Gear IconX Earbuds

    Samsung’s Gear IconX earbuds are the smallest of the bunch and are inserted into the person’s ears. In addition to wirelessly connecting to devices via Bluetooth, the earbuds have fitness-tracking abilities to see how far a person has traveled and track calories. The Gear IconX earbuds also come with 4GB of onboard memory that can store up to 1,000 songs, and their case doubles as a charger. Samsung’s earbuds cost $200.
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    Noise-Canceling Help with Bose QuietComfort 35
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    Noise-Canceling Help with Bose QuietComfort 35

    The $350 Bose QuietComfort 35 are capable of connecting to devices via Bluetooth or near-field communication. The headphones feature noise-cancellation technology and offer up to 20 hours of wireless listening. They also come with EQ for better audio performance and include a dual-microphone system for better call quality.
 

Apple’s iPhone 7 is sure to be one of the more popular gift choices this holiday season, according to analysts. But lucky recipients soon will discover there’s no headphone jack. That means the wired headphones or audio accessories they’ve been using with earlier iPhone iterations won’t connect to Apple’s handset without help from an adapter that plugs into phone's Lightning port. It also means many new iPhone 7 owners will think seriously about buying wireless earbuds and other wireless audio accessories. Luckily, there are some solid options from top-quality manufacturers, including Beats, Bose and Samsung, to name a few. The devices, which range from cheap earbuds to high-end studio headphones, all deliver outstanding audio quality. Users can also consider high-quality wireless Bluetooth speakers that can broadcast sound across a room. In this slide show, eWEEK will cover some of the better wireless audio accessories to try out with the iPhone 7. Check them out.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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