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    • I have had wireless headphones for quite some time, before the whole kill-the-jack theme started and wireless connectivity definitely is a must-have for me.

      Although, I still like plugging the headphones in when watching a movie or playing a game because the ones that I currently have, have pretty big latency.

      But headphones aren't really the thing that annoys me the most about losing the jack. It's situations like one that I went through in the previous weeks: at school each class is preparing an ameture theatre play, it's a school tradition. I was responsible for audio. So I had an app on my phone and... That's all I needed! So simple, I already have my phone with me everyday, I don't have to care about carrying a Bluetooth speaker nor any kind of dongle.

      I love Bluetooth and wireless tech but it's that simplicity that we're losing and especially in cases where the jack would easily fit in the phone, I'm very mad it isn't there.

    • I still refuse to jump to wireless headphones/earphones. It's partly a matter of convenience, more on which I'll get to, and it's also a matter of audio quality. I'm not at all a fan of removing the 3.5mm jack, although I recognize why manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, etc are making the switch.

      From a convenience standpoint, I can only stay on top of the charge state of so many battery-powered devices. Between my laptop, my cell phone, and my personal audio player, that's all I can manage. So my mice, earphones, headphones - essentially all accessories, are wired.

      When traveling, I acknowledge that it would be nice not to have the wires hanging out all over the place, but I'll take that over the feeling of dismay when I pull them out to use them and find they've lost charge and are therefore temporarily unusable.

      So, at home I have various DACs set up and various wired, transducer solutions. A Dragonfly is on my office desktop, wired to a pair of Bose desktop speakers, or I switch to a pair of wired GN2000s for my conferences and audio when I need to keep the noise down.

      For mobile calls, I have a Pixel 2 which has no 3.5mm jack, so I have the obligatory adapter that @Dracula shows above (but with a mic band), and a generic $9.95 headset I bought at an airport. I tend to lose those and/or they inevitably fail 1 day past the warranty date, so I view them, essentially, as a throwaway solution.

      For my portable audio setup, I have an Astell & Kern Kann with a 2.5mm balanced output, and a set of custom JH Audio Lolas running over a custom Black Dragon cable, which I treasure. There are no wireless headphones/earbuds that I'm aware of that can deliver the liquid audio experience of a set of Lolas.

    • For a few years, have had a wired pair of Skull Candy cans - I think they cost around US$40 new. I do not like anything to poke into my ear canal or hang on my ear - excema issues (I am old geezer). The Skull Candy cans were a little too small - did not cover my outer ear, but rather pressed against the ear. They hurt after a hour or two. A few months ago I bought a pair of Bose QC35 - a notable improvement. The bluetooth connecting is pretty straightforward, but I have two devices and one tends to preempt the other, so I turn off the bluetooth feature on the less-used device unless I need to listen (I mostly think computers should be seen and not heard, so it isn't much of an issue). Although the battery life is good, I would say it is mildly annoying to have to recharge a couple of times weekly. There is still a wired cord available; 3.5mm audio plug on the PC end, and a slightly smaller plug on the headphone end. The charging connection is a micro-USB jack. Because of the noise cancellation feature, even if you use the audio cord, it is still necessary to recharge. But aside from all that, the QC35 are super-comfortable - I tend to leave them on a lot; it is so nice and QUIET :)