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According to the current facts, wired headsets, especially HiFi headsets, have already become the tears of the times just like HiFi speakers and home theaters. At present, the mainstream of the audio industry is Bluetooth headsets, smart speakers and car audio. Even the HiFi market is inferior to the professional sound reinforcement field, not to mention the embedded speakers of TVs, mobile phones and laptops. This is only the statistical results as of 2019 to open up this issue, we must first understand a concept. How did the former headphones beat the speakers and become the mainstream of the industry? Is it sound quality performance? Or more luxury attributes? Neither, but headphones are often much cheaper than speakers and speakers. Earphones become the key to mainstream, low price, convenient listening and a certain degree of privacy. To put it bluntly, it is cheap and convenient. And if there is a new form of product with higher convenience, then it is not surprising that the traditional form of headphones presents an overwhelming advantage. TWS headset is such a product form, and Apple’s strong market share also illustrates this problem with undisputed facts. HiFi headset itself is a pseudo concept. In other words, wired headsets have a large part of the hype factor. To put it bluntly, it is a bubble. For example, in the past few years, the market price of earphones has soared, and the price of tens of thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars has been increased at every turn. Accompanied by various overwhelming advertisements and sailors, describing how powerful these earphones are. The instigators of this series of chaos were Beats’ first sound recorders, Sennheiser HD800 and AKG K3003. Although Sennheiser HD800 and AKG K3003 themselves are not considered IQ tax, especially Sennheiser HD800’s performance is still remarkable. But the price bubble of earphones is brought up by these two earphones. This was mentioned in detail in my video a year ago. Now the bubble has burst and the tide has receded. It is not surprising that Sennheiser sold its consumer headset business for 200 million yuan. Will wired headsets die out? of course not. To answer this question, we still have to analyze the user group of the headset. I think it can be roughly divided into three parts: the pursuit of the ultimate audio experience, the pursuit of flexible and convenient use, the pursuit of a certain sound quality, but the budget and conditions are relatively limited. For these three types of people, there is no doubt that the second type is to collectively switch to TWS true wireless The headset is represented by the Bluetooth headset camp. So for the first type of users, based on the experience of many audiophiles I have contacted, many of them were “fudged” by the headset advertisements. They are not unable to play or have no conditions to play with speakers. Instead, they are simply confused by the hi-fi earphone advertisements, but when they have a certain experience and ability to judge the sound, they have also compared it with the speaker system. Once they realize the actual gap between the speaker and the earphone, they will give up the HiFi earphone. Switched to the embrace of HiFi speakers and home theater. In the past, I often saw such a message under my answer. And for the third group of people. This group of people may not have their own real estate, or they may still be in a university dormitory and have no independent space. But it can’t stand the impact of Bluetooth bit rate on audio transmission. So it will not rush to switch to the Bluetooth camp. The chip of the Bluetooth headset usually has 7-segment or 15-segment EQ, which is very convenient and flexible for the tuning of the headset, and it is easier to call up a good frequency response curve during the product development process. Although the traditional passive wired headset does not have a chip itself, there are currently many HiFi players and software that support EQ tuning. So for some players who use EQ and other tuning methods, the effect of Bluetooth headsets is largely inferior to wired headsets. In other words, wired earphones are the best solution when the speaker system cannot be used, and it is still improved compared to Bluetooth earphones. And Bluetooth headsets are almost all sealed designs, and wired headsets can choose an open design, which is more friendly to wear in summer. There is no doubt that this group of people will continue to buy wired headsets. In addition, there is also a group of people who belong to primitive earphone enthusiasts, and even some products tend to be fetish. Even if they have sufficient budget and venue, they will buy headphones. They tend to ignore the actual gap between speakers and headphones, thinking that headphones are the best sound quality products in the world, which is a bit similar to players of vinyl record players. Such players will continue to buy wired headsets no matter what. Finally, briefly review the two topics. The first is the sound performance of speakers and headphones. There is a qualitative difference between the low-frequency performance and spatial impression of traditional headphones and speakers, so this old-fashioned topic will not be repeated. Here is just another point of difference-the performance of the high-frequency part. It is almost impossible to find a headset that can precisely match the high-frequency response of a specific individual’s ear from the market, like a “blind cat hits a dead mouse”. And many earphones often have some peaks and valleys at high frequencies due to the acoustic principle itself. The speaker only needs to ensure that the high frequency response is flat. Therefore, the high frequency performance of headphones is often not as good as that of speakers. Another issue is the discussion about the sound quality between wired headsets and Bluetooth headsets. Although the sound quality problems caused by the wireless transmission protocol of Bluetooth headsets are usually inferior to wired transmission. But the tuning, or the frequency response curve, is not necessarily. Bluetooth headsets can be tuned electronically with the help of Bluetooth chips. Compared with traditional wired headsets with pure acoustic design, it has great convenience and is easier to tune out some curves. In fact, even now, there are still many “HiFi headsets” on the market that cannot meet the minimum performance requirements specified by the national standard and IEC, and there are many big brands and relatively expensive headsets. This chaos in the market is also one of the important reasons why wired headsets, especially HiFi headsets, are becoming self-destructive. You can deceive some people in one life, or you can deceive everyone in one life, but you cannot deceive everyone in one life. ——Abraham Lincoln In addition, wired headsets are still better than Bluetooth headsets in terms of delay, but not all wireless headsets. Because WiFi audio transmission can be lossless and low latency. It’s just that the power consumption and cost of the WiFi module are usually higher than that of Bluetooth, and it is relatively more used in wireless speakers.


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6 months ago

Regarding this issue, I think wired headsets have not become the tears of the times. I have used both AirPods and EarPods in the past year, and now I firmly choose EarPods, which shows that wired earphones have their advantages. Let me combine my own experience to talk about why wired earphones have not become the tears of the times. First, the wired headset does not need to be charged, which is an important reason why I choose EarPods firmly. No matter how long the battery life is, the wireless headset needs to be charged. This thing is not fixed once a day like a mobile phone, which makes it impossible to remember to charge it. It is really uncomfortable to find that it is out of power when it is often taken out. Wired headsets can be plugged in whenever you use them, which is really much more convenient than wireless headsets that require charging. More importantly, the small-capacity lithium battery used in wireless earphones is attenuated seriously. AirPods that have been used for a year have seen a significant decline in battery life. It is not cheap to change the battery, and it is difficult to continue to recharge it. The second is that there is no delay in wired headsets. No matter how low the advertised delay of Bluetooth headsets is, it will be higher than wired headsets. When playing games (especially eating chicken), it is obvious. The third is that wired headsets are not easy to lose, and the probability of wireless loss is really high, especially for charging boxes, which are often placed on the table when eating out, and people leave. And it’s hard to find the wireless earphones if they fall off, just detach the wired earphones and hang them up. Fourth, wired earphones are originally cheaper than wireless earphones. You can buy usable wired earphones at 9.9, and you can buy wired earphones with good sound quality for more than 100. The price of wireless earphones is 10 times higher.

6 months ago

We Hu-Fi guys will not compromise, wireless or DD. The pursuit of sound quality for wireless is not only to consider the breakthrough of battery materials. First, cut off the lossy Bluetooth at the beginning of its birth and retrain. The high-performance wireless/DA/op amplifier/crystal oscillator is not small in size, in order to achieve some intelligence. You have to throw a main control into it for the functionalization, as well as peripheral power management. At least at this stage, I want to make a good quality wireless solution with a large circuit board. Especially the sound quality of tws at this stage is almost the same as giving up treatment. In fact, not many people in the market know what high-quality audio is and really pursue it. The birth of tws is probably due to a considerable part of the reason that a bunch of mobile phone manufacturers led by Apple forcibly canceled the earphone jack to create accessory demand, otherwise the original way of 9.9 is not good? Until this year, even the “bulb” still has a number of manufacturers in production. Why do you want to be so anxious?

6 months ago

To be honest, it is not yet, but it will be soon. There is no doubt that with the current technology, the accuracy of a medium (analog) return device is far greater than that of a non-medium return device. However, from an engineering point of view, a device, project, etc… all have accuracy limits. 1. When wireless or even without medium (the two are very similar, but not the same), the transmission rate and accuracy exceed the accuracy of human ears by two to three orders of magnitude (conservatively look) 2. When the battery technology breaks through again, the battery is miniaturized and light When both quantification and stabilization have cross-generational advantages over current products, whoever uses wired headsets will be the one who TM. Why do people still listen to vinyl now? Because vinyl is the ultimate analog radio (almost no distortion loss), there is a special aesthetic bonus. Why do people still use film now? Because what is needed is this kind of random distortion, the distortion filter function has not had time to derive the natural aging process. (It may also be uneconomical.) Judging from the current technological development, wired headsets will inevitably die out. If Nokia is the tears of the times, so are wired headsets. But manufacturers like Sony have taken a step forward. In the future, I will buy the most cutting-edge headphones as my listening terminal. But I will definitely not abandon my old man: my reliable enlightenment machine inherited from my dad: the telephone line version DT880. This is my reference headset. It is the cornerstone of my concept of listening to music. We will step into the next generation together.

6 months ago

If the wired headset is outdated, forget it. In the low-latency scenario, the wired monitoring device is yyds. In addition to playing games, all musical instrument performance and recording scenes that pick up sound and need real-time monitoring need to reduce the delay to about 10ms. The industry standard delay requirement for music production equipment is 4ms. Not to mention that the delay limit that the human ear can distinguish is 0.1s=100ms. That is an ordinary person, and the delay that a well-trained musician can distinguish is far less than 100ms. What is the concept of 100ms, the 16th note at the speed of bpm=150, if you can’t even hear this sloppy timing, then don’t mix with the industry. Now the most advanced aptx format can only achieve 50ms delay, right? I put a delay to kill me a 32th note, and I couldn’t bear it. The drummer rolled down and went into a mess, the master of the shadow stream. And don’t underestimate the application scenario I’m talking about. As more and more people learn to play musical instruments, the demand for monitoring, recording, live broadcasting, and video production is increasing. There is no use for wireless headphones in this scenario. However, there are still some cerebral palsy companies that originally mobile devices already support digital audio workstations and audio source functions, but they have also eliminated the 3.5mm audio interface. Then I plug an otg cable into the midi device, where should I plug the output? Is it possible to use AirPods? The 3.5 adapter is plugged in, and the otg has no place to plug it in. So don’t GarageBand do percussion and keyboard sound sources? Originally, there is no delay in the audio source, so you can delay a wireless headset for more than one second. Got your mind? What about you, Apple.

6 months ago

No matter what earphone enthusiasts say, wired earphones have indeed become the tears of the times! The sales of true wireless headsets reached 230 million in 2020, and the sales are expected to be 310 million in 2021. With the continuous development of true wireless headsets, wired headsets have become a thing of the past for most people. Success is also wired, and failure is also wired! The benefits of wired headsets are lossless sound quality, no delay, and professionalism. But for most people, wired means trouble, restraint, and inconvenience. All of us just to “listen to the sound”, true wireless earphones can better meet people’s daily needs! There are also some people questioning true wireless headsets, saying that they are “unreliable”, with high latency, low sound quality supported, anxiety about battery life while listening to songs, and Bluetooth being vulnerable to interference. But technology has been advancing, and these shortcomings of true wireless headphones have gradually been improved. At present, mainstream true wireless headsets already support APTX and LDAC lossless formats, and some even support APTX-HD lossless formats. True wireless headsets that support the AAC format are even more commonplace. In terms of latency, the lowest latency of mainstream flagship true wireless headsets is within 69 milliseconds, and most of them are within 160 milliseconds, which is too low for people to feel the existence (true wireless headsets must have delays, but they can develop to the point where people can’t feel them. To) and the advantages of true wireless headsets are very many: extremely fast connection, small and portable, no entanglement, no restrictions, long transmission distance (compared to wired headsets) and other advantages. If you can’t find a true wireless headset that supports lossless formats and low latency, I would recommend some good ones!

6 months ago

Anyway, not yet. Wired headsets also have some irreplaceable advantages of wireless Bluetooth headsets: many specific use occasions and users, such as recording studios, headset enthusiasts, etc., will prefer the stability of the wired headset connection. As long as the wire is okay, the wired headset will not be disconnected. , The troublesome sound quality of the connection is not stable. The quality of the earphone transmission cable and the speaker is guaranteed. Compared with the wireless earphone, the sound quality of the wired earphone does not need to be said. However, some of the advantages of the wireless earphone also make many people’s wired earphones. Laid-off: Get rid of the shackles of wired headsets, which greatly facilitates work and life; and it has a stylish appearance and is also a good accessory. It has a sense of modern technology. It has a pop-up window design, wearing induction, active noise reduction, voice wake-up, and operation gestures. Such as smart operation, smart is the specific choice between the two standard wireless Bluetooth headsets, which varies from person to person. The use of different scenarios determines the individual’s choice of use. Although the current overall trend is towards wireless headphones, the two may still coexist for a long time.

6 months ago

The delay of wired headphones, the sound quality is YYDS!
What do you say?
Wireless Bluetooth headsets cannot escape the word delay anyway, there will be some, but it is impossible to become zero.
How many industries still use wired headsets. This is enough to show that there is still a market for wired headsets. If it is not inconvenient that the headset cords are easy to mess up and scratch clothes, I think many people would still choose wired headsets.

6 months ago

Personally, the same is the headset, but the people who use wired headsets and wireless Bluetooth headsets are two groups. Why did we use wired headphones before? Because buying a mobile phone can deliver a headset, the phone can also be plugged into the earphone jack. Why do many people use Bluetooth headsets now? Because buying a mobile phone now does not send earphones, and there is no earphone jack. Later, everyone is willing to buy Bluetooth headsets because they can get rid of the shackles of traditional wired. Just bring the Bluetooth headsets and find a corner to listen to music and watch the videos when commuting to get off work. No longer have to worry about the headset cord being dragged away. Secondly, most of the Bluetooth headsets now have delays, battery life, noise reduction and other functions that have been done very well, and basically can meet our daily use, so it is as simple as buying a Bluetooth headset for convenience. No matter how strong the Bluetooth headset is now, its sound quality is definitely not as strong as the wired headset, because the transmission and decoding sound quality will definitely be lost, not to mention that the sound quality is metaphysics, the difference here is really big. The 200-yuan wired headset has a sound quality that is less than a thousand-yuan bluetooth headset, if you are not satisfied! You can take a wired headset and compare it with the Bluetooth headset you are currently holding, and you will know what the sound of nature is. In pursuit of sound quality, people who play games will choose wired headsets. Wired headsets have game delays and sound quality performance is very good. Bluetooth headsets have no way to compare, so how can wired headsets become the tears of the times? It’s just a different user group. To cite an inappropriate analogy: now that mobile phones are so powerful for taking pictures, single-phase reversed-phase opportunities will not become the tears of the times.

6 months ago

Two points determine that there will always be a market for cable. 1. Very low latency: The cable latency is only a few milliseconds, which is just needed for many people. 2. High-quality transmission: stable, strong anti-interference ability, and there is no saying that there is no bandwidth when wired earphones transmit analog signals. The wireless transmission ability has a ceiling, and the anti-interference ability is much weaker than that of wired, and it can’t even be used directly in some harsh environments. The advantage that wireless can defeat wired is only convenience. Wireless can only eliminate wired headsets of the same level, and other wired headsets that far exceed the level of wireless headsets. What should wireless replace?

6 months ago

No, as long as you are looking for sound quality, the current wireless headsets are still not enough. Sony WF1000XM4 still looks not good enough, but WH1000XM4 does reach the level that mainstream people can use. However, the anti-interference ability is still very general, and the downtown area will not be good. And even for LDAC, the highest is 990Kbps, unless just listening to pop music, that’s really fine. There is a big symphony or steel association, but the poor sound quality of Bluetooth, don’t be funny. I think this product will co-exist with wireless headsets for a long time, until when Sony/Apple or other companies come up with a wireless transmission technology that can stably output the DSD format, then wired headsets can indeed retire. It’s a bit too early to say that cable was eliminated in the era when LDAC is not popular.

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