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iPhone 7 headphones

Lightning connector headphone options

Buying an iPhone® 7? You may need to look for a new set of headphones, too. Or maybe not.

There's no headphone jack on the iPhone 7, but that doesn't mean you need to throw out your favorite headphones. The iPhone 7 comes with an adapter that goes between the Lightning® connector and your headphones.

However, there plenty of other options to consider. Let's start with Bluetooth®.

Bluetooth wireless headphones

If you’ve already invested in wireless Bluetooth sports headphones, then you can continue your workout routines just as before with the iPhone 7. In fact, any type of Bluetooth headphones you already own should work with the new iPhone.

Headphones with Apple’s W1 chip in them will be able to instantly pair with the iPhone 7, and maintain a wireless connection more efficiently. The Beats by Dr. Dre® Solo3 wireless headphones, for example, promise up to 40 hours of wireless usage.

Beats by Dr Dre Solo3

Beats by Dr. Dre Solo 3 wireless headphones use an Apple W1 chip to instantly pair with the iPhone 7.

Haven’t made the move to wireless headphones yet? Not to worry; there are many varieties of wireless earbud, on-ear, and over-the-ear models available.

JBL Aware

The JBL Reflect Aware Noise-canceling sports headphones use the iPhone's Lightning connector.

Headphones with Lightning connectors

There are already a variety of headphones that have a Lightning connector so you can plug them directly into your new iPhone (or any iPhone, iPod touch®, or iPad® with a Lightning connect for that matter).

The JBL Reflect Aware sports headphones are a great choice for workouts. High-performance headphones such as the Audeze planar magnetic headphones come with a detachable Lightning connector cable.

Portable USB DAC

If you own high-performance headphones and want to get the most out of them, use an AudioQuest DragonFly® Red.

This compact headphone amplifier has a high-resolution DAC (digital-to-analog) built in, and a stereo minijack for your headphones. Connect the Dragonfly’s USB connector to a USB-to-Lightning adapter.

AudioQuest Dragonfly Red

With a Lightning connector adapter, the AudioQuest DragonFly Red v1.0 can deliver high quality sound from your iPhone.

The Dragonfly bypasses your iPhone’s lower resolution DAC to give you clearer, more detailed sound. And because it’s also a headphone amplifier, high-performance headphones get the power they need to deliver that sound.

  • richlodato from Glenside

    Posted on 8/6/2017

    Not a happy guy with the iPhone 7. So many limits to everything else. The bugs are forever and siri is clueless. Headphones as a musician is a nightmare. WTF!

  • Daniel R Keene from South Chesterfield

    Posted on 4/4/2017

    No. Just... no

  • Debdeb from Denver

    Posted on 9/29/2016

    Another issue is my college age kids who used to be able to hook up their iPhones to their older stereos to play music & charge at the same time. Is there a fix for the new 7's for that, anyone?

  • Capreece Smith from Fort Stewart

    Posted on 9/12/2016

    All of these products are well over 100 dollars the phone is 700 that's my biggest issue smh

  • Khürt L. Williams from Skillman

    Posted on 9/8/2016

    Here's the real problem with the new Lightning only iPhone 7. Bluetooth audio quality is atrocious. So that's not going to work for me. Headphones with Lightning connectors can't be used with other equipment. I'll need two sets of headphones. Lightning is proprietary so the other phone manufacturers won't be using it. They'll most likely use USB-C. That means we'll have two competing headphone connection requirements. Buy one and you can't use it with the other. VHS vs Betamax. Blu-ray vs HD-DVD.