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Wifi Headphones: Are they considered off limits to audiophiles?

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I see a ton of high end and mid line phones in the drops, but unless I am missing something, I have not seen a single set of headphones with Wi Fi. Is the cord considered essential to the finest listening experience?
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Phasmainmachina
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Jul 20, 2021
Yes. AFAIK, there aren’t any headphones using wifi, because there aren’t any open standards for audio playback over Wi-fi. There are at least two incompatible protocols, Apple AirPlay and Android Cast along with several others. Also, setup requirements of connecting to a Wi-fi network can be complicated making portable use a bit of a hassle. Power consumption is also a lot higher, so battery drain is significant. Having said that, Wi-fi is used for some home audio setups, where it’s easier to set up once then leave it, but Wi-fi usually requires complicated passwords, not easy to input on a device without a screen. Bluetooth just cannot handle the bandwidth needed for higher resolution audio like Lossless or especially High Resolution; however it’s also a fact that the greater majority of people really cannot hear any significant difference between something being played at 256Kb/s and Lossless, which I’ve proved for myself by playing music files downloaded at 256Kb, ripped at 320Kb, and ripped at full CD resolution or Lossless, using a pair of Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10 Studio IEM’s, about £300 worth of earphones, and while I could quite clearly hear significant differences in the mastering quality of the recordings, I couldn’t detect any real audible loss of quality between the different files. I mostly download from Apple Music now, listening mostly via cabled earphones with Lightning connectivity, either Apple EarPods, MeeAudio Pinnacle P1 canalphones with a third-party MMCX to Lightning cable, or a pair of Taotronics SoundSurge headphones with a 3.5mm to Lightning cable. I do have another pair of Pinnacle P1’s with a Bluetooth wireless adapter from MeeAudio, and I also use the Taotronics wirelessly as well, but I keep forgetting to charge them up, so I just use the cable. I also use my UE TripleFi 10’s, but with a 3.5mm to Lightning adapter, but I’ve discovered that the people I bought the cable for my Pinnacles from also do a 2-Pin to Lightning cable, so I’ll be able to use those plugged directly into my phone without using the adapter, and the cable does make a noticeable difference to the sound as well. Honestly, don’t worry about using Wi-fi, use BT or cables and just enjoy the music, I’m listening through my EarPods up to ten hours a day, the quality is remarkable for ‘phones costing £/$19, and I don’t have to worry about having to stop using them and charge them up! They’re less easy to lose, too… Hope this all helps.
snydfu
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Apr 6, 2021
The Drop THX Panda's - lots of reviews saying they better than the AirPod Max for $150 less, & top 5 under $500. They also just had a Sony HP for around $200 a few weeks back
wtsbaron
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Jan 28, 2020
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wtsbaron
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Jul 18, 2019
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lisarose17
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Nov 9, 2019
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outlooksupport
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May 14, 2019
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lisarose
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Apr 3, 2019
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dcime
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Jan 21, 2019
I will be trying Chromecast Audio to input Jack on higher end headphones. Should work great, in theory. WiFi transmission is much better than bluetooth.
kimdeug
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Oct 16, 2018
Blue tooth 5 is not ready for hi end transmission, The limitation is still there.
rob-okray
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Oct 18, 2018
Are they close yet?
snydfu
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Apr 6, 2021
The Drop THX Panda's - lots of reviews saying they better than the AirPod Max for $150 less, & top 5 under $500.
elenageorge
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Oct 16, 2018
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Rhamnetin
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Jun 20, 2018
All I know is they are off limits for me.
snydfu
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Apr 6, 2021
You need to try The Drop THX Panda's - lots of reviews saying they better than the AirPod Max for $150 less, & top 5 under $500.
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