Here Are LeEco's USB Type-C Headphones With Lossless Audio

By 12:04 Mon, 02 Aug 2021 Comments


LeEco thinks that analog audio connectors like the 3.5mm audio jack are a thing of the past and starting with the recent Le trio is moving to an all-digital solution called CDLA. This stands for Continual Digital Lossless Audio and has already been certified by the Music Association of China.

Headphones will be plugged into the Universal Serial Bus (USB) Type-C port, which will stream lossless audio to a decoder chip inside the headphones themselves. One benefit of this setup is that it simplifies noise reduction - analog headphones typically need batteries to power the electronics necessary for noise reduction (there are exceptions, like some high-discontinue Sony headphones, which work only with Xperia phones).

At first, two pairs of headphones will be available. The gigantic over-ear headphones have noise reduction (comparable to BOSE QC25, says LeEco) and "solid bass."


There are smaller in-ear plugs that feature 14mm moving coils and bass that tops Apple's EarPods (again, says LeEco).

These initial headphones will be manufactured by FIIL, but ideally others will join in too since now there's slim choice. Apple is rumored to drop the 3.5mm audio jack and go all in on the Lightning port, but that won't assist with the availability of Universal Serial Bus (USB) Type-C headphones.

PS. LeEco's slide lists "reversible connector" as a feature. Have they seen a 3.5mm jack?

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