Featuring a sleek in-line charging node allowing for the simultaneous charging of your iPhone 7 as you listen, Pioneer’s Rayz Plus earphones are … well, pioneering.
One of the first in a wave of new audio offerings being developed for Apple’s post-3.5mm jack world, the new earphones are based upon Avnera’s ‘LightX’ platform – which not only boasts ‘Smart Noise Cancellation,’ but also embedded microphones to implement what the company refers to as “sensor-less on-ear detection,” a one-button click to mute all mics during a call (through a programmable smart button), and features full support for modifying these settings via an app on either your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.
One of the biggest user complaints surrounding Apple’s initial introduction of the iPhone 7 (and iPhone 7 Plus) was that the removal of the device’s 3.5mm headphone jack made it all-but impossible to listen to music, whilst the smartphone was charging.
And while this is still mostly the case today – if you rely on using Apple’s bundled EarPods, there are a few other emerging earphone offerings that aim to lay waste to this restriction …
… But just as with Pioneer’s Rayz, expect to pay over $100 for them.