Philips, not Beats, releases the first Lightning-connected headphones

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Ever since the Lightning Connector was first announced two years ago, we’ve known it could do more than just sync-and-charge: it could also play music. So when Apple bought Beats earlier this year, many assumed that it would be Apple’s new in-house headphone brand who would release the first Lightning-connected cans to market.

But nope. As it turns out, the first headphones to connect via a Lightning port to an iPhone, iPod, or iPad won’t come from Beats. It’ll come from Philips, who have just introduced their Fidelio M2L headphones featuring the funtionality.

What’s the benefit of connecting with Lightning over a standard 3.5mm audio jack? Mostly, it has to do wit fidelity. In theory, Lightning provides higher quality 24-bit digital-to-analog audio conversion and amplification, while also eliminating interference and other issues.

Using two 40mm high magnetic intensity neodymium speaker drivers and a closed-back acoustic architecture, they should deliver wide ranging, noise isolated audio with dynamic bass. In plain English? Your music should sound even better… at least if you’re audiophile enough to hear it.

In addition to Lightning connectivity, the M2L’s feature breathable lether memory foam ear pads for a comfortable, overear fit. But these are premium headphones. By the time they are released in North America and Euripe in December, they will retail for around $322.

What do you think? Would you gladly switch over to Lightning headphones instead of continuing to use a standard 3.5mm jack? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Pocket-Lint