A Complete Review On Lightning Earphones For iPhone & iPad

Lightning Earphones For iPhone & iPad
Written by Hassan Abbas

What do you know about lightning earphones for iPhone or iPad? The audio connector is 3.5mm long. But there are some amazing Lightning earphones that are available for the newest iPhones. We choose our best for you. You don’t want a 3.5mm connector allowed Apple to limit device weight and thickness but left lots of iPhone users with a serious headache caused by headphones.

The latest iPhones include a set of Apple’s little white EarPods. But these have a Lightning connector for connecting into the iPhone, besides the old 3.5mm audio connector. Also, they don’t provide good sound quality, that is why lots of people want to purchase better headphones from other manufacturers for listening to their music.

Come let’s take a look at the best lightning headphones:

List Of Lightning earphones

RHA MA650i with Lightning

RHA MA650i with Lightning

Using RHA you can simply get a pair of the best-sounding headphones at a cheap price. The MA series is too good and it’s simple and easy to view.

Here we’ve examined the MA650i with Lighting. There cost £59.95 or the same in dollars so you can easily purchase cheaper headphones. But the most affordable pairs we’ve view using a Lightning port.

Rather than the fact, the MA650i headphones feel or look beside premium. Thanks to the vault aluminum build and a good metal touch on the connector and in-line control panel. The cable is also made of braided fabric until it divides off to each earbud.

It means that you can do the usual stuff but can interact with Siri via microphone.

These are lightweight and gives a comfortable fit. It is especially when you use the Comply Foam or double flange ear tips. Both result are good noise-isolation and there are eight various tips to select from so you can easily find some that fit your ears.

When we talk about the sound quality, these are an impressive headphone for the price. The custom dynamic 380.1 drives can organize or manage a large frequency range of 16-20,000Hz. Also, it balanced tuning means that the MA650i headphones sound great for a massive range of genres.

Also, it provides a 3-year warranty so we’ve got little to complain about here.

Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature

Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature

P9 Signature lacks a Lightning connector, but if you have n0 money issue or you can afford £699 for these top-of-the-range headphones. So you don’t need to mention £1,000-plus for one of the latest iPhones. You can then pay another £40/$50 for B&W’s mandatory Lightning cable isn’t going to break the bank.

The important thing is that B&W’s just replaces the standard 3.5mm cable. So you don’t fret about carrying around any additional adapters or cables. Also, it adds in-line controls for playing music, same as a conventional cable, with B&W’s own high-quality DAC for hi-fi sound quality.

And, the P9 headphones are very expensive, but the quality is clear, from the leather, soft earpieces – quite angled inwards to make the sound effect coming from in front, besides the sides. If you want to custom-designed metallic hinges on the headband that secures vibrations that probably affect the quality of sound.

There’s no noise-canceling issue. But the design of over-ear means the headphones move right over your ears and do a good job of blocking out the noise of background.

The sound effect was genuinely terrifying. Some conventional music sounds quality is quite good enough too, with a rich, warm tone that can’t sacrifice any detail, and a fulsome bass aided by the over-ear design.

Moshi Avanti LT

Moshi Avanti LT

The issue with most Lightning headphones is just that they work with Apple devices like the iPhone and other iPads. Also, they can’t work with the latest Apple products like the iPad Pro range. It’s quite difficult to justify spending too much money on costly headphones that work only with a single device.

However, Moshi played it smart using its Avanti on-ear headphones. They’re quite costly, around £220/$240, but the headphones have a detachable Lightning cable for a 3.5mm cable or Apple devices that gives the compatibility with a huge range of mobiles and other audio devices. Moshi also makes a second version, known as the Avanti C, that compatibles with a USB-C cable for a wide range of mobiles and tablets supported with that connector.

The headphones are designed smartly, and available in different colors. However, the meaning of on-ear design is quite compact.

They sound quality is too good, thanks to the high-frequency range of 15Hz – 22kHz. That enables them to gives an elegant, firm bass on dance tracks like Prime Evil by The Orb. Not just this but also they are reaching right up to the glass-cutting falsetto of Roger Taylor on Queen’s Lap Of The Gods.

Good sound quality, portable design, and essential accessories make sure that the Avanti LT headphones can earn their keep.

Beats UrBeats3 With Lightning Connector

Beats UrBeats3 With Lightning Connector

Somewhat amazingly, provided that the Beats brand is owned by Apple. Also, the UrBeats 3 is one of the middle range sets of Lightning headphones recently available.

The UrBeats3 headphones are designed neatly using a strong, flat cable. As it helps to ignore irritating tangles when you put them in your pocket. In fact, you can also wrap around your neck as the earpieces are clingy or magnetic together to stay in place when you can attach them to ears.

Beats deliver a really solid, punchy bass sound. The higher frequency or the mid-range suffer a bit. They’re good enough for a little rock or pop at the gym, but if you want to really dive down into detail you probably prefer to opt for headphones that give a more amazing sound right across the scope.

Also, it’s good to view Apple/Beats providing a reasonable upgrade for the cheap headphones sold with the iPhone. Also, the powerful sound of the UrBeats3 works a treat in the gym and during a walk in a park.

Moshi Mythro LT

Moshi Mythro LT

Moshi wraps both corners of the price range using its Lightning headphones, using its Avanti LT that offers a high-quality on-ear design for £200. Also, the Mythro LT in-ear headphones provide a much more reasonable choice for all-around £50/$50.

That’s all about as cheap as you get using Lightning earphones. But the Mythro LT can’t sound cheap at all. The built-in DAC compatibles 24-bit high-res audio files. Also, the range of 15Hz – 20kHz frequency means the Mythro LT digs a little deeper on the bass other than some headphones in this price range.

The headphones did an amazing job uncovering all the detail in the multi-layered harmonies on Queen’s Somebody To Love. Also, there is a sharp, different corner on Roger Taylor’s screaming falsetto.

And, as we mentioned earlier, the frequency of Mythro LT’s range helps to adds a good, powerful bass sound too. There’s a really strong kick to the bass drums on the introduction to Kylie Minogue’s Can’t Get You Out Of My Head. It ensures that Mythro LT works a treat for motivational playlists or dance music when during jogging or working out.

Audeze iSine 10

Audeze iSine 10-lightning earphones

The newest addition to the Audeze range. The iSine 10 is quite identical design – with the large eardrops on both sets of headphones similar to the Tie Fighters from Star Wars. But the cheapest price tag that is more manageable. The price also adds a Lightning cable and a standard 3.5mm audio cable so – besides most Lightning headphones – you have the choice of using them with other devices too.

And you can also use them all the time when the iSine 10 headphones really sound cool. They also use a ‘planar magnetic’ design. It also produces a quite exact and detailed sound. They also got a huge range too, moving right down to 10Hz so that they handle deep bass that escapes lots of inexpensive headphones and speakers. They can then move right up to 50kHz for high-res audio files.

Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset

Sennheiser Ambeo-lightning earphones

It’s very costly, but Sennheiser’s Ambeo isn’t just an ordinary set of headphones using a Lightning connector soldered on to the corner of the cable.

The Ambeo includes noise-cancellation technology to block the noise of background while travelling. Also, it balances this with a ‘transparent hearing’ choice that enables you to focus on traffic and other noise to ignore accidents when you’re on the city streets.

Also, it has a microphone on the control cable for taking voice calls. Ambeo also has 2 special ‘3D microphones’ on the earpieces that are used with the Ambeo app. Also, it can be used to record stereo sound and merge it with video clips that you shoot via iPhone camera. This can also add an additional audio dimension to the video you shoot on your iPhone.

Libratone Q-Adapt In-Ear Headphones

Libratone Q-Adapt-lightning earphones

We all go for Libratone’s AirPlay and Bluetooth speakers. As, when we were on the Android to them whenever we listened that the company was releasing its latest range of Q-Adapt headphones. The huge, Q-Adapt On-Ear headphones made it into our top list of Bluetooth headphones. But now this In-Ear version has reached – although this time Libratone has planned to ditch Bluetooth for a wired connection using a Lightning interface.

One of the pros of the Lightning interface is that it provides sufficient power to give noise-cancellation features without a separate battery. Also, it helps to keep the Q-Adapt In-Ear headphones light and compact, using a total of just 20g. You can also resize the noise-cancelling choice. As it could be quite handy when you’re out on the streets and want to watch it for traffic and other sounds around you.

The quality of sound is good enough for a set of in-ear headphones in this price range. Also, with a full bass sound that works quite for rock or pop music. Libratone provides six various sets of ear-tips to ensures that you get a really good fit. Also, the Q-Adapt In-Ear headphones can’t match the softness and clarity of some of the most costly Lightning earphones that are available now. But RRP cost £159 and they are one of the most reasonable sets of Lightning earphones. Also, the best alternative is if you want a lightweight set of headphones that you can carry around in your pocket.


Nuraphone-lightning earphones

Well, Nuraphones are wireless. Also, they have a proprietary connector. Normally that’s an irritating feature but here it means that you can use the headphones with lots of various cables, including Lightning.

It’s quite you’ve used any headphones such as Nura’s. They probably look like quite standard over-ear headphones but they have an in-ear section, too. It’s a weird sensation that you used to but the technology could really worth it.

When you use Nuraphones for the first time, they will play a variety of tones to map your personal hearing. Once it knows the taste of your frequencies then it will create a profile to you. You probably not believe how good it is.

Can I use a Lightning adapter or not?

If you want to stick with a set of 3.5mm wired headphones that you really want then you can easily purchase an adapter. And, in fact, Apple also adds a Lightning adapter using the iPhone 7, 8 and X when they were first released. Also, they are no longer the case with recent iPhones.

You can still purchase Apple’s Lightning To 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter for £9/$9 using the Apple Store. But it’s good to purchase non-Apple choice from audio specialists, like Fiio’s i1, which gives good sound quality, but costs around £35. Some developers, like Bowers & Wilkins or Audeze, make their own Lightning cables for use with their own headphones.

Lightning Advantages

But cluttering around with additional adapters and cables is a big problem – especially when you’re travelling and want to plug it in your headphones with minimum worry.

The easiest choice is to purchase a new set of headphones using their Lightning connector. These range from reasonable in-ear headphones costing >£50 to higher hi-fi versions for £500 or more.

Lightning earphones have other benefits that help to justify their additional cost when the digital audio signal enables you to step up from older 16-bit audio to 24-bit audio that is comparable to the master recordings produced in the studio.


So here’s the complete guide to the best Lightning earphones that are available for the iPhone and iPad. Which one did you really like it? Is this article helpful? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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