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Shure launches Apple Lightning adaptor with built-in DAC and amp

The Apple iPhone no longer sports a 3.5mm headphone socket, but there are still a few ways to enjoy wired headphones with your new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.

The first option, of course, is to use the Lightning to 3.5mm adapter provided with Apple's flagship handsets. Alternatively, you can ditch your current buds or cans in favour of a pair of dedicated Lightning headphones.

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But if you use Shure headphones, there's another way to stick with your current wired model. At CES 2017, Shure has launched the Remote + Lightning accessory cable, compatible with any of its headphones which use the MMXC (micro-miniature coaxial) connector.

The DAC and amp are built into the in-line remote, which also features a full suite of controls for music playback and answering calls. The cable will cost $100 when it goes on sale in the US this spring, with UK pricing still tbc.

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Andy Madden

Andy is Deputy Editor of What Hi-Fi? and a consumer electronics journalist with nearly 20 years of experience writing news, reviews and features. Over the years he's also contributed to a number of other outlets, including The Sunday Times, the BBC, Stuff, and BA High Life Magazine. Premium wireless earbuds are his passion but he's also keen on car tech and in-car audio systems and can often be found cruising the countryside testing the latest set-ups. In his spare time Andy is a keen golfer and gamer.