Headphone jacks are becoming ever rarer, with many Android phone makers opting for Bluetooth and USB-C audio instead. The new OnePlus 6T is the latest big-name handset to dump the old-school connection from its latest version.
Removing the jack enables phones to be made thinner, use less connectors and to be made waterproof more easily. However, adoption of USB-C headphones has been slow because many opt for Bluetooth headphones instead.
There are advantages to using wired though; a digital connection can help improve audio quality, as headphones can be made with dedicated DACs integrated into them, such as the Audeze Sine and iSine that use the Lightning port on the iPhone.
So we've rounded up the best USB-C headphones we've found, let's check out our picks.
Libratone Q-Adapt In-ear USB-C
Libratone already has a pair of Q-Adapt in-ear headphones for the iPhone and has now announced a pair with a USB-C connector too. They claim to be made specifically for the Google Pixel 2 and fall under the "Made for Google" program.
They're sweatproof, so can be used when exercising, have in-line controls for controlling music playback and even have a noise-cancellation mode when taking phone calls with power coming directly from the USB-C port.
Xiaomi Mi Noise-cancelling USB-C headphones
Xiaomi is best known for making high-spec phones at affordable prices. The Chinese manufacturer also makes headphones, including this pair of noise-cancelling in-ears with a USB-C connector. Like the other pairs in this list with noise-cancellation, power comes directly from the phone so there's no bulky battery pack. They promise high-quality and detailed music reproduction, while the titanium plated casing make them durable.
The noise-cancellation feature will work with select Android phones with a USB-C connection.