The latest headset from acclaimed Japanese headphone company Audio-Technica is a bold one. There is no aux cable included with Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT, the first over-ear headphone operating solely over a digital connection.
Here’s Why Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT Has No Aux Cable!
The system in place is called Pure Digital Drive. Unlike other headphones, this over-ear model is promising to deliver the clearest of audio because it’s skipping digital-to-analog conversion and sending the signal straight from your audio source to the drivers. In doing so, this skips the analog conversion and eliminates the opportunity for distortion resulting in beautiful audio of the purest kind. The Pure Digital Drive system also enables the ATH-DSR9BT to retain that pure, distortion-less connection over Bluetooth wireless transmission by supporting the 24-bit/48kHz Qualcomm aptX HD codec.
So, when you really think about it… after working tirelessly to create this clean listening experience why would Audio-Technica include a standard aux cable? You’d be streaming your audio back through an analog signal, which, by way of processing, gives way to more distortion and as a result defeats the entire purpose. So, don’t expect to plug the Audio-Technica DSR9BT directly into your cell or smart device via aux cable.
However, in order to retain the audio quality and digital connection, the Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT is shipped with a micro USB (for the headphone) to USB cable that can be used with computers and other compatible digital devices to reproduce high resolution audio. To note, for me this cable worked on a part-time schedule – one day it worked plugged into my computer and the next day it wouldn’t. Not sure why though…
Also, as an FYI, don’t expect to use an adapter to the USB cable and then plug it intop your smart device. IT won’t work since the headphone draws too much power, according to an error message I received.
Just be aware that if you use up all 15 hours of wireless battery life then you’re SOL unless you get a chance to charge the Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT for 4 hours.