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If iPhone 7 ditches the audio jack, these three DACs will keep the music spinning

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Joel Schroeder
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It's an interesting theory to say the least, however this has led some music lovers to ask how they can expect to use their existing headphones with Apple's new flagship phone.

Thankfully help is at hand: there's a growing collection of digital-to-analogue converters – or DACs – which are increasingly compatible with iPhones.

As its name suggests, a digital-to-analogue converter converts a signal from its digital source to the analogue audio waves your ears end up hearing.

Unless you're still rocking a classic collection of vinyl or, even less likely, cassette tapes the music you're listening to on a daily basis is stored digitally in either an audio file or CD.

The second reason to shell out for an upgrade is the fact that some of the more premium headphones on the market are 'high-impedance' headphones, which require more power through the headphone jack on your music source in order to work properly.

An external DAC helps with these headphones as it can work as a headphone amp to provide the extra power needed to drive a high-impedance pair of 'phones.

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