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Intel says USB-C boosts will stop us mourning death of 3.5mm audio

Legendary professional wrestling villain “Nature Boy” Ric Flair used to (and still does, at nearly 70) taunt fans and opponents by telling them they should “learn to love it, because it’s the best thing going today. Wooooooo!”

Minus the ridiculous exuberance, Intel kinda just did the same thing, only as relates to the USB-C standard.

During a session at IDF this week, the company made the case for how improvements to the USB-C standard will make you forget your 3.5mm headphone jack ever existed.

Related: USB-C: Everything you need to know

Intel architect Brad Saunders said the addition of a USB digital audio standard “will really make USB Type-C the right connector for audio.”

Saunders explained to CNET how the analogue 3.5mm audio tech is currently interfering with the other electronics in the handset.

He said the digital audio available through USB-C will make it possible to process sound on less expensive pairs of headphones.

Processing effects that would help cancel out the rumble of jet engines and trains will “come into play if audio is in a digital domain,” Sanders said. It would also enable companies to offer effects that would offer the illusion of live music in a concert hall, CNET reports.

Saunders also reckons the new USB-C standard boasts power management tech that will have a “negligible difference” with 3.5mm audio jacks when it comes to battery life.

With the new Moto Z among those handsets ditching 3.5mm audio for USB-C and others set to follow suit, it’s good to know there’ll at least be some pay-off to buying new headphones.

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