It’s been three weeks since our previous post! But we are back once again, this time with another one of our customary useful “text and pictures” unboxing posts! It is the closed-back over-ear retro-style Panasonic RP-HTX80B headphone. This is a “bluetoothization” of their wired RP-HTX7 over-ears. The HTX80B is a bluetooth-only headphone, there’s no 3.5mm wired audio input!
After betraying microSD fans, Google decided to betray the 3.5mm headphone jack as well with their 2017 Pixel 2 smartphones, making it the most high profile Android phone without a headphone jack. With that, the need for a USB-C headphone adapter (DAC/amp) for anyone wanting to use their 3.5mm headphones became mordant 😉
So Google released one such adapter of their own, taking USB digital audio and converting it to analog. After initially pricing it higher than Apple’s Lightning adapter (SAD!), Google brought the price all the way down to $9 with free shipping to boot at their own store.