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HTC is working on USB-C-powered noise-canceling headphones with JBL

If you're in the market for a pair of premium earbuds to use while you run or work out, HTC and JBL are bringing a pair to market that you might be interested in. In conjunction with the HTC 10 launch, the Reflect Aware C headphones are targeted directly at smartphone users who want a little more.

It's not just the design and construction. The headphones come with three different sizes of both standard tips and sport tips, are to be "sweat proof" and have a reflective surface on the tangle-free cord. Anyone doing a little jogging or otherwise exercising appreciates that. The Reflect Aware C set also has active-noise canceling with adaptive noise control. This combo should allow for the fine-tuning to hear things like a car horn or siren (important while running!) while still keeping background noise to a minimum. And because the USB Type-C connection can pass both audio and power, there's no need for batteries.

HTC also promises the "JBL signature sound" and we expect good things when paired with the new BoomSound HiFi powered HTC 10.

We'll take a good look at these and have all the information about pricing and availability soon.

Jerry Hildenbrand
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42 Comments
  • Great. Now I might have to think of getting a phone that has USB-C.....
  • Maybe the Note 6 will come with USB-C ;)
  • Half of me thinks it's gonna happen since the Note 3 went with USB 3.0 while the S4 stuck with USB 2.0, and carried over to the S5 until it was killed off in the Note 4. That and the fact Samsung is going to have to implement it at some point. But my other half thinks that they might stick with microUSB for one last time just to maintain support with the GearVR without having customers fork out over $100 for a new visor.
  • Oh yes. I forgot about the GearVR. Now, the chances of it having USB-C seem slim.
  • Good point. I know S7 fans dismiss USB-C, and I understand why, but it's simply a better port, and there's no way I'd buy a phone without it. Maybe if I was the type that flipped phones every 6 months, but I'm not. If I'm holding onto a phone for 2 years, there's no way it's not gonna have USB-C.
  • I am literally trying to make this point in another thread and someone is not having it haha... Comparing USB c to hd dvd's and being a niche market. USB c is where things are moving and I for one am a huge fan of it so far. Posted via what ever tickles me at the time.
  • I know the thread Posted via the Android Central App
  • Can't win 'em all lol. Posted via what ever tickles me at the time.
  • Hey now, I'm a sammy fan and would have prefered usb-c.
  • Now this is a good idea. HTC just might have something here.
  • Sign me up!!!!!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • As a new 6p owner on Fi wiiiith USB C, I am very interested. Oh, and also a fatty who needs to get into shape.
  • Then shouldn't you spend your money at jenny craig instead? Lol J/k man!
  • Well..... G5 buyers remorse here. I think the HTC is happening Posted via what ever tickles me at the time.
  • You're a good man for admitting that. I had a feeling this phone would be great and so far it's exceeded my lofty expectations.
  • Being a T-Mobile customer I think I'm lucky enough to admit it lol. I have 2 more jump on demands to use this year :-) Posted via what ever tickles me at the time.
  • Funny how you got a G5 not too long ago and you liked it. Then you saw the HTC 10 and you suddenly have buyer's remorse. xD Don't worry. I know how it feels.
  • You are correct lol. We will have to see what the reviews look like though, because I really do like the g5 all things considered. I just like new toys.... Posted via what ever tickles me at the time.
  • All of us here do Posted via the Android Central App
  • Excellent news. I had the Zorloo's for Micro-USB and have been looking for a USB-C pair. Can't wait. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wait, I thought everyone here hated USB-C? When the S7 launched, I said Samsung made a mistake by not ripping off the bandaid and moving away from terrible micro-USB. Everyone flipped, saying how micro-USB is the best, etc. I guess "Benson-gate" scared Samsung? My entire point was always that an OEM like Samsung is what's needed to move the C standard into aunt/uncle/grandma's house. Just like when Apple dropped the 15-pin connector...everyone flipped, then the world stabilized. Everything worked out just fine. Now everyone loves USB-C? Oh, ok. Again, the S7 seems outdated. It should have had USB-C. Hell, my XPS 15 has it (along with my 6P and Pixel C). It's marvelous.
  • I went the g5 route so.... I for one am happy with USB c :-) Posted via what ever tickles me at the time.
  • If you read the comments on a phone that has micro USB you will inevitably see lots of people defending that decision. You won't see those same people here, because who is going to say "they should be making micro USB headphones!"... Nobody is going to say that. Personally my opinion of USB C has not changed at all. I'm all for it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes PZ, you are right. I did not care for C at first because I've never had a problem with sticking it in the right way, and some of the early versions had no technical advantage. That has changed. What has NOT changed is my collection of Powerbanks and speakers and headphones that all have micro, but oh well!
  • I remember that comment and agreed with it. I understand why S7 owners convince themselves USB-C isn't great, but they're simply in denial. It's such a better port and IMO Samsung made a mistake, by not "tearing of the bandaid."
  • Um...the Note 6 is like 3 months away! Posted via the Android Central App
  • And that is relevant because? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Because I think given the current first gen Gear VR situation with their Galaxy line, we're more likely to see the move to USB-C with their second flagship coming later in the summer. I suspect by the time the Note 6 arrives, those issues will be addressed. Posted via the Android Central App
  • How can typeC possibly be a bad thing. It goes way beyond just being reversal cables lol. Type C is the future. I get Samsungs current stance on it tho. And the commenter above said that they'd have to make a new gearVR w/typeC connections which is also valid. Next year's crop of phones is when I predict typeC in full swing. Posted via the Android Central App
  • With Samsung's major VR push, which supports USB? Not sure how that was going to happen. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Gimme!
  • Oh gawd yes. Had a pair of active Seinheisers, holy crap what a difference. Get off a 3-4 hour (or more) jet trip without the constant whine of jet engines in your ears - whoa what a difference!
  • My Xperia Z3 has this baked into the phone. I think the whole Z-line has it. All it needs is headphones with dual mics. I have the cheapest version from Sony and it works great for pod casts. Same model was actually shipped as default with the Z2. Still, great to see someone pushing for a more open solution/standard. USB C has a lot of interesting potential Posted via the Android Central App
  • That HTC is no 10 it's more like an 8. HTC will never be the bleeding edge smartphone maker. They killed it with the EVO...then lost there way fast. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why would headphones need batteries in the first place? I feel like I'm the only one missing something... Or is it bc of the active noise canceling? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yep, it's because of the noise-cancelling thing that the headphones need power.
  • Thnx! Posted via the Android Central App
  • so, you won't be able to charge your phone via the USB-C port while you use your headphones? am I the only one who thought about that? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I guess you are and totally correct!
  • Battery low? Take a 15 minute break from the music and fast charge 3.0 that thing. Non issue.
  • O damn lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ill be getting these with the new nexus. Posted via the Android Central App