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Audeze's $99 Bluetooth cable makes iSine headphones 'wireless'

The Cipher Bluetooth Module promises eight hours of wireless playback.

Just after the iPad Pro was announced, I wrote about how sad I was to be forced away from my current pair of headphones, the Audeze iSine 10. You see, iSine models are best paired with a Lightning cable that features Audeze's custom DAC, giving great audio quality -- and the new iPad drops the Lightning port. Well, someone, somewhere, heard my cries, as Audeze is releasing a cable compatible with all iSine models that converts them from Lightning to Bluetooth.

Audeze isn't the first company to release such an attachment -- Shure has a pendant that lets its IEMs work wirelessly -- but Audeze's approach here is neat nonetheless. The new cable is short, and is intended to hook around the back of your neck. It has two modules attached, which rest a couple of inches below your ear on both sides. One module houses the DAC, controls, Bluetooth receiver and a Micro-USB charging port, while the other is taken up entirely by a battery. The result is a design that, once connected to the headphones, looks like they've always been this way, rather than a retrofitted mess.

The Cipher Bluetooth Module supports Bluetooth 5.0, and Audeze claims it will last for eight hours on a single charge. Needless to say, I'm over the moon. I should get the same fit and sound that I love, but now my headphones will work with anything that supports Bluetooth audio output. For me, that's worth the $99 Audeze is asking -- I would guess that many others will feel the same.

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