Vidac wants to buy a good pair of headphones for radio work. What's a good pair? Leo says the most comfortable and accurate are the ones that Leo uses – AKG K240s. They're very affordable at only $50. He can even buy replacement earpieces when they wear out.
Nathan is wondering where he can get AirPods. Leo says that AirPods were delayed for a few months, and even now, they are hard to find because Apple isn't up to speed in making them as fast as they need to. The challenge is the new W1 chip. He can get a pair of Beats, though, which uses similar technology.
Lorne uses headphones with his DirecTV set top box, but when he's streaming Netflix or Amazon content from his TV, he can't hear it through the headphones. Leo says he'll need to use the ARC (audio return channel) to the set top box. There should be a label on one of the TV's ports for that. That will send audio from the TV back into the set top box.
David loves his Bose Quiet Comfort headphones. Can he get a Bluetooth adapter for it? Leo says there are Bluetooth adapters, but it may not sound as good as he would want it to. There is a new standard coming called APT-X, which is the successor to A2DP and it promises better audio. But both ends have to be APT-X compliant.
Chuck wants to know if he can listen to Leo's show on the Amazon Echo. Leo says yes, but he'll have ask it to listen via TuneIn. Chuck also wants to know if his Mitsubishi rear projection TV can hook up to his Sonos and also play through wireless headphones? Leo says that because of the age, it probably can't play both streams at the same time. If it could, it would have competing volumes.
Billy is getting Beats Bluetooth headphones for Christmas. What peripheral can he connect to his vinyl record player in order to use them? Leo says most modern amps have Bluetooth support built-in. If his existing receiver doesn't, there are plenty of third party Bluetooth transmitters that will do it. Amazon is filled with them for around $15. He should be warned that the audio quality won't be all that great, though. Bluetooth audio simply isn't all that great, no matter how good the headphones are, because the dynamic range of the music is highly compressed to make the bandwidth.
Why did Apple delay the Airpods? Leo said that there's a limited supply to go out before Christmas and the rest will get their's next month. The main issue is that manufacturing them at scale has proven to be more of a challenge. They are technically complex. The same happened to the Apple Pencil -- they sold out quickly and people had to wait because supplies were limited. With any luck, Apple could send them sooner, rather than later.
Jay has an old pair of Bose headphones and they make his ears really hot. How can he avoid that? Leo says that in-ear monitors are better because they do the right kind of isolation without that overheating. They can also impact the hearing of a young person, though, so he would advise not using them very often. The best are Etymotics. They are flanged, so they go deep in your ears.
Shar wants a new iPhone but what about her headphones? Leo says that the new headphones will have a lightning connection to plug into the phone, and there will be an adapter for older headphones. Unfortunately, it's not possible to listen and charge at the same time without an additional adapter. Not having a headphone jack is less of a big deal than Shar may think, though. Of course, the way around this is to use Bluetooth headphones.