For all of Sony's audio prowess, it still remains inexplicable to us that it decided to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack for the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. A recent FAQ published by Sony explains that the headphone jack was dropped in order to accommodate the new ‘Ambient Flow' design, as well as the "major market trend toward wireless headphones".
This all seems like a bit of an excuse. We’re sure Sony could have made the room to include the jack if it really wanted to. After all, there are other manufacturers that have even slimmer bezels and still include the 3.5mm port.
And, we’re not sure the shift to wireless headphones is as significant as Sony says. Any growth in wireless headphones has been driven more by necessity, rather than customer preference, as some big manufacturers like Apple have dropped the jack.
However, it’s good to see that both Xperia XZ2 handsets will still support Hi-Res Audio. Although what Sony doesn’t publicise too loudly is that Hi-Res Audio will only work with a "compatible wired headset and use of conversion cable". Not exactly ideal.
Anyway, what do you make of Sony’s explanation? Is it a good enough reason, or does it leave you wanting? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.
Why did you remove the headphone jack on XZ2 and XZ2 Compact?
This is part of the shift to our new Ambient Flow design language. In order to create the beautiful seamless design, our designers needed to remove the headphone jack. Plus, we’re aware of the major market trend toward wireless headphones over wired headphones.
But can I still use wired headphones with XZ2 or XZ2 Compact?
Yes absolutely, both new smartphones come boxed with an adaptor. This will also support Hi-Res Audio.
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