If you are looking for alternatives to the Apple’s EarPods that come bundled with your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, Pioneer just announced what may be the best set of iPhone-compliant earphones this side of the wireless ones. The first set to sport Apple’s second-generation MFi Lightning Audio Module thanks to Avnera’s new LightX platform, the Pioneer Rayz and Rayz Plus are claimed to be the most frugal Lightning earphones on the market, and the Plus version even lets you charge your phone while using the buds – a pet peeve of many iPhone 7 owners.
Other niceties include six mics for various noise-cancellation and ambient noise adjustment shenanigans, inline controls with Siri support and favorite apps launch, as well as auto pause and resume function when the buds are off or on. The remote’s programmable button, HearThru, voice prompts, Smart Mute and equalizer presets can all be controlled and adjusted with the accompanying Rayz iOS app.
How much for those puppies? Well, the Rayz option is $99.99 in Onyx and Ice hues, while the Rayz Plus with the in-line charging port comes in Bronze and Graphite, and will run you $149.99, or about as much as a decent set of wireless ones. Pioneer will soon have them up for order at Oncall.com, but for now the link is still not live.