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In Touch with iOS, is a podcast that talks about iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and related technologies. Hosted by Dave Ginsburg and he is joined by different guests from the Apple Community.

May 15, 2019

In this episode of In Touch With iOS

Guest Bob Fairbairn, IT Professional joins Dave to discuss Audio devices with your iPhone including headphones, earphones, and Bluetooth speakers and more.

Show notes are at

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  • LIke we do with all our new guests, we find out what Bob has in his Apple and iOS devices  box I know he is like me and gets the latest stuff like Dave.
  • Bob is a big audiophile we talk about what are the best speakers,, headphones, and other devices that make your iPhone or iPad sound great. Add links here

Airpods vs PowerBeats portability in mind Powerbeats Pro vs. Powerbeats 3

The actual headphones you use are also a huge contributor to sound quality.  There are hundreds of headphones. In-ear, on-ear, over-ear. Closed and Open designs.  For portable or out and about I really like the in-ear monitor.

For these we need the lightning to 3.5mm headphone  “dongle” on the iPhone

Three headphones that Bob likes for portability:

Etymotic. ER3SE < $200

Shure: SE535  <$500

Audeze LCDi4 $2500   (Includes a special lightning cable with DAC)

***For both the Shure and the Etymoic the ear tips improve both the comfort/fit and sound performance and isolation.  A set of three sizes are about $20. I highly recommend them.

Bluetooth Speakers

I rarely use Bluetooth speakers as I have found that for a lot of my use case the iPad Pro speakers are really very good.  The do not fill the room but they are comfortable. And there is nothing else to keep charged. One of the reasons I get iPad’s loaded up with storage is to hold music for offline use.  I have an older Bose mini speaker to use when we travel.

HomePod? They are great as a Pair.

Calendaring is still not making me happy. We briefly discuss calendering woes.

App Picks

Bob’s Picks

Spark iOS App

MindNode 6  Beta iOS

Anylist for “lists”


Signal iOS

Dave’s Picks

News Explorer iOS App

T-Mobile Digits iOS

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About our Guest

Bob Fairbairn:

Most of my work is around what I call “end user computing and mobility”.  I also have a new startup designing high end systems with some very specific #FutureFi  equipment.


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Twitter @bobfairbairn @bobfairbairnltd

Instagram @m43bob @bobfairbairnltd