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If you’ve used or owned any piece of personal technology over the past decade, chances are good that you’ve come across a MicroUSB cable in that time.
It was the standard choice for charging and connecting Android devices for many years, and it remains the most common way to charge wireless headphones to this day.
Apple’s recently updated Beats Studio 3 and Solo 3 models both use it; Sony’s upgraded 1000XM2s also rely on it; and even flagship smartphones like the brand new Oppo R11s lean on the old connector.
Our collective reliance and continued need for MicroUSB cables is not a good thing.
The main thing prompting me to say that now is my recent encounter with the Chord Hugo 2, a high-end, very expensive ($2,379 in the US) headphone amplifier and digital-to-analog converter that’s still tied to the past with a pair of MicroUSB ports.