Buying Guide

Best Type-C Earphones For Audiophiles

Often people keep asking us on social media, of the things that we see as a recurring question that I keep getting now and then is people asking about earphones with a Type-C connector or a Type-C USB connector that people can plug into their Android phones because a lot of Android phones these days do not have a 3.5 mm output and people want to know if they want to use a wired IEM can they get one along with a Type-C USB port that they can plug and play. In this video, we talk about the top 3 Type-C earphones you can use
with your Android phones.


Hi guys this is Raghav here from headphone Zone. So in the comment section if you read the questions that people keep asking us on social media one of the things that I see as a recurring question that I keep getting every now and then is people asking about earphones with a Type-C connector or a Type-C USB connector that people can plug into their Android phones because a lot of the Android phones these days do not have a 3.5 mm output and people really want to know if they want to use a wired IEM can they get one along with a Type-C USB port that they can simply plug and play. Now I truly believe that if you're someone who's wanting to get a wired In Ear Monitor or a earphone to use along with your Android phone, the best way of doing it is to get an IEM that doesn't come very expensive but sounds good for about 2,000 rupees or so and using it along with a very simple portable USB dongle DAC, because this dongle DAC is going to be bringing out the best in the music and is going to make a big difference to the way that you're going to be listening to music on your IEMs, but I do understand that the dongle DAC plus the IEMs put together can sometimes become a fairly expensive proposition for some of y'all. You'll find that the the cheapest DAC that I'd probably recommend from our lineup is the Venture Electronics Abigail which is for about a 1,000 rupees and then the Shanling UA1s which is for about 3,500 rupees. Now along with the 2,000 rupee IEM, you're coming into the three to four thousand rupee price bucket at a minimum and can sometimes even cross 5,000 rupees if you're going for a better DAC. A lot of people are looking for wired earphones at cheaper price points that they can use along with a Type-C Android output and for that purpose we're recommending three different IEMs today which sound very very good and you can start your audiophile journey without needing to get a separate USB dongle DAC to use.

Moondrop Quarks DSP

The very first IEM with a Type-C connector that I'm going to be recommending is from Moondrop. This is the Moondrops Quarks DSP featuring a Type-C connector for a price of 1,149. It's absolutely incredible for the price and I don't think for about 1,100 rupees you're going to find anything out there in the market that sounds as nice as the Moondrop Quarks DSP but you'll also find that this is Moondrops attempt at using a DSP or a Digital Signal Processor in their earphones itself which is inbuilt right behind this Type-C connector. It plugs into your mobile phone and the chip inside this connector does the Digital Signal Processing that's really the DAC. In terms of sound signature the Moondrop Quarks DSP is a very very neutral balance sounding IEM. It's got a single dynamic driver, it's got an inline microphone that you can use and a volume controller that you can also use, so you'll find that it's a complete package there's really nothing that you can go wrong with in this price segment it's got everything you need. If anything I'd probably call the sound signature a little boring. I would much rather pick the slightly more expensive Moondrop CHU, but I do believe that if by the time you're gonna add a USB-C dongle DAC or an adapter then the budget becomes a lot more expensive than these, so these are still great value for money.

7Hz Timeless Zero

The next IEM that I'm recommending is in fact one of my favourite IEM from the 2,000 rupee price segment. This is the 7Hz Salnotes Zero. It's easily this year's most exciting IEM, everyone loves it for the price of 2,000 rupees. People truly believe that this is one of the best sounding IEMs that's out there. 7Hz is a relatively new brand from China but they've been making all the right waves ever since they've started up. The Salnotes Zero is a collaboration between 7Hz and the reviewer Crinacle. If you've watched his videos on YouTube you'll know that he's got a phenomenal understanding of how to tune different IEMs and he has tuned the sound of the 7Hz Salnotes Zero to make it sound very very nice and balanced and same time fun and detailed to listen to. So it's got everything that you'd probably need to just start your audiophile journey and be able to hear things in your music you've never heard before. For a price of 1,999 you also get the 7Hz Salnotes Zero with a Type-C variant just for the convenience and you'll find that this doesn't have its own inbuilt DAC, so you'll have to plug this in via the Type-C output and use the phone's inbuilt DAC. So you'll find that you may not hear a difference in quality as compared to simply using the 3.5 mm output but I do think that the convenience of having a Type-C input is really really nice for people out there and for that I highly recommend the 7Hz Salnotes Zero with Type-C.

Moondrop Droplet

All right my third IEM of choice that I'm going to recommend is the Moondrop Droplet. This is quite a bit more expensive from the other Moondrop IEMs we spoke about. It's priced at rupees 4,999. It has its Type-C connector which has its own inbuilt DSP and DAC, so you'll find that it's convenient and it sounds really really nice and capable and the design philosophy behind the droplet is a little bit different from what we've seen of some of the other IEMs. It has a single balanced armature driver that it's using inside this really really compact well-built, even slightly pointy housing. Now what I'm thinking is that the balanced armature driver offers several advantages over the dynamic drivers that are used in most of the IEMs in this segment, it's really really detailed very sensitive. It picks out all the airy details that sometimes can be congested sounding in a dynamic driver so if you don't want to hear that and you want to hear a very nice airy sound very very quick very very detailed - the balanced armature driver is the way to go. The problem with IEMs that feature a single balanced armature driver is that the sound signature can sound a little hollow, a little empty without the low end being there, without the bass sounding nice and meaty and that's precisely where this Digital Signal Processor comes in. You'll find that the Type-C connection has the chipset, the DSP and the DAC that basically compensates for the lack of bass in the drivers alone by changing the sound signature a little bit before feeding it to these drivers. So the combination of both, this DAC as well as these balanced armature drivers I think is something that Moondrop was experimenting with the Droplet is there attempt to do that and I think they've done a reasonably good job for it. For the price of 5,000 rupees the fact that you don't need to go and get yourself an external DAC that's going to probably cost you 3000 rupees or so, I think that this is still pretty nice value for money.


All right guys here are 3 different IEMs at three different price points that I'm gonna be recommending with a Type-C connection. I still truly do believe that if you're someone who's starting off in the audiophile hobby just getting yourself a wired earphone with a 3.5 connection and using a USB-C portable dongle DAC to use on the go is my first recommendation. I do understand the inconvenience and sometimes the budget constraints involved which is why some people do look out for a Type-C earphone and these are the one that I think I'd probably recommend if I had to.