Accent maker TwelveSouth has a strong lineup of devices, a lot of which fill a distinct segment that their merchandise uniquely handle – and handle remarkably properly. The AirFly Professional ($54.99) is a brand new iteration on a kind of, offering a technique to join Bluetooth headphones to any audio supply with a three.5mm headphone jack. It’s being bought at Apple Shops, too, as a part of its launch right this moment – and there’s good cause for that: That is the best means to verify you need to use your AirPods Professional nearly in all places, together with with airplane seatback leisure techniques.
The AirFly Professional will work with any Bluetooth headphones, not simply AirPods Professional – however the newest noise cancelling earbuds from Apple are among the many greatest out there with regards to each energetic noise cancellation and sound high quality, each nice belongings for frequent travellers and folks extra more likely to encounter an in-flight leisure system. However the AirFly Professional has further methods up its sleeve that earn it the ‘Professional’ designation.
That is the primary model of the product from TwelveSouth that provides the power to stream audio in, in addition to out. Meaning you need to use it with a automobile stereo system that solely entry auxiliary audio-in, for example, to stream straight out of your iPhone to the car’s sound system. The AirFly Professional also can serve that operate for house stereo sound tools, audio system or different audio tools that accepts audio in, however not Bluetooth streaming connections.
One different neat trick the AirFly Professional packs: Audio sharing, so that you could join two pairs of headphones directly. That is just like the native audio sharing function that Apple launched for its personal AirPod line in the newest iOS replace, but it surely works by the AirFly with any audio supply, and any Bluetooth headphones. That’s one more nice function for once you’re touring with a accomplice.
I’ve had a little bit of time to spend with the AirFly Professional, and up to now it’s been rock strong, with simple pairing and arrange, and a handy keychain ring/three.5mm connector cap for making it simpler to maintain with you. It expenses through USB-C, and there’s a USB-A to USB-C cable included, too. The on-board battery lasts for 16 or extra hours, which is greater than sufficient time for even the longest of flights, and once more you’re getting that audio sharing function which is tremendous useful even round the home for simply checking one thing out on the iPad in your sofa.
Alongside the AirFly Professional, TwelveSouth additionally launched new AirFly Duo and AirFly USB-C fashions. The distinction is that neither of those supply that wi-fi audio enter mode – however you rise up to four extra hours of battery life for the trade-off. The USB-C mannequin additionally gives USB-C audio compatibility, for connecting to units that use that connection for sound as a substitute of three.5mm, and each of those nonetheless additionally supply twin headphone connectivity, for $5 much less at $49.99 every.