Tired of the dongle, or as my parents call it, the iPhone’s tail? There’s hope from an unlikely source. Pioneer is releasing the Rayz earbuds featuring a lightning connector. Sounds basic, until you realize both models offer smart noise cancellation.

The Rayz Plus sets itself apart by offering an additional lightning port to charge your phone while attempting to get off the phone, or for those YouTube marathons that forced us to sign up for DirecTV just for unlimited data.

The additional port is one Pioneer is touting:

Rayz earphones maximize all of the benefits offered by the Lightning Connector. They are powered by iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, meaning no additional batteries are required. The Rayz Plus model is also the first and only Lightning headset with a sleek in-line charging node to simultaneously charge iPhone, iPad or iPod touch while the earphones are connected and in use.

Rayz bronze lightning earbuds

I know the pair my dad needs. Anything to keep exploring the rabbit hole that is YouTube.

It wouldn’t be a product launch without a video.

Each model has six microphones to offer ‘smart features.’ Dubbed ‘your ear and environment,’ the noise cancellation is optimized based on surrounding noise. If you hate the feeling of total silence, the HearThruä mode allows a certain level of noise in to keep you aware of your surroundings.

Rayz Specs and Price

The base model will retail for $99.99 and will come in Onyx or Ice color options, while the Rayz Plus will set you back $149.95 with Graphite and Bronze color options. One of the biggest complaints about the iPhone 7 is the inability to use earbuds and charge the phone at the same time. It forces you to buy the AirPods – have fun waiting. Or the new BeatsX which is another wait time.

Having the extra Lightning port makes the Rayz Plus the better deal. Now we just have to wait for a release date.

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