Accent maker TwelveSouth has a stable lineup of devices, a lot of which fill a distinct segment that their merchandise uniquely tackle — and tackle remarkably nicely. 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 3.5mm headphone jack. It’s being bought at Apple Shops, too, as a part of its launch in the present day — and there’s good cause for that: That is the best method to ensure you should utilize your AirPods Professional nearly in every single place, together with with airplane seatback leisure programs.
The AirFly Professional will work with any Bluetooth headphones, not simply AirPods Professional — however the newest noise-canceling earbuds from Apple are among the many greatest out there with regards to each lively noise cancellation and sound high quality, each nice belongings for frequent vacationers and folks extra more likely to encounter an in-flight leisure system. However the AirFly Professional has further tips 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 should utilize it with a automobile stereo system that solely has auxiliary audio in, for example, to stream immediately out of your iPhone to the car’s sound system. The AirFly Professional also can serve that operate for residence 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, with the intention to join two pairs of headphones without delay. That is much like the native audio sharing characteristic that Apple launched for its personal AirPod line in the newest iOS replace, however it works via the AirFly with any audio supply, and any Bluetooth headphones. That’s yet one more nice characteristic for while you’re touring with a companion.
I’ve had a little bit of time to spend with the AirFly Professional, and thus far it has been rock stable, with straightforward pairing and setup, and a handy keychain ring/3.5mm connector cap for making it simpler to maintain with you. It costs 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 characteristic 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 4 extra hours of battery life for the trade-off. The USB-C mannequin additionally presents 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 supply twin headphone connectivity, for $5 much less, at $49.99 every.