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Agreed with Anilu_777: loud sounds don't cause eardrums to tear, especially the levels that AirPods can deliver.
To get real hearing damage from a sound source in a short time, it needs to be really, really loud. Like a gunshot near your head loud. An Amber alert may be loud enough to be uncomfortable, but that's about it. I doubt sincerely that AirPods are capable of producing sounds in excess of 120dBSPL in the ear, as that would far exceed design parameters.
Reference: a really loud concert is about 110dB, or half as loud as 120dB (perceptually). Certainly attending a lot of 110dBSPL shows will damage hearing, but not instantaneously and certainly not with the result of ruptured eardrums. One Amber alert isn't anywhere close.
cgWerks said:I'm sure it will be high quality. I need to look at the specs more... is input just the USB-C/TB? If I wanted to plug in, say a PS5 (or my Intel Mac mini), is there a way to do that and switch inputs? I'm not up on the methods to do that kind of stuff with the new cabling.
Agree with @DAlseth. This will delight a very small number of dedicated DIY folks, but won't make any significant real-world difference for the same reason that having wrenches and pipes at Home Depot doesn't threaten plumbers.
I'm an engineer and I absolutely don't want to fix my own phone, car, dishwasher or laptop, etc. That doesn't sound like fun, and the time alone negates any value.