Originally Posted by rschoi75
So that you can upload digital data straight to your brain and bypass sound entirely.
Seriously though, you got me. My best guess is that maybe they'll have remote functions for people who are too lazy to reach all the way to their source to change the song and/or volume(?).
Maybe just a testing ground for future tech? If the cable works properly, they should be able to draw power from the source too, so future noise canceling models could potentially be sans battery (weight improvement), or they could have built in dacs inside the headphone powered by the source, etc, etc...
you can make remotes with a standard cable though. tho maybe they designed their cable so that you can have remote on a separate wire than the audio wire to help 'improve sq.'
the thing is that there will often be an amp/dac in between the source & headphones. most of those sources and amp/dacs just have a 3.5mm out. hence, any special connector on the single terminal end of the cable will be worthless for most applications. a dedicated lightning that works with an iOS device means that every time you want to use your amp/dac means you need a separate cable.
well for future tech, the only way I see it anything useful for what you are saying is an integrated amp/dac built into the cable, but that doesn't seem very realistic for practical usage or realistically achievable.
bluetooth or wireless adapters has already been ruled out by audeze, but in my mind that would be the best application of a special connector... to get rid of the wire.
can't personally think of anything else that would be worthwhile to deal with the hassle & inconvenience of a proprietary connection.