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You can’t use Tab S5e USB-C to 3.5mm dongle with the Galaxy Note 10

Not all USB-C to 3.5mm dongles are the same, and as it turns out, the dongle included for free along with the Galaxy Tab S5e is not compatible with the Galaxy Note 10 series. We’ve tested and can confirm that this is the case. What it means is that you will have to buy the new Galaxy Note 10 dongle sold separately by Samsung if you wish to use 3.5mm-based headphones with your latest flagship.

It all might be related to the DAC

A DAC, or digital-to-analog converter, is required to deliver audio signals to your 3.5mm headphones, regardless of whether your smartphone does or doesn’t have a dedicated 3.5mm headphone jack. Therefore, this conversion can take place either on the smartphone itself – this is always the case for phones equipped with a 3.5mm port – or on the USB-C dongle.

In the case of the Galaxy Note 10, it seems like the digital-to-analog conversion for 3.5mm headphones might be handled by the optional USB-C dongle itself. The product description states that it “provides ultra high-quality audio by converting digital files to analog,” therefore it’s pretty clear that the Note 10 optional dongle does incorporate a DAC.

 

This doesn’t seem to be the case with the USB-C to 3.5mm dongle offered by Samsung for free along with the Galaxy Tab S5e. In this case, the conversion seems to take place on the tablet itself, and the free dongle merely acts as a bridge between the differently-shaped ports. It doesn’t convert audio signals; it simply converts one port to another, therefore it can’t deliver audio from the Note 10/10+ to 3.5mm headphones.

This turn of events suggests that the latest flagship phones might not incorporate a DAC capable of delivering audio to 3.5mm headphones. At this point, we don’t have a lot of info on how the Note 10 series handles audio signals, but we’ll keep you updated as soon as we find out more. For now, what’s clear is that the Galaxy Tab S5e dongle does not work with the Note 10 series, and you will have to buy the Note 10 USB-C to 3.5mm dongle sold separately for $14.99.

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kfzhu1229
kfzhu1229

What a lazy decision…… The last thing I want Samsung to do is to not even include enough accessories in the box to fully make use of their device to basic extent (like apple with iPhone X), and yet this is exactly what they are doing…

martindale
martindale

So is the same true for USB-C wired headphones? Some will be ‘active’, having their own DAC, and therefore will work with the Note 10. Some will be ‘passive’, relying on a DAC in the mobile device, and only work with something like the Tab S5e which has built in DAC. And will an active headphone also work with the Tab S5e, or can it only deal with a digital input?

VIRGIN KLM
VIRGIN KLM

The mobile phone industry has implemented regular 3.5mm jacks on phones in the late 00s because people didn’t want to use dongles and have similar headaches like the one described in the article, especially since the format is obviously never going to be anciented/deprecated. Why do current OEMs believe that we have to go back to such antiques and tries to convince anybody that a 3.5mm jack is not a mandatory/necessity on a phone labeling it as a legacy port is beyond what a person with a basic amount of logic can process.

torrellclement
torrellclement

What if I had like USB-C headphones from the Note10 and I wanted to use them on my S10+/S9+ ? Would it work, because when I see iPhone 7 or later users using their headphones, it just looks better that the headphones are centered. So I just wanted to know if those headphone would work with any device with USB-C port?

Abhijeet M.
Abhijeet M.

Yes, it’ll work.

gschot
gschot

It will only work for regular audio, not for phone calls. I attached my Note10+ headset to my S9 and phone audio switches back to the handset.

CrAzYLiFe1
CrAzYLiFe1

Baught a alogic usb c to 3.5mm before i got my note10+, was worried after reading this but can confirm alogic usbc to 3.5mm works just fine. Cost was $15 AU.

Tested with my 3.5mm buds that came with s10 5g on my note10+

I guess cheap dongles wont work.

I wonder if its the dongle or earbuds that require the DAC or if it matters

Mario387
Mario387

Would that not mean that the included earphones also have a DAC?

Now I had a USB C to 3.5mm and it would not work on the note 9, but the earphones from the 10 the usb c ones do work on the note 9.

So there might be something else going on. Like some USB C not compatible with each other.

Abhijeet M.
Abhijeet M.

Yep, seems like it. DAC has to either be on headset or dongle for USB audio from smartphones.

utvic99
utvic99

Just a way for Samsung to make more money. Also, the reason they’re still including the headphones in the box is that otherwise people would most probably go for a pair of wireless headphones or USB-C headphones that are not from Samsung. By doing this they maximize profit because they know this way people would most likely go with a specific dongle (that matches the phone ofc) to pair with the out-of-the-box USB-C headphones.
Every year they become more and more like Apple

RoadRunner99
RoadRunner99

It’s OK, I’m not buying either. If I wanted to put up with this kind of crap I’d be an Apple user.

Gunter2
Gunter2

Very good to know for those with the tablet or some other dongle. I’ve just tried the USB-C headphones in the box and I’m very impressed, they do sound good, but I think I’ll be sticking with my Galaxy buds, decent enough sound and they don’t fall out of my ears.