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Tangled up in Bluetooth

By | March 4th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Like music streaming services, Bluetooth audio sound quality is determined by the codec that carries digital audio (the music) from source to destination; from smartphone to wireless headphone.

Unlike music streaming services, Bluetooth audio offers no lossless option — at least not yet. All codecs used for Bluetooth audio transmission are lossy. Before music can be sent from smartphone to wireless headphone, its file size must be reduced to meet Bluetooth’s (lower) bandwidth requirements. A small part of the original file is discarded.… Read the full article

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The inconvenient truth about Bluetooth audio

By | March 29th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

We need to talk about Bluetooth. Specifically, Bluetooth as it relates to digital audio transmission from smart device / computer to wireless headphone, streamer or loudspeaker.

Not at all Bluetooth audio connections are the same. Some hardware pairings sound noticeably better than others, not just with detail retrieval but with their ability to communicate tone and texture. Audible differences come down to the codec (and therefore the hardware) in play: aptX or AAC over Bluetooth will withstand audiophile scrutiny in all but uber-high-end hifi systems; SBC over Bluetooth might not be so lucky.… Read the full article

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