Qualcomm's high-res Bluetooth audio codec aptX HD is now on over 60 devices
As more and more manufacturers turn towards ditching the headphone jack, more and more users are turning to Bluetooth headphones and speakers to get their jam on. This used to mean compressed, horrible sounding music, but no so: with features like aptX, your songs sound much better than they used to with older headphones.
The latest version of the aptX codec family is aptX HD, and at CES 2018 Qualcomm shared that over 60 products were on the market with support for the codec. Manufacturers with devices with aptX HD include:
- Bowers and Wilkins
- PSB Speakers
Wondering if your device supports aptX HD? Qualcomm has the full list on its site. From Qualcomm:
Does your smartphone feature aptX HD? Let us know down below!
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Disappointing there are no Samsung devices that support this codec. Hopefully that will change with the S9.
Oreo will bring support for aptX HD alongside LDAC
I'm not sure the S7 chipset will support even with the Oreo update, but we will see.
Of course it will. Samsung flagship lines, and even the A series lines support 2 major android updates
My phone supports it, but doesn't have anything to talk to. It also has a 3.5mm audio jack, so there's a good chance it never will.
Ymmv I suppose. I made use of Bluetooth long before I gave up the 3.5 jack. Haven't looked back.
Uh, maybe I'm crazy but I didn't see Google listed on the site... ? Correct me if I'm blind please!
I didn't see Google or Pixel on the aptx website either. Odd.
Bluetooth 4.2 only I guess for the Pixel Buds... 5.0 for the Pixel 2's.
Good luck finding anything that's BT 5.0 outside of smartphones. I hope that changes soon... especially headphones.
The Pixels are made by HTC and LG, so I'm assuming they will support it.
I see that aptX and aptX HD are options in my Pixel developer tools > Bluetooth Codecs.
the headphone have to support it too I suppose?
yeah, they do
Yes, both the device playing the music and the headphones need to support for it. If one devices does not support it, it will just use whatever protocol is supported by the older device.
surely this is not meant to be an exhaustive list? is licensing required for a device to support aptx? I did already have an old bluetooth headset, but with my purchase of Pixel 2 I decided to buy an inexpensive bt clip with 3.5mm connector which supports aptx, the DOOSL DSIT-022. In this case inexpensive very much means cheap: the case cracked, later the clip broke, and the audible messages ("phone connected", "battery low", etc) are WAY too loud. But it does work, cost little, and sounds good.
I have bth the LG V30 and V30+. It is supported on both these devices. I don't have any headphones that support it yet though.