Qualcomm, a popular chip maker, has joined Apple and others to introduce a lossless audio technology called aptX Lossless as part of the Snapdragon Sound program. This technology allows users to enjoy high bitrates of songs and audio. Delivering CD-quality music via wireless headphones and TWS earphones.. Users will be able to listen to lossless audio wirelessly using compatible devices.
For those who don’t know, several companies are currently working to add lossless audio support for users to enjoy high quality audio on their smartphones and audio accessories. Earlier this year, Apple introduced support for lossless audio on Apple Music, giving users an immersive audio experience. However, the company later stated that Hi-Res Lossless Audio does not support Bluetooth-enabled wireless earphones and headphones such as the AirPods Pro and Max.
This is primarily because Bluetooth audio accessories are not designed to handle lossless audio due to lack of bandwidth support on wireless connections.Still, Qualcomm’s new aptX Lossless delivers using lossless compression “Mathematically bit by bit” Audio over a Bluetooth connection.
That’s why Qualcomm’s new aptX Lossless technology allows users to enjoy lossless audio through Bluetooth-enabled earphones, which wasn’t possible before. However, keep in mind that smartphones and wireless earphones need to be packed with the hardware needed to support Qualcomm’s new lossless audio technology.
According to chip makers, when technology hits the market and users start using it, Snapdragon Sound automatically detects lossless audio sources.. It then plays the audio file at a much higher bit rate than when using aptX HD. Qualcomm is now able to deliver audio at a bit rate of 1 Mbps, exceeding Sony’s LDAC audio bandwidth limit of 990 kbps. In addition, in areas with complex and congested wireless networks, aptX Lossless automatically scales audio down to 140kbps for consistency.
Regarding availability, Qualcomm states that the first device with aptX lossless audio technology will be available in early 2022. However, the company plans to make this technology available to manufacturers (phones and audio accessories) later this year.