Qualcomm introduces aptX Lossless audio technology

At the beginning of this year, Qualcomm launched Snapdragon Sound, a solution combining hardware and software technology designed to create a seamless connection between terminals such as smartphones, wireless earbuds, and headsets. The audio technology is oriented to online music playback, voice calls, or wireless gaming scenarios, and Qualcomm hopes to provide consumers with the ultimate audio experience.

Snapdragon Sound can support Bluetooth connection latency as low as 89 milliseconds and can support 24-bit 96kHz high-definition audio. The included Qualcomm Aqstic DAC supports up to 32-bit 384kHz PCM format, and ultra-low total harmonic distortion plus noise (THD+N) DSD format.

After only about half a year, Qualcomm made improvements to Snapdragon Sound and announced the launch of Qualcomm aptX Lossless audio technology, and introduced it to Snapdragon Sound like a new feature. aptX Lossless is a new feature of aptX Adaptive technology, designed to provide CD-quality 16-bit 44.1kHz lossless audio through Bluetooth wireless connection technology. Qualcomm has introduced system-level audio solutions and optimized many wireless connections and key audio technologies, including aptX Adaptive.

aptX Adaptive and Qualcomm Bluetooth High-Speed ​​Link can achieve the bandwidth requirement for continuous data transmission, and finally, achieve CD-quality lossless audio transmission through Bluetooth connection. Users can choose 16-bit 44.1kHz lossless audio or 24-bit 96kHz high-definition audio. At the same time, it can also be automatically detected. When the conditions for playing lossless audio are met, related audio technologies will work together to improve sound quality.

Qualcomm said that it has done relevant market research before, showing that sound quality is the most important driving factor for users to purchase audio equipment. Chapman, vice president, and general manager, Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd says: “Over half of respondents are seeking either lossless or high-resolution audio quality, and a massive 64% saying that lossless audio quality is likely to influence their decision to purchase wireless earbuds. Currently, lossless audio is only supported on client devices such as phones, PCs, and tablets. By supporting lossless audio on next-gen earbuds and headphones, we’re providing our customers another way to deliver sound the way the artist intended, as well as a significant opportunity to differentiate and be among the first to develop products with this feature.”