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Bluetooth audio quality is defined by the codec algorithm and bitrate transmission versus the Bluetooth version. You no longer need to sacrifice audio quality for wireless convenience with a little knowledge.
Qualcomm aptX technology is V‑MODA’s preferred codec to achieve CD quality sound and cross-platform compatibility. aptX’s algorithm was originally engineered for professional film and audio engineering studios.
Both the audio product (headphones or speaker) and the streaming device source (phone, tablet, laptop, PC etc.) need to support the same advanced codec or it will default to SBC.
Find below an audio codec compatibility matrix for V‑MODA products:
* Qualcomm aptX Available only on Rose Gold version.
Android users: great news! Many flagship Android phones support Qualcomm aptX and/or AAC such as the Samsung Galaxy/Note and Google Pixel/Nexus. You can finally discover what codec is streaming over Bluetooth audio and choose the codec you would like to use.
MacBook and macOS users: great news! Your Mac supports Qualcomm aptX and AAC and you can easily discover what codec it is streaming over Bluetooth audio by holding down the option key and checking your paired device settings on the menu bar as you can see below:
The Qualcomm aptX audio coding algorithm originated in the late 1980s at Queen's University Belfast. This innovative work was focused on bit rate reduction and achieved significant bit rate efficiencies while preserving audio quality.
Qualcomm aptX has been the best kept secret of the professional audio industry, used by major public broadcasters and film studios around the world. Now available on leading consumer devices, aptX enables music lovers to enjoy a rich listening experience.*
The Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) codec is the license-free standard for Youtube, Sony Playstation and is the preferred audio codec by Apple.
The low-complexity sub-band codec (SBC) divides the signal into multiple frequency bands and encodes each one independently. It is mandatory among all A2DP-enabled devices, making it virtually universal.**
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