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Choosing wireless

How to get the best experience from your wireless headphones


Qualcomm® aptX™ audio has been delivering superior experiences over Bluetooth® for over 25 years, and today there are more than 330 consumer electronics brands worldwide using aptX technology.

We’ve pulled together the must-know information to help you choose your wireless headphones with confidence, knowing you’ll get great sound quality.

Consider your playback device first

  • If you use a smart phone, tablet or a PC for music listening you can go for a Bluetooth wireless enabled headset
  • But if you use a HiFi or headphone amp only, then just get a wired headset

Look for Qualcomm aptX on the box

  • aptX audio is a compression technique for Bluetooth, capable of delivering CD-like sound quality (or better)
  • Audio compression is needed to pass stereo audio within the bandwidth of Bluetooth, but standard compression techniques can result in poor quality sound
  • To avoid this, and make sure you always get the best performance, choose headphones that are aptX-enabled

And if you need to make calls on your headset...

  • Audio recordings come in numerous formats – such as CD or MP3 - and have a big impact on the sound quality
  • Make sure you always download or stream from good quality sources, or purchase CDs
  • Remember; no matter how good your headphones are, if your source files are poor then your listening experience will be too

Don’t be afraid to choose wireless

  • You can get excellent sound quality through wireless headphones, which allow you freedom to move around while listening
  • Well-made headphones can deliver truly optimal sound quality, because the electronics within them are closely matched to the acoustic properties of the drivers and enclosure
  • There is now more design-for performance in Bluetooth wireless enabled headphones than ever before - including the Bluetooth receiver, Digital Analogue Converter (DAC) and headphone amplifiers

Never use bad source files

  • Audio recordings come in numerous formats – such as CD or MP3 - and have a big impact on the sound quality
  • Make sure you always download or stream from good quality sources, or purchase CDs
  • Remember; no matter how good your headphones are, if your source files are poor then your listening experience will be too

There are lots of factors that affect sound quality, some you can control and some you can’t. But whatever your budget, if you consider these basics then you can expect to get a great experience from your next pair of headphones.

About aptX

aptX improves the transfer of audio via Bluetooth to support the delivery of a superior sound quality experience.

With aptX-enabled products you can:

  • Get superior sounding audio over a Bluetooth wireless connection, including high definition or better-than-CD quality sound (24bit)
  • Use a Bluetooth wireless headset for gaming and watching video. Stream music from your favourite streaming media services using Bluetooth wireless technology, without compromising on sound quality
  • aptX technology powers the wireless sound behind many of the world’s finest smartphones, speakers, soundbars, headphones and tablets.

Qualcomm aptX is a product of Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd.

To learn more about audio compression and aptX, visit www.aptx.com