After a considerable disappointment with the sound of my HTIB system (LG HB965TZ), which 4 years ago was a 5-star product at WHF and many other magazines, I want to bring back my 2 decades old hifi, complete with the big floorstanders.
The amp have only analog inputs, and I am planning to buy Arcam miniBlink bluetooth DAC in order to stream from my smartphone and Windows 7 PC.
My current smartphone does not support aptX (next one surely will).
Now, my question is does anyone on this forum ever checked if there is improvement in sound quality when streaming flac instead of 320 kbps mp3 files via bluetooth?
Bluetooth encodes everything to SBC codec with limited bandwidth of 328 kbps. My theory is that if you stream mp3 it is transcoding one lossy format (mp3) to another lossy format (SBC) with amplified compression artifacts. If you stream flac it should sound much better AND identical as if you stream wav.
Now, am I right on this and does anyone who has the equipment checked if there is any noticeable improvement?
P.S. According to this crowdtesting service-
-SBC is transparent IF you you stream wav files, which should be identical to streaming lossless flac.
Any experience-based input from forum members is welcome.