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Qualcomm has announced the latest version of aptX, aptX HD, designed to "meet the increasing demand for high-resolution wireless audio".

aptX HD will be available immediately, though of course you'll need aptX HD products in order to take advantage of the upgrade. 

The codec builds on aptX's traditional claim of better than average Bluetooth audio quality, offering 24-bit HD audio support. There's no mention of whether it's 96kHz or 192kHz.

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It will be backwards compatible with aptX, and we'd imagine the brands (more than 320 in total) that have delivered aptX phones and tablets, including HTC, LG, Samsung and Sony, will soon be on board.

aptX HD is immediately available - the CSR8675 Bluetooth platform is the one to look for, spec fans - so we will look out for the first compatible products.

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Graham Luke's picture

Oh, blimey...

Right. That's what I...er...need.

AlexAtkinUK's picture

aptX Lossless > aptX HD?

Surely aptX Lossless > aptX HD?

What would be the point in gaining frequencies you arguably can't hear if its potentially throwing away data that you can to obtain it?

I'm still undecided that HD audio makes a difference, as well-mastered CD quality sounds amazing, its just rare for anyone to master properly to CD

How many people who claim HD is better, actually have speakers that can reproduce above 22kHz?  I know I don't.

I can totally hear how DACs used in phones have improved over the years, but HD frequencies have nothing to do with it.  Its not like Android even tells you what resolution its outputting at and only crazy people wear headphones when out and about with their phones.  I don't want to get mugged or trash good headphones when it rains, so earbuds it is.