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Put an end to rubbish audio quality via Bluetooth: Thanks to "aptX"

Enjoy your music without pesky cable spaghetti – nice! Bluetooth-capable devices automatically appear on your smartphone or tablet display. A simple click is all it takes to pair both devices. Everything is very simple. So where is the catch? And how can you supply your ears with noise-free music quality via Bluetooth?

Your favourite songs are compressed

Not only audiophiles can tell: Sound quality can suffer during audio streaming via Bluetooth. How come? Your saved songs, for example in MP3, have to get from one source (i.e. your mobile) to a receiver (i.e. your headphones). In approximately 80 percent of mobile devices, the data is lossy compressed in the sending process. That means that sound information is lost. Basses no longer sound so deep, voices no longer clear and the trebles lose their brilliance. Once compressed, data cannot be decompressed without losses.

Minimize sound leakage: The "aptX" and "AirPlay" standards

"aptX" for Android

The company APT Licensing Ltd. offers audio compression solutions for both the professional music industry as well as for the open consumer market. Your solution for wireless music streaming: the Codec «aptX». Audio signals are still compressed during the operation of "aptX" – as is required for wireless data transfer – but the sound losses are smaller than via SBS. Music is played back via Bluetooth at approximately 16-bit/44kHz or in "CD quality".

Qualcomm answered to the growing demand for hi-res-sound last year with its own standard: "Qualcomm aptX HD". According to Qualcomm, the optimised standard supports the transfer of 24-bit/48kHz music quality via Bluetooth (signal-to-noise ratio among others). However, whether or not your ears can distinguish between 16-bit and 24-bit is questionable. With Qualcomm in the background, it is perhaps more likely that the standard "aptX" or "aptX HD" permeates the market. Side note: Qualcomm acquired the CSR plc., platform developers for Bluetooth, GPS, or WiFi, for 2.5 billion dollars in 2014.

"AirPlay" for iOS

To date, Apple devices do not support the new Bluetooth aptX standards. Apple's own standard is called AirPlay. The service allows music streaming between compatible devices (from iOS 4.3) in 16-bit/44kHz quality. Audio signals are not transmitted via Bluetooth but via wi-fi instead. For it to work, sources and receivers have to be signed in to the same wi-fi network, provided there is a strong connection.

For Android users: Compare before purchasing hardware

Clearly, "aptX" is well-known in the audio/hifi industry. Almost all new headphones or speakers support the standard. However, only a few sources, such as smartphones or tablets, currently have aptX. Or it is simply unknown. From e.g. Samsung, you can request that their newest mobile devices can stream via aptX. However, you will search in vain for information on it in the product details. The same goes for specs sheets of other manufacturers. You'd think that the countless forum discussions might make manufacturers realise that consumers would welcome being informed regarding the availability of the standard. According to Qualcomm there is also no software upgrade or audio upscaling for mobile devices without the Codec.

Qualcomm will most definitely achieve more transparency in the scope of its standard. Furthermore, the company has made a promise for their standard that it will be backwards/ forwards compatible with all (future) aptX products.

Qualcomm aptX HD-ready smartphones, tablets and smartwatches

We also aim to include the standard as a filter property for mobile phones, tablets etc. However, as looking for aptX-compatible mobile devices is still not an entirely tidy process in our shop, we've put together the following selection:

ZenFone 3 Deluxe ZS570KL (5.70", 64GB, Dual SIM, 23MP, Glacial Silver)
ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe ZS570KL (5.70", 64GB, Dual SIM, 23MP, Glacial Silver)
Pures Metall, einzigartige Leistung
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10 (5.20", 32GB, 12MP, Carbon Grey)
CHF 479.–
HTC 10 (5.20", 32GB, 12MP, Carbon Grey)
Brillanter und leistungsstärker denn je! Mit 12MP-Dual-OIS-Kamera, 24Bit-HiRes-Sound inkl. InBox-HiRes-Kopfhörer und kraftvollem Qualcomm Snapdragon 820-Prozessor.
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  • more than 10 piece(s)
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  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:45
  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 14:30
  • Geneva: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 11:20
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 15:40
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 15:30
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Wohlen: more than 10 piece(s)
  • Zurich: today at 17:30

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G6 (5.70", 32GB, 13MP, Astro Black)
CHF 549.–
LG G6 (5.70", 32GB, 13MP, Astro Black)
Mehr Sehen. Mehr Entdecken. Mehr Erleben.
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  • Basel: only 1 piece(s)
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  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 14:30
  • Geneva: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 11:20
  • Lausanne: only 1 piece(s)
  • St Gallen: only 1 piece(s)
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Wohlen: more than 10 piece(s)
  • Zurich: today at 17:30

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V20 (5.70", 64GB, Dual SIM, 16MP, Titan Gray)
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CHF 599.–instead of 849.–1
LG V20 (5.70", 64GB, Dual SIM, 16MP, Titan Gray)
Life's Good When You Play More
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  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:45
  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 14:30
  • Geneva: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 11:20
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 15:40
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 15:30
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Wohlen: more than 10 piece(s)
  • Zurich: today at 17:30

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Galaxy A5 (2016) (5.20", 16GB, 13MP, Black)
CHF 259.–
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) (5.20", 16GB, 13MP, Black)
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  • Bern: only 2 piece(s)
  • Dietikon: only 1 piece(s)
  • Geneva: 8 piece(s)
  • Kriens: only 2 piece(s)
  • Lausanne: 5 piece(s)
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 15:30
  • Winterthur: only 2 piece(s)
  • Wohlen: more than 10 piece(s)
  • Zurich: only 2 piece(s)

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Galaxy S7 (5.1", 32GB, 12MP, Black Onyx)
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CHF 469.–
Samsung Galaxy S7 (5.1", 32GB, 12MP, Black Onyx)
Testsieger gemäss Stiftung Warentest vom November 2016! Unser Mobile-Topseller kommt mit Dual-Pixel-Cam, wasserfestem Gehäuse, starkem Prozessor und brillantem Always-On-Screen.
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  • Basel: only 2 piece(s)
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  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 14:30
  • Geneva: only 3 piece(s)
  • Kriens: only 2 piece(s)
  • Lausanne: only 2 piece(s)
  • St Gallen: only 2 piece(s)
  • Winterthur: only 4 piece(s)
  • Wohlen: more than 10 piece(s)
  • Zurich: only 2 piece(s)

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ZenPad 3S (9.70", 64GB, Grey)
CHF 399.–
ASUS ZenPad 3S (9.70", 64GB, Grey)
Das Premium-Tablet für Premium-Entertainment
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  • Geneva: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 11:20
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 15:40
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 15:30
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Wohlen: more than 10 piece(s)
  • Zurich: today at 17:30

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Galaxy Tab S2 Value Edition (9.7", 32GB, Black)
CHF 369.–instead of 439.–1
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Value Edition (9.7", 32GB, Black)
Enjoy more flexibility than ever before with the Galaxy Tab S2. This exceptionally slim and ultra-lightweight device is ideal for taking your eBooks, photos, videos and work files with you everywhere you go.
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  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 14:30
  • Geneva: more than 10 piece(s)
  • Kriens: only 1 piece(s)
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 15:40
  • St Gallen: only 1 piece(s)
  • Winterthur: only 1 piece(s)
  • Wohlen: more than 10 piece(s)
  • Zurich: today at 17:30

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ZenPad (10.10", 64GB, Aurora Metallic)
CHF 229.–
ASUS ZenPad (10.10", 64GB, Aurora Metallic)
Die Asus ZenPad-Reihe–Luxus einer neuen Generation
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Sports partner for Bluetooth headphones:

Gear S3 Frontier (46mm, Stainless steel, Silicone)
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CHF 349.–
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier (46mm, Stainless steel, Silicone)
Wasserdicht. Im sportlichen Design. Mit smarter Navigations-Lünette, GPS, Fitness-Funktionen, SOS-Signal und mehr.
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  • Basel: only 3 piece(s)
  • Bern: only 3 piece(s)
  • Dietikon: only 1 piece(s)
  • Geneva: only 3 piece(s)
  • Kriens: only 2 piece(s)
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 15:40
  • St Gallen: only 1 piece(s)
  • Winterthur: 5 piece(s)
  • Wohlen: more than 10 piece(s)
  • Zurich: 5 piece(s)

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Find almost 140 aptX-compatible headphones in our shop and a few top sellers like these are even Qualcomm aptX HD-ready:

Mid Bluetooth (On-Ear)
CHF 162.–instead of 209.–1
Marshall Mid Bluetooth (On-Ear)
Die kabellose Neuheit von Marshall mit AptX Codec und bis 30 Stunden Akkulaufzeit.
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  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:45
  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 14:30
  • Geneva: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 11:20
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 15:40
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 15:30
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Wohlen: more than 10 piece(s)
  • Zurich: today at 17:30

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PXC 550 (Over-Ear)
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Sennheiser PXC 550 (Over-Ear)
Wireless noise cancelling headphones with touch control panel.
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  • Geneva: only 1 piece(s)
  • Kriens: only 1 piece(s)
  • Lausanne: only 1 piece(s)
  • St Gallen: only 1 piece(s)
  • Winterthur: only 1 piece(s)
  • Wohlen: more than 10 piece(s)
  • Zurich: only 1 piece(s)

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MDR-1000X (Over-Ear, Black)
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Sony MDR-1000X (Over-Ear, Black)
Erlebe die branchenführende Geräuschminimierung jederzeit, an jedem Ort: Blende Störgeräusche ganz aus oder passe den Sound an deine Umgebung an.
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  • Dietikon: only 1 piece(s)
  • Geneva: only 2 piece(s)
  • Kriens: only 1 piece(s)
  • Lausanne: only 2 piece(s)
  • St Gallen: only 1 piece(s)
  • Winterthur: only 1 piece(s)
  • Wohlen: more than 10 piece(s)
  • Zurich: 7 piece(s)

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Did you know? The naming of the wireless transmission technology "Bluetooth" dates back to the Danish Viking king Harald Blåtand, "Harald Bluetooth". Therefore, both Old Norse runes for "H" and "B" appear in the Bluetooth logo.

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Michelle Oehri

From home automation to all IP to the latest phones and gadgets – there’s a lot happening in telecommunication and networking! Which rising stars are lighting up our smart multimedia galaxy? And what devices are not even worth mentioning? That’s what I try to find out when I’m at the office. When I’m not at my desk at digitec, there’s a good chance I’m at Gigathlon or Ironman Zurich (in a TEAM, not as a single contestant), cooking Indian food or travelling to exotic countries.

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User HD_StreetGlide

<Qualcomm übernahm Ende letzten Jahres antwortete Ende letzten Jahres auf> hier passt etwas nicht..

27.03.2017
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User Michelle Oehri

Hi DH_StreetGlide
Ui ja, da sind ein paar Wörter überflüssig. Ist korrigiert! Vielen Dank für den Hinweis.

27.03.2017
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User patrickobe1

Ich nutze diesen MP3 Player (aber andere Farbe) mit aptX von Sony: NW-A25HN Digitec Arikel 5620566 zusammen mit meinen Sennheiser Momentum 2 Artikel 4236200.
Dies klingt sehr gut und funktioniert auch wirklich gut. Sehr schön ist auch die sehr lange Akku Dauer von beiden Geräten.

27.03.2017
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User musicolo

3 Headphones sind im obigen Artikel als aptX-HD-befähigt aufgelistet. Sind die aufgelisteten phones/tablets auch aptX-HD-befähigt oder nur apt-X-befähigt? Es müssten doch beide Seiten, phone/tablet und headphone aptX-befähigt sein, um wirklich aptX-HD wiedergeben zu können?

30.03.2017
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User Michelle Oehri

Hi musicolo
Bei dieser Frage kann ich dir direkt weiterhelfen :) Ja die gelisteten Mobiles, Tablets sowie die Gear S3 sollten gemäss Qualcomm und Mobile-Hersteller auch aptX HD unterstützen. Einen Überblick zu allen aptX-HD-fähigen Mobilgeräten findest Du auch direkt hier: aptx.com/products

03.04.2017
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User musicolo

Welcher der 3 aufgelisteten aptX-HD-fähigen headphones hat die trockensten, nicht künstlich gedopten Bässe?

30.03.2017
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User Michelle Oehri

Hi musicolo
Vielen Dank für die interessante Anfrage. Ich habe sie direkt an unsere Experten vom Produktmanagement weitergeleitet, da ich persl. die Headphones bisher nicht getestet habe. Wir melden uns wieder bei Dir.

03.04.2017
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User Dimitri Pfluger

Meine Meinung (kenne den PXC 500 und den MDR-1000X): der Sennheiser hat die qualitativ besseren Bässe. Aber das ist ein sehr enges Rennen. Der Marshall ist ein On-Ear Kopfhörer ohne ANC - ich würde die Entscheidung nicht von der Bassqualität abhängig machen (die bei allen sehr gut ist).

04.04.2017
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