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Bluetooth receiver vs headphones jack

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My question is would hooking a cell phone or tablet up to a stereo get better sound quality using the headphones jack and plugging into the stereo or using a Bluetooth audio receiver that has apt-x technology.
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Too many variables to tell you. Depends on the phone, the tablet, the stereo, the wired headphones, the bluetooth receiver and the wireless headphones. For example, let's say the wired headphones are a pair of Westone W40 IEMs. It would not surprise me if the best way to use those very efficient IEMs is directly from the phone, and adding any of the other components is unnecessary and counterproductive. Switch to a pair of AKG K702, and the answer might be completely different.
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First off, aptx is not lossless. It's much better than regular bluetooth, but you might want to research if it adds any audible artifacts.

Second, as billybob said, it's fairly complicated to determine which is better otherwise. A bluetooth receiver has a DAC built in. So if your phone has good audio output from the headphone jack, a cheap bluetooth DAC might be worse, regardless of the effects of the aptx digital compression.

If you are looking for the best way to improve the audio of plugging your phone's headphone output to your stereo for the money, a wired DAC that hooks into your phone (assuming your phone supports it) would likely be better since you aren't paying for bluetooth receiver technology.

What kind of phone (make/model) do you have? And what kind of stereo (make/model) are you hooking it up to? And what's your budget?
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x2 for the above comments... Far too many variables to draw any generalized sweeping conclusion.

 

Another variable point would be your source data... is it dynamic, detail revealing and well mastered enough to even expose the sonic differences?  From what I have found in my own media collection... A lossless data file of a poorly mastered, re-mastered or (gasp) digitally remastered original can be just as bad sounding as anything.

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