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  1. myusernameislove
    Pitty it does not support 2 major codecs: AptxHD and LDAC. It is not the most advanced Bluetooth DAC, because there are already available Bluetooth DACs that support these more advanced codecs. What I percieve as characteristics of most advanced Bluetooth DAC: BT5, LDAC, dedicated chip, impedance switch, high quality sound and build. What is not necessary: wireless charging.
    myusernameislove, Mar 22, 2018
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  2. Cinder
    True, but as far as I know there aren't any BT chipsets that support AptxHD and LDAC with BT 5.0 right now, they all use 4.0. Furthermore, almost no devices support those codecs. While it would be nice to have them included or to use BT 5.0, it isn't realistic given the fragmented and inconsistent situation scattered BT standards have put manufacturers in.
    Cinder, Mar 22, 2018
  3. Cinder
    And by the way, a dedicated chip isn't better than an integrated one. Not sure where this idea came from, and in fact, dedicated chips are much harder to get working perfectly. And yeah, and impedance switch would be nice, but I given the incredibly small package the Aqua+ comes in, I can give it a pass for not having so many physical features.
    Cinder, Mar 22, 2018
  4. Cinder
    If you are interested in finding out more about the current hell-hole that is developing high-end BT audio devices, I think there were some good articles on Head-Fi or some other tech website. The one, in particular, I'm thinking about was related to CES, but I can't say for sure. I read it a while ago. Thanks for reading!
    Cinder, Mar 22, 2018
  5. meringo
    Every major codec* except the modern ones, AptX HD and LDAC. You should check out the Radsone Earstudio. Smaller, dual DAC, modern codecs (which Android O devices support) balanced 2.5mm port, and only $99!
    meringo, Mar 23, 2018
  6. Cinder
    Wow, you're right! I'll make an edit. Thanks for the heads up. To be fair though, the Radsone Earstudio does have less amplification available. That's a different story though :) And BTW, an Android 0 device is only required to support those if it shipped with it, not if it was updated to it (similar to Treble). So, for example, cheap Redmi devices that get updated to O might not support AptX HD.
    Cinder, Mar 23, 2018
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