- Feb 19, 2005
I think LC3+is what we are really waiting for. That is where the difference will truly be. They never really gave optimized higher bit rate SBC. I guess the problem will be getting it implemented. I guess on Android we will have it perhaps outside of Samsung phones which might only give LC3. Figure Apple will also only do what they are obligated to and not give LC3+. Sony as well on their devices. Figure they will c*ckblock the open source high bit rate stuff if they can.Lots of things to like about this Bluetooth upgrade: BLE audio streaming, higher efficiency, lower power consumption, better battery life, potentially smaller earbuds.
However, the claim of "MUCH higher audio quality at the same bit rate" seems rather doubtful imo. Did anyone who listened to SBC@248 kbps and LC3@248 kbps hear a big difference? I for my part didn't.
So I downloaded the test tracks from here and here, compared them digitally with Audio DiffMaker and the difference seems actually quite small. Anyone interested can do the same, just install the freeware, run the test tracks and listen to the diff file.
Oh and btw, the test track called "no encoding" is actually FLAC encoded. Should sound the same as WAV though, except for golden ears.