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by Bernadette Braganza April 25, 2018

It's common knowledge that nothing beats the audio quality of listening to a wired headphone plugged-in. But, what if we told you that you can get audio quality almost similar to this on a wireless headphone? Yup, we're not kidding. This is all thanks to aptX HD. Let's dive in and find out more, shall we?


What is aptX HD?

When streaming music over Bluetooth, your devices use something called Audio Codecs. This defines the quality of music that passes through wirelessly. A good number of Bluetooth devices stream audio on an SBC Codec (which supports a bit rate of max 320kbps). This causes a heavy loss in the audio resolution.

To reduce this loss, Qualcomm first introduced aptX and later aptX HD. aptX HD supports 24-bit audio data at a speed of 576kbps. To put that in perspective, a CD supports 16-bit audio at a speed of 352kbps. Thus, you can listen to higher-quality audio on your Bluetooth devices.

But, it’s just not enough to purchase a headphone that supports aptX HD. You need your audio player (or smartphone in case that’s what you use to stream music over Bluetooth) to have it too.


Activate aptX HD in No Time

Just about all phones with the Android Oreo (8.0 or 8.1) OS system support aptX HD which is really easy to activate.

  1. Go to the ‘Settings’ app. Depending on the phone you are using, you will have to follow one of the following patterns:
    About Phone -> Build Number
    About Device -> Build Number
    About Phone -> Software Information -> Build Number
    About -> Software Information -> More -> Build Number
  2. Tap ‘Build Number’ 7 times. Once done, you will get a message telling you that you are now a developer.
  3. Go to Settings again and look for ‘Developer Options’ on the menu.
  4. In ‘Developer Options’ select ‘Audio Codec’. You will get a list of all the codecs your phone supports (including aptX HD).
  5. Now, simply select aptX HD, connect your (aptX HD-enabled) headphone and enjoy high-quality audio in no time.


But, I don’t have aptX HD...

If you don’t have aptX HD no worries. Qualcomm released this technology to other devices too! Do check if your phone features on this list of candidates:

    • LG V30
    • LG V20
    • LG G6
    • LG G5
    • Luna (TG-L900S)
    • NuAns NEO Reloaded
    • OnePlus 3
    • OnePlus 3T
    • OnePlus 5
    • Onkyo GRANBEAT
    • SHARP SH-03J
    • SHARP SHV39
    • Vertu Constellation Octane
    • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2


    If your phone hasn’t made it to this list don’t fret. You can always get a hi-res DAP that supports aptX HD. To help you in your quest for better audio, we have also created this list of the top 5 headphones that support aptX HD.

    So what are you waiting for? Activate aptX HD and do tell us about your high-quality audio experience!


    Done with your research?

    Bernadette Braganza
    Bernadette Braganza

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