Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon Sound for high-quality, low-latency wireless audio

05 March 2021
Xiaomi, Audio-Technica and Amazon Music have already signed up for the Snapdragon Sound platform.

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  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 05 Mar 2021MediaTek is a Taiwanese and not a Chinese company.Surely Taiwan, ROC, people are Chinese, though not PRC.

I don't think any of the Mediatek people are native Taiwanese (2.3% of the population - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Taiwan)

HQ does not equal Lossless.

  • AnonD-985481

YUKI93, 05 Mar 2021No matter how much improvement has done to a certain techno... morePeople over-exaggerate this imo. I don't know what codecs AirPods 2 default to when used on Windows 10 computer, but I often use them for gaming and they don't produce any noticeable delay and still sound really good. Otherwise I run custom modded speakers on Sound Blaster AE-9 that was also upgraded and I simply can't notice any difference.

Would be interesting if anyone managed to use lossless codecs and still keep latency on low level. But we'll need support for it on both ends and probably higher bandwidt than BT 5.0 offers anyway.

kleimaxx, 05 Mar 2021cant wait for this snapdragon sound. Because playing Games... moreNo matter how much improvement has done to a certain technology, you really can't change the physics nature of it. In this case, the wireless audio connection always suffers from latency lag because the sound is passing through via the software codec, not the analogue converter like in any wired headphones. That is why you never see a gamer use a wireless headphone during gaming, it's never been ideal at all in the first place.

Anonymous, 05 Mar 2021Good to hear about these improvements. But sadly nothing wi... moreOnly if apple hadnt removed the headphone jack,it would have still been present on flagship phones...what surprises me is that midrange phones get to retain it but flagship phones dont.

Yeah... seriously

  • Anonymous

Good to hear about these improvements. But sadly nothing will beat wired quality headphones/earphones. Wireless headphones will ALWAYS have sound latency, lower sound quality, higher cost, in-build planned obsolescence (not user-changeable batteries), a predefined time of usage (batteries needs recharge), more weight, easier to break (more complex-> more prone to get damaged) in comparison to wired headphones.

  • Anonymous

dude111, 05 Mar 2021Well, the BT 5 specification allows up to 50Mbps but at hig... moreOf course, they mostly compare to wired.
Wireless will never be any close.

If you have a headphone jack in your phone, then you have no problems with sound quality or latency 😉😉

  • Anonymous

i0S.-.Never.-.Again, 05 Mar 2021Qualcomm already ahead in the Bluetooth audio game. Poor A... moreAndroid is part of the premium Ecosystem, iPhone is part of the joker ecosystem.

  • Anonymous

Just use Opus

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 05 Mar 2021MediaTek better. Chinese technolgy. Sony uses it in latest ... moreMediaTek is a Taiwanese and not a Chinese company.

TheLastOracle, 05 Mar 2021"24-bit 96 kHz audio" The issue with bluetooth... moreWell, the BT 5 specification allows up to 50Mbps but at high energy cost (4-6W IIRC).
I wouldn't be surprised if this still runs under LE but with too much compression which negates almost any benefit from 24bit/96hz

Sony's LDAC has shown that "high res BT codecs" aren't really high res and are too unreliable

https://www.soundguys.com/ldac-ultimate-bluetooth-guide-20026/

Anonymous, 05 Mar 202189ms in a controlled environment is still horrible...Considering that there is still a larger part of BT headset that does not go below 250 ms, that's an improvement ;-)

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 05 Mar 2021It's good for starters will improve from hereLdac = 30ms

  • MrDong

React 2 Gadgets YT, 05 Mar 2021Harman Kardon and Dolby Atmos is betterWait...do you even understand what you're talking about? Dolby Atmos is simply surround sound, Harman Kardon is a speaker brand. This post is discussing the wireless audio tech. Try to research before you comment.

cant wait for this snapdragon sound.
Because playing Games using any expensive bluetooth earpiece still give sound lag. My lag gaming earpiece is xm3 and airpods

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 05 Mar 202189ms in a controlled environment is still horrible...It's good for starters will improve from here

  • Anonymous

89ms in a controlled environment is still horrible...

Harman Kardon and Dolby Atmos is better