Before we start, here’re some facts you might not know about Bluetooth.
1. Bluetooth was invented in 1994.
Congrats BT, you reached adulthood this year!
2. It was named after a 10th century Scandinavian king, called Harald I Blåtand (“Bluetooth”) Gormsson.
Legend has it that the king was known for eating lots of blueberries and subsequently sporting blue teeth, therefore given the nickname “Bluetooth”. His runic initials can be seen in the Bluetooth logo.
3. The first commercially available Bluetooth headset only appeared in 2000.
That’s more than a decade ago!
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If you’re reading this post, you’re probably already using Bluetooth headphones, or are looking for one.
A lot of people bemoan that wireless music doesn’t sound as good as wired music. Why is that so? Well, we need to understand how audio is sent to a wireless headphone.
Firstly, the Bluetooth transmitter chooses a codec (a blending of the words “coder” and “decoder”) to digitally compress the audio for sending to the headphone.
Then, the headphone decompresses the file for playback.
All Bluetooth stereo headphones support Subband Coding (SBC), a codec designed to provide reasonably good audio quality. However, it does not give you high-quality music streaming. Your music will still sound compressed – which many of us hate.
Enter another codec: aptX, which is designed to encode CD-quality audio stream without loss of sound quality. Rejoice! Many Bluetooth headphones now support aptX, which is great news to music lovers.
However, here’s the caveat most people don’t know about: both the headphone and the source must support aptX – if either one lacks aptX support, the default SBC codec will be used instead.
Currently, aptX support is limited to mostly high-end Android smartphones and Hi-Fi wireless devices. It is not implemented in Apple devices such as iPhones and iPods.
Yep! Apple users everywhere, bummer.
Thankfully, not all hope is lost! There’s still Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), which is a codec popular on Apple’s iTunes and even Youtube. Unlike aptX, it is supported by Apple devices. The only problem: AAC support in wireless headphones is not very common…
… Until Klipsch released its long-awaited R6 In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones!
Boasting support for both aptX and AAC, our R6 BT gives you high quality audio no matter which platform you’re using!
So, if you’re on the lookout for new Bluetooth headphones, look no further. With this, you’ll never have to settle for low-grade audio anymore.
What’re you waiting for? Get yours now at store.tcacoustic.com.sg today!