Samsung Galaxy Note 9 doesn’t support aptX HD, but may get aptX Adaptive
We have some news for Samsung galaxy Note 9 owners who are also audiophiles. Firstly, it is now officially confirmed that the device – which features AKG tuned speakers – doesn’t support the aptX HD Bluetooth audio codec. There is support for standard aptX, but no HD.
Although Samsung never claimed aptX HD support in the first place, queries on online forums indicated users weren’t really aware of this missing functionality. Anyway, the confirmation regarding this came from a Samsung forum moderator, who received a response on this matter from Samsung’s development team.
The response also detailed the reason behind missing aptx HD support. Samsung developers say aptx HD isn’t robust enough, and hence could cause audio chopping issues. Here’s what exactly they said in this regard:
Our developer has got back to us on this one today. It would appear aptX HD isn’t quite as “robust” as they’d like, as it needs to send a lot of packets to the Bluetooth device – which could cause audio chopping whilst streaming stuff
Likely because of the reasons they mentioned, it doesn’t look like Samsung is keen on including aptX HD support in the Note 9 in near future. The response from developers further said they have plans to include aptX Adaptive instead. Here’s what the moderator said on this:
Their plan is [to] use aptX Adaptive instead, a Qualcomm codec which combines support for high quality along with the required “robustness”
Note: aptX Adaptive is backwards compatible with aptX and aptX HD enabled devices. Learn more about it here.
As the last line in the message shown above indicates, nothing is set in stone at the moment. You could see aptX HD support being rolled out for Note 9, but chances are very low at the moment. What are your opinions on this? Let us know in the comments section below.
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