Music has been an integral part of our lives. From its part of it being cultural to a preference today, music is just becoming more important. With the introduction of personal audio, music consumption is bound to increase over the years. In addition, technology in personal audio is also improving rapidly and with that brings the need of better audio quality to the table.
There’s a major difference however, between wired and wireless when it comes to audio quality. It’s often said that wired audio is superior since it is direct from the player itself. In contrast, wireless audio will need to be transmitted to the wireless module.
During that process, the audio file is often compressed where it loses details in the music. Regardless of the differences, sound quality in the wireless environment is improving quickly as well.
If that sounds very familiar, it’s because it is. Snapdragon, the mobile chipset that powers many Android phones in the market is set to announce Snapdragon Sound. Not only that, the wireless module found in many of the wireless devices market also sports Qualcomm’s components.
Qualcomm described Snapdragon Sound as “a chain of audio innovations and software”. All to improve audio quality while listening to music through wireless means. With the goal to deliver “high-resolution, wired quality audio, wirelessly,” according to James Chapman, Qualcomm’s VP of voice, music, and wearables.
Sony has been pushing their LDAC technology in wireless audio. Which is able to transmit up to three times the amount of data that the standard SBC Bluetooth codec. Instead, Snapdragon Sound uses the company’s latest processors, Bluetooth audio SoCs, and codecs. All which are necessary to achieve playback of hi-fi music up to 24-bit 96kHz.
Apart from that, Snapdragon Sound also would improve the call quality.While also lowering latency to 89ms while playing games to ensure as little audio lag as possible. It is also said to improve on connection stability even in areas with heavy wireless signal activity.
As of now, Xiaomi and Audio-Technica are the first two vendors for the upcoming Snapdragon Sound to be used in their products.