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No aptX HD is a deal killer IMHO, disappointing that they left it out. After a couple mods, I love my m50x and a wireless version with same SQ would be incredible.
Isn't HD audio just marketing wank?
Yeah it is, unless you have an incredibly expensive headphone amp, and at that, standard but rate/depth creates slight harmonic distortion, but the frequency would be so high no human, animal, or living thing could be able to hear it
aptX HD isn't about just HD audio (beyond 16 bit 44khz sample rate). As far as HD audio source material, definitely arguments on both sides of the camp there. I've heard HD audio files that sound no different, and others that bring a notable difference. That said, I'd rather listen to 'cd quality' recorded well (proper levels/no brickwalling) than a 24bit 196khz of a bad recording.
I'm just looking for aptX HD because it is lossless.
It does serve a purpose to seperate the capable from the incapable.
Socrattes, explains it below, to truly evaluate an HD audio experience, the chain can not be broken.
Source, DAC, AMP, Headphone.
Most audiophiles would chuckle at your comment. But picture this.
HD audio is akin to a Wagyu steak, it's a matter of taste and how detailed your palette is. Some people say Wagyu is snake-oil despite not eating/tasting Wagyu that is cooked by 4~5 Star chef or close(though wagyu still better good despite being cooked by a regular person). Especially if you are content with the regular rump steak of choice. Now apply that to HiFi, replace cook with Audio equipment and Wagyu with High bitrate music or vice versa, and you get a taste you can never get with your regular steak. Now once you get that taste into your system ingrained into your brain, knowing every note and flavor. Compare it to the one they serve at a regular pub or steakhouse now you notice the lack of flavor, texture, umami, tenderness and you will never taste the regular steak as good as when you experience wagyu.
Now BT audio is like takeaway so yea you have that.
My 2 cents on this topic.
Oh crap my bad you were pertaining to 24bit/192... well that was awkward.