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AptX support? If not, there are BT integrated amps (Grace Digital makes one) that support AptX, line in, a sub out and have similar power output into passive speakers. The grace I'm thinking of doesn't have USB in, though - the DAC only sees the BT input.
But the difference in sound for BT with aptx is striking.
Good - with an aptx source and aptx receiver, the improvement is very nice.
I had contacted SMSL months ago before i bought this unit from AMZ. They confirmed that the Bluetooth codec was Apt-x. I had asked if it was apt-x HD, which they did not answer and i am assuming it is not, but with my phone (LG v20 - which has aptx-HD BT) it sounds quite decent for wireless sound. It also connects well and range is good. I like it a lot for the price. It easily powers my own custom-built 4-way tower monitors. Hope that helps just ask if you have another question! - tim
This is a very good question. Thanks for bringing this up. Judging from the responses I am happy to see the DROP community is very knowledgable.
I am always amazed that, very rarely any reviews of BT gear (especially headphones) fale to mention which codecs are supported. But both paired devices should support the same codec (APT-X in this case). This is one of the key points which will determine listening quality. Here is a good site to check out which codec your phone supports: https://www.bluetoothcheck.com/
These reviewers who neglect to mention any of this should be called "charlatans" not audio experts.