Yesterday Apple Music introduced that it’s going to enable lossless audio streaming for all of its subscribers at no further value beginning in June. However because it seems, Apple doesn’t really promote headphones or audio system that may play that lossless audio.
First off, Apple’s wi-fi headphones solely help the lossy AAC codec (which can be utilized by Apple Music), so the AirPods and AirPods Professional are out. The AirPods Max do have the choice of plugging in with a cable utilizing a 3.5mm adapter, however that doesn’t work both.
As the corporate explains, this introduces an analog step, which is adopted by digitizing the sign once more and that’s technically not lossless. The Apple HomePod and HomePod mini can’t play lossless audio both.
Apple Music will use the ALAC lossless format to ship the brand new top quality content material. That begins at 16-bit 44.1 kHz, aka CD high quality. Bluetooth wants specially-designed codecs to deal with this reliably. The Hello Res Lossless format bumps that as much as 24-bit 48-192 kHz, neglect about wi-fi, you will have a wired exterior DAC for this one.
Android makers have entry to Sony’s LDAC, which has lossy and lossless modes with a peak bandwidth of 990 Kbps (or much less if the Bluetooth connection is spotty), which might switch 96/48 kHz audio.
However Apple has no wi-fi codec that may deal with lossless transmission but. That will or might not change with the nearing launch of the AirPods 3.
The opposite new format that’s coming to Music, the spatial audio of Dolby Atmos, may be loved on headphones utilizing the Apple H1 and W1 chips, which incorporates the AirPods in addition to a number of wi-fi Beats headphones, so there will probably be no points with it.