As the industry continues to transition to wireless audio, Qualcomm has a plan to make the audio quality of Bluetooth headphones sound a bit more like the sound you hear on wired ones.
A new standard called Snapdragon Ssound It is designed to greatly improve the audio quality you get from mobile devices connected to today’s wireless headphones. While it may seem like a lofty goal, Qualcomm’s James Chapman, vice president of voice, music, and wearables, He said Snapdragon Sound was created to deliver “wired-quality high-resolution audio” without sacrificing the convenience of today’s wireless devices.
Snapdragon Sound’s core technology takes advantage of the company’s latest mobile processors and combines them with Bluetooth latencies that Qualcomm says are 45% lower than its competitors to deliver high performance.24-bit 96kHz audio quality.
At launch, Xiaomi has already signed up to create at least one new mobile device with Snapdragon Sound, while Audio-Technica saying It will also partner with Qualcomm to support Snapdragon Sound in a range of future products. And in the future, Qualcomm hopes to support a wide variety of mobile devices, which will be marked with the Snapdragon Sound flagship, including phones, tablets, laptops, smartwatches, and more.
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Snapdragon Sound is about more than music. Qualcomm claims Its audio platform offers higher resolution 32 kHz voice quality over Bluetooth along with lower power consumption for features such as active noise cancellation and voice detection for awake digital assistants.
Finally, to make sure your wireless headphones aren’t randomly cut off while walking around town, Qualcomm claims that Snapdragon Sound will be “virtually glitch-free” even in extremely busy situations like a bus terminal. or train stop with a lot of people and wireless devices hogging the RF space.
Meanwhile, while we wait for Snapdragon Sound devices to become available, Qualcomm has partnered with Amazon Music to create high-quality lossless audio. playlist for Snapdragon Sound with a number of known bands, with a selection of other audio samples available from Qualcomm website here.