A recent blog post here doubted the power of aptX Bluetooth technology, which is supposed to give you a CD quality listening experience when listening to an aptX-enabled device. I actually did a lot of research on the topic before deciding to write a blog post about it. I actually tested the Beats Studio Wireless headphones, which are supposed to have aptX technology. I came to the conclusion that aptX really doesn’t make a difference.
I received an email from somebody who reads this blog, encouraging me to do the same test using the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Bluetooth headphones. So, I set the iPhone 6 Plus to the “Hip-Hop” equalizer and listened to the following songs: “Red Lights,” by Tiesto, “Bad Medicine,” by Bon Jovi, and “Turn Down For What” by DJ Snake and Lil’ Jon. Impressive sound, but definitely could hear the limits of wireless.
Then, I got out my aptX-enabled Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and tried to recreate the “Hip Hop” graphic equalizer settings I had on the iPhone 6 Plus. I listened to the same songs and came to a conclusion I never thought I would: aptX technology does make a difference. It doesn’t make a huge difference, but enough of one where I never want to listen to wireless headphones on an Apple iOS device again.
With the popularity of Bluetooth headphones, I still cannot understand why Apple won’t use the technology on their iOS devices. I am hearing rumors from an industry insider friend of mine that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will not have aptX technology — this is extremely disappointing. I guess I really shouldn’t be surprised; Apple is stubborn when it comes to using propriety technology from other companies. Perhaps, Apple is inventing their own Bluetooth technology that will allow the iPhone to transfer CD-quality music to wireless headphones.
I can tell you from several years of tests that the iPhone produces the best sound quality music when used with wired headphones. Whether one uses Beats, Bose, Sennheiser, or any other brand with the iPhone, they get loud, undistorted music that has a “bang” to it. It really depends on the headphones you are using, but the iPhone does enhance the sound. Apple uses a certain type of audio driver that one can’t get on Samsung devices, although the audio driver used on the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 5 comes very close.
Apple needs to embrace aptX. This isn’t another Adobe Flash situation where it will become irrelevant if Apple ignores it. AptX is the present and future of wireless sound and it would be a huge shame if the most popular smartphone in the world continues to leave it out.