An Apple engineer has addressed the lack of lossless audio support in the second-generation AirPods Pro in a new interview.
The current Bluetooth technology in the AirPods lineup means that Apple’s audio products do not support Apple Music Lossless audio. Apple has previously hinted that it might develop its own codec and connectivity standard that builds on AirPlay and supports higher quality audio streaming, but so far it hasn’t done such a thing. Steps.
Apple Music offers lossless streaming that is 24-bit and up to 48KHz, and lossless high resolution that goes up to 192KHz and requires an external digital-to-analog converter.
In an interview with What HiFi? Apple engineer Esge Andersen, who works on the company’s acoustics team, said Apple doesn’t believe current Bluetooth technology is a limiting factor in AirPods audio quality. Anderson added that even with current Bluetooth technology and codec standards, Apple can still make improvements in audio quality while the company’s focus remains on reliability.
Andersen remains coy, saying that while audio quality is always a priority, “it’s important to understand that we can still make great strides without changing codecs. And the codec choice we have there today is is more about reliability, so it’s about making something robust in all environments.”
“We want to push sound quality forward, and we can do that with a lot of other things. We don’t think the codec is currently the limitation of audio quality on Bluetooth products.”
During the interview, Anderson also offered some interesting insight into how Apple developed the new second-generation AirPods Pro and how it validates sound quality. Anderson revealed that Apple has a panel of “sound experts” who offer Apple engineers feedback on audio quality. “And at the end of the day, there’s kind of a trade-off, because you can’t make it perfect for everyone yet,” he said.
One of the biggest improvements with the new second-generation AirPods Pro is better active noise cancellation. Apple claims that the ANC on the new AirPods Pro is up to 2x better than before. Anderson said Apple was pushed to make this big improvement because it wanted to “give everyone an AirPods Max in their pocket.”
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