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#420644 - 10/07/16 12:03 PM First Impressions & Bluetooth (aptX HD)
jtoddv Offline

Registered: 06/25/07
Posts: 2
Backer #92 and I received my unit last week.

On Android, using BubbleUPnP with the Axiom software/Volumio, etc. is just too damn buggy all around.

Using the line-in with my phone the unit sounds amazing.

I know the high fidelity music target resulted in Wi-Fi usage as the wireless connector, but honestly I cannot see anyone paying $800 for this current setup and being fully satisfied. The only hope I have for the unit, paying $555, lies in the fact that there is Raspberry Pi in there and maybe Bluetooth will be working soon.

In other words, I want to be able to power on the unit, my phone auto-connects to AA via Bluetooth, and I launch VLC or Google Music on my phone and hit play. (Yes, I already know and have a Bluetooth receiver hooked into the line-in, but would prefer a built-in solution running off of the USB ports.)

Now with regards to Bluetooth, I know audio quality is the major limiting factor. aptX HD seems to be our answer: Get it working with Pi and this unit will be great! Heck, get it working without Pi and this unit will be great.

I know aptX HD just came out earlier this year, and devices are limited, but from here on out, this should be your target. I am sure more devices will be getting aptX HD in the next 6 months to a year.

Ian, if you get AA running with aptX HD as the codec, you will have people loving this unit for $800. Hell, I would even suggest you look into teaming up (marketing wise) with LG, since the only phone that has aptX HD is the LG G5.


Edited by jtoddv (10/07/16 12:20 PM)

#420712 - 10/13/16 06:02 PM Re: First Impressions & Bluetooth (aptX HD) [Re: jtoddv]
Ian Offline

Registered: 03/13/01
Posts: 1338
Hi jtoddy,

We are going to be adding this Bluetooth option to a code update coming in December.
Ian Colquhoun
President & Chief Engineer

#421088 - 11/15/16 10:06 PM Re: First Impressions & Bluetooth (aptX HD) [Re: jtoddv]
Newf Offline

Registered: 04/14/05
Posts: 759
Loc: NL
Words cannot express my hatred for bluetooth audio. Which is why the Air interests me. It's nice to have the option for people who need/want it though so that's great. But I can not wait for BT to be done, gone, poof.
EP500/800/HSU VTF3/SVS PB2k/SB2k/SB-12


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