Apple recently announced that it will release a new level of lossless audio and spatial audio for Apple Music.
While this is great news for audiophiles, it’s more than strange that not many of Apple’s audio products support these features, especially the ultra-expensive AirPods Max and the original HomePod.
The reason why Apple speakers and headphones cannot support lossless audio is that since music is streamed to those devices wirelessly, the audio quality cannot travel without a cable on Apple platforms.
While there are high-quality Bluetooth codecs available on Android and other platforms, I don’t find them comparable to listening to music through wired headphones. You can read more about that in my Shure Aonic headphone review. Basically, if you care about HQ music, buy a good pair of wired headphones or earphones and save those AirPods for more casual listening.
With this in mind, all Apple speakers and headphones / earphones currently available are compatible with the tech giant’s Spatial Audio format, which gives music a subtle 3D effect.
Via: The edge