If you are an audiophile or even As a gamer, you probably know that wireless headphones never sound good as a wired equivalent. Bluetooth has come a long way, but it still can̵
Qualcomm wants to deliver “high-resolution, wired-quality audio, wireless,” said James Chapman, Qualcomm’s VP of speech, music and wearables. To do that, it uses Bluetooth latencies as low as 89 milliseconds (45 percent lower than its rivals, according to Qualcomm), along with active noise cancellation, support for high-resolution 24-bit 96 kHz audio, and super wideband voice. Qualcomm licenses its technology to device manufacturers, and you’ll see “Snapdragon Sound” on headsets, earbuds and more.
It already has a few manufacturers lined up, including Xiaomi and Audio-Technica, the latter known for its headsets and earbuds. Amazon Music has released a streaming playlist in partnership with Qualcomm to celebrate the new standard, and you can listen to it now.
The whole venture is a bit sketchy. Still, it appears to be based on a certification program that enables audio makers to use the best wireless technologies available under one set of standards.
“Qualcomm Technologies is uniquely positioned to deliver tremendous value to customers with Snapdragon Sound and help them quickly bring products to market that are distinguished by great sound quality,” said James Chapman, vice president and general manager of Voice, Music and Wearables, Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd. “Our system-level approach combines multiple technologies and the latest products from our portfolios of mobile and audio platforms to fulfill our vision of delivering high-resolution, wired-quality audio wirelessly.”
Ultimately, the goal is to fix audio problems that arise due to latency and other imperfections in wireless audio technology. Qualcomm hopes it can bring the sound of wireless audio closer to wired audio, almost to the point where you can’t tell the difference between a Bluetooth headset and a wired headset. We will see if that dream comes true.