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    AAC headphones?

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    AAC headphones?
    Someplace I stumbled on an article touting headphones using AAC-I guess instead of Bluetooth or an AptX codec. That made me wonder-are there any headphones that can actually stream the 256k Apple Music stream directly? Hmm, now that I ask the question it seems impossible, like the iDevice itself would have to do that, or can the AAC be encapsulated in a Bluetooth stream? Or not enough bandwidth? Or ???? This is not an area where I have much expertise; I just know it would be nice to get the sound directly without further compressions.

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    Wireless headphones today are mostly based on Bluetooth. A handful use more inferior technologies like RF or Infrared. Bluetooth is the universal connector and through the Audio/Headphone profile you can enable/stream whatever you want to support codecs of interest.

    As far as headphones go that support both aptX and AAC:
    Sennheiser Momentum Free - $140
    Bowers & Wilkins PX - $400
    RHA MA390 - $70

    I've never heard of the last brand/model, but Sennheiser is a very reputable headphone manufacturer and B&W is just expensive.
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    AAC headphones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raz0rEdge View Post
    Interesting! I just emailed Sennheiser asking if that means I can stream Apple Music directly into a headphone.

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    Those headphones connect to your device (Mac, iPhone) using Bluetooth and once connected will be able to play music using the AAC codec. You do not bypass the Bluetooth connection.
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    Maybe you could provide a link to the article? I don't think that is what they mean, because the headphones would need to be programmed to receive the signal from? How?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    Maybe you could provide a link to the article? I don't think that is what they mean, because the headphones would need to be programmed to receive the signal from? How?
    I think you're right. The writer probably meant pairing the headset with some Bluetoth device such as an iPhone or other device.
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    AAC headphones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raz0rEdge View Post
    ...using the AAC codec. You do not bypass the Bluetooth connection.
    Ah, what I meant is if the whole 256k AAC gets shoved through the Bluetooth, or if due to bandwidth the 256k AAC from Apple Music gets squeezed down to 96k or whatever...

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