I purchased the Galaxy Note 9 on release day as I had been advised it would support the aptx HD Bluetooth streaming codec like the Galaxy S9/S9+. As I had purchased a pair of Bowers + Wilkins PX wireless headphones at the beginning of the year I was looking forward to taking advantage of their aptx HD support with my Tidal subscription. It transpires that none of these supposed "flagship" devices actually have this codec installed natively, although it is apparently possible to install it if you are willing to root the device, which I am not. It seems ludicrous that a phone costing the best part of £1000 would not be compatible with aptx HD. Although the UK spec Note 9 has an Exynos processor it does not appear to be a processor limitation despite aptx HD being a Qualcomm product as the Note 9 does have standard aptx capabililities. It is also capable of playing HiFi quality audio as it has support for both the LDAC and Samsung HD codecs.
As it is not a hardware limitation and there is evidence that the codec can be installed with root access my question is will Samsung make this codec available in a software update (preferably before the inevitably delayed launch of Pie) or is there any other way to install it without invalidating my warranty? I had the option of the Note 9 or the Huawei P20 Pro (which does natively support aptx HD) but prefer Samsung devices having owned a Note 2, Note 4, S7 Edge, several Samsung TVs and computer monitors & now the Note 9. If i had known at the time that aptx HD was not available on the Note 9 I would have taken the P20 Pro.
@Typhoon1944: No worries. No timescale for the rollout was given by the developer (extremely rare to get info on timescales from them on anything - even when we ask/flatter/attempt to bribe them.)
And not so sure that a "get-out-of-jail" type disclaimer would be a good approach. Appeciate that there's a few out there who perhaps think otherwise, but we would only intentionally put something on one of our products if we have confidence that it'll work to a high and consistent standard. Hopefully, aptX HD proves to be so in this case.
Used APTX HD with a portable receiver in my vehicle and the 2.5 year old LG G5. I have never experienced any audio quality issues. Only read about clipping issues when I started researching the lack of APTX HD in the Note 9. There would only be issues if the receiver is too far from the phone which wouldn't occur under normal circumstances.
The devs should've included APTX HD with the release instead of making us wait for APTX Adaptive. They can replace it with APTX Adaptive in the future.
Apt-x Adaptive is already in Android P, and it should be backwards compatible with Apt-x HD..
I guess us Note) users will get Android P in January/February..
And the first Adaptive headphones should be ready early 2019...
If I use aptX bluetooth Marshall headphones, would i have to switch back and forth with the SBC Codec when i switch to a non aptX device? Or can I just select All codecs and it will auto select the Codec needed for each device?
I feel your pain: I also have the Note 9, a Tidal Hi-Fi Masters subscription and some Sony WI-1000x headphones that support aptxHD. Unfortunately I'm unable to enjoy the high fidelity audio too.
Does it make a difference changing the Sample Rate and Bits Per Sample options in Dev settings?
Leave the settings alone, as the device will negotiate the next connection. APTX adaptive should be included with Android 9, which will be released for the Note 9 in February.
LDAC is Sony's HD Bluetooth audio. This is comparable to APTX HD, perhaps even better. Nonetheless it should suffice your audiophile needs.
Now to wait for the Android 9 release to confirm APTX adaptive is in the build.
I too purchased a pair of Bowers + Wilkins PX wireless headphones over the weekend and am finding my Galaxy S8+ only going up to aptx, not aptx HD. I'd assumed that since my phone had a Qualcomm CPU (835) that I'd have Aptx HD. Glad to find this conversation as it gives some hope that a fix/enablement patch might be forthcoming!
My next phone will have Aptx HD as a must-have feature.