Galaxy S III just the latest with apt-X Bluetooth audio

There's a trend going on right this second in the streaming audio world and Samsung's Galaxy S III has just gotten on board – high definition Bluetooth-sent audio with aptX. This technology has been working for a while now on such products as Apple's Snow Leopard, Lion, the Motorola DROID RAZR, and Samsung's own Galaxy Tab 7.0, but up until now here with this newest range of smartphones has the scale tipped. Both the Galaxy S III and the hero range HTC One with the X, S, and V, will soon bring about a revolution in Bluetooth streaming media with aptX (aka apt-X) – let's see why!

Before aptX, there was Standard Bluetooth Codec, also known as SBC. This technology has quite a bit of weakness built-in simply because it was made public and spread across the earth before it was really perfected. What the teams working with aptX technology have done is to bring the tonal quality a whole lot closer to CD-quality and certainly have made its reliability for quality much-improved over SBC. Have a peek at an extremely easy to visualize chart made by one of the groups working with aptX on the speaker end of the equation, Cambridge Audio, to see the difference in delivery.

What you're seeing here is RED for SBC and GREEN for aptX. The scale shows distortion which occurs when 32 pure equidistant tones are fed into both of these technologies. What you're seeing here is SBC having a whole heck of a lot more distortion (bad) than aptX which stays relatively well balanced throughout the test.

What this means for you, the Samsung Galaxy S III or HTC One device owner is that you'll be able to rock out over Bluetooth without worrying about distortion as you have in the past – time to break out the bluetooth earbuds, headphones, and speakers – though good luck finding them on the market! Check out the Sennheiser PX 210 BT apt-X headphones for an example of "true hi-fi quality." And check the timeline for a couple more!

Update: we've now got a full list of aptX enabled products – have a look!

aptX enabled products available April 2012

HTC Products



HTC One V Smartphone

HTC Car StereoClip (Aux) Bluetooth Adaptor

Creative Products

Creative Inspire S2 Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Speaker

Creative ZiiSound D5 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

Creative Products

Creative T12 Wireless 2.0 Wireless PC Speakers

Creative D200 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Creative T6 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

WP-300 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones

Creative ZiiO 10" Android Tablet

Creative ZiiO 7" Android Tablet

Creative BT-D5 iPhone/iPod/iPad transmitter

Creative BT-D1 USB transmitter

Creative WP-450 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

Creative WP-350 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

Creative ZiiSound D5x Bluetooth Modular Speaker

Creative ZiiSound D3x Bluetooth Modular Speaker

Creative Zen XFi-3 Bluetooth MP3 Player

Sennheiser Products

Sennheiser PX 210 BT Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

Sennheiser PX 310 BT Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

Sennheiser PXC 360 BT Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

Sennheiser PX 360 BT Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

Sennheiser BTD300i Wireless stereo transmitter for iPhone/iPod

Sennheiser BTD 300 Audio Wireless stereo transmitter for portable audio devices

Sennheiser BTD 300 USB Wireless stereo transmitter for PC and laptop

BTD 500 USB Dongle

MM 400 X Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

MM 450 X Travel Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

Products from Apple

Apple Mac Mini Desktop computer

Apple Macbook Air Laptop computer

Apple Macbook Laptop computer

Apple Mac OS X Snow Leopard Operating System

Apple Mac OS X Lion Operating System

Products from Jaybird

Jaybird Sportsband SB2 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

Jaybird iSport Bluetooth adaptor for iPhone/iPod

Jaybird Sportsband SB2 Universal Bluetooth adaptor

Products from Altec Lansing

Altec Lansing inMotion Air Bluetooth Stereo Speaker

Products from Chord Electronics

Chordette Gem Bluetooth Audio Receiver

Chordette Peach DAC with Bluetooth

Chordette Maxx Amplifier

Products from QED

QED Uplay Bluetooth Audio Receiver

Products from Conran

Conran iPod Dock iPod Dock with Bluetooth

Products from Samsung

Samsung Galaxy 7.0 Plus Android Tablet

Samsung Galaxy 7.7 Plus Android Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Android Tablet

HS6000 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

HS3700 Bluetooth Stereo Headset

Samsung DAE-570 Audio Dock

Samsung DAE-550 Audio Dock

Products from Motorola

Motorola Razr Smartphone

Motorola SF600

Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

Products from Logitec

LBT-MPSP100 Bluetooth Speaker

LBT-TVOH02A Bluetooth Headphones and dongle

LBT-AVAR300 Bluetooth Headset

Products from iTech


Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

Products from Nokia

Nokia Play 360 Bluetooth Speaker

Nokia Wireless Music Receiver Bluetooth Speaker

Nokia Essence Bluetooth Headset Bluetooth Stereo Headset

Products from Soundmatters

foxL v2 Plantinum Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Products from NuForce

BT-860 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

NAD VISO 1 iPod Dock


DC50 (DoCoMo) & JA07 Softbank Mobile Smartphone


Houseparty Rise iPod Dock

Houseparty iPod Dock


StreamCast Module USB Dongle


113 DAC

Cambridge Audio

BT-100 Audio Receiver Bluetooth receiver


Braven 650 portable speaker