- Apr 22, 2009
Any idea on how close to Lossless audio quality when using AirPod Max with the $35 Lightning to 3.5 mm Audio Cable? In Apple's support document they don't quantify how close it gets.
92.54356%. I just typed in some random number. Let me ask you, how would anyone know? Even Apple probably won't know it.Any idea on how close to Lossless audio quality when using AirPod Max with the $35 Lightning to 3.5 mm Audio Cable? In Apple's support document they don't quantify how close it gets.
The more accurate term for it is "audibly transparent". That means that in a direct comparison with lossless, human ears can't discern a difference. AAC is audibly transparent at around 192. If you add VBR, it's probably transparent at 128. Apple Music is AAC 256 VBR. It is certainly audibly transparent.Many lossy formats are "close to lossless".
I believe the DAC in the Lightning cables that come with the iPhone accepts only 256kbps AAC audio (it is a small cheep/integrated device). So you will likely need a 3ed party DAC.Just picked up a pair of open back headphones and I was wondering if I could use the lightning to 3.5 cable to pass lossless to those or am I stuck using the lightning to 3.5 dongle and then a 3.5 cable to the headphones?
According to Apple, the adapter supports up to 24-bit/48 kHz lossless audio.I believe the DAC in the Lightning cables that come with the iPhone accepts only 256kbps AAC audio (it is a small cheep/integrated device). So you will likely need a 3ed party DAC.
No problem.Thank you. I think I was getting hung up on the fact that it didn’t work with the APM.
So you're thinking it's the DAC in the APM that's the issue? If a lightning to lightning cable existed it wouldn't give us lossless on APM?No problem.
I think the only reason the APM do not support lossless is because everything has to pass through the built-in DAC. I’m really hoping that it’s not a hardware issue so it’s possible that Apple can change that with a firmware update.
What I mean is how does it make the sound quality worse? It’s still encoding and decoding AAC, so how do the other processes affect it?There is a processor inside the AirPod Max. It controls the microphones and equalization to correct the EQ as the position of the cups change, and it has the head tracking for the spatial audio. It might do other kinds of processing as well. The chip is limited in how big a file it can process. We are told that it operates with files in bluetooth codecs only.