Bluetooth receiver with LDAC and aptX

iFi Zen

Are you looking for a receiver for the high-quality Bluetooth codecs LDAC and aptX HD? We show you two.

Maybe you use a smartphone that uses aptX or Sony’s standard LDAC for music transmission in addition to an iPhone. In that case, these two Bluetooth receivers might be something for you.

lavaudio HD Bluetooth

On the one hand, there is the Lavaudio Bluetooth receiver, which supports LDAC up to a bit rate of 990 kb/s, which is a significant improvement over the aptX HD codec. But all “inferior” codecs like normal aptx or AAC, which is exclusively used by the iPhone, are also on the compatibility list.

iFi Zen Blue HiFi Bluetooth Receiver Desktop DAC/Adapter - Wireless Input/Outputs - Optical/Coaxial/SPDIF/RCA / 4.4 Balanced - Audio System Upgrade (Unit Only)
iFi Zen Blue HiFi Bluetooth Receiver Desktop DAC/Adapter - Wireless Input/Outputs - Optical/Coaxial/SPDIF/RCA / 4.4 Balanced - Audio System Upgrade (Unit Only)*
by Abbingdon Music Research
  • ✅ EASY BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY - The latest Qualcomm 5100 series Bluetooth (only input) DAC supports Bluetooth 5.0TM in all current and future formats such as AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, HWA Codec. Easily stream your favorite music in CD quality to your system from your smart phone, laptop, DAP, or any device that transmits Bluetooth. Control your music with your favorite music app, sit back and relax
  • ✅ HIGH RESOLUTION AUDIO - With CD quality aptX HD AAC Bluetooth up to 24 bits / 192 kbps you will experience higher quality audio than standard Bluetooth Without the drop in quality your music will have better definition and clarity
  • ✅ ANALOG OUTPUT - For an easy upgrade connect via single-ended RCA to an amp or active speakers or via 4.4mm output to amp / speakers with a balanced output
  • ✅ DIGITAL OUTPUT - Use the optical and coaxial or SPDIF connections to connect to anything with a built in DAC and corresponding digital input; your TV, an AV amp or external DAC in your hi-fi set-up
  • ✅ STYLISH AND SMART DESIGN - Military Grade Aluminum makes up a sturdy and sleek exterior. The smooth curves and edges will bring a sense of peace and tranquility to your home or office
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A Toslink and two analog RCA jacks are available as outputs on the Lavaudio. The DAC for digital/analog conversion is an ESS9018K2M.

The second option is the iFi Zen Blue HiFi Bluetooth receiver. Here you have a coaxial output in addition to analog and Toslink. This receiver also supports several codecs, for example AAC, aptX, aptX HD and LDAC.

iFi Zen Bluetooth Ports

For both devices, make sure that the streaming device, probably not one from Apple, supports the LDAC or aptX HD codecs. Some do, but possibly not at the highest bitrate.

Bluetooth Codecs

You should also be aware that the data rates are partly bought with a lack of stability. You will get the most stable streaming connection with high quality when you are sitting comfortably on the sofa. If you tend to dance around the room with your smartphone in your hand while listening to music, the connection can falter or be interrupted more quickly with the higher-quality codecs.

Lavaudio HiFi Bluetooth 5.0 Music Receiver for Home Stereo Long Range Bluetooth Audio Adapter with Audiophile DAC, aptX HD & LDAC for AV Receiver or Stereo Amplifier - DS200Pro
Lavaudio HiFi Bluetooth 5.0 Music Receiver for Home Stereo Long Range Bluetooth Audio Adapter with Audiophile DAC, aptX HD & LDAC for AV Receiver or Stereo Amplifier - DS200Pro*
by 1mii
  • 【Rebirth Your Home Stereo】DS200 Pro is a Bluetooth HiFi receiver supports LDAC, which can streams high quality music from cellphone, pc or any other music player with Bluetooth to any of your home stereo systems. Plug and play, super easy.
  • 【QUALCOMM Bluetooth 5.0】DS200 Pro Bluetooth Receiver for Home Stereo is featuring Bluetooth 5.0 (CSR8675) chip which is a premium solution delivering high quality wireless audio performance and supporting for aptX, aptX LL, aptX HD, AAC decoding.
  • 【Audiophile Grade DAC】Featuring with ES9018K2M SABRE32 Reference DAC which is a high-performance 32-bit, 384kHz PCM data, 2-channel audio D/A converter targeted for audiophile-grade portable applications, delivers a DNR of up to 127dB and THD+N of –120dB, a performance level that will satisfy the most demanding audio enthusiasts. 2.0Vrms maximum RCA output level.
  • 【Extended Long Range】Utilizing Class 1 Bluetooth technology and designed with external gain antenna. DS200Pro Bluetooth receiver can achieve a range of up to 100ft. Kindly be noted that Operation range can be affected by many factors such as Wi-Fi routers, physical obstructions like walls, metal obstacles etc. and also depended on receiving device.
  • 【Flexible Connectivity】Supports both analog (RCA / 3.5mm AUX audio) and digital (optical) outputs, provides ultimate compatibility with your existing stereo equipment.
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The bottom line is that the quality of audio transmission via Bluetooth is constantly being improved. These two devices now allow you to use a high-quality codec with the corresponding devices.

If you are looking for a good AAC receiver for your iPhone, have a look here.

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