January 8, 2017
During CES, Montreal-based Bluewave privately showed the first Bluetooth aptX HD wireless headphone amplifier. The high-powered, high-fidelity, 24-bit portable solution allows any standard headset to receive near wired quality of the new aptX HD methodology. It also features an onboard MEMS microphone to add telephone conversations to a favorite production headset with the added boost of Bluetooth portability. The $100 GET is truly portable and ultra-compact (45mm x 22mm x 10mm) and weighs only 30 grams.
According to the product’s Indiegogo page: “GET is the perfect solution for music lovers wanting to use their wired headphones with the recent jack-less smartphones from Apple and others and enjoy both the benefits of high quality sound and the practicality of wireless.”
For phone use, the gain in sound quality from a well designed, dedicated amplifier compared to what’s in your phone has more impact than the theoretical bitrate loss. So, in that case, expect to hear a more satisfying experience than you have ever heard from your smartphone.
GET offers many electronic design features that would be expected in devices many times its cost. In addition to using the flagship CSR8675 SoC line from Qualcomm/CSR, it’s the only Bluetooth controller that allows 24-bit audio and integrated DAC. Bluewave claims GET touts 6 hours of use at full volume of 125 mW at 32 ohms.
GET is also compatible with all existing codecs for Bluetooth transmission, including AAC, aptX and MP3.
Currently a funded Indiegogo project, first deliveries are planned for April 2017.