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NuraTrue Pro beats AirPods in CD-quality lossless audio

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AirPods are surpassed by NuraTrue Pro wireless earphones for CD-quality lossless music.

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The NuraTrue Pro ($329) is the first wireless earbud to support Qualcomm’s aptX Lossless Audio codec, according to Australian audio company Nura.

It is a fact that higher audio data yields greater sound quality. Therefore, the introduction of the NuraTrue Pro, which can deliver uncompressed, bit-perfect CD-quality music, is likely to make many wireless headphone manufacturers, especially Apple, feel uneasy as they now only use compressed wireless SBC, AAC, and standard aptX audio tech. Next-generation AirPods Pro are supposed to use Apple’s own lossless audio codec, which would enable the earbuds to playback music at a higher quality via compatible devices, but that hasn’t happened yet.

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The NuraTrue Pro wireless earbuds will be among the first to utilize Qualcomm’s aptX Lossless Audio codec and next-level multipoint connections capability in Bluetooth 5.3, which enables users to simultaneously connect to numerous source devices. To give you an idea of how significant this is, the new codec guarantees to transport 16-bit/44.1kHz, CD-quality audio via Bluetooth at data speeds of up to 1,200kbps. While Sony’s LDAC supports a maximum streaming bitrate of 990kbps, aptX Adaptive and aptX HD each have maximum bitrates of 420kbps and 576kbps, respectively.

Although this is a significant advancement for aficionados of high-quality audio, as far as we are aware, the new aptX Lossless Audio codec is not yet supported by any hardware, not even the top smartphones. However, it is anticipated to appear on flagship Android phones in the upcoming year.

Next-level personal sound

The NuraTrue and NuraTrue Pro models both offer an astonishing degree of customization. With a quick listening test analysis, the Pro model can determine your ear canal and hearing capabilities and adapt the sound output to your ears. Additionally offered are perfect fit recognition, in-ear sensors, adaptive active noise cancellation, and configurable touch controls.

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The NuraTrue claims 6 hours of playback time from the earbuds, with a total of 24 hours when you take into account the charging case. Nura claims that battery life on the Pro has been improved to achieve a maximum of 32 hours — up to 8 hours of playback time from a single charge through the earbuds, and an additional 24 hours from the charging case. A USB-C port on the back of the casing is used for charging.

The NuraTrue Pro earbuds are not yet for sale, but they are available for pre-order through a Kickstarter campaign on the NuraSound website(opens in new tab), with orders probably being filled by October. They are scheduled to cost $329 / £299 / €359 / AU$499 when they do go on sale, but early-bird backers can get a discount starting at $199.

Although Nura has previously used Kickstarter for its headphone launches, primarily as a tool to coordinate pre-orders, it is advised that you take into account the standard risk cautions associated with crowdfunded goods.

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When complete production samples are received and new aptX Lossless Audio codec support is made available for devices, we eagerly anticipate hearing these. If they are the first truly high-resolution wireless headphones to join our list of the best audiophile headphones, keep an eye on this area.

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