One of the things that appeals the most to me about the Sprout is the blending of traditional (phono input) with the high tech (streaming Bluetooth). Unfortunately there is the lamentable fact that on the high tech side, adherence to certain standards and protocols greatly effects the end user experience.
The Bluetooth A2DP standard requires that Sprout support the SBC codec which can be a hit or miss quality wise depending in part on decisions made by the implementors of the source system. A2DP also provides for optional support of MP3, AAC and Sony Atrac. In principle a source could stream any of these without the necessity of transcoding if the target supports it.
I understand that Sprout supports the proprietary AptX codec. I believe Mac OSX and some Android devices have also licensed AptX. IOS devices, however, don’t seem to support AptX and Apple recommends that optional AAC codec be implemented on targets for the best IOS experience with iPads and iPhones. Linux systems can be made to support optional MP3 or AAC as well (with a bit of work).
So… any chance that Sprout support optional MP3 or AAC over Bluetooth streaming? If not, any plans for the future in this area? IMO Bluetooth audio streaming is already a bit of an ambiguous mess. It would be great if PSAudio provided clarity for it’s customers.