|Developed by||HWA Union, Savitech|
|Type of format||Audio codec|
Low latency and High-Definition audio Codec (LHDC), also known as HWA, is an audio codec technology developed by the Hi-Res Wireless Audio (HWA) Union and Savitech. LHDC allows high-resolution audio streaming over Bluetooth. Its main competitors are Qualcomm's aptX-HD and Sony's LDAC codec.
Starting from Android 10, LDAC and LLAC are part of the Android Open Source Project, enabling every OEM to integrate this standard into their own Android devices freely. Older versions of Android require LHDC/LLAC to be implemented by the smartphone manufacturers or Android app. Android apps that support LHDC include Savitech's Hi-Res BT Player, FiiO Music, HIFIMAN Music and DA&T Audio.
On 17 September 2019, the Japan Audio Society (JAS) certified LHDC with their Hi-Res Audio Wireless certification. Currently the only codecs with the Hi-Res Audio Wireless certification are LHDC and LDAC.
Low Latency Audio Codec (LLAC) is also called LHDC LL. It is based on the high definition wireless audio technology from LHDC, but designed for low latency and features an auto detect gaming mode. Savitech claims LLAC has end-to-end latency of around ~30ms. LLAC supports bitrates of 400/600 kbit/s, bit-depth of up to 24 bit and sample rate of up to 48 kHz. LLAC has no hardware requirement for the transmitter.
Hi-Res Wireless Audio (HWA) Union
On 2 September 2018 the Hi-Res Wireless Audio (HWA) Union was formed to promote LHDC adoption. Also known as the HWA Alliance. The HWA Union Board of Directors includes:
Other HWA Union members include:
On the March 27, 2018, Huawei and Savitech announced the Hi-Res Wireless Audio (HWA) Certification. Platinum HWA Certification requires frequency response over 40 kHz, THD+N<-90 dB, SNR>110 dB, and playback using the at least 24bit/96 kHz. Gold HWA Certification requires frequency response over 20 kHz, THD+N<-80 dB, SNR>100 dB, and playback using the at least 24bit/48 kHz.
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