In September 2021, Qualcomm introduced the aptX Lossless Bluetooth codec, which is supposed to allow lossless CD-quality sound wirelessly. The NuraTrue Pro is now the first true-wireless earbuds to launch on Kickstarter that also support the codec. However, there is still a lack of devices as audio sources that allow the lossless sound.
NuraTrue Pro launch on Kickstarter
The classy NuraTrue Pro are the world’s first true-wireless earbuds to support Qualcomm’s aptX Lossless high-resolution and lossless Bluetooth audio codec. The successor to last year’s NuraTrue launched on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter a few days ago and has cracked the issued goal of 20,000 US dollars in no time.
Currently (as of July 16), 6,881 backers have supported the funding of the TWS in-ear headphones with a total of 1.624 million US dollars. The campaign of the Australian manufacturer Nura still has twelve days to raise even more money.
The only downside to the whole thing: There are no devices that support the code at all yet. Qualcomm had targeted the launch for 2022 and already announced 31 licensees, including Master & Dynamic, Motorola, Xiaomi, Asus, Audio Technica and more. However, there is still no trace of corresponding devices.
aptX Lossless offers a maximum data rate of 1.2 Mbit/s and is thus once again significantly above the previous top dog in the form of Sony’s LDAC codec, which comes to a maximum of 990 kBit/s. This is used, for example, in the Linkbuds S (our review) in-ear headphones.
What can the NuraTrue Pro do?
Manufacturer Nura nonetheless promises audiophile-quality sound for the NuraTrue Pro, which can also be personalized. In addition, the Earbuds have adaptive active noise cancellation (ANC) and even support Spatial Audio surround sound through Dirac Virtuo.
In addition, the Earbuds already radio in the cutting-edge Bluetooth 5.3 standard and offer multipoint connectivity for connecting to two audio sources simultaneously. The in-ears can also be used individually and are supposed to offer a seamless transition between mono operation and stereo sound.
Thanks to four integrated microphones including Qualcomm aptX Voice, voice quality during phone calls is also said to be excellent. The codec offers a 32 kHz bandwidth for voice recording, which is twice as high as normal in-ear microphones. A comparison video to the Sony WF-1000XM4, Apple AirPods Pro and Jabra Elite 85T at least already indicates a convincing clarity of voice reproduction.
The charging case of the NuraTrue Pro can also be charged wirelessly and provides an additional 24 hours of battery life. Combined with the 8 hours of the Earbuds themselves, we thus get a whopping 32 hours of runtime.
Other features include a special Immersion Mode for more bass performance (without affecting the mid and treble), intuitive and customizable touch controls, sensors that determine the perfect fit, and much more.
As the world’s first aptX Lossless TWS earbuds, you can enjoy high-resolution sound wirelessly for the first time with the NuraTrue Pro. This is provided, for example, by the streaming providers Apple Music and TIDAL HIFI. Of course, Deezer HiFi is also supported, while Nura is already advertising with Spotify HiFi, which, however, does not yet exist – according to rumors that have lasted for over a year, but is to come.
Price and availability
You can get the NuraTrue Pro on Kickstarter starting at $219 in the Early Bird offering. Actually, the MSRP is 329 US dollars. For delivery to Germany, another 20 US dollars in shipping costs will be added. Delivery is scheduled for October 2022.