LHDC (codec)

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LHDC (codec)
Developed bySavitech
Type of formatAudio codec

Low Latency High-Definition Audio Codec (LHDC) is an audio codec technology developed by Savitech. LHDC allows high-resolution audio streaming over Bluetooth. It is a high-quality Bluetooth codec based on the A2DP Bluetooth protocol and allows a bit-rate of up to 900 kbit/s compared to SBC's bit rate of 345 kbit/s .[1]

LHDC is an alternative to Bluetooth SIG's SBC and LC3 codecs. Its main competitors are Qualcomm's aptX-HD/aptX Adaptive and Sony's LDAC codec.

Starting from Android 10, enumeration constant symbols for LHDC and LLAC are part of the Android Open Source Project, enabling every OEM to integrate this standard into their own Android devices freely.[2][3] Older versions of Android require LHDC/LLAC enumeration constant symbols to be implemented by the smartphone manufacturers or Android app. Android apps with this type of LHDC support include Savitech's Hi-Res BT Player, FiiO Music, HIFIMAN Music and DA&T Audio.


LHDC supports bitrates of 400/560/900 kbit/s, bit-depth of up to 24 bit and sample rate of up to 96 kHz.[1]

The first Smartphone to support LHDC was the Huawei Mate 10.[4]

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.[5]


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.[6]

The first Smartphone to support LLAC was the Huawei P30.[7]

Hi-Res Wireless Audio (HWA) Union[edit]

On 2 September 2018 the Hi-Res Wireless Audio (HWA) Union was formed to promote LHDC adoption.[8] Also known as the HWA Alliance. The HWA Union Board of Directors includes:

Other HWA Union members include:

HWA Certification[edit]

On 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.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "What is LHDC". LHDC. Archived from the original on 2019-09-22. Retrieved 2019-09-22.
  2. ^ Yeow, Goh Beng (2019-10-22). "Android 10 devices are going to sound better with LHDC". Porta-Fi. Retrieved 2019-12-22.
  3. ^ "Audio Implementation". Android Open Source Project. Retrieved 2019-12-22.
  4. ^ "Product Finder Mobile". hwa-audio. Retrieved 2019-09-22.
  5. ^ Yeow, Goh Beng (2019-09-17). "Japan Audio Society certifies LHDC for "Hi-Res Audio Wireless" certification". Porta-Fi. Retrieved 2019-09-22.
  6. ^ "What is LLAC". LHDC. Retrieved 2019-09-22.
  7. ^ "HWA". hwa-audio. Retrieved 2019-09-22.
  8. ^ Yeow, Goh Beng (2018-09-01). "Hi-Res Wireless Audio (HWA) Union established". Porta-Fi. Retrieved 2019-09-22.
  9. ^ "HWA Certification Grading". hwa-audio. Retrieved 2019-09-22.

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