UE Boom 2 - is there a quality difference between AUX and Bluetooth?

fuzzybabybunny

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I've bought a secondhand UE Megaboom 2 which doesn't have an AUX port. I don't need a speaker that gets as loud as the Megaboom.

I'm wondering if a Boom 2 would have better sound quality if I use the AUX port? Has anyone done any comparisons between the AUX and Bluetooth? Unfortunately none of them support AptX, AptX HD, or LDAC via Bluetooth.
 

IronWing

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It depends on what source you're plugging it into. If the DAC is better on source than on the BOOM 2 (accounting for Bluetooth compression) then the source plus AUX is a better bet than source plus Bluetooth.
 

fuzzybabybunny

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It depends on what source you're plugging it into. If the DAC is better on source than on the BOOM 2 (accounting for Bluetooth compression) then the source plus AUX is a better bet than source plus Bluetooth.
The source is absolutely better on AUX than Bluetooth. It's a DAC playing flac files, but I'm concerned it won't actually sound any better because the speakers themselves on the EU Boom 2 might be too crappy to really tell the difference.
 

Muadib

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The source is absolutely better on AUX than Bluetooth. It's a DAC playing flac files, but I'm concerned it won't actually sound any better because the speakers themselves on the EU Boom 2 might be too crappy to really tell the difference.
I agree with your assessment. Most bluetooth speakers are mediocre at best. It's the same with the majority of pc speakers.
 

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