Originally Posted by headfinoob
I won't knock the iPhone owners (too bad), but even the best DAC on the planet couldn't sway me into their locked garden prison ecosystem. I mean, just get DAP if sound is that important to you...
I totally agree with you as the sound quality plays a very small role when I choose my cellphone. I'd rather have better battery time than sound quality. Ppl are either over optimastic of a new product or they never heard hi-def source from a decent DAP to know the difference. If you are like me, who use cellphone play mp3 while at gym or jogging, most cellphone will be sufficient to get the job done (even the SGS2). No one should want to be totally submerged in music appreciation while in public or on the move anyways (hazardous). If you want really care about sound quality, spend some $$ and get a dedicate DAP. The SG from even the best sounded cellphone is NOT able to compete with a mid-range DAP (Cowon,Hifiman and etc).
Whether it is Wolfson, TI or Yamaha, these chips are low power DAC which prioritize power consumpution and cost than sound quality. Especially with ever demanding CPU (quadcore), LTE data, huge AMOLED, and capable GPU for 3D games all sucking juice from that 3.7v 2000mah battery, DAC in cellphone is on the bottom of list for cellphone manufactures. Not to mention they have to crowd everything into a case no thicker than your mouse pad lol (prone to interference). Unfortunately, cellphone manufacture will not be interested in improving sound quality, at least not at the cost of CPU, GPU, LCD, storage or cost. Heck, I bet they think a "white" color case is more important than a better DAC. After all, the sound quality coming out from a cellphone (even the medicore SGS2) is fine to most of the consumers.
It is much easier to market say 1080p AMOLED or desktop equivalent GPU than a better DAC, which can only be distinguished when all these are present, hi-def source file, expensive headphone and trained ears. It will be hilarious if a manufacture did able to implement a 123dB SNR Burr-Brown PCM1796 into their cellphone and then advertise it with the included $5 headset. For anyone who hasnt been living under rock for the last couple of years, knew the industry is geared toward mobile gaming instead audiophile DAP. Even product like iphone which was originally evolved from a music player (ipod) never bother to either improve or advertise its DAC's sound capability over generations.