I'd like to share my impressions of galaxy sIII listening experience,
but I can't offer any high-end cans comparison, since I don't own any nor amps to drive them.
Galaxy SIII international version, baseband I9300XXELL4
Kernel version 3.0.31-566833
FW: stock Samsung JellyBean 4.1.2, stock launcher (TouchWiz)
Samsung out of the box earphones.
Used Poweramp paid version since bought the phone.
Now trying to get something of Neutron free version. Don't know how
to use parametric eq settings yet.
Track: Wish you were here - Pink Floyd
44.1kHz/16bits/1411kbps Flac file
Clear, pleasant acoustic guitar.
Well defined mids.
Clear hihats - lack brilliant touch though, feels like missing hi freqs.
Low freqs / bass range
Soft, pleasant drums, most of the time.
Sometimes feels like overdrive/clipping.
It appears to be a compromise here. If the volume is raised up,
clipping will occur at some point. It could be on bass frequencies,
or even on treble ones, depending on the track is being listened to.
In this particular track and album, could say soundstage is absent.
There is no way of defining anything. Looks like everything is blurred,
in this respect. But with Bruno Colais' Coraline OST, 32bits/320kbps mp3,
for example, the soundstage is, if not superb, much more pleasant and convincent.
There is some overall distortion, but I'll credit that to my inability with neutron player
till now. With poweramp the tracks are clearer, and better defined.
For those having some issues with sound, I've experienced that when using
third party equalizers. It appears they need to have some timeslots to think about
what to do, and then the music/video 'gasps' at some point. Very annoying indeed.
Whenever I stop using these 3rd party apps, the effect ceases.
You could look at settings/sound/music effects and see what is default there.
Also, some apps (like SongPop) tend to mess up with the audio system,
even when not running (but with services still active in background).
As people told, this is not an audiophile equipment. Far from it.
Listening tends to be wearing after, say, 30minutes or so.
It's ok (just ok) for casual listening or youtube browsing and,
eventually, to answer/talk to people...