As an owner of an iPhone 4S that just got an offer to swap it for a Galaxy S3 i took a little while to convert the accurate measurements taken by the helpful and skilled guys of Goldenears.net
This is just a thread meant for reference aimed to guys that take into account objective data.
The purpose is not to start the typical flame war of deaf objectivists vs subjectivists with gifted ears that know better.
Here's the performance driving a 33 Ohm resistive load (Note: the lower the better)
Noise THD IMD+ Noise Crosstalk Output Impedance
iPhone 4S - 95.5 -89.89 -85.19 -75.9 1.97
Galaxy S3 - 96.0 -77.72 -73.97 -53.3 3.45
What science says is (basically) what my ears heard when tried both side by side without knowing these figures.
iPhone sounds more open and uncongested. Plus resolution is step above (Subjectively the decay of percussive instruments in the iPhone is pure joy)
And what these measurements don't tell is that out of the box output power of the iPhone is far higher (Dunno if Supercurio could uncap the S3 at some point)
Thus now i'm just weighing in if could live with the dip in sound quality in exchange for 4.8 inches of screen state. It's hard letting go of aural bliss you know !
Edited by elfary - 8/24/12 at 1:28am