Hi all. Long time lurker, first time poster. I just got a Galaxy Noe 3 and it evidently has a decent DAC, though I do find that the output seems a little bit low but that might be a setting I am missing on the phone. My question is, would it be worth it to get the E18 solely for the amp, or would it also help with sound quality, not that I am complaining with the stock phone?
Here are the audio test results from Note 3 with Qualcomm SoC:
|Test||Frequency response||Noise level||Dynamic range||THD||IMD + Noise||Stereo crosstalk|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 3||+0.02, -0.07||-96.5||92.8||0.0035||0.0099||-96.3|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (headphones attached)||+0.01, -0.09||-96.2||92.7||0.017||0.017||-62.1|
First part is with external amp, so this is the important part in your case.
As far as tests go there is no better smartphone than Galaxy Note 3 in audio department. There are louder though.
I only have the E18 and I'm very satisfied.
But general opinion is that E12 as amp is slightly better.
Hope that'll help