Moto cut corners on few things that I can live with like PenTile OLED screen (not retina but tolerable), only 8GB of memory (expandable via microSD) and a rather bad camera. But one thing is sacred and it's audio quality!
I dunno what DAC it uses inside but after my prior IP4 listening to M via headphones is painful. I never thought that my crystal clear, spacious and balanced Westones 4 can sound that bad, ditto for my Grados SR-125. Compared to IP4 and even Sansa Clip+ you get a flat, 2D, congested sound with everything seemingly rolled, especially mids which are downright distant. Soundstage suffers tremendously. M sounds like it simply doesn't have enough oomph to drive even the relatively sensitive W4 and Grados. This suspicion is confirmed by the fact that compared to IP4 I have to drive up volume at least 15-20%. Oh, and yeah, the output is also hissy.
EQ'ing (lifting mids mostly) helps somewhat. Switching to Neutron player from ICS stock and doubleTwist also helped but still no cigar. Lugging around portable external DAC isn't my style. So I'll wait when the M gets rooted and will try the kernel with VoodoSound. Until then I've dusted off my trusty Sansa Clip+ with Rockbox (carrying around IP4 as a player is ridiculous).
I dunno, maybe I'm too harsh on the little M. Anybody has similar or opposite opinion? Or maybe there's some other trick to make it sound better?
Edited by albau - 10/1/12 at 5:45pm