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Wolfson WM1811 vs. Qualcomm WCD9310 on the Galaxy S3

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I was wondering which dac was better between the Wolfson WM1811 vs. Qualcomm WCD9310 on the Galaxy S3.

 

If anyone can give me some information on this please let me know.

post #2 of 19

I have the Qualcomm version and it sounds relatively tinny compared to the original SGS. However it matches with the too much bass on the MEE M6P and CX300II that I have (and any cheap but decent-sounding earbuds save for the added bass tuned for phones) so no complaints; Neutron Media Player stil improves a lot over the stock player app. I'll still get an Ibasso D12 and Westone 4/AKG K550/Focal Spirit One (preferably used) next year though, that way I'd have a decent transportable rig pretty much anywhere I go out of town.

 

I did a quick listen off my friend's wife's S3 Wolfson, and her 320kbps tracks seemed to be have a bit more body/warmth, but I can't say for certain unless I transfer my SDCard.


Edited by ProtegeManiac - 10/22/12 at 5:40pm
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Originally Posted by ProtegeManiac View Post

I have the Qualcomm version and it sounds relatively tinny compared to the original SGS. However it matches with the too much bass on the MEE M6P and CX300II that I have (and any cheap but decent-sounding earbuds save for the added bass tuned for phones) so no complaints; Neutron Media Player stil improves a lot over the stock player app. I'll still get an Ibasso D12 and Westone 4/AKG K550/Focal Spirit One (preferably used) next year though, that way I'd have a decent transportable rig pretty much anywhere I go out of town.

 

I did a quick listen off my friend's wife's S3 Wolfson, and her 320kbps tracks seemed to be have a bit more body/warmth, but I can't say for certain unless I transfer my SDCard.

Thanks a bunch for the info! :D Clarified some questions I had.

post #4 of 19

Xperia S Uses Qualcomm WCD9310 DAC

 

MSM8960 CPU with something called PM8291 thing and with WCD9310 DAC.

 

heres comparison wolfson vs qualcomm dacs

 

qualcomms is good yes..but Wolfson is  TAD bit Better. so... Wolfson is better in clarity.

post #5 of 19

How can one tell which DAC is in the phone?

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How can one tell which DAC is in the phone?


The European version uses the Wolfson, whereas the others use the other

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The European version uses the Wolfson, whereas the others use the other

Argh.....  I am the poor American deprived of goodies....

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Argh.....  I am the poor American deprived of goodies....


I wouldn't stress so much. Some DAC's do allow, with micro OTG cables to go past the sound processor in the S3, and use an external one direct.

post #9 of 19

I have the international version (Wolfson). I liked the sound initially, but the jack is a bit curved from the top, so it can't exactly fit in all earphones. Now I lose the right channel if the jack gets rotated.

 

Still, maybe its a power issue, but it still lacks the dynamics compared to the Clip+. You can always get that if nothing works out.

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I have the international version (Wolfson). I liked the sound initially, but the jack is a bit curved from the top, so it can't exactly fit in all earphones. Now I lose the right channel if the jack gets rotated.

 

Still, maybe its a power issue, but it still lacks the dynamics compared to the Clip+. You can always get that if nothing works out.


Yeah, I have the Samsung Galaxy S, which is rooted with Voodoo Sound. What Voodoo sound does is bypasses the firmware, making full use of the Wolfson chip within.

The sound on that exceeds the S3's sound, and goes much louder.

Still waiting for a Voodoo Sound update for the S3, but I'm personally happy with the sound. It doesn't sound so different as to ruin the experience for me.

 

I am looking to buy a DAC/AMP though.

post #11 of 19
Hey guys just wondered if any know how the dac portion is on the Wolfram WM1811 that is in my Note 2? As I got a an a good pocketable amp shipping in the mail, but would I have been better buying a small device with a dac aswell?
post #12 of 19

get galaxy S1 used.

 

or get S3, root it and apply voodoo fix to use Full power of sound or so.

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Yeah, I have the Samsung Galaxy S, which is rooted with Voodoo Sound. What Voodoo sound does is bypasses the firmware, making full use of the Wolfson chip within.

The sound on that exceeds the S3's sound, and goes much louder.

Still waiting for a Voodoo Sound update for the S3, but I'm personally happy with the sound. It doesn't sound so different as to ruin the experience for me.

 

I am looking to buy a DAC/AMP though.

 

What S3 have you got mate?  The international version?

post #14 of 19

if he has Voodoo mod, its gotta be international, with Wolfson! usa has Adreno 200 or 205 back then.

post #15 of 19
I've got the Galaxy S, using it to stream music through Audiogalaxy to my headphones and listen at home, doesn't make much sense, but my laptop doesn't have any quality in sound whatsoever.
I'd say without the Voodoo app, the Galaxy S, nor the S3 are good either way for listening to music or whatever you want to listen, anyways I sometimes wonder which one is better Fiio E7 or my Galaxy S in terms of quality in sound. My friend has S3 with the Wolfson chip, but he admitted that without the Voodoo app, the sound is not as good as on Galaxy S.

Oh, and from what I've read here some time ago regarding the Qualcomm, it's seriously not the same as Wolfson, therefore I'd say that Qualcomm is pretty much inferior to Wolfson.
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