A couple of days ago I decided to buy a new phone, after several weeks of research, and got the Sony Xperia SL. For perspective, my impressions of the audio quality from its 3.5 mm jack are after coming from several years of heavy use of the Creative Zen Mozaic EZ300 player, but I wasn't too impressed with the quality of the Xperia SL's output, at first. This is while listening through the Soundmagic E30 in-ears, which I'm quite familiar with after about six months of use.
On my Soundmagic E30, the Xperia SL sounds comparatively muddy, less separated, less clear, bassier and duller on the top-end than the Creative Zen Mozaic EZ300, and soundstage seems narrower. But when I plug in my Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro (I LOVE them, but they aren't suitable for outside/portable use) into the phone, the sound is beautiful again.
Then again, after switching back and forth between the Xperia SL and the Zen EZ300 (through the E30), the differences suddenly seem less apparent and more imagined or feared.
Is this simply a matter of a poor match between source and IEM, or is the sound quality of the Xperia SL / S inferior? Or is my mind playing tricks on me?
I feel I'm unable to be objective now, and that my mind and memory are being clouded by either initial impressions or fear that I've spent a lot of money on a phone that doesn't perform very well, audio-wise. Confirmation bias of my fears, basically.
I'd be grateful if people who have experience with the Sony Xperia SL or Xperia S chime in about what they think about the audio quality of the phone.
Edited by DanielKRego - 1/14/13 at 7:58am