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post #166 of 231
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Originally Posted by whitedragon551 View Post

I read a comparison of the Xperia, SG4, and HTC1. the SG4 and HTC1 beat it out on everything except for camera quality.

WhatHifi drew the opposite conclusion, Xperia Z beeing the better one. I have good experiences with Sony Xperia.Neo, soI tend to find it credible.

What comparison did you rear, did the only compare the included.iems (many reviews do just that..)

The Z1 its waterproof even without a lid on the headphones jack, a nice thing.
post #167 of 231
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Originally Posted by ardilla View Post


WhatHifi drew the opposite conclusion, Xperia Z beeing the better one. I have good experiences with Sony Xperia.Neo, soI tend to find it credible.

What comparison did you rear, did the only compare the included.iems (many reviews do just that..)

The Z1 its waterproof even without a lid on the headphones jack, a nice thing.

The review I read was on the OS and hardware. It wasnt an audio test.

 

Lets be honest. Who is using $4-$500+ headphones with a cell phone? Headphones in that price category deserve a dedicated home setup, not a portable setup.

post #168 of 231
Well, I use the Sennheiser Momentum on my HTC One and my iPod. I think it sounds good and don't bother with portable amps.... (yet...)

Audio quality is on my list when buying a phone for sure.
Edited by ardilla - 9/8/13 at 4:54pm
post #169 of 231
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Originally Posted by NoGood View Post
 

 

 

aww crap, won't buy the i9500 octa s4 then. Btw the 48khz is not a problem with the i9300 galaxy s3? By the way you said you had both the Snapdragon and Exynos version, so even though all the problems with the octa one, why you still stuck with it rather than selling it and stay with the snapdragon s4?

 

I guess I should buy either an iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3 though? How would the wolfson of the s4 compare with the S3 or even the iphone 5 for that mattter?

 

Thanks for your excellent reply mate :)

 

I've not heard the iPhone 5, but I would imagine for SQ it's a safer bet than the Wolfson (Octa) S4. The S3 is pretty decent, even more so if you are prepared to Root and use some of the kernels with audio tweaks. 

 

I ended up with the Octa one as I sold the other one in order to try out the Octa! I haven't bothered getting rid of it yet since it is tiding me over until the Note 3 arrives. I didn't realise when I got the Octa how bad the WiFi performance would be, or how neglected it would be on the firmware support front (I think I've had only two, and the first introduced a bug where the phone crashed every time the camera opened), or how badly implemented the SoC was from the point of view of battery life (which Samsung touted as a major selling point, and given how much better their 2012 Exynos was for battery than it's competitors I expected better).

post #170 of 231
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Originally Posted by whitedragon551 View Post

 

Lets be honest. Who is using $4-$500+ headphones with a cell phone? Headphones in that price category deserve a dedicated home setup, not a portable setup.

 

Um, you do know what forum you're posting in, don't you?

post #171 of 231
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Originally Posted by whitedragon551 View Post
 

The review I read was on the OS and hardware. It wasnt an audio test.

 

Lets be honest. Who is using $4-$500+ headphones with a cell phone? Headphones in that price category deserve a dedicated home setup, not a portable setup.

 

I am not sure what portable system you have listened to but there are some excellent ones that do a very fine job with headphones. 

post #172 of 231
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Originally Posted by NZtechfreak View Post
 

 

Um, you do know what forum you're posting in, don't you?

 

Im fully aware.

 

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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post
 

 

I am not sure what portable system you have listened to but there are some excellent ones that do a very fine job with headphones. 

 

Im sure there are portable systems that are excellent. A cell phone however isnt one of them. Obviously these manufacturers make them with a primary goal, making phone calls and texting, over audio.

post #173 of 231
Just because sq isnt their main concern in no way means that all phones have less than excellent sound. With the s4 you can also utilize the phone as a transport and send a digital signal to an external dac/amp.
post #174 of 231

I actually found the S4 to be on-par with my S1, and first gen Galaxy Tab 7" (they both have VooDoo mod).

Just no where near as much power.

post #175 of 231

I have $500+ CIEMs that I use with my S4. I love the sound and have no intention of replacing it with a "better" dedicated source. 

post #176 of 231
No high end portable here. Only S4 and a Sabre dac and C&C BH(2). I'd say that there are major improvements in some ways and negligable differences in other ways. It's all about what you like. Maybe soundstage and imaging aren't of highest priority when you're on a bus. That last % of bass texture maybe can wait until you get home. I play all my music on my phone or my cpu through spotify premium because I don't wamt to download illegaly and until I finish my studies and get a good paycheck I'm not going to buy my music album by album. So for me the SQ in my phone could be a huge deal. Now I just happen to be one of those guys who'd rather buy a man purse and carry a smaller portable rig using the USB audio from my phone but every once in a while I too use the headphone out and then it's good to have a decent quality output.
post #177 of 231

I'm getting my first smartphone soon, and I really want the S4. I currently have a Cowon J3; how does the S4 sound quality match up? I've seen a lot of complaints about it, but supposedly the crackling issue has been solved? I'm also worried about the power output; I usually have the J3 at 25-30 for my M5s and at 33 for my TBSE1s.

 

Thanks.

post #178 of 231
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Originally Posted by bigfunkychiken View Post
 

 supposedly the crackling issue

 

No crackling from me.

The amp didn't strike me as being powerful, although I can't shake the feeling that it may be software lowered to stop hearing loss problems from people blaring music? Just a guess.

post #179 of 231
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Originally Posted by White Lotus View Post

No crackling from me.


The amp didn't strike me as being powerful, although I can't shake the feeling that it may be software lowered to stop hearing loss problems from people blaring music? Just a guess.

I don't know about that. But I don't own anything that's hard to drive. I like the soft cap that you have to press Ok to go past. Has saved my ears once when I had my phone in my pocket.
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