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post #1 of 65
Thread Starter 

So iFixit just completed their teardown for the S4...drum roll please...low and behold it has the same crap as the S3... Qualcomm WCD9310 audio controller... Sigh no Wolfson for US again... 

 

Edit....

 

See under Step 13:

 

http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Samsung+Galaxy+S4+Teardown/13947/2

post #2 of 65

http://www.head-fi.org/t/655546/samsung-galaxy-s-4/15#post_9364068

 

Seems Qualcomm made some improvements to their DAC.

post #3 of 65
Thread Starter 

I hope so... I read that review as well, but couldn't determine if the tests were done with the international or US version.

post #4 of 65

The main international version uses the same Qualcomm SoC and DAC this time around too. Only the Exynos Octa version will have a Wolfson, and that is being released to a relatively small number of markets. USB audio works though, so if you don't like the Qualcomm SQ then...

post #5 of 65
Thread Starter 

Well I guess we will just have to wait and see then. If anyone had the s3 and gets the s4 let me know what you think about the sound quality difference.

post #6 of 65

Stumbled into an S4 on a showroom and this time around i didn't even bother to try my UM3x on it.

 

So uninspiring design and build quality that i won't get one over an iPhone or HTC One even if it had 1 Tb built in storage and a 50ft screen.

 

Sorry for the offtopic but i just saw it.

post #7 of 65

lol I know appearance is important but at this point blink.gif

 

I hope for music lover that the Exynos Octa version will use the latest Wolsfon WM5102 ...

post #8 of 65
Thread Starter 

lol I just wish samsung would stop making different versions of the phone. Make it universal! And give them all Wolfsons!

post #9 of 65

don't mean to hijack, but the Note II doesn't have the Wolfson, either, right?

post #10 of 65
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Originally Posted by jackgopack4 View Post

don't mean to hijack, but the Note II doesn't have the Wolfson, either, right?

 

The Note 2 has Wolfson, and as far as I am aware there are no variations of the Note 2 that don't (I think the Exynos one was released to all markets).

post #11 of 65
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by NZtechfreak View Post

 

The Note 2 has Wolfson, and as far as I am aware there are no variations of the Note 2 that don't (I think the Exynos one was released to all markets).

I wish this was the same for the galaxy s series... I mean what sense does it make to have multiple versions of your phone.

post #12 of 65

Lots of logistics in parts supply and network operating frequencies and so forth in play here, 99% of end-users don't care AT ALL, so can easily see how it makes sense. Those are less an issue for the Note series since it comes ~6 months after the S, by which time some of the issues in terms of ramping up Exynos supply have sorted themselves (and additionally of course there is nowhere near the same demand for the Notes in comparison to the S models).

 

Is definitely a pain for those of us who are aware of the differences and want one or the other version for various reasons.

post #13 of 65
If more companies would just sell an unlocked device from their own store at a reasonable price (like Google), maybe we would have less of this problem...
post #14 of 65
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rpg2 View Post

http://www.head-fi.org/t/655546/samsung-galaxy-s-4/15#post_9364068

 

Seems Qualcomm made some improvements to their DAC.

 

 

The biggest issue you see there is that GSMarena changed their testing methodology, but only for HTC One and Qualcomm SG4. All the rest are old methodology, and appear worse. Also, they still have not corrected the error in S4 tests which shows "old methodology" for HTC One. I have pretty much lost all respect for them.

post #15 of 65

Don't have my Shure SE535's anymore as I actually prefer Klipsch X10i with my iPhone 5 so just done some back-to-back testing (earphone out) with my S4 that arrived yesterday (not the octa in UK).

 

Probably not going to be that useful to you audiophiles as I'm no expert but to my ears the S4 sounds as good as the iP5. I always thought the S3 sounded worse than the iP5.

 

Not using FLAC but am using Spotify Extreme which is 320ogg as far as I know.

 

Tried a variety of recent UK list music including:

 

  • The power of Love - Gabrielle Aplin
  • Scream & Shout - will,i,am
  • Just A kiss -Lady Antebellum
  • My One And Only Thrill - Melody Gardot
  • Hall Of Fame - The Script

 

I've always hung onto iPhone after trying a number of Android devices because I preferred the sound but with the S4 that's no longer a concern as it sounds great to my ears.

 

Sorry for crap photo but had to use an old Blackberry to photo them both together!

 

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Edited by psikey - 5/3/13 at 4:53am
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