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post #16 of 87
I can say that the Galaxy Note 2 w/ OTG cable into an RSA Predator DAC/amp w/ Westone 4 using xLarge ProGuard EarPortz playing FLAC through PowerAmp sounds SUPERB!!! Hard to see how it could get much better. Extremely full range, with silky highs and mids, slightly on the warm side, and really full, tight, even sub low end if the source material has it. I can't stress enough how big a part the EarPortz play in achieving the stunning sound from this set up. That's why I can't figure out why I just placed a pre order for the SE846!

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Edited by javahut - 5/22/13 at 12:50pm
post #17 of 87

Well lets see, having actually read the first post (screen smaller than the 4.7 inches of the HTC One) the Samsung Note, S3 and S4 are all ruled out.

 

@rantrile are you planning on using a USB DAC or the headphone out?  Also 720p is 1280×720 for video, do you want that or are you happy with 640x480?

 

If you want a small but good sounding phone the Nokia N8 and 808 might be worth considering.  I own an N8 and have abused it for 2.5 years and it's still going strong; it's not my main DAP but it is a great backup if I find myself with a dead battery.  The only issue might be if you want to use an IEM with a mic because it's wired differently to newer phones so you'll need an adaptor (not sure if this applies to the 808 as well...)

post #18 of 87
Thread Starter 

I'm planning to use the headphone out.

I'm happy with 640x480 as long as its good quality.

 

How would you compare nokia n8 or 808 with iphone 5 regarding photos/videos quality and sound quality?

post #19 of 87

I would rate the Nokias essentially equal with the iPhone for SQ from headphone jack, they also have the benefit of USB audio being available and SD expansion. Both phones destroy the iPhone for image quality, and the 808 also destroys the iPhone in video capture. The OS really is very subpar though, so unless you really do only care about sound and camera I would think hard about the Nokias before jumping in (I have an 808 at present, amongst other phones).

post #20 of 87
Thread Starter 

Thank you. Yes, OS is a bit of issue. I would prefer probably Android, as being less restrictive. Do the Nokia's you have mentioned have dual-sim version?

 

Actually, my current thinking is of getting HTC One Chinese market version, as it has MicroSD slot and dual-sim. It has great speakers and many mentioned a great sound. How do you you compare these: Iphone 5, S4, HTC One and the Nokia 808 regarding speaker out quality?

post #21 of 87

For speaker quality the HTC One EASILY the best of those.

 

I don't actually think its quite as loud as my S4 (so don't buy into the hype too much about Boomsound, many users getting well carried away with their description of how loud it is), but the quality of the sound is MUCH better. Of those phones I would probably go One, S4, iPhone, 808 (its speaker is a little on the poor side).

 

AFAIK the Nokia's do not have dual-sim versions, but I would check on that as I can't say with certainty that is the case.

post #22 of 87
Thread Starter 

Thanks. How about the quality of the headphone out of the HTC ONE comparing to the smart phones you have mentioned?

post #23 of 87
The audio out on the htc one is better then anything I have heard. I have owned a us galaxy s3, iphone 4s, us htc one x, Motorola atrix Hd, ipod touch 4. I am so happy with my one. I am using hifiman re400's, etymotic research hf3 's, klipsch x10i's, and a lot of other sub 100$ budget audiophile IEM'S. The one also powers my Sennheiser hd 558's Perfectly.
post #24 of 87

Galaxy s4 IMO is the best smartphone for audiophile.  I believe it has a wolfson dac but don't quote me on that.
 

post #25 of 87
Thread Starter 

So do you mean that HTC One produces excellent sound both by it's built-in speakers and also via speaker out? So if I own SoundMagic E10 and will connect it directly to HTC One, without any amplifiers, I may expect an excellent sound as well?

post #26 of 87
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Originally Posted by rantrile View Post

So do you mean that HTC One produces excellent sound both by it's built-in speakers and also via speaker out? So if I own SoundMagic E10 and will connect it directly to HTC One, without any amplifiers, I may expect an excellent sound as well?

The SoundMagic W10 doesn't really even need a amp so yes.
 

post #27 of 87
Thread Starter 

You mean SoundMagic E10 I assume.

Does anyone know how I can purchase HTC ONE that is made for chinese market? It's the version that supports dual-sim and microSD.

post #28 of 87
I own the e10 and htc one and I can assure you that they both sound great together. I used my e10 non stop for a week before my re-400's came, I use them in bed because of their comfort as well. They are pretty accurate IEM'S for their price.. Sound great for any genre of music. I do tune the bass down a tiny bit though.

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post #29 of 87
Thread Starter 

There is a version of HTC One for Chinese Market that got MicroSD and Dual-Sim. Where can I get this elusive model?

 

And a side question for Vexun, what is your opinion about the photos quality taken by it's camera? And videos?

post #30 of 87
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Originally Posted by Tman5293 View Post

I suggest you buy a Samsung phone. The galaxy S3, Note 2, and Galaxy S4 all support USB audio output. This is by far your best option for audio quality on the go. They are compatible with most USB DACs.

 

As far as the internal DAC of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is concerned, I will not call it Audiophile grade as it is too noisy.

But If we can just forget about the noise issue, using Neutron Music player along with the the Noozxoide EIZO rewire PRO Series app in Galaxy S3, the sound output is pretty decent.

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