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post #7126 of 7131
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Hi I erecently saw a review of axon 7 on youtube and reviewer said it has two sound modes standard and super and standard sounds better than super.Can someone confirm this?

 

Probably rubbish. To me the difference is very noticeable, although it can be difficult to activate outside the default app (I have it working through a PowerAmp alpha). Look at the PocketNow audio review instead.

 

I find it difficult to recommend though since mine is experiencing a number of issues, although it may be a dud and I'm in the process of sending it back to be replaced.

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Hello. I'm really looking forward to UMi Z/Zpro phones on newest Helio X27 chip. Does anyone have any of these and can say something about sound quality. Specification shows NXP-TFA9890 amplifier, but as far as i understand it works only for speaker. Or is it?

post #7128 of 7131
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@KopaneDePooj Yeah, the HTC10 sounds great, i own that phone myself right now. If you get better headphones, try it with poweramp and hi-res output enabled (Poweramp settings - audio - output - high-res output  - enable the switch wired headset/aux. This will disable boom-sound, but the quality will be fabulous.Poweramp can crash occasionally while you have that enabled cause it`s an experimental feature, but it`s worth it. Even without that, the phone sounds better with poweramp than with any other player i`ve tried so far.

 

Yes, I'm using Poweramp Alpha 704 and I tried switching between default OpenSL ES and Hi-Res Output playing a lossless 16bit / 44.1 file, and to my ears it sounds indeed more detailed with Hi-Res enabled. Theoretically it shouldn't be so, because resampling from 44.1 to 192 kHz occurs with this, but the end results sounds better. Anyway resampling from 44.1 to 48 kHz occurs even with the default output. Also the BoomSound notification completely disappears from the tray with Hi-Res enabled, even though it was off for the default OpenSL output. So I guess enabling Hi-Res on Poweramp completely bypasses HTC processing.

 

Another good alternative is using UAPP app for CD-quality content because it outputs to 44.1 kHz which both the player and internal DAC supports natively, so no resampling.

 

Here:

"The Aqstic audio codec also supports dual oscillators; the dual-clock design supports sampling frequencies 44.1kHz and 48kHz independently so your music files can be processed at native sampling rates without any conversion."

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Yes the NXP amp isa a class D speaker driver. It does  not have any info about the DAc or headphone amp. Looking at the UMI forum it seems like these fphones are full of bugs. Packing good hardware is just half the job done. 

post #7130 of 7131
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@whizard Stay away from that phone, especially from the 6gb version. Sound quality is crap despite the DAC, and the 6gb version lags constantly. I had both versions, and the 4gb version runs much smoother. Also the camera is bad, the software is unfinished, the phone hangs and restarts itself occasionally, mobile internet is slow etc. They will give you useless software updates like every month, but will never change any real issues. It was like that with the Z9 which i also had, and it`s still like that over a year later.  It`s not worth the money.

 

Edit: Just read that you`re deciding between the Z11 and a HTC10:

Believe me, it`s not even a comparison. The 10 is much faster, has really MUCH better sound quality and is generally a better phone. You`ll regret buying a Z11 when you get the chance to compare them. 

Thanks Smartaudiophome. I did see another forum that also says SQ is crap. It seems like the software is causing this (vivo have used the same chip on X9 i think)? I  think i will take your suggestion and buy an HTC10 as soon as i can save some money.

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@KopaneDePooj Yeah, the HTC10 sounds great, i own that phone myself right now. If you get better headphones, try it with poweramp and hi-res output enabled (Poweramp settings - audio - output - high-res output  - enable the switch wired headset/aux. This will disable boom-sound, but the quality will be fabulous.Poweramp can crash occasionally while you have that enabled cause it`s an experimental feature, but it`s worth it. Even without that, the phone sounds better with poweramp than with any other player i`ve tried so far.

I wonder some ppl like HTC sound. Maybe by this model something has changed in sound quality, but I doubt... I had HTC M7, then I had chance to listen to HTC M8... Out of doubt, sound is very clean. But it's flat, it has no meat-n-juice that is essential for audio smartphone. Bass is too much - it's just a loud boom-boom-boom. And it comes as no surprise, because it's simply a Qualcomm and it says all... To me its sound always has been dull. And it's getting especially obvious, if there is a chance to compare to other smartphones and mid-range players on good tracks.

 

I also owned Nubia Z9 classic. It has Asahi-Kasei audio chip, which sounds more promising than a Qualcomm. Stereo separation is very good. Sound is clean. But again - sound is simplified, not detailed enough, it's a bit too flat.

 

VIVO is good, out of doubt. It's pretty tricky to choose between specific models, because one is better here, another one is better there, sound warmness is different. But anyway, this is what can be called 'a smartphone for audiophile', not HTC and not Nubia. Sorry, guys, did not mean to offend anyone - if you are fine with HTC sound, great, enjoy! ;)


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