Hello everyone! I'm looking into getting the Samsung Galaxy Note III, but I have a few questions. I've read through a few pages on here, but I was unable to find an answer.
I'm very interested in what the S-Pen brings to the table, and it is perhaps the biggest reason that I'm looking into this phone. I always carry around a pencil and paper, as I produce quite a lot of concept art, and being able to do that on my phone would be a blessing. If this were the only part of the equation, then I would not have a need to come to this forum and I would purchase the phone right away, but sadly it isn't. Since the release of the original Galaxy S Captivate, I've been using that as my primary portable audio source. Over time, I've installed the Voodoo sound enhancements, and I've also semi-permanently velcro'd the FiiO E11 onto the back, and even though my primary phone has changed (currently using a Blackberry 9900), the Galaxy S has remained my portable source.
Well, yesterday, my Galaxy S died. The battery is fine, but the device itself no longer functions. This was completely unexpected, as I've been using this device nearly everyday for the past 4 years, and it showed no signs of slowing down. As much as I love the S-Pen features of the Note III, I'm concerned regarding the audio quality that it produces. From what I've gathered, the Exynos version features a Wolfson DAC (the Captivate features this as well), so I'd feel confident its audio capabilities, although I'm not sure if there are Voodoo-type enhancements available. I do not have access to this device, however, and the only one I can purchase is the AT&T version (Snapdragon 800 version). I see people complaining about the volume output, but I'd like to know the quality, as volume in a non-issue for me. Considering I'll be using it at line-level and feeding it into my FiiO E11, the quality of the output is my only concern.
Looking at the GSMArena graphs shows that the non-headphone output is very good, but I'm not 100% sure if that applies to my situation, as I do not know if the E11 puts a load similar to a headphone, I am not sure which set of the data is applicable to me, plus data does not paint the entire picture.
As an extra note, the majority (99%) of my portable listening comes from my HiFiMAN HE-400 headphones, so there will never be a situation where I will listen to music from the phone without the amp.
Thank you for your assistance! All opinions are welcome!