I want to buy a new phone, and since music is obviously very important to me, I want to know your opinion on which phone is the best for music-listening. I am considering the Samsung S4 and Note 3, the Sony Xperia Z1 and the HTC One. I am currently listening to rap and EDM music with my Klipsch S4 earphones and on my iPad mini with bass boost EQ and i am very happy with the sound quality and with the sound itself, so anything like that or "better" would be ideal for me. And no, I will NOT consider buying an iPhone. So any thoughts/comments and/or suggestions? All replies are appreciated. (I have also posted this in another section of the forum, but after reading around a bit I found out that my thread "fitted" better in here)
Which phone do you think is the best for music?
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After hearing the s3, the HTC one x and my old HTC sensation I would say they all sound pretty much the same. Buy the phone you like the most.
If you're into good audio, ditch the Klipsch S4's, I was duped into getting a pair based upon some reviews, while some other reviews were more accurate and should have paid better attention. They have a terrible resonant peak that I find to be strident and very unpleasant. The treble response isn't right either so cymbals and the like do not sound right. I've used Neutron MP on Android which has a parametric equalizer, this helps but not nearly enough. If you want to use IEM's, save up and research very carefully. Getting the right gear can make listening to music delightful, you needn't spend a fortune but some it'll cost more than the S4's. Good luck in your quest.
If you can get the Samsung galaxy s4 with the Exynos processor whish has the Wolfson DAC I would say the s4 is a solid choice. The S4 with the Qualcomm while better then the s3 is inferior to the DAC in the Exynos processor phone. The HTC from what I read is really good choice as well. In all honesty the iphone is probably your best choice for a phone simply because I like the sound of it better then my s4 (The iphone 4) and if Sound quality is my very top priority I probably stick with iphones personally
They 100% have the qualcomm dac in it since all American versions have the snapdragon 600 cpu inside (the exynos octa core cpu is only in limited markets)
That about sums it up. I have a pair of Image S4A II's lying around and that's just about all of what they do.