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post #151 of 228
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So far GS3 is the best sounding phone I've had. 

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GS3 I9300 or Note 2 with Exynos/Wolfson -- last Samsungs without audio issues. Some like HTC One but I have not tried it. 

Is this with flashable sound tweaks/kernels or just stock?

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Another option is the Fiio E18. I tried it out with my Nexus 5 and it works with Cyanogenmod 11 (I have the M3 version). 

I'm not really an external amp+dac guy. I'd rather buy a dedicated music player and downgrade to a cheaper phone instead of using a separate amp+dac attached to my phone.

post #152 of 228
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Is this with flashable sound tweaks/kernels or just stock?

 

I have I9300 and the only thing I did to mine was edit one text file to turn up headphone hardware volume. Requires root, but is simple to do.

post #153 of 228

Is anyone using Westone W40 with their N5?

post #154 of 228
I own a sennheiser momentum and listen to non-transcoded flac files mostly.I wanted to buy the nexus 5,is there any better player out there(iphone 5s,ipod touch 5g?)?
post #155 of 228
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I own a sennheiser momentum and listen to non-transcoded flac files mostly.I wanted to buy the nexus 5,is there any better player out there(iphone 5s,ipod touch 5g?)?

 

iPhone 5S should be better in sound quality.

 

If you don't care about the operating system, it would work really well.  iTunes is better than the drag and drop on android IMO.

post #156 of 228

if you can live with the size consider the N9005 version of the Note 3

 

I prefer the audio out of it to both my Iphone 4 and Ipad 4 :) warm, powerful sound - very much like it

post #157 of 228

Hey everyone. This EQ setting works quite well with the Re-400's and my Akg K403. Those who already have the Nexus 5 and PowerAmp should give it a shot :)

 

It sounds noticeably clearer, much more dynamic, more spacious and more life like compared to stock. Stock sounds dead in comparison.

 

The Rom I'm using is the Cyanogen Mod 11 V3(Don't know if this makes a difference)

 

Btw if anyone in Toronto wan'ts to hear my Nexus 5 we'll meet up!

 

I'll be getting the Ibasso Dx50 soon and I'll do a comparison and possible further tweaking.

 

 

I prefer this next setting better but it is more coloured but is lovely for the music I listen to:

Vocals are more pronounced, really clear and life like. This setting is also more dynamic and fun over the other setting. There also seems to be less of a frequency clash and it sounds clearer and there is better separation over the other eq setting. Bass also has more impact.

 

Btw for those who think software can't affect the Sq and sound stage with the same hardware should read the DX50 firmware thread XD


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post #158 of 228
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Originally Posted by johanchandy View Post
 

Hey everyone. This EQ setting works quite well with the Re-400's and my Akg K403. Those who already have the Nexus 5 and PowerAmp should give it a shot :)

 

It sounds noticeably clearer, much more dynamic, more spacious and more life like compared to stock. Stock sounds dead in comparison.

 

The Rom I'm using is the Cyanogen Mod 11 V3(Don't know if this makes a difference)

 

Btw if anyone in Toronto wan'ts to hear my Nexus 5 we'll meet up!

 

I'll be getting the Ibasso Dx50 soon and I'll do a comparison and possible further tweaking.

 

 

I prefer this next setting better but it is more coloured but is lovely for the music I listen to:

Vocals are more pronounced, really clear and life like. This setting is also more dynamic and fun over the other setting. There also seems to be less of a frequency clash and it sounds clearer and there is better separation over the other eq setting. Bass also has more impact.

 

Btw for those who think software can't affect the Sq and sound stage with the same hardware should read the DX50 firmware thread XD

 

This is interesting. I have been using the N5 with Cyanogenmod --> Fiio E17 as a DAC/Amp, but not screwing with the EQ at all. I should try this.

post #159 of 228
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Originally Posted by inertianinja View Post
 

 

This is interesting. I have been using the N5 with Cyanogenmod --> Fiio E17 as a DAC/Amp, but not screwing with the EQ at all. I should try this.

Give it a try! I can't listen to it with the EQ off :)!

post #160 of 228

Would you be so kind as to install Viper4android fx - and play with the settings there and inform me on your results and optimal settings? 

post #161 of 228
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Would you be so kind as to install Viper4android fx - and play with the settings there and inform me on your results and optimal settings? 

Sure I'll give it a try, I'll get back to you with my results.

post #162 of 228

Settings in viper would be better as they affect all sources of audio including spotify. Please get the latest version of the app. Your settings do improve the awful sound N5 produces, though I still prefer fiio x3 or GS3. Thanks

post #163 of 228
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Originally Posted by myprecious View Post

Settings in viper would be better as they affect all sources of audio including spotify. Please get the latest version of the app. Your settings do improve the awful sound N5 produces, though I still prefer fiio x3 or GS3. Thanks
Yes I will, I have to get used to viper though.

And yeah the Fiio x3 is still better for sure, I just didn't like it as a device overall, I disliked its limited soundstage but I would have definitely kept it if it wasn't so sluggish. I disliked the button placement as well. I'm hoping the dx50 will be much better! I haven't heard the Sg3.

One problem I've found with the N5 is that the SQ reduces if you raise the volume too loud. I'm wondering why this is. Probably because the DAC and amp is not getting enough voltage to maintain fidelity? It's fine at the volume I listen to. I wonder if Viper can remedy this.
post #164 of 228

http://www.anandtech.com/show/7567/smartphone-audio-quality-testing/5 You should defenitely read this thorough analysis. 

post #165 of 228
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http://www.anandtech.com/show/7567/smartphone-audio-quality-testing/5 You should defenitely read this thorough analysis. 

Ah, this explains a lot. Thank you for the link.

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