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GET NEXUS 5. IT sounds identical to Fiio X5 lol 





I doubt that. After some research I do believe that Nexus 5 sounds decently good, but it could do a little better in frequency response accuracy and the output power is below average (not shown below). 



 



Here's the table I merged from several different gsmarena reviews: 



 



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What do these values mean.

In short:

Frequency response: Closer to 0 values are better
Noise level: 0=worst; -99='best'
Dynamic range: Higher values are better
THD: Lower values are better
IMD + Noise: Lower values are better
Stereo crosstalk: -99='best'

As I suspected (and experienced), my old device - Desire HD performs very poorly (just look at that stereo crosstalk!), and I'am glad I haven't bought a Sensation a year ago too.
Edited by SmOgER - 1/9/15 at 4:25am
post #212 of 217
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Well its not only about the output of the device. Louder doesn't always mean better

 





Have you read the whole part about sound in that linked review? The only average aspect of it's SQ is stereo crosstalk, everything else - frequency response, dynamic range, noise levels... is practically top notch. Overall the SQ seems to be better than on HTC One, now that's quite the result! wink.gif



Also, when you have lots of extra gain, the EQ capabilities increase quite substantially.

 



According to that review, its virtually identical to the Nexus 5.
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According to that review, its virtually identical to the Nexus 5.

 


Sorry but you lost me there. Please elaborate based on what exactly did you draw that conclusion. All I know is this table, comments about output power, and the fact that Meizu uses Wolfson WM5102.
Edited by SmOgER - 1/9/15 at 11:10am
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According to that review, its virtually identical to the Nexus 5.

 



Sorry but you lost me there. Please elaborate based on what exactly did you draw that conclusion. All I know is this table, comments about output power, and the fact that Meizu uses Wolfson WM5102.

 



If you look at the test results from that review, and then bring up the Nexus 5 review, the results are virtually identical. For probably the most serious limitation of both devices, the dynamic range, the results are actually identical.

Not saying thats necessarily true, but if you believe that review (and you seem to) that is the obvious conclusion to draw.
post #215 of 217
Em... Just look at the table above. N5 frequency response is +0.18 -0.08, for MX3: +0.08 -0.02. how is that 'virtually the same'? It's not THAT far away, but it's enough to matter. On top of that we have a pretty big lack of output power in N5 and MX3 competing with One M8 in this aspect as mentioned in the corresponding reviews. I do love the design of N5, but unfortunately the SQ doesn't seem to deliver enough for me.
Edited by SmOgER - 1/9/15 at 1:43pm
post #216 of 217
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Em... Just look at the table above. N5 frequency response is +0.18 -0.08, for MX3: +0.08 -0.02. how is that 'virtually the same'?

 

Those units are in dB, meaning that the difference is extraordinary small and completely irrelevant.  

 

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It's not THAT far away, but it's enough to matter. 

 

You know most EQs only have integer dB settings right?  And you're worried about hundreds of a dB?  No its not enough to matter.  Get out foobar or something running rockbox, fire up the EQ at 80 Hz and see what I mean.  

 

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On top of that we have a pretty big lack of output power in N5 and MX3 competing with One M8 in this aspect as mentioned in the corresponding reviews. 
 

Actually, if you believe those RMAA results, the output power is higher on the N5 (look at the noise floor and dynamic range numbers).  Which is obviously not true, but like I said, if you believe the review they're the same :)

post #217 of 217

Just played with the stock equalizer of my newly acquired Nexus 5. Holy ****! What a difference a small tweak can make. Now the sound quality through headphones noticably improves, particularly much more 3D and airier soundstage, bass is cleaner and tighter, details and separation improve. Classical never sounds more awesome. Now I prefer listening through the Nexus than the Fiio E10K.

 

My headphones are HD558 (w/ foam mod) and MX985 earbuds (w/ thinner foams). My EQ settings are: -1 dB, -2, -1, 0, -2, respectively, bass boost off, surround sound off.

 

 External speaker is still horrible though. Pretty much unfixable.

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