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HTC one or Iphone 5c

post #1 of 10
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Hi guys and gals!


Its my first post here on this forum and its a critical one.

I am looking for a phone with excellent sound quality and high volume levels.

I just sold my NOTE 3 just because the volume levels were not impressive (words than my old samsung phone).

Now i am looking for a replacement and I have narrowed down my search to two possible candidates the HTC one and the 5c.

I am confused which one would be a better for audio, I have done the audition of both phones, however I could only use the HTC one to listen to my music whereas on the 5c I could only listen to the pre loaded songs so I could not get a fair comparison. It might be possible that 5c might not sound that loud on my non- itunes mp3s (not the highest quality).


So i would welcome any suggestions from all he people at the forum.


thanks fore reading!

Looking forward to your comments

post #2 of 10
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Just to mention here that i am not talking about the loudspeaker, my SQ experience was using a pair of audio technica in ear headphones and also through the Mth-50
post #3 of 10
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Will more people reply if I changed it to 5s vs HTC one?

which one is the winner in SQ and loudness?

post #4 of 10

The ATH M50 has a sensitivity of 99dB / mW.  Or at least I assume that's per mW instead of per volt, because it's the only reasonable assumption.  It's impedance is a nominal 38 ohms.  This means 195 mV for 1mW into 38 ohms (voltage = sqrt (power * impedance)).


So, sensitivity at 1 volts will be 10 * LOG ((1 volt / .195 volt)^2).  (Since power goes as V^2/R, and dB goes as 10 times LOG of power ratio).


That means an increase of 14 dB, so the sensitivity of the M50's at 1 volt is 113 dB.


So far so good.  Now the iPhone 5S will put .9 volts into 100 ohms.  It should put something like at least .8 volts into 38 ohms, but let's be conservative and say .7 volts.  That's a volume of 110 dB!  WAY TOO LOUD!


I can't believe that you wouldn't be able to get your M50's loud enough out of a 5S.  And in point of fact, I used to own the M50's when I used my iPhone 4, and I could definitely get the volume loud enough with plenty of room to spare.  And, the 5S is just as loud as the 4.  So both my back of the envelope calculation and my experience say that you will have enough volume.


Oh . . . wait . . . I just re-read your post.  You're wondering about the 5C.  Since that has a different audio codec, I don't actually know!  Sorry!  But just in case the above info might be helpful, I'll leave it.


What I can say is that you should be able to listen to "your" music (via iTunes samples) at a local store, with your M50's, and a demo 5C.  If the 5C gets loud enough on the iTunes samples, it will get loud enough on whatever files you use for your library, FLAC, 320kbs MP3, whatever.  Shouldn't matter.


As for sound quality, I can't help you.  All I can say is that you probably want to audition both phones in person with the headphones you intend to use with music you are familiar with.

post #5 of 10
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thanks so much for the detailed reply!

post #6 of 10
Why didn't you just buy an amp to go with your Note 3?
post #7 of 10
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Note 3 is already quite big and it will be a hassle to carry a DAC around with it

post #8 of 10
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i hated how some songs would be loud enough on the NOTE 3 while others were so less loud with the volume se to max

post #9 of 10
I think that had to do with the mastering of the song. I notice it quite a bit when listening to modern vs classic rock.

As far as that goes on which ever phone you end up getting, get a music playing app that offers 'normalization'/'replay gain'.
Edited by J.Pocalypse - 11/16/13 at 10:45am
post #10 of 10
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At first I thought the same thing but then when I played the songs on my old phone I realized how less loud the NOTE 3 was.

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