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best phones for driving music?

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Everyone has different tastes in music but sound quality wise what are some of the best phones to drive music with? Currently using a galaxy s blaze with poweramp that works surprisingly well.
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Some people buy gear that turns their phones into essentially just fancy USB drives for storing the music files, and all the audio processing is actually done outside of the phone in an external DAC & amp.
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Some people buy gear that turns their phones into essentially just fancy USB drives for storing the music files, and all the audio processing is actually done outside of the phone in an external DAC & amp.
haha i almost forgot this was a place for audiophiles. I wonder if anyone here even uses phones alone to listen to music o_O
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Some people buy gear that turns their phones into essentially just fancy USB drives for storing the music files, and all the audio processing is actually done outside of the phone in an external DAC & amp.

 

Like this one: SGS3>USB OTG adapter, USB cable>Meier Cantate.2>HD600


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For driving headphones directly I kind of liked the HTC One better than the S3 (probably the software is better, not simply the hardware), and of course the iPhone's still the best (but I hate iTunes). However, since I needed it to be my digital transport, I went for the S3 because it has a microSD slot, which was worth a lot more to me than the slight tonal difference vs the HTC; that was easy to fix with some EQ on music player apps. However, I didn't realize (again) how far off a flat measurement off a sinewave/sinesweep is from real music until I got to try my Aurisonics ASG-1 with a Fiio X3. Sure the S3 measured relatively flat on tests, but even with some feedback claiming the X3 had a boost in the lower midrange and upper bass, treble sounded clearer and more controlled where the S3 had, by comparison, an earlier treble roll off* and comparatively louder bass that was muddy and the drums lacked the impact on the X3.

That said, again, it was all by comparison. Without constant exposure to a dedicated player like the X3, it's easy to forget the minor disadvantages in exchange for the convenience of listening and still have calls go through instead of my having to have people on the train for example staring at me because I can't hear or feel my phone in my messenger bag. If anything, the annoying bit is when the call cuts a great song only to find out that instead of work it's a telemarketer.

 





*noticeably weaker after 10khz, totally inaudible at listening volume setting past 12khz, completely disappears after 16khz.

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