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Personally, I take GSMarena with a grain of salt, but FWIW...
 

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The HTC One (M8) audio quality is by far the best we've seen a mobile device produce so far - and that's including tablets. Even its impressive predecessor pales in comparison with the latest HTC flagship, which is not only the loudest around, but also delivers perfectly clean output.


The HTC One (M8) did perfectly in the active external amplifier part of the test, posting great scores all over the field. In addition it had volume levels higher than every other mobile device on the market right now.


More impressively, there's virtually no degradation when you plug in a pair of headphones. The stereo crosstalk rises so little that it remains better than what some smartphones deliver without headphones. The rest of the readings remain perfect too, while the volume is as high as they come. What do you know - dropping the Beats logo actually led to even more spectacular performance by the HTC flagship.

 

 

http://www.gsmarena.com/htc_one_m8-review-1062p7.php

 

Notably, they did not show iPhone in the comparison. 


Edited by Baroninkjet - 3/25/14 at 1:20pm
post #2 of 633
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p.s. Another neat feature is SDcard support up to  128 GB. :)

post #3 of 633

Will it be as good as a Wolfson with voodoo though?? :\

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I know... I keep trying things but end up going back to I9300... We need Mikey to try it. :D

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Let's just hope that Samsung irons out all the bugs in Exynos soon and releases another flagship with it :(
Ehem! This is the M8 thread :) So hopefully this will turn out to be an audiophile phone capable of competing with all the big kids!


Edited by amirhosein - 3/25/14 at 2:00pm
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This might be a silly question but according to this graph

Does it mean that this device is not capable of reproducing freqs above ~11khz, or is it just their way of measurement that is not taking in account the high freqs range, or the last vertical axis on the right is 20khz?


Edited by ForceMajeure - 3/25/14 at 7:34pm
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From gsmarena we can gather that (for sure):

 

The headphone out has a very low output impedance and the amplifier is very powerful.

 

Hence it sure looks good. Very good really.

 

Unfortunately distortion and crosstalk figures are not useful for comparisons because gsmarena does not match levels between devices.

 

But i'm very keen on trying that Smartphone hpo.

 

Currently i deem the iPhone 5s (with the amp gain raised via ifile) as the benchmark for smartphone headphone outs. This HTC has the potential to change that. And that with sd cards onboard is very exciting.


Edited by elfary - 3/26/14 at 1:54am
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Originally Posted by elfary View Post
 

From gsmarena we can gather that (for sure):

 

The headphone out has a very low output impedance and the amplifier is very powerful.

 

Hence it sure looks good. Very good really.

 

Unfortunately distortion and crosstalk figures are not useful for comparisons because gsmarena does not match levels between devices.

 

But i'm very keen on trying that Smartphone hpo.

 

Currently i deem the iPhone 5s (with the amp gain raised via ifile) as the benchmark for smartphone headphone outs. This HTC has the potential to change that. And that with sd cards onboard is very exciting.

I think they're testing devices set on maximum volume level. Which given that new One was also one of the loudest if not the loudest ever tested should make those results that more impressive.

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Originally Posted by awayeah View Post
 

I think they're testing devices set on maximum volume level. Which given that new One was also one of the loudest if not the loudest ever tested should make those results that more impressive.

 

You're correct. They test at máximum volume,

 

And yes it might be quite an impressive headphone out...that might put my 5s on sale. I always aim for the phone with best hpo. Everything else is secondary to me.

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Another review source to keep an eye on is http://www.whathifi.com/ They have been doing some very thoughtful audio reviews recently.

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Subscribed :smile:

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  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support; 42Mbps HSPA+; LTE connectivity
  • 5" 1080p capacitive touchscreen with 441pi pixel density; Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 2.3GHz quad-core Krait 400 CPU; 2GB of RAM; Adreno 330 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset
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  • microSD card slot; 50GB of free Google Drive storage for 2 years
  • GPS with A-GPS; GLONASS
  • MHL-enabled microUSB 2.0 port
  • Bluetooth 4.0; NFC
  • IR remote control
  • Accelerometer; gyro and proximity sensor; ambient light sensor; barometer
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  • Front-facing stereo speakers with BoomSound and built-in amplifiers
  • Gorgeous metal unibody with superb finish and tactile feel
  • 2,600mAh battery; Extreme Power Saving Mode
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Pretty sure I am going to get this phone when my contract runs out in a month!
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ill test this again on.monday
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Originally Posted by ForceMajeure View Post
 

This might be a silly question but according to this graph

Does it mean that this device is not capable of reproducing freqs above ~11khz, or is it just their way of measurement that is not taking in account the high freqs range, or the last vertical axis on the right is 20khz?

Somebody knows the answer?

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Why is HTC suddenly getting so much props for adding a microsd card when Samsung has been doing it for years? Yes, the support for 128GB isn't official from Samsung, but people have been modding a SD card to their Note 2 for years and the new 128GB microsd card from Sandisk works for the Samsung devices, as I have the 128GB microsd card for my S4.
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