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post #181 of 672

Anyone found a way to reduce background hiss yet?, if faux gets access to analog amp controls, will lowering the gain lower the noise floor?, i`m a bit disappointed with the hiss on this phone, however actual sound quality is darn good and has much more punch than my ipod classic 5g. For those wondering how bad the hiss is, its about the same as an ipod video 5g, I have especially sensitive iem`s so its quite bad but on any other iem`s it should be pretty much black. 

post #182 of 672

This is common sense to most of us here, but - solution (with link to explanation of the issue of popping) can be found here... 

 

Annoyed that I appear to have been the first person to actively acknowledge this issue, and then get talked out of it by others, but - there you go lol.

 

Caveat here, doesn't matter or apply when using external DACs ;)

post #183 of 672
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Originally Posted by ryanjsoo View Post
 

Anyone found a way to reduce background hiss yet?, if faux gets access to analog amp controls, will lowering the gain lower the noise floor?, i`m a bit disappointed with the hiss on this phone, however actual sound quality is darn good and has much more punch than my ipod classic 5g. For those wondering how bad the hiss is, its about the same as an ipod video 5g, I have especially sensitive iem`s so its quite bad but on any other iem`s it should be pretty much black. 

 

Last time I checked Faux Sound does not yet have access to the analog settings on the M8... only digital gain at this time.

post #184 of 672
Just grabbed an M8, and sounds great with my Shure 846. Out and about no hiss this far, but ghost haven't been in a real quiet atmosphere yet.
post #185 of 672
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Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
 

This is common sense to most of us here, but - solution (with link to explanation of the issue of popping) can be found here... 

 

Annoyed that I appear to have been the first person to actively acknowledge this issue, and then get talked out of it by others, but - there you go lol.

 

Caveat here, doesn't matter or apply when using external DACs ;)

The meticulous reviewer Erica Griffin mentioned it on 2 different devices she got for review, saying "..it appears at loud volume and seems to be frequency dependent..".

She mentioned this problem testing the boom speakers (I do not recall her talking about the headphone out).

 

 

post #186 of 672
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Originally Posted by Duncan View Post

Question is h-man - why / how in your mind?

I have a feeling that you might well say that the midrange is the 'clincher' for you - that the M8 sounds a little 'thick'?

That is my impression between the two - but, for me (if that is the case) that midrange warmth of the M8 adds a nice texture to vocals / instruments that is lacking in the 5S...

Please let us know, and we'll see between the two of us that have heard both, we can make up a little scenario for which handset would be best for which type of listening style / person...

Duncan, having spent a bit longer with the phone, i think you're right, the midrange is definitely warmer and has more impact. I still think the 5s has a more precise analytical feel to it, and i prefer the more controlled low end on it. I also have spent some time comparing it to my old M7 (beats enhancement off of course!) and i think i prefer m7 to m8! Much more integration across frequency ranges and better soundstage imho.
post #187 of 672

Erica has that crackling noise only on her gold amber device. she also says that in her first sentences in that first impressions video.

post #188 of 672
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Originally Posted by h-man View Post

I also have spent some time comparing it to my old M7 (beats enhancement off of course!) and i think i prefer m7 to m8! Much more integration across frequency ranges and better soundstage imho.

 

Following this thread with a lot of interest as I look for my next music-centric phone. I really like how the iphones (both 4/4S and 5/5S) sound and drive headphones, and I wonder if I can have that power and clarity in a cheaper android phone somewhere, without using an external DAC/amp. The M7 is now available to me for less than an 8GB 4S, and not much more than an ipod touch...

post #189 of 672
You won't be disappointed with an m7, although I had to return one due to very loud background crackling

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post #190 of 672

Audio mods (other than V4A) are finally coming to the M8 :)

 

First one from ZeroInfinity at XDA can be found here...

post #191 of 672

Have the M8 for 2 days.

 

A step up for sure over my old Sony Xperia V, with darker background and better dynamic range. Sound signature is on the warm side and I found it to be slightly V shape, treble can gets a bit overbearing with my XBA30 when at higher volume.

 

Output is very powerful compares to xperia, M8 70% equals to V 90-100%

post #192 of 672
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Originally Posted by Darkseth View Post
 

Erica has that crackling noise only on her gold amber device. she also says that in her first sentences in that first impressions video.

In the impressions video she talks about the rare crackling at high volume on the speakers being present on the "working" device also being dependent of the content (around 8.50 in ).

So it seems like the golden one was worse but the grey one is still not perfect.

post #193 of 672
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Originally Posted by Duncan View Post

Audio mods (other than V4A) are finally coming to the M8 :)

 

First one from ZeroInfinity at XDA can be found here...


Wow,have you tried this yet Duncan?

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post #194 of 672

I'm trying out this mod at the moment and it's definitely an improvement over the stock sound.

 

Bass seems to be a little more controlled and less boomy, and there's more clarity in the overall sound.

Before, I used to add treble with the poweramp eq a lot of times, now I can listen to most of the tracks with flat eq.

So those who found the sound of the M8 too warm or even muffled, should definitely try this out.

Sadly the evil crackle hasn't magically disappeared. :)

 

Another improvment: I don't have the glitches when changing the volume anymore. Everything's smooth now.

 

Overall volume has decreased a little bit though. I'd say about one step of the 15. 

Not an issue for me, but maybe for those with high impedance headphones.

 

 

 

Everyone trying it out should definitely do a nandroid backup before, because there's no method to uninstall it at the moment.

post #195 of 672
Simma,

I agree, definitely an improvement over stock, and for me dropping gain on neutron by 5db has all but cured the popping (probably overall the same as just lowering the volume, but hey, if it works then who is complaining lol)
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