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post #196 of 593
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Originally Posted by Duncan View Post

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)

And when you play back music with the gain dropped...does it sound louder than the regular EU iPhone 5s?


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post #197 of 593
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Originally Posted by elfary View Post


And when you play back music with the gain dropped...does it sound louder than the regular EU iPhone 5s?


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No, but sounds 'richer', so overall still better - but, as alluded to earlier in the thread, that could be a personal preference thing :)

post #198 of 593
Thx Duncan.

This week the M8 rolls out here hence i'll find a moment to try one with my own files and iems.

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post #199 of 593

Wow... 5db is a big drop in power. About 3 times, not to mention the reduction in bit depth.

I was excited for this phone until I read about the hissing in the background, similar to the M7.

post #200 of 593
5db is a 25% reduction iirc, but what needs to be considered is the m8 is one crazy loud device so it is good for your long term hearing if nothing else smily_headphones1.gif
post #201 of 593

Hmm...

 

I have an old Griffin three to four pole adapter, and the sound / volume is definitely louder with that than without...

 

What wizardry is this I ask myself lol

post #202 of 593
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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...

Have you compared it to V4A?

Is it right, that theres Zero options for the M8 (which should mean, only the "good enhancements" are included like oversampling, etc)?

I am pretty scared , that this adds a permanent Equalizer, which "destroys" the pure/clean Audio by adding more bass, than it should be.

post #203 of 593

Darkseth,

 

You can use it alongside V4A, and - to these ears, adding this mod smooths the sound slightly, although not having two phones side by side - to be fair, impossible to say with certainty...

 

I guess that goes to say that the change is big enough to notice, but small enough to be discrete - that is the best I can say, however - don't forget if you're loading this, that you're rooted, and if you're rooted (assuming not using stock ROM obviously) then you can reload your preferred ROM and it'll take away these mods.

post #204 of 593

Wow, I am testing an M8 out now, deciding whether to keep or take back and wait for iPhone 6 ( been an iPhone guy mostly but have a love affair with Android too) and man this phone with the Viper rom installed, and my V-Moda m100's have me in absolute love.. WOW is all I can say!!! Jaw hit the floor when listening to NIN's Closer as my first test song 3 levels down from max volume @ 320. 

post #205 of 593
Yes, very good if it is used with moderation, am still very happy with mine without the consideration of popping or distortion when heading to full volume smily_headphones1.gif
post #206 of 593

Has anyone tried installing Rockbox on the M8?....

post #207 of 593

For those of you guys who think the phone is a little hissy and distorted at higher volumes, do you think this is a phone that will over time will have its DAC hacked and manipulated to take full advantage of the extra juice without the negative effects? Also has anyone found exactly which DAC is being used in our beautiful devices.

post #208 of 593
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Originally Posted by awareunlikeu View Post
 

For those of you guys who think the phone is a little hissy and distorted at higher volumes, do you think this is a phone that will over time will have its DAC hacked and manipulated to take full advantage of the extra juice without the negative effects? Also has anyone found exactly which DAC is being used in our beautiful devices.

HTC One M8 isn't distorted at higher volumes. In my devices there's also no hissing and popping. I noticed however that when hiss is present in particular track it's a bit more audible when playing on M8. But people are saying the same about iBasso dx90 but there it is described as "so good that even hiss in tracks is highlighted".

When track has no hiss, there's no hiss on M8.

Any troubles with popping/cracking should be fixed via software upgrade - at least so I've heard in the past.

Generally audio output is as good as it gets on smartphones (you absolutely need to turn off boom sound - I don't know what they did there but it's terrible, "beats audio" was just an equalizer with V preset, now it's unbearable). Plus on M7 beats audio was a must when it comes to external speakers and you couldn't use it on just speakers so you had to turn it on/off depending on which you were using. Now at least boom sound is always on when using speakers and can be always off when using headphones.

Maybe there are some issues with specific headphones and output impedance. I've had such problems on M7 and Sony XBA-3. It went away when I added Fiio E02 which decreased output impedance on M7 from 2ohm to <1ohm.

I compared HTC One M8 to M7, One S, Galaxy S3, S4, Note 3 and while besides volume levels the difference while not substantial it's on favour to M8 or at least just as good (Note 3 is also great but with less power).

Ou, their using Qualcomm DAC - but Qualcomm is usually not that open to share their designs and detail specs.


Edited by awayeah - 4/25/14 at 5:40am
post #209 of 593
I think we should say that the xba4 does distort on mine, also, hiss is track dependent but with high treble energy headphones it is apparent track to track
post #210 of 593

Probably because the xba4 are low impedance 8ohm earphones.  You can probably remove hiss by adding an attenuator which will increase the impedance and lower the volume.  Think the S4 also had this issue when it first came out.

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