Originally Posted by awareunlikeu
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.
Have seen a chinese-langauge review that suggests Qualcomm's audio chip WCD9320 may distort on the left channel when volume is set above -20dB. Caveat, this is their observation not mine...
The WCD9320 is standard issue with the Snapdragon 800 and possibly also the 801. Obviously phone makers can do their own fine-tuning if desired, so the popping & distortion may or may not be related to the Qualcomm chip...I'm just used to perceiving Qualcomm as one of those evil dark corporations of old, like ITT :P
As for me, I still need to re-audition the M7 and M8 multiple times. Or just pick up a base 16GB ipod touch for streaming audio...yep that would mean tethering.