Well I'm reporting back after 3 weeks with the HTC one m8. I think it is a great phone in every respect apart from audio. Just couldn't get on with baseline hiss, which is definitely worse than on my m7. Also, I'm afraid that I've concluded that no android phone over heard (both HTC one models, Sony xperias z, z1, z2, Samsung galaxy s4) can compete with the iPhone 5s in terms of clean output, timing and accuracy. Don't get me wrong I appreciate all the flexibility of android, removable storage, drag and drop etc, but the phone I keep coming back to for listening enjoyment is the 5s. Can't be doing with having to carry an attenuator around all the time, and don't feel I should have to to get rid of hissing and cracking. Why can apple manage this and it seems to evade most android manufacturers?
I'm in no way a fanboi and if someone can make a hiss free android handset with one of those gorgeous 1080p screens, I'm totally sold.
Just my humble opinion :-)
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Finally auditioned the M8 and I was pleasantly surprised. Now, my situation is kinda unique; there's one not particularly hi-fi IEM that I need my next phone to drive well, the Bose QC20. Out of all recent hi-end smartphones, only the 5S/5C and M8 seem capable of driving it satisfactorily - with the M7 in #3 spot perhaps - possibly because those two have the highest headphone-out voltage?* Other phones like the Z2 really sound okay with most other IEMs, but the M8 is really good at driving the QC20.
No electronic gadget has surprised me like this in a very long time. The M8 (and the M7) made me stay back and listen a little more, which has not happened since the iphone/itouch 5 debuted with that digital amp.
I've always been very happy with the Apple sound, like you said, I enjoy that sheer timing/control/sharpness/tightness and power. Just 24 hours ago I'd assumed that I'll need to go back to iOS for improved audio, & was desperately trying to figure out how I could live with iOS when I really just can't anymore. e.g. iOS7 really killed the usability of every IRC app, disconnecting them after 2-3 mins in the background, regardless of settings. People say, oh you can open IRC on a PC then use your phone to access it... but on gadgets of this caliber, that offends me even more than having to use an attenuator!
So, It's a pleasure to find out that I've been posting in the right thread after all. I'm a future M8 owner for sure, it's only a matter of when.
*per test figures I saw over at phonearena.com
Edited by heatofamatch - 4/29/14 at 1:07am