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Reques: Xperia Z3 vs dedicated DAP experiences

post #1 of 18
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Hello.

Please spare me with all the "smartphone can not compare to dedicated DAP" thank you.

As the thread said. Please, if anyone happen to own any portable DAP as Fiio or anything else and Z3, share me the comparisions on them ?

I requested this as I recently know Z3 has a built in Equalizer hardware wise, I figure it must be getting closer to average dedicated DAP Without the need for Amplifier if you use it with sensitive IEMs.

Please take the discussion on hardware and doubts in the other thread, as i only want the comparisions between DAPS against Z3. Thank you
post #2 of 18
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So I decided to purchase a Top Of The Line DAP to compare to my smartphone Z3 which was thought out to be one of the best Smartphone for music out there. I personally tested many IP6/+, note 4, Note 3 as latest devices.


Well, my ZX2 is 26 hours burnt in. All I can say is this TOTL DAP is world apart from the smartphone Z3. Everything is more transparent, every notes and tones have more power. I am having a hard time understanding what people would describe as "noise floor". I have heard no humming, or noises from Z3.

The z3, music seems to be more congested, and not as transparent....details and notes have not enough power to make it feel like impactful hence a lot of decays and subtles details (instruments resonances, extensions) are lacking or being muded up by other notes. Soundstage is also very little in comparision biggrin.gif...drum beats and cymbal hits are not quiet as thick.

When I talk about the power , it is not the output power of loudness, but rather it is the ohms of each music notes and tones !

I am not so sure if the electrical interference has any affects on any all in one unit as I have not owned any....

But my conclusion from Z3 , which I thought was to be good audiophile phone, sound quality is pale in comparision to ZX2. On the ZX2 I hear instruments, on Z3 I only hear music

If you have anymore questions, shoot away smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by Whitigir - 2/25/15 at 2:42pm
post #3 of 18

Were they volumed matched?

Did you do a/b testing?

post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
Yes, a/b testing. Volumes match would be impossible .... As they have volumes indicator too different from each other. I did however turned the volume up in 70-80% of my tolerable loudness. All sound enhancements are off, same IEMS, FX750! On the same tracks, and any more 16/48 and 16/44.1

Now, the Zx2 is only 1/4 way of it recommended burn in biggrin.gif
Edited by Whitigir - 2/25/15 at 2:59pm
post #5 of 18
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Yes, a/b testing. Volumes match would be impossible .... As they have volumes indicator too different from each other. I did however turned the volume up in 70-80% of my tolerable loudness. All sound enhancements are off, same IEMS, FX750! On the same tracks, and any more 16/48 and 16/44.1

Now, the Zx2 is only 1/4 way of it recommended burn in biggrin.gif

http://www.head-fi.org/t/739481/easiest-way-to-volume-match-during-a-a-b-comparison/15#post_10987514

post #6 of 18
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If I am not mistaken, that is one DAP as 5s vs two differet headphones, where as in this case it is two different devices What I did was to turn on at the volumes I feel comfortable, and a few more on both.

Z3 is at 75% and ZX2 is at 40% roughly for the same loudness

I can almost guaranteed despite volumes matches, the differences is day and night, and can clearly be observed
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by Whitigir View Post


If I am not mistaken, that is one DAP as 5s vs two differet headphones, where as in this case it is two different devices What I did was to turn on at the volumes I feel comfortable, and a few more on both.

Z3 is at 75% and ZX2 is at 40% roughly for the same loudness

I can almost guaranteed despite volumes matches, the differences is day and night, and can clearly be observed

You can still do the same thing to volume match the DAPS, anyways...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UrG29RXxlfc

skip to around the middle of the video

post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by Uberclocked View Post

You can still do the same thing to volume match the DAPS, anyways...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UrG29RXxlfc
skip to around the middle of the video

Too much problems redface.gif allows me to skip it ......and I sold my Z3 lol.....don't have a phone now, probably gonna look for a cheap flip up phone or so!

The sound quality is distinctively different from both devices. I can say if good music on the go only, you will love Z3 quality....but if you are the type to spend more than couple hundreds for a pair of IEMS....you care bout sound quality, then any Dedicated DAP will always sound better than Z3.

you can try the cheaper one A15-17 or some cheaper Fiio if you really love musics, and I mean you also have 16/44.1 or higher tracks available. If MP3 is ur needs, then don't bother biggrin.gif

If you wonder what the differences are in general...I will say

Subtles details, decays, instruments resonances, beats Impacts, notes impacts, tonality accuracy, instrument placements or sound stages.....yes, you can hear all these from any mobile phones if you really try to, and pay attentions. It will be like looking at a DVD quality movie vs Bluray quality. You will see and hear all those, but blurry, and won't be as sharp or satisfying cool.gif

Now, I answered this part for my own curiosity. You can always try it out yourself...I am not sure if A15-17 will be that much of a differences, but If you are like me, love music enough, and have good files.....always wondered and seek for a good audiophile phone....my answer is for now such phone don't exist, but certainly a highend Player do
Edited by Whitigir - 2/26/15 at 8:57am
post #9 of 18
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Too much problems redface.gif allows me to skip it ......and I sold my Z3 lol.....don't have a phone now, probably gonna look for a cheap flip up phone or so!

The sound quality is distinctively different from both devices. I can say if good music on the go only, you will love Z3 quality....but if you are the type to spend more than couple hundreds for a pair of IEMS....you care bout sound quality, then any Dedicated DAP will always sound better than Z3.

you can try the cheaper one A15-17 or some cheaper Fiio if you really love musics, and I mean you also have 16/44.1 or higher tracks available. If MP3 is ur needs, then don't bother biggrin.gif

If you wonder what the differences are in general...I will say

Subtles details, decays, instruments resonances, beats Impacts, notes impacts, tonality accuracy, instrument placements or sound stages.....yes, you can hear all these from any mobile phones if you really try to, and pay attentions. It will be like looking at a DVD quality movie vs Bluray quality. You will see and hear all those, but blurry, and won't be as sharp or satisfying cool.gif

Now, I answered this part for my own curiosity. You can always try it out yourself...I am not sure if A15-17 will be that much of a differences, but If you are like me, love music enough, and have good files.....always wondered and seek for a good audiophile phone....my answer is for now such phone don't exist, but certainly a highend Player do

>.<

Properly encoded 320 kbps mp3 is virtually indistinguishable from FLAC files.

 

Anyways, if you want a phone with a nice audio section, try looking at the Vivo X5Max, Meizu MX4 Pro, or Xiaomi Mi Note Pro.  They use the ESS9018K2M DAC coupled with the OPA1612 op-amp.

post #10 of 18
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Yeah , I have gone through those specs, but th don't have lte in the USA biggrin.gif or else, I would
post #11 of 18
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Yeah , I have gone through those specs, but th don't have lte in the USA biggrin.gif or else, I would

Solution:

Move to China. ;)

post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by Uberclocked View Post

Solution:
Move to China. wink.gif

Lol, moving there for a year of salary won't afford me an ZX2 biggrin.gif, and no thanks to those quality air.

I am good with ZX2 and some used flip phone hahaha
post #13 of 18

@Whitigir

 

 

Would you have a Hugo to pair with the Z3 to compare to the ZX2 by any chance?

 

I have bought a Z3C to work with my Hugo when my ZX1 battery dies!

 

I love the ZX1 standalone but pairing with the Hugo its battery is awful.


Edited by mannp - 4/14/15 at 9:18am
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by Whitigir View Post


Lol, moving there for a year of salary won't afford me an ZX2 biggrin.gif, and no thanks to those quality air.

I am good with ZX2 and some used flip phone hahaha

Actually you can buy form a dealer like http://liaow.com/ and http://www.oppomart.com/.

post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by mannp View Post

@Whitigir


Would you have a Hugo to pair with the Z3 to compare to the ZX2 by any chance?

I have bought a Z3C to work with my Hugo when my ZX1 battery dies!

I love the ZX1 standalone but pairing with the Hugo its battery is awful.

I can't have the Hugo as financing is limited ^_^. But if you wonder

1/ Hugo has it own DAC, so when digitally connected, the Z3 or any other DAP will only be an hard drive extension, and sound quality will be processed by the Hugo alone. That means, it is meaningless for what you pair the Hugo with digitally, the Hugo will always be the one to sound

2/ If you do wonder analog signal to pair with an amplifier. I paired everything to my large rig amplifier. So far nothing beats the ZX2. But the acceptable level from a smartphone would be Z3 and apples. Apples has warmer sound and larger stage while Z3 has more detailed, and leaner sound with less stage.
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