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Best Smartphone for audiophile Part II (Updated: Jan 2020)

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by artpiggo, Jun 19, 2017.
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  1. artpiggo

    Then I suggest meizu pro7.

    You need any recommendation on earphone and headphone? I can help you choose too.
    andrewski and Broquen like this.
  2. gazzington
    Id be interested to hear what you recommend
  3. gazzington
    Also, matter of interest is the v30 still the best I can get?
  4. artpiggo
    Just tell me your budget.
  5. artpiggo
    Yes. Lg v30 is quite top audio phone. Now the price is tempting too.
  6. gazzington
    £400 ish
  7. artpiggo
    Ibasso sr1
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  8. GermanDrifter97
    Hey guys,

    I currently have a Meizu Pro 5 (make that two, but the first one has a fried audio jack), but it slowly becomes unusable. The battery gets worse, it has some charging problems, loses 40% over night even though it's plugged in the whole time, the OS becomes laggy and unresponsive etc. I mean, this thing is nearly 4 years old now, and I already bought it used, so maybe it is the right time to upgrade.

    What audiophile smartphone could you guys recommend me? The most important part for me is a big display (not smaller than 6"), maybe a good camera with slow-motion video capabilities, a big battery for long screen-on-times, and of course the audio quality. Budget might be around 300-450€ maximum.

    I could get a good deal on a Note 9, and kinda fell in love with this phone. According to https://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_note9-review-1805p3.php this might be a nearly perfect phone for audiophiles, but during my quick look-around, I couldn't find anything in this thread about the Note 9, or I didn't look hard enough.

    Can you guys recommend the Note 9? Should I wait for the S10 release? Or are there other, better, cheaper alternatives already around?

    Thank you very much in advance
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2019
  9. artpiggo
    Consider LG V30+ maybe
  10. GermanDrifter97
    The V30+ looks nice, it doesn't have a notch. But performance and camera wise it is a bit worse than what I am looking for. Is the audio-output of the V30 suitable for 80 Ohms headphones?
  11. artpiggo
    Suitable. It has high gain mode.

    Camera, you can install gcam for better performance
  12. GermanDrifter97
    Ok, I see. Do you have any experience with the Note 9? Can you compare these two phones? I'm just asking because I could get the Samsung phone for around 220€ (together with a new data plan) and the V30 still costs ~390€ here, which hurts my bank account a bit more.

    Oh and BTW, thanks for the quick answers, I honestly didn't expect a response so immediate :)
  13. artpiggo
    For note9 , you really need to buy ES100 bluetooth dac to come up with LG v30 level
  14. GermanDrifter97
    Even with the Exynos model? I read that it has superior output compared to the Snapdragon model
  15. civciv
    Note9 Exynos model's audio quality is on par with Fiio BTR3 (when using LDAC) IMO. Output is a bit low of course. (~1V, I guess)

    But if you connect an headphone amp (I use Fiio K11/A3) to Note9's output, the result is superb.
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2019
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