Best Smartphone for audiophile Part II (Updated: Jan 2020)
Jun 7, 2018 at 8:54 AM Post #1,457 of 5,154
Jun 7, 2018 at 7:56 PM Post #1,459 of 5,154
thats tempting, even though considering the taxes ill have to pay, its too expensive :frowning2:
is it any good though?

Aliexpress with standard ali shipping.

Actually, you have to find person who deal business in china and have him transport for you. That would be cheapest and no tax. That is what i always do.
 
Jun 8, 2018 at 3:59 AM Post #1,460 of 5,154
Yes it is same dac as axon7. btw, it is the first time huawei coming to audio oriented route. so still in doubt in their quality. need to experience it prior to confirm.

Why do you wonder on SoC built in DAC (Aqstic) phone while there are many smartphone that excel in audio like vivo xp6 and lg v30 etc.
Does the vivo do full DSD as the v30?
 
Jun 8, 2018 at 12:19 PM Post #1,462 of 5,154
The next oppo find x is quite interesting. Wish it be a comeback from oppo find7.
 
Jun 9, 2018 at 1:02 AM Post #1,463 of 5,154
Razer certified thx usb dac adapter works on p10 and soomal is right it only can do 24bit@48khz. Nonetheless even at volume 5, sound is really LOUD.

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Jun 11, 2018 at 9:40 AM Post #1,467 of 5,154
Previous Thread: https://www.head-fi.org/f/threads/best-smartphone-for-audiophile.662095/

Please help rectify my Table if spec is wrong. Any recommendation is welcomed.

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Google Doc for Smartphone Table
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nhMd7oKzwauEanwUndqU5orN8T18JCm3VllomhTWqsc/edit?usp=sharing
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Note: "Recommended" is based on my preference only.
- From 2013-2015, I use UE900 as reference.
- 2016-2017 I use 1964 U12 + Brimar Cable as reference.

Always take this list with a grain of salt.
Remember, you have no need to believe my opinion will be same as yours. :) You always have your own preference and ears to believe in yourself.


Note2: Price Range is just approximate number and might vary in different countries. For some devices, it is based on second hand price because I can't find the whole new one ever.

Inconvenient Truth

The best way to enjoy real and pure music is from Stock music player because it is the only way that software engineer can bypass android’s 48kHz sampling rate limitation and let you enjoy native sampling rate when 44.1KHz is using 22MHz clock and 48kHz or 96kHz are using 24MHz clock with no sampling rate converter. So it is the true sound that company proudly gives to you.

Good News: Neutron is supporting bit-perfect playback for most Hi-Res android device.
For those who own ESS, AKM chip based smartphone and love Neutron music player's simple UI with great Network Playing Functionality.
Please try setting in Audio Hardware Setting in the app by following http://neutronmp.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4014
It is working really well with my vivo xplay6. It is bit-perfect playback and I really enjoyed it.
:)

Confirmed Devices:
Neutron Hi-Res setting support for vivo xplay6, Letv x900, meizu Pro5, All LG V series, huawei p10 etc.
Neutron Hi-Res setting not support for Lenovo vibe x3



Neutron setting for exclusive vivo xplay6 users
https://www.head-fi.org/threads/bes...updated-mar-2018.853115/page-86#post-14199788

Smartphone News / Leak
- LG V30 Audio Spec
http://www.lgnewsroom.com/2017/08/f...ening-thunder-lg-v30-delivers-tailored-hi-fi/

- Vivo might launch fingerprint sensor on screen in new model in MWC 2017 at Shanghai
http://www.bgr.in/news/vivo-teases-...ead-of-mwc-shanghai-2017-unveiling-next-week/

Good Posts / Discussions on Last "Best Smartphone for audiophile" Thread

- LG V20 vs Meizu Pro 5 mini review by yfei
https://www.head-fi.org/threads/lg-v20-sound-quality.816024/page-190#post-13698008

- Adapter to activating high gain in vivo xplay6 and aux mode in LG V20 and G6


Left: 3.5 to 2.5 adapter if your cable is terminated for balanced DAP
Right: use cable extender if you use normal 3.5 single end IEM

How Quad DAC in LG V20 and G6 works
http://www.androidauthority.com/lg-v20-quad-dac-explained-713587/

Find new Smartphone Review on sound quality? Try search in
http://eng.soomal.com/edoc/index101000_0001_00.htm

Vivo will get Oreo update on x9, x20 series and xplay 6 launch in Apr 18
http://tieba.baidu.com/p/5546180828

Ainur SAURON MK I.IV.II mod from XDA
Credit to @lantian
https://www.head-fi.org/threads/bes...updated-sep-2017.853115/page-32#post-13768281
https://www.head-fi.org/threads/bes...updated-sep-2017.853115/page-32#post-13766166

How to use 2 sim + 1 mirco SD card for hybrid slot smartphone.
Credit to @oyabass
https://www.head-fi.org/threads/bes...updated-sep-2017.853115/page-77#post-14115308

If you want to ask for Smartphone recommendation, please follow this format
Price range:
IEM/ Headphone used:
Screen size:
What kind of sound you wanna get: more warm? more detail? bigger soundstage?
What kind of music you mainly listen: Pop? Rock? EDM? Orchestra?
Special request: Need dual camera / higher than snapdragon 820 / No Chinese smartphone etc.
Will you be putting the g7 in ur recommendation list?
 
Jun 11, 2018 at 10:17 AM Post #1,468 of 5,154
Ah will do.
 

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