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Best Smartphone for audiophile Part II (Updated: Mar 2019)

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by artpiggo, Jun 19, 2017.
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  1. TheGreatOldOne
    It is unkown when the v50 will be available in my country. We're being told that it will be available in countries where there is a 5G network.
    The LG G8 is however available; I don't know if that phone gives an experience equal to a setup I mentioned in my opening post.
     
  2. artpiggo
    I am pretty sure it is better than S10e. Either G series or V series of LG.
     
  3. nort ycagel
    s10e has a pretty good and accurate audio by looking at gsmarena test.
    the phone itself is nice as a dap thanks to the compact size.
    the best you can do to improve it would be getting some better dac / amp without spending too much like ibasso dc02 / FiiO BTR3 / FiiO BTR5 but to be honest for anything low impedance the s10e will be just as good.

    if you want to get the best out of your 1more QUAD sound I suggest looking at oratory1990 EQ to correct the faults in that model (https://www.reddit.com/r/oratory1990/wiki/index#wiki_oratory1990.2019s_list_of_eq_presets). Oratory uses a parametric EQ. If a parametric EQ isn't available for you you can find an approximated graphic EQ from AutoEQ (https://github.com/jaakkopasanen/AutoEq).

    This thread is often missleading. You don't need to spend a lot on dedicated DAPs / android phones. Surely not more than you have on the in-ear itself.

    I would try the EQ from oratory and perhaps consider just buying an higher tier set of buds (I'm hearing nice things for the FiiO FH7). But stick with your S10e.
     
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2019
  4. alex5908
    IMO, there's no point to compare V30 and Xplay 6 as VIVO is a flagman music focused smart phone at the moment. They say that Vivio Nex is even a better musical phone but it has a neutral signature wherever XPlay 6 (which I own) is bass-emphasized device. Meze 99 Classic plus Vivo Xplay 6 is divine combination. If closed type headphones is not your type I would recommend Sendiy M1221 IEMs. I have Sony XBA Z5 and they are much worse than M1221 as far frequencies, sound stage/"air", bleeding and instrument separation are concerned. In case of a budget IRMs I'd recommend KZ ZS7.
     
  5. TheGreatOldOne
    Interesting. I've never used parametric EQ before. I see that USB audio pro has only 6 channels in that eq. Poweramp should have more but for some reason I only get 4 (both are paid versions). Will look into it, thanks for the advice!
     
  6. nort ycagel
    Neutron has up to 30 bands EQ. If parametric is a problem you can find the 10 bands graphic from AutoEQ on github.
     
  7. xkoo
    I do have s10e and Fiio FH7 works flawlessly.
    I use UAPP which is doing Hi Res and MQA first unfolding producing nice sound,enjoyable.
    Of course my Ibasso DX 220 is onother league.
     
  8. TheGreatOldOne
    Thank you all for the wonderful advice you've given! I will work on my EQ first, get a better iem and a dac. And save some cash for a serious dap one day :)
     
  9. skycourts
    Any one own MEIZU PRO 7??
    What’s your openion regarding volume level and sound quality compare to other audiophile phones
    Coz I just got a used one I felt headphone volume level is kinda low
    Compare to my previous devices
     
  10. skycourts
    Any one own MEIZU PRO 7??
    What’s your openion regarding volume level and sound quality compare to other audiophile phones
    Coz I just got a used one I felt headphone volume level is kinda low
    Compare to my previous devices
     
  11. Zerohour88
    I'm always torn when trying to buy some previous gen LG phones. Apparently phones released for certain regions don't get their quad-DAC feature?

    edit: on further reading, it seems LG stopped doing it? found on the wiki page of LG G7

    "All models in all markets will include quad Digital-to-analog converters (DAC) to enhance sound output, unlike the G6, which limited the quad DAC to select Asian markets."
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2019
  12. MrJudasPriest
    Apologies for not having read the thread in detail but just wondering do any of the later generation LG phones improve on the great sound they achieved on their V30? Any reviews I've come across wax lyrical about the quad dac etc. but I get the impression the feature is simply retained rather than upgraded with more recent models. Am I right? If so will simply replace my V30 with another one when the time comes. My setup at the mo is a V30 paired with Fiio FH7's and love the results
     
  13. larry piencenaves
    Hey guys,

    Quite disappointed with the g7, overall resolution seems good but not amazing, between my zenfone go, difference isn't night and day, the only thing the g7 is superior is the snr ratio and soundstage. and btw why does the g7, when I use the poweramps tone settings and just turn the bass to about 20% it starts to distort? overall the eq is just bad imho, and that doesnt happen on my zenfone, anybody can explain?

    also planning to buy the ibasso dx120, is it better to the g7? any other recommendations are much appreciated, I prefer neutral sound sig with lil sub bass bump and smooth highs, thanks
     
  14. artpiggo
    Go for DX160. I am quite interested in it. And it is just $100 over old DX120.

    Btw DX120 is the best for DAP starter.

    And in order to maximize capability of LG, please use either neutron or UAPP for bit perfect playback and try again.
     
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  15. TooPoorForHiFi
    Does anyone here owns an LG G8 with UAPP?

    Question, are you able to skip tracks by holding down the volume button while your phone's screen is off?
     
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