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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. Vympels
    ESS 9018K2M Dac + AD (insert number) Opamp
    According to Artpiggo it sound almost same as the pro 5 and according to me it's the same (see first page for sound signature of both phones)
    Edit : If you go for meizu be aware that you will have to stick with flyme no custom rom and such fancy stuff , no viper4android or audio mods and update are mixed between good and bad
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2018
  2. artpiggo
    Can go lg v20 in aliexpress. If you dont like flyme ui. Just another option. Its sound is quite balanced neutral.

    There is letv max x900 as well. If you like a big screen (sacrificing battery life) but very good sound (vivid and impactful)

    Depends on your earphone and preference.
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2018
  3. artpiggo
    [Vivo Xplay6 Tutorial]

    I would like to write on how to set Neutron music player to support with vivo's Hi-Fi (which is bit perfect of course.) Since normally, neutron supports only DSD mode where it bypasses all ALSA to result in disabling resampling which has a little drawback that the volume step will be only 15 instead of 30 steps and despite the fact that playing WAV/FLAC/MP3 in DSD mode does sound great, it sacrifice a lot of battery.

    Therefore this tutorial will help vivo xplay6 user to easily choose between Hi-Fi mode and DSD mode styles very swiftly. :)

    1. Install additional Neutron "Eval" Version along with the purchased version. The Eval Version will use as "dummy" app.
    2. Go to phone setting and set Hi-Fi toggle for Neutron "Eval"
    3. Then go to Neutron "Purchased" Version go set in audio hardware > Generic Driver > Format. Set like this.
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    4. Boom, now playing everything is Hi-Fi with bit perfect. :)

    Addition Note:
    1. But there is an additional step when you use Neutron is that you cannot play music by just clicking "play" on neutron "widget". You need to go open the app first, then click play inside the app. Because when clicking play on widget will activate Hi-Fi but the frequency output is 48kHz (Android limitation).

    2. But with Hi-Fi setting, you cannot play DSD file. So when you want to play DSD album, you need to un-select "Custom format" and let Hi-Res Codec running to use in DSD mode. This is where you can swap between Hi-Fi and DSD mode very easily.

    If my procedure is hard to understand, feel free to ask in detail. don't hesitate.

    For UAPP, it enables DSD mode in vivo xplay6 only (cannot toggle into Hi-Fi mode)
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  4. deafmutelame
    Thanks again Vymples and artpiggo for now I can do my homework and focus my research on these three smartphones.
  5. MarkCavendish
    i am planning to get xiaomi redmi 5 , do anyone has experience with redmi5? especially audio quality , im search redmi5 using snapdragon 450. how about it? do they sounding any noise? i had experience with redmi 4a which they sound buzzing(idk how to describe) when in low volume with my iem. i wondering does the redmi5 sound buzzing too? does it sound good? currently im using shanling m1 for my dap and want to an android device for my multitask and of course to playing music while my m1 isnt in my pocket.
  6. artpiggo
    Add chord hugo and it is good to go.
  7. Amitl
    Pardon me but what are the benefits of this not-too-eye-pleasing Neutron?
    Update: Have read the first page, no need to answer, thanx :))
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2018
  8. dragonball
    I have redmi note 3. And its sound is very bad. Even my 6 year old Motorola Atrix was better than this. Even OnePlus 3T is better than this. I am assuming RN3 & Redmi 5 are similar.
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2018
  9. Amitl
    Problem with most of these phones is they don't suppot aptX.
    I'm waiting to hear about the Honor 10.
    Could the latest Meizu 15 support aptX?
  10. artpiggo
    Snapdragon based phone is mostly aptx hd support including my xplay6 and once it updates to 8.1 on this July, it will be LDAC capable but by that time its flagship might come up already.

    I am considering buying honor10 for audio review as well if it interests enough people on this thread.
  11. Amitl
    Are you saying that aptX comes built into some Snapdragon models?
    Because i gathered that having any specific Snapdragon doesn't guarantee also having aptX.
    Also, on the spec pages of gsmarena, aptX is mentioned only rarely.

    I would be very interested in reading your review of the honor 10!
    Hopefuly the Meizu should have a good dac since it looks much better
  12. artpiggo
    See a sample of aptx hd smartphone (not full list though)


    For meizu, i am not so sure if I want to get it. Meizu pro7 last gen isn't that impressed me in term of usage and SQ.
  13. Exit
    Since I ditched my player, I've been using V30 for some time. P20 Pro came in a few days ago. It's own hi-fi dac decodes up to 32/384. This phone, to my amazement, sounds very sweet straight from USB type c (with their converter). I listen to iems like ie800s, no background noise, enough power. Compared with V30, I find myself leaning more towards P20 pro's tuning. Engaging, full sounding, brighter than V30. Huawei doesnt advertise hi-fi audio like LG does, but I hear my iem match better with P20 Pro.
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  14. Amitl
    I am familiar with that aptX list, you can notice many phones are not showing up there.
    Anyway, thanx :)

    So the LG G7 will have the quad dac as was announced today...too bad the battery is so small :S
  15. Hariz Nordin
    Hi guys, I've an axon 7..is it wise to upgrade to the v20?
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