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iOS vs Android for audio 2018

Discussion in 'Sound Science' started by neil74, Dec 6, 2018 at 7:00 AM.
  1. neil74
    So what's the verdict in 2018? On paper android has the edge both for wired and wireless.

    For wired iOS is dependent on the DAC in the dongle whereas on Android the LGs have the quad DAC and even the Samsungs have decent output.

    For wireless it is less clear, on paper android has a significant edge in that all current droids support LDAC and APTX HD whereas iOS is capped at 250 kbps AAC. Real world though seems to see different views with some saying that bluetooth is still flawed on android and there is more at play than just the codecs.

    What does everyone on here think?
  2. bigshot
    Apple has always used DACs that are audibly transparent. I owned the first AV Mac, the 8500 and it was capable of capturing and playing back sound perfectly fo human ears. I think the answer is that for sound quality, it probably doesn't matter. Choose based on convenience. And understand that wireless technology like bluetooth is a compromise. It's fine for casual use, but it isn't a replacement for wired for the most serious listening.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2018 at 1:59 PM

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