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LG v30 vs Iphone XR

  1. precisionmike
    Hello All,
    Long story short.....I have an LG v30. As an audio player, it is great. As a phone, it is the worst phone I have ever had, always iphones in the past. So I bought an iphone XR. As a phone, great. As an audio player, its just ok at best. In addition, it is very fatiguing to listen to. My ears ring after 30 minutes.
    I am considering going back to the v30. So my questions....would you agree that the v30 is far superior as a player? Also, for those with a v30, do you have issues with the unit? I am using the phones with Noble k10s.
    Thanks in advance!
    -mike
     
  2. archy121
    Keep both as I am doing - I have the XS MAX.

    Use V30 as a Sim Free dedicated DAP player with UAPP and streaming Apps like Tidal and Spotify. You have benifit of LDAC support if you were to go wireless in the future with a BT adapter such as the ES100. Make sure to check out the LG V30 Tricks and Tips thread to get the best out of it. Also check out the dedicated LG V30 thread for possible more answers.

    Having said all that I listened to my XS last night first time ever having completely written it off. It was surprisingly good. In fact from my short listen and comparison of Suncity album using Tidal I was unexpectedly enjoying the music more from the iPhone XS - better clarity and immersive. I used the standard apple headphone adapter on the iPhone and Fidelio X2 for listening on both.
    I intend to listen to some local HD music and really figure out if the iPhone is really better to my ears or if it just the case of Tidal/Album/X2 combination that worked well. GL
     
  3. precisionmike
    Hey thanks for the detailed feedback, I appreciate it. Since I wrote that post, I am been able to determine that my v30 was defective, hence all of the phone related issues. I purchase just over a year ago but had registered for their 2-year warranty. They are replacing the unit. I did another audio comparison of the units. The Iphone seems to have an artifact that is simply annoying. I cannot put my finger on it, harshness in the midrange. I wonder if the XS and XR have the same audio section?
    I was thinking of the idea of using the v30 as just a DAP, but I am not wanting to carry both. At this point, I think I will go back to the v30.
    You mentioned UAPP, I have never heard of it. I was using Neutron on the v30. I wonder if UAPP is better? Thanks again.
     
  4. phiemon
    Don't know: I compared the V30 and the iPhone X with Apple-Adapter and I could notice barely any sound quality difference between both. So I decided to stay with the iPhone X. I have the Campfire Andromeda.

    The Samsung S9 sounds noticeably good!
     
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  5. archy121
    Good thing you took out extended warranty.
    I have used Neutron before and now prefer USB Audio Player Pro. It’s just simpler to use without a Frankenstein looking interface. It natively works with the built in V30 DAC and setting up but perfect is straight forward. I also prefer UAPP because it integrates Tidal music which I find handy. UAPP is lacking in some basic features but the developer seems very good. He interacts and takes feedback on these forums. Check out v30 tips and tricks thread for guide on setting up Neutron OR UAPP with v30 properly.

    So now I’m curious why I’m hearing the iPhone XS better than you. Wondering if my V30 is faulty ??

    What track and setup do you use to compare the devices ?

    On iPhone Equ and sound normalisation off ?
    V30 in Aux mode ?

    @phiemon as in better than iPhone and v30 ??
    This is creating more confusion for me. I really expected the v30 to standout more from the other two phones going by others opinions.
     

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