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Does Beats Audio on the HTC Rezound get you excited?

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Does Beats Audio on the HTC Rezound get you excited?

HTC has just announced its very first Beats-powered smartphone for the U.S. market - the HTC Rezound for Verizon! Of course, we've seen the manufacturer produce some other Beats-rocking phones, like the Sensation XE and Sensation XL, but those are for Europe, so the Rezound is kind of special, being the first such handset to set its foot on U.S. soil.


Apparently, HTC has taken advantage of Beats's expertise in delivering top-notch quality sound, in order to enhance the audio experience on its phones. The very idea behind this move is to help HTC customers enjoy music the way the artist intended. This will be achieved by the tweaks that have been made on software level, as well as the obvious benefit of using the bundled Beats earphones. Once you plug these babies in, the HTC Rezound will automatically realize that you are ready to experience the real Beats sound ("thundering bass, soaring midrange and crisp highs," as they put it), and will accordingly set all the special sound enhancements to on.


Of course, we wonder how many of you really consider this whole Beats thing that big. It's no doubt a pretty nice feature and an impressive differentiator for HTC, but is listening to music on your phone that important to you? And could this audio enhancement turn out to be the reason to make you consider the Rezound as your next purchase, over some other high-end phone? Now's the time to sound off, using the poll below!


Other than that, the HTC Rezound for Verizon does seem to be an awesome handset, equipped with all kinds of goodies like a 4.3" HD screen and a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, so regardless of whether or not you're interested in Beats by Dr. Dre, this one is certainly worth waiting for.


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Does Beats Audio on the HTC Rezound get you excited?
45.99%
482 votes
(482 votes) Definitely! I would love to listen to my favorite music on a Beats handset.
43.7%
458 votes
(458 votes) I'm fine with it, but not really excited.
10.31%
108 votes
(108 votes) Not at all. Music on-the-go isn't that important to me.

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posted on 03 Nov 2011, 16:49 3

1. Mastertwiz (Posts: 15; Member since: 10 Dec 2009)


Okay... Let's assume I end up buying the Transformer Prime, and probably the PS Vita. Now I just need to decide upon a 4G phone: Nexus, Rezound, or Razr.

- I'll constantly use my phone for music (beats audio) +1 Rezound
- I'll mainly use my phone for tethering (unlocked boatloader) +1 Nexus
- I'll often use my phone for GPS/Navigation (visibility on the go) + 1 Nexus
- I've got a Fuji FinePix 3D for stills, so the camera isn't going to sway me....
- Obviously I want a future-proof phone (NFC/ICS/TI OMAP 4460) + 1 Nexus
- I want to look sexy (high fashion) while splashing around on the beach (rugged) + 1 Razr

Nexus 3:1 over Rezound and Razr...

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 16:59

3. bokajay (Posts: 11; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


i feel the same. except the camera is important to me I am still not sure whether the Rezound or the Galaxy Nexus is better. The Razr still has focus issues from the samples I have seen and it looks like it has the longest lag still.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 18:39 2

9. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


I like your take on the PSvita :) and importance list.

My list
Call quality +1 Razr
Batt Life + 1 Razr
Camera + 1 Nexus(because of ICS zero shutter lag)
Audio + 1 Rezound
Build + 1 Razr(metal,kevlar, gorilla glass, water resistant, thin)
Speed + 1 Nexus(OMAP4460 vs OMAP4430... SNP FTL)
LTE +1 all of three Nexus, Razr, and Rezound

SOOOOOOOOOO +5 Razr > +3 Nexus > +2 Rezound

Razr FTW

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 21:24 2

16. sgogeta4 (Posts: 391; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


IMO Razr would probably have the worst battery life, especially since it's not removable (I carry two batteries with me). Have yet to see call quality, so I'll withhold judgement for now. Though I'd also give Razr a -1 for the locked bootloader.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 16:50 3

2. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


i like it. But i dont love it. I have a Dell Streak for my phone. And my Music collection is on a 160GB Ipod Classic. With Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones. Haha dont get me wrong. Beats is a great thing. But IMO its all about bass. No true sound clarity unless you go for the high end headsets. And i HATE in ear headphones. Had they given us the headsets that came with the Sensation XL id be all over this. But until then ill rock my Bose. They cost WAY less are way more discreet on ear. and have one hell of a warranty.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 17:16 2

5. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


EXACTLY, I can't stand in ear headphones either. One they are uncomfortable, two it's a pain in the butt just to get them in your ear and get them to stay in, and three did I mention they are uncomfortable?

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 00:32 3

19. KonaStang4.6 (Posts: 5; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


"All highs and no lows...must be Bose."

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 17:15 1

4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


With ICS just around the corner and possibly being released at the end of this month I hate to say it but no. Sure it's nice to have and this phone could be even more of a beast running ICS opposed to 2.3 Sense but as nice as Sense is to look at, it's too much of a power hog and even with a overclocked dual core 1.5ghz processor it still falls behind.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 11:37 1

26. catfacepanda (Posts: 16; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


@RORY, the Rezound has a better processor than the Nexus, 1.5 as opposed to 1.3 on the Nexus. What other phone has a larger processor than 1.5, and that is dual? And the version of Sense on it is 3.5. I don't know what HTC phone you've had experience with, and this is just me personally, but I think Sense is the most stable of UIs compared to what other manufacturers are putting on their phones. I have an Incredible and I keep my brightness on 100%, and my battery lasts me a minimum of 8 hrs with regular use. I know it's all personal preference, but you should at least do a little research and not be so quick to judge specs.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 17:48 1

6. Synack (Posts: 658; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Grrrr what's with all of these phones with similar specs!!! Each have their ups and downs but now it's kind of down to the Nexus and Rezound for me. I think if the Rezound has a sexy body then I may go for it, I want another white phone. Hopefully it's thin. Also, it has a slightly faster stock processor than the Nexus and a slightly better graphics chip with Beats audio. Of course the Nexus has futuristic capabilities and ICS but I'm sure the Rezound will at least get ICS. The only problem I have is the Rezound is gonna have a nasty HTC skin with Verizon bloatware and updates far behind the Nexus. And who knows what battery life is like.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 17:54

7. Synack (Posts: 658; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Nvm can't get it. It's more than half an inch thick..... It's WAY too big and hulky.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 18:33 6

8. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1546; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


that's what she said..

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 19:07 4

12. Synack (Posts: 658; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


love the thumbs down, sorry d00ds I just want a phone thats thin like a supermodel and will slide in my pocket no problem. thin is in! plus the girls loved my white Samsung Fascinate because it was so thin and now the Nexus is even thinner. I think the RAZR is too thin, like Mary Kate or Lindsay Lohan thin, yuck.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 11:38 1

27. catfacepanda (Posts: 16; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Synack, until you've held the Rezound in your hand, you really don't know what you're talking about. This phone is light, and it's definitely not bulky.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 12:10 1

30. Scuba_Steve (Posts: 79; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


Compared to the other phones coming out yeah, it's bulky. It's not even a full mm less than the thunderbolt. The thunderbolt was at least a curved phone. You're looking at a much larger incredible 2.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 21:25 5

17. sgogeta4 (Posts: 391; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


The Rezound has the slowest CPU of the three phones. It might be faster clocked but it's less efficient and overall still slower than a lower clocked TI OMAP (and even Exynos).

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 18:40

10. Snakingmysolid (Posts: 10; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


I'm not too jazzed about Beats if it's going to be overly-bassy. I love bass, but I'd rather have sharp, balanced sound. Hopefully the music player will have an equalizer setting... if not, I'm getting an iPod.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 18:44

11. Snakingmysolid (Posts: 10; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


"and will accordingly set all the special sound enhancements to on." This worries me. Are we going to be stuck with bass boost, simulated surround sound, and all that other crap?

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 20:35 1

14. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


No, there is an option to turn it off. You don't have to use it.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 21:00

15. Snakingmysolid (Posts: 10; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


Okay, sweet. I've never been big on audio effects.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 19:23 2

13. frommars (Posts: 10; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


year of the gimmick is beats audio coby's $4.99 earphone is better than beats earset

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 00:31 4

18. KonaStang4.6 (Posts: 5; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


You're kidding right ? Beats headphones aren't a gimmick. Either you haven't used them, or you can't afford them. People who say that things suck then compare them to a really s**tty item usually can't afford the expensive item.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 06:15 2

21. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


beats audio is garbage.

i have sennheiser HD800s.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 12:14 2

31. Scuba_Steve (Posts: 79; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


Beats are over priced. You can buy production quality headphones for the same price. They're great to listen to your music on but overall they're severly overrated. I create my own music and I'd never rely on a pair of beats to makke sure I'm getting the right sound.

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 12:43 1

35. gtrxman (Posts: 104; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)


Don't assume that if someone doesn't like them, it's because they can't afford them. Beats headphones are NOT audiophile equipment. They're ok but generally add way too much bass. If that's your thing, fine, but good equipment should not color the sound. The goal of any quality audio equipment is to reproduce the recorded sound faithfully and uncolored in any way. The beats software is basically an EQ with bass boost. It's nothing but a silly gimmick aimed at people that don't know any better.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 01:26 2

20. Luuthian (Posts: 199; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


How about a "I keep my music player and phone separate" option?

Either way, hell no. I think it's great they're trying to amp up sound quality on phones, but I don't think that's a primary focus of most cell owners.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 09:49 2

25. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


"I keep my music player and phone separate" option

I actually hate this option after having all my music with me wherever I go (car, work, gym, hallway, campfire, out with friends, on travel) on my iPhone 4.

On a car/plane/train trip, you only need 1 device.....your phone.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 06:44

22. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


This is missing a poll option:

"No, Beats is a s**tty product and a marketing ploy by Monster."

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 11:43 2

28. catfacepanda (Posts: 16; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Well, mctcm, here's a solution: Don't get the phone then. No one is forcing it on you. And you have obviously never heard what music sounds like with Beats headphones. The Rezound is a 4G phone, going to be sold at the same price as the Bionic, $299. The headphones are a free deal. Don't like them? There are plenty of other cheap phones for you, since I am guessing that quality isn't important to you.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 17:10

34. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


you have it completely backwards. quality is so important that i would never regress to this.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 07:58 1

23. Epic09 (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


If there was a 'f**K no!' option in the poll,I would have taken that.Beats Audio is the s**t of s**t IMO since there are WAYY better sounding headphones/IEMs for less then half its price.
Also the Beats tag on the Rezound means nothing since its just a software EQ setting and not a high quality DAC

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 11:45 3

29. catfacepanda (Posts: 16; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


People, the Beats headphones come as a FREE accessory with this phone. It is a 4G phone selling for the same price as the Bionic when it comes out, $299. You realize that there is actually a phone being sold and not just headphones. You don't actually have to use them...

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 17:08 2

33. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Nothing is free, sheep. Headpphones are important but DAC is king

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 08:13 1

24. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


This is one of those "believe it when I hear it" things.

Music is easily the mostly used feature of my iPhone 4. I LOVE music. Just because something is "Beats certified" doesn't mean it automatically sounds awesome, though. It's not like Beats is a prestigious "standard" like a THX certified device might carry for home theaters.

I'm more excited that Android phones are actually coming with quality hands-free headphones. Would these be covered under warranty?
That's what I like about Apple's headphones (although they might not be as good quality as these Beats ones); I use them everywhere (working out, work, on walks, car [handsfree set]) with no fear of ruining them, since they're covered under AppleCare.

So, I'm INTERESTED, just not sure Beats is as huge a selling point as the Beats logo on the rear is trying to make you think.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 12:23

32. Scuba_Steve (Posts: 79; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


The quality of the rezounds speakers have improved, it's just not the headphones. I actully dislike the quality of the speakers on the iPhone or anyphone actually. So I have to admit this is a plus for me, but not a deciding factor.

@catfacepanda

Don't get butthurt if someone doesn't like beats. I understand that it's a better option for phone but people are just picking on beats not the phone. The whole point of the poll is for beats not the phone really.

They are right as hard as it is too hear, Beats are overrated and over priced. The quality is good, yes, there's no doubt about that. However, there are much better headphones for nearly the same price.

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 13:53 2

36. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


No, it's nothing excited. Dre Dre is overhyped and can't give you guarantee that your phone will blow away your stand alone mp3.
It's more marketing trick. Without proper hardware solution this is just a software matter, so it's nothing spectacular.
And it was ported to HD 2 and Desire as well.
I think that RAZR will have better sound quality (if they use the same solution as in Droid X).
N8 has great sound quality (and damn good using external amplifier. Iphone and Ipods too, but a little bit too cold for me.
Samsung was flirting with Bang & Olufsen in the past I think.
And didn't work.
Big Brand Name doesn't mean amazing quality.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 07:49

37. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Agreed, slap all the badges and big names on the box that you want, it's pretty tough to be physics. What do speakers do? They move AIR. Causing vibrations in the air that your ear interprets as sound. There's only so much air a tiny 3mm speaker can move. Plus I think this still just has one mono speaker (no stereo).

Bose does a pretty good job keeping their speakers small using their "patented wave guide" tech, but don't count on this phone to replace your stereo dock.

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