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1. gigaraga (Posts: 503; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
Looks really awesome....now all they need to do is build one for Android phones in general! (Mostly the more popular ones of course...)
13. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2089; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Android is generally a mess when it comes to audio quality, especially headphone output. The HTC One M8 is the only Android phone that supports good quality headphone output out of the box (I'm specifically not counting external amps, external D/A, etc.).
Apple still sets the bar, having good quality headphone output on the iPod Touch 5G and iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5C is pretty good too, but is a small step down from the 5S.
For a reference of quality measurements, check this review of the iPod Touch 5G. Keep in mind this is a 2012 device. Here we are two years later, and there is only one Android phone that has output quality similar in quality to a $229 iPod.
3. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 733; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Funny that according to GSMArena or even PhoneArena Wolfson powered phones are not on top. Inform yourself a bit and you will find that HTC and Apple phones currently have the best headphone output.
5. Bootutu (Posts: 184; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
Read experts review not some blog testing, every flagship phone on GSMARENA performs awesome, if you know anything, Wolfson DAC with right implementation blows everything out there, qualcomm and cirrus logic can't touch wolfson, you clearly don't know anything about audio.
7. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 733; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Honestly i don't think GSMArena would say the M8 has the best audio quality output of a mobile device so far including tablets if it wasn't. And i'm talking about out of the box configuration, i had a WM8994 powered device with Voodoo sound and it sounded awesome, most DACs nowadays are good enough. The thing i like about HTC's headphone output is the inline amp they use.
8. McLTE (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
You must be confused about this article.. this is about an EXTERNAL amp. Arguing that the "out of the box" sound is "good enough" really shows that you aren't an audiophile.
Bootutu was talking about preferring Wolfson for EXTERNAL applications, I'm assuming.
14. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2089; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
I believe you are right and Bootutu was referring to an external amp, but CanYouSeeTheLight has a good point. HTC and Apple offer devices that offer really good audio quality with many headphones without requiring an external amp.
It is somewhat ironic that this Kickstarter company is focusing on Apple first, as they have the least need for an external amp that is meant to be carried around with the phone.
There is a far greater need in the Android world, especially all of Samsung's Qualcomm-based phones. The Qualcomm versions of the Galaxy S4, S5, and Note 3 could all benefit from a high quality headphone amp. Qualcomm may do many things well, but providing high quality headphone output is not one of them.
6. buccob (Posts: 1309; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Yeah I also noticed that since the release of the Galaxy S II... it was said to have great audio quality, but to my ears, my Motorola Atrix was miles ahead...
Then the Galaxy S3 was said to have also amazing sound with the Wolfson chip, but it did not impressed me much either... my current Sony Xperia Acro S a great experience specially with FLAC files.
10. ocilfa (Posts: 329; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
If your Galaxy S3 was from within the US, then you never had the Wolfson chipset in the first place, just Quallcomms own chip. No wonder you were not impressed.
12. buccob (Posts: 1309; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
I had the international version.. bought factory unlocked in Germany... still not impressed... though it was a vast improvement over the SGS2... and to my not-so-audiophile-ears on par with the old Atrix and my Xperia Acro S...
I am not saying it was bad... but I have had other portable players in my life that sounded similar or better... and even at cheap prices... The Sansa Clip comes to mind.... and my Archos AV500 was another... (though Creative players were also very good)
I never had a Zune... but they had the reputation, so I wonder if Nokia/Microsoft have the same audio quality in their devices... Anyone knows?
4. Bootutu (Posts: 184; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
Read experts review not some blog testing, every flagship phone on GSMARENA performs awesome, if you know anything, Wolfson DAC with right implementation blows everything out there, qualcomm and cirrus logic can't touch wolfson, you clearly don't anything about audio.
9. adwienc (Posts: 125; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)
Shame that iOS7 music player is just bad, iOS6 was good but nothing beats PowerAMP
11. DnB925Art (Posts: 142; Member since: 23 May 2013)
If you have/had a Samsung phone, only the Exynos/Hummnigbird (not the Snapdragon ones) have the Wolfson DAC. My Galaxy S Epic 4G, Nexus S 4G, and Galaxy Note 2 (Sprint) all have the Wolfson DAC.