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In stereo: Xperia Z2 S-Force Front Surround speakers vs HTC One BoomSound

In stereo: Xperia Z2 S-Force Front Surround speakers vs HTC One BoomSound
Sony announced the Xperia Z2 with very welcome special audio features, such as stereo speakers, and a built-in digital noise cancellation. The cancellation solution does the digital signal processing in the phone or tablet, instead of the headphones themselves, while the stereo speakers provide a more social audio experience, if needed. 

HTC was the first one to provide frontal stereo speakers with the One, dubbed BoomSound, and it listed the exact might of its loudspeakers to be 93dB. Sony calls its audio solution S-Force Front Surround Sound, but doesn't give any specifics on the decibels it is capable of pumping out. That's why an audio competition has been staged at the MWC expo, between an Xperia Z2, and an HTC One phone. 

The same tune was loaded on both, and the sound played through the stereo speakers at maximum volume. Granted, the show floor there is quite noisy, but a difference in strength and quality is still audible, so check out the video below, to learn which handset excelled.

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posted on 27 Feb 2014, 02:18 24

1. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


Z2 sounded quite a lot louder & clearer - I was surprised, thought the htc one would still have this one!

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 02:20 18

2. kobainez (Posts: 429; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Yea plus z2 is waterproof! Great job sony

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 13:14 1

45. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


and this is reason i doubt to this result (water proof)
louder sound its not main advantage ..
i think one`s more clear sound specially in call quality.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 07:41

55. vandroid (Posts: 328; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


Clean your ears and watch again the Z2 is clearer

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 01:26

49. amasog (Posts: 350; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


how about the super huge bezel? great job also?

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 03:52

52. fredphoesh (Posts: 10; Member since: 25 Jun 2010)


This test is absolute RUBBISH!

1/ the camera used has a very crap microphone which has TERRIBLE frequency range, completely misses any low-end sounds... so you would NEVER capture what you would hear with your ears using this awful microphone

2/ most of you are using your PHONES to see how it sounds! How idiotic is that... you cannot judge the quality of other equipment playing back on a phone loudspeaker. You HAVE to use a very good hifi or headphones to judge.

@Daniel P, if you used a professional external microphone, the test would be valid, IF listened to on full-range output.

BESIDES all this, the HTC One tested is the old one!!! So WTF is the point?

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 02:32 16

12. eli577 (Posts: 84; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)


Z2 is much clearer with better mid to high tones, I think the Z2 wins here, but need to listen to it in real life to judge.
Anyway, pretty funny accent there Daniel. :D

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 03:32 7

23. aayupanday (Posts: 576; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


The New HTC One would be coming with improved BoomSound.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 22:40 1

48. vincelongman (Posts: 4569; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Hopefully without the Beats bullcrap

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 05:32

29. FoneAddict (Posts: 259; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Me too, i thought the Z2 sounded much louder and clearer. Either way credit to Sony for paying attention to sound quality!

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 08:47

41. XaErO (Posts: 325; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Z2 is a clear winner judging from this video .. much clearer, louder, and the bass was impressive !!

Great job Sony .. really, Nothing.Like.It

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 03:51

51. fredphoesh (Posts: 10; Member since: 25 Jun 2010)


This test is absolute RUBBISH!

1/ the camera used has a very crap microphone which has TERRIBLE frequency range, completely misses any low-end sounds... so you would NEVER capture what you would hear with your ears using this awful microphone

2/ most of you are using your PHONES to see how it sounds! How idiotic is that... you cannot judge the quality of other equipment playing back on a phone loudspeaker. You HAVE to use a very good hifi or headphones to judge.

@Daniel P, if you used a professional external microphone, the test would be valid, IF listened to on full-range output.

BESIDES all this, the HTC One tested is the old one!!! So WTF is the point?

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 05:16

53. nazyr1803 (Posts: 91; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


dude, it's useless if u get angry because the person already said earlier in the video that it is not a suitable condition when he record it..

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 18:46

57. James79 (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


Would love to hear the old wt19i live walkman compared to these - unfortunately the htc is the winner here!

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 02:20 12

3. aayupanday (Posts: 576; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Both are pretty good but the HTC One has better mids...

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 14:54 2

47. mojtaba_mn (Posts: 268; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


Htc one are win So m8 kill z2

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 02:21 8

4. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Z2 to me was louder and more clear, which is awesome. Now stop posting lame articles, i want the article telling me that the Z2 is on it's way to verizon WEWT.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 02:29 1

10. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Yeah, I was surprised at how good the Z2 sounded, and it is waterproof. Sony really pulled out everything for this one. Here's hoping that it comes to every carrier in the US, I know I will buy it on Sprint if it does.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 02:22 8

5. LiyanaBG (Posts: 381; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


HTC ONE WINS better stereo sound

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 02:22 9

6. techperson211 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Clearly the winner is z2. If you're music enthusiast you know from the moment you heard them both

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 02:25 10

7. rantao333 (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 May 2013)


HTc one sound better for me , more instrument can be hear

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 02:27 8

8. ToxiD (Posts: 45; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Let's wait for the HTC M8 as it should get some improvements in BoomSound.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 02:28 4

9. Hyperreal (Posts: 258; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


comparing which one is louder is quite stupid. its not the point.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 03:20

20. amats69 (Posts: 1465; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Indeed!

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 02:29 8

11. mmmanuuu (Posts: 401; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Htc boom sound speaker still rocks !

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 06:39 3

33. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


On a 1 year old device no less. Props to HTC.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 02:32 2

13. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


Two Awesome phones and they have four awesome front surround speakers. End of story.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 02:34 1

14. Doakie (Posts: 2107; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Well someone better forward this article off to Peter Chou. Maybe they can do a last minute bump in the M8 speaker output. Don't let Sony steal your Boomsound thunder HTC.

But also how is it that HTC didn't patent the dual front facing speakers? Because if Apple had thought of it there would be a dozen patents protecting the design.....rectangular phone with matching bezel sizes with rounded corners....gah...stupid Apple...

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 02:36

15. Hyperreal (Posts: 258; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


and moreover sony's speakers are not both frontal.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 04:00 1

26. Scomii (Posts: 25; Member since: 22 Nov 2013)


they are

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