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Some smartphones in 2014 will come with improved audio, here's how it should sound

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Some smartphones in 2014 will come with improved audio, here's how it should sound
In 2013, phones like the HTC One really pushed the envelope when it comes to sound quality. The dual stereo speakers located on the front showed us that listening to music and just any other audio on a smartphone could be a much better experience. Others like Motorola followed up with such phones as the Motorola Moto X and the Droid Ultra. Even though these two devices feature a single speaker, there is a higher-voltage 9V audio chip (it’s the TFA9890) driving sound and this is one of the things that allows it to come very close in quality to what you have on the HTC One.

Behind all this innovation in speaker quality is a company called NXP semiconductor. The latest Motorolas use 1 NXP-controlled speaker while the HTC One uses two of them, and they are already showing the future of smartphone audio.

The new audio tech that they are developing will likely arrive for 2014’s early flagships and will introduce some slight, but noticeable improvements.

NXP is demonstrating what it will all sound like right now, so your ears can get a taste of it. The new chip TFA9895 audio chip will not rely on boosting voltage up - instead it will take care of delivering good sound at both maximum and minimum loudness.

To do this, it separately controls different frequency bands so when the vocals in a song get loud, there would be no need to quiet down other instruments as is currently the case. The difference will allegedly be noticed by the careful listener. A demonstration of the new technology follows right below.





source: Engadget

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posted on 04 Nov 2013, 10:11 5

1. Taters (Posts: 2681; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Stereo speakers on the bottom is good enough. Front facing is not desirable IMO and yes I owned the HTC One for like 5 months or so.

Until they find a way to do it compromise free, none of these things we don't need such as wireless charging, front facing speakers, 41mp cameras etc should be included in flagships IMO. If you have to compromise battery life, thickness, ugly camera bumps, then I don't want it. If it is absolutely free and I won't notice it making my phone look like a brick(HTC One) or have a diseased hump like the Lumia, then I am all for it.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 10:32 13

2. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 357; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


That's what you want... Not me. I would rather have front facing speakers and sacrifice form factor... That's why we have so much choice.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 10:47 3

3. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 775; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


So you have been hating the HTC One since it came out and know you owned it? I smell a troll. Go back praising Samsung and stop spreading your hate for Nokia and HTC.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 11:23 4

5. Taters (Posts: 2681; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I did own it. Why do you think I hate HTC so much?

Their is a science even to haters. HTC, Nokia, Sony, and Apple fans will hate Samsung automatically because they are a major threat and will start a propaganda train to try and derail that threat.

HTC is not even a threat to Sony or LG. The only way someone can possibly hate them is if they get burned by their products 5x in a row after the media, whom I am supposed to trust for reviews, champion them like they make quality products. That is like the only way which is true in my case.

If the media and their fans admit that HTC sucks, which is the truth, I'll stop.

As far as me being a samsung fan, I am not. I owned the gs2, gs3, and still own the nexus 10 but besides that I just owned like one of their Bluetooth headsets that I bought for 4.99 price matching best or otherwise I would have bought a jawbone or blue ant or something.

The reason i stick up for them is I actually see what they bring the industry in regards to pricing and manufacturing and I notice that they get the most unfair criticism levelled against them while all they are trying to do is give people variety for each income level. So I choose to speak for them against all the retards with really non logical and retarded criticisms against them.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 11:38 4

7. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 775; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


What kind of logic is that? I own an HTC smartphone but i bought a Series 5 Samsung laptop, so your "science" is not that correct. HTC doesn't suck, their quality control does, i just got my One from repair today because it had a camera problem, got it with a new screen and body (looks like new again) after waiting 2 weeks.

Sorry dude, your hatred for HTC is quite obvious and over the top if you ask me.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 20:29

14. Taters (Posts: 2681; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Your acting like a company with poor quality control can not suck. Any company with ducky quality control sucks, period.

Poor quality control is the definition of sucking.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 19:33

16. 14545 (Posts: 1101; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I disagree. I have been burned by them more times than I care to count. The TP2 was the last time I didn't feel let down by HTC. The Thunderturd was the beginning of the end for HTC with me. That was the most gawdawful phone I have ever owned. Halfbaked and should have never been released. Then, being the idiot I was, I upgraded to the rezound, hoping to recapture what had in the TP2. Fail. Extremely lengthy updates, and halfbaked like usual. Don't get me started on the flyer I bought that saw one update. And then there was the poor Jetstream owners(which I can luckily say I wasn't one of). Eventually, you have to stop defending their increasingly terrible actions as a company. They are becoming more apple-like without even giving their customers the updates they deserve. Screw HTC. There is a reason they are failing. I personally use a samsung device now, but it isn't exactly what I want. I just use it because it is the best of what is out there anymore.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 07:13

17. saffant (Posts: 212; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


Had the S2/S3/Note2 and now the Note 3... have NEVER had to replace or get any of the products repaired.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 11:24 6

6. cezarepc (Posts: 562; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


IMO front-facing speakers is the way to go. They just need to put it leaning more towards one side to avoid covering it with thumbs when held in landscape (as in most cases of gaming).

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 12:16 2

9. fronzy (Posts: 5; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Nokia hater spotted!!

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 13:15 1

11. 90ninjas (Posts: 89; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


The HTC One is a brick...? My god do you have baby hands?

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 13:51 3

12. amats69 (Posts: 1019; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Did i read it right? Taters owned an HTC One for 5months? LoL. Funny right? For the sake of trolling you have to pretend that u owned a phone that you hate the most...oh wait you said that htc one is crap right? and htc is crap..so why you bought it? And you have it for 5 months already.oh just be careful, maybe samsung read your post you might lost your job from sammy..lol..i thought you only best in trolling,believe me youre good also on jokes! Lol

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 20:33

15. Taters (Posts: 2681; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


It's not pretend. I can show you receipts for both an 8x and HTC One. Unlike Samsung haters like you, I actually give devices a real go before I bash them. It is called covering all your bases unlike your baseless Samsung hating....

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 11:14

4. sinple (Posts: 99; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


How about just using speaker from the old Motorola rokr phone. That phone already have front facing stereo speaker, with decent bass and volume.it's the only phone that has decent bass till date.

Nokia 6233 is also good

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 11:56

8. JMartin22 (Posts: 762; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Properly placed high quality speakers on the back or side of the phone would be nice. I don't really want to see them add on the bezel for front facing speakers. Also, HTC does suck because of poor quality control. The only thing I find them useful for is moving the industry big guns in a new direction. They usually perfect what HTC does a mediocre job at in most scenarios.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 13:58

13. amats69 (Posts: 1019; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Mr Taters is that u? lol

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 12:29

10. dratomic (Posts: 458; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


seems like phonearena writers have never tested a nokia 5800 before because theyre so into this htc ones dual speakers and are so excited bout it

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