What does phone audio quality depend on
1. xmusicianguy (Posts: 96; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)
I use my bionic with the internal speaker. I was very pleased.
2. Nickmfnjackson (Posts: 101; Member since: 21 Jan 2010)
I had a Nokia 3300 in '03. At the time I was the only person I knew with a phone with mp3 playing capabilities. It was pretty sweet. Also, a comparison between models would have been awesome...
27. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 560; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)
hell yes. the 3300 was oh so special at its time.
3. Rayzin (Posts: 83; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
I am more interested in which phones have the best internal speaker quality and volume.
13. Nick_T (Posts: 163; Member since: 27 May 2011)
The Nokia 600 (now cancelled) was supposed to have the loudest one out there. Perhaps its internal speaker is going to end up on another Nokia handset one day. Select Sony Ericsson phones are pretty impressive. Samsung and LG's are average in general.
4. sgogeta4 (Posts: 393; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)
Decent beginner article on the basics of sound quality on phone. Wish you went into more specifics, for example, the current best codec is made by Wolfson and can be found in the original Galaxy S and a few other Samsung phones such as the Droid. The Galaxy SII's Yamaha is decent but definitely not on the same level as the Wolfson. One big disappointment for me w/ the Nexus is that the audio codec is not a Wolfson (don't think it's even on the level of Yamaha).
14. Nick_T (Posts: 163; Member since: 27 May 2011)
We wanted it to be simple and easy to understand, which is why we didn't dig much into details. And yes, I personally agree that a Wolfson codec sounds great. That Yamaha in the SGSII is not bad by any means, but they could have done better.
15. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
"and a few other Samsung phones such as the Droid"
The Samsung Droid what? Droid is a line, which model are you talking about?
22. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)
@beatsandmelody there is on one Droid manufactured by Samsung... the Droid charge
23. sgogeta4 (Posts: 393; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)
Sorry, didn't reread. I did mean the Charge. Thanks for the clarification.
18. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Not everyone will be able to find the differences between them.
The Yamaha codec is good but I must agree that the Wolfson is better.
5. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4704; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
This was an excellent article. There are many factors to having great sound from your music. I love my Klipsch Image S4 in ear headphones, they are the nicest sounding in ear headphones I can find for the price. They sound just as good as $200 to $300 in ear headphones, for only $70 dollars.
I was not aware that the audio codec in our smart phones make that huge of a difference. I would like to know what audio codec is in the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, since that is the next phone I am getting?
I just went to Google & it says the Texas Instruments TWL6040 8-Channel High Quality Low-Power Audio Codec is the codec. I hope that is a good audio codec because I plan to listen to a lot of music on my phone since I travel for my job quite often.
7. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
i havent heard a clean sound coming from any phones. i would prefer using a dap but its kind of pointless because carrying two or three items when one will do...
17. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4704; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
For in ear headphones they are bad a$s. For work I can’t walk around with those huge head phones like the ones Beats makes.
For in ear the Klipsch Image S4 in ear headphones do the job very nicely. The sound range is incredible, & top notch. You get decent bass, but you will never get bass like those huge regular headphones that make you look like a clown.
Plus the S4's are so much easier to carry & put away. To me I prefer the in ear for portability & convenience. I have too much sh*t to carry & to add some huge headphones would be counterintuitive, plus they make you look silly with those huge things on.
24. sgogeta4 (Posts: 393; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)
The TI codec isn't great, IMO falls behind the Yamaha, which in turn is behind the Wolfson. Beats is crap, you're paying for the marketing, not for quality sound. For the same price point, you can do much better.
6. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
thankyou for this meaningful post i think it should be pinned on top permanently so the noobs will stop gloating about how great the sound is coming from their htc blah blah blah phone.
i hear you sgogeta4
the original galaxy has a much better codec then the htc's. htc's are supposedly known for its great audio, yet its by far the worst of the bunch. i recently loaded some flacs and used it on the 3d and used my etomics er4s and boy did it sound like doo doo.
i would like sony to get on top of things and make a competitive android phone using their engineers from their daps and use them for their next phone. sony is by far the most superior, their daps audio is warm, clean and the drivers are powerful.
apple is ok. i would place in following order
samsung with the wolf
i dont know much about the older sony's and their ripoff specs for a phone and motorola.
28. ToneDef (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Apparently the Wolfson chip combined with Voodoo sound mods really unleashes the sound, so when I get some time soon, I will be flashing my Galaxy S with a Voodoo-equipped ROM. Yipeee!
8. LewsTherin006 (Posts: 140; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)
One of the cools things i found out is that google music is able to upload flac files and it lets you play them. Now you will lose quility because you are streaming it from the internet, but its still cool to know it supports it while my ipod classic doesnt.
9. parthpatels007 (Posts: 53; Member since: 27 May 2011)
GSMArena.com focused on this area almost since the beginning of their website! Happy realization PA. Include them in your reviews soon.
10. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
agree wih SuperAndroidEvo i own the same headphone but now that Klipsch has the S4A for android i want to buy them, headphone are a must for me..i dont use the speaker phone
12. sudhar131998 (Posts: 63; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)
therefore the winniers a re iPhone 4S (earphones) , Samsung Galaxy S2 (both earphones and internal speakers) , HTC Sensation XE (earphones)
please do not refer to this as order wise example 1st , 2nd & 3rd these phones are just listed.
26. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
you are kidding? :)
have you heard iPhones earphones? i have never had or heard worse earphones made in this century... and it's so weird that the most famous portable music players come from apple... i owned an iPod shuffle (got it free from my internet provider) and it had the worst earphones. sound was of good quality, but weak as it had no eq... i digress...
iPhone 4 has terrible headphones that need to be replaced as soon as you buy it.
16. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
RAZR has awesome sound - so loud and clear that my wife complains. Sounds even better with original iphone ear buds.
19. SleepingOz (unregistered)
You sound like you know nothing in audio quality.
25. sgogeta4 (Posts: 393; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)
I believe it has the same codec as the Nexus, which isn't great. Some people can't hear the difference, IMO they're the lucky ones since once you notice, you really need to get good quality audio once you've heard how it can sound like and it's damn expensive.
20. bullwank (Posts: 5; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)
The best and cheapest in-ear phone manufacturer for me is the ones by SoundMAGIC, a previously liitle known Chinese company that was originally a designer for some of the better known companies that make ear phones and headsets. With prices ranging from $20 to $50, they produce some of the best bang for the buck ear phones you'll ever hear!
I found out about them by accident, while lurking in an audiophile forum, took a chance with one of their cheaper models, and had been hooked ever since. I would recommend the models IN-EAR PL30, IN-EAR E10, and the IN-EAR E30. If you want to learn more about their brand; you can always search for their somewhat rare reviews on the internet.
21. Cyd07 (Posts: 83; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)
PL30 are good, really good for the price (23€ delivered with amazon). For those who speak about the quality of Iphone earphones...I still laugh...
Try a PL30 for a week then come and tell me that Iphone earphones are good...and the PL30 are still 30€ earphones, not 100...
29. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 864; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
Go to GSM Arena for sound tests on devices.