Comparing BoomSound: HTC One M9 vs HTC One M8 speakers side to side


Update: We've made a better, more in-depth comparison here

Well, folks, when HTC unveiled the new One M9, it was finally clear that the company only touched up the phone ever so slightly, bringing upgrades where they are needed, but keeping what users loved about the device intact. Some are disappointed, while others say "Don't fix what isn't broken" – whichever side you are on, you're probably interested in checking out each and every aspect of the phone, see what's changed.

So, what about HTC's famed BoomSound stereo speakers? Sure, they have the same grilles and the same bulk in the One M9 as they did in the One (M8), but is there any difference in the way they sound? Well, we took our time for some hands-on with both phones, hidden in an improvised sound-isolated room, and played the same song on them with volumes cranked to 100%. Of course, we recorded it for your viewing – you can see the video just below.

Our call? We'd say they sound pretty much the same. In the clip, you may catch a slight difference in certain frequencies, but that's more a result of the speakers hitting the camera's mic at a slightly different angle. Otherwise, the detail in sound and the volume strength are pretty equal.

Would you have liked a refined version of BoomSound, or are you happy with how it sounds right now?


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One M9
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2840 mAh(21.7h 3G talk time)
One (M8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)

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45 Comments

1. Industriality

Posts: 131; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

What is funny, is that I can't tell wich one is M9 or M8. HTC really failed this time.

11. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Yeah? Try to distinguish between iPhone 4 and 4S.

12. maherk

Posts: 6960; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The difference between HTC and Apple, is that Apple sticks to the same design for 2 years, while HTC is now going for the 3rd year with the same design.

14. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Doesn't even matter. Both Apple and HTC made good designs and I think it's plausible to stick with the same design. Thus, I don't see if this is a failure by HTC.

24. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Keep telling yourself that. The M9 is going to get eaten alive by the S6.

30. Industriality

Posts: 131; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

Visiblity.

17. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

no, m8 to m9 upgrade should be like iphone 5 to iphone 6.

21. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

I'm talking regarding the design, not specs. It's different.

28. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

what..i'm talking both design and hardware spec.:)

34. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

it's simple, htc one m9 hast a smaller strip with the htc logo below the screen and have a more square outline around the rear camera and thespeaker grill at ftop is much smaller on the m9

2. Biernot unregistered

not impressed

3. Riymod007

Posts: 27; Member since: Feb 10, 2015

I felt M8 is little "Louder & Clear" than M9.

32. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

You right the m8 is louder and more clear

4. Idl4u

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 06, 2015

M8s sounds a bit fuller. Wasn't the M9 suppose to have a much better sound output?... SMH

5. vangoor

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 06, 2015

Regards, HTC.

6. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Can't really hear a big difference.

7. TyrionLannister unregistered

M8 seems superior. HTC, it's time to go back to the drawing board and surprise us the next time.

22. ankitp

Posts: 138; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

i listnd with headphones attached and found out m9 bit louder but cant distinguish the clearity and surround sound

33. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The nest part is the s6 as got better headphones out

8. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

If the 4 MP ultrapixel cam on the back of M8 is now on the front of M9, why are the camera holes such difference in size?

10. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

because the lenses combo might be in different sizes and they also made the camera on the M8 looks bigger when it is actually not that big

9. Idl4u

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 06, 2015

Mobile World Congress voted the lg g3 best phone of 2014. Time to recognize LG. The lg g4 debuting in April is really the only phone that's worth waiting for... Sick!

15. TyrionLannister unregistered

You better find a good medicine. You sound really sick.

13. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Same. What a fail.

16. ander204

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

M8 sounds better to me.... is it just me? or is the recorder problem?

18. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

well i was hoping for it to beat the Nexus 6's stereo speakers which can produce great sound in term of loudness and details

19. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

More of the same htc! and imo dual camera with round shape is better design than the camera design on m9, fail.

20. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

m8 kills m9.hehhhe

23. faddi

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

The M9 is HTC's Galaxy S5. Utter disappointment. Time to show the consumer something new next year and win them back!

25. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

What the hell have they been doing the entire year? The M8 and M9 sound pretty much the same.

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