LG V20 will be the first smartphone to carry a 32-bit Quad DAC chip

LG V20 will be the first smartphone to carry a 32-bit Quad DAC chip
LG announced today that the LG V20, which is expected to be unveiled on September 6th, will feature a 32-bit Quad DAC. That would make the device the first smartphone to carry such a component. The digital to analog converter (DAC) allows digital files to be converted to analog so that they can be heard by the user.

LG says that when using wired headphones, the Quad DAC feature "delivers a crisp and clear sound that comes closest to a live performance." Compared to a traditional DAC, the Quad DAC chip to be employed by the LG V20 will produce 50% less ambient noise. The company that is making this part for the LG V20 is ESS Technology, the same firm that supplied the 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC used in the LG V10. LG says that the 32-bit Quad DAC is the "lynchpin" of the many multimedia features that will be found on the LG V20.


The latest rumored specs for the LG V20 include a 5.7-inch screen with a 1440 x 2560 resolution. There will be a secondary screen like the one found on the LG V10. The Snapdragon 820 SoC will power the handset, carrying a quad-core CPU and the Adreno 530 GPU. 4GB of RAM is inside, and a 21MP camera will grace the back of the unit. There will be a dual camera setup in front, similar to the selfie snappers on the predecessor. Android 7.0 will be pre-installed.

source: LG

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  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(14.17h talk time)

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38 Comments

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I thought most audio streamed over the internet is 16 bit though. How much better would 32 bit audio sound than 16 bit, if you have the proper amp setup and nerd stuff? I'm dying to learn more about audio and stuff.

7. w1000i

Posts: 251; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

it has nothing to do with 32bit or 16bit, Its mean the DAC is fast and can process sound data more accurate which will extraxct more detailed and smooth sound

16. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

Although it may look like something really cool I don't think many users if any will take advantage of this, if your file is less than 32 bits you would not hear the difference because the information is already lost in the conversion to a digital format. I'm not even sure if I can hear the difference between 16 and 24 bits audio files on a mobile device and I'm using an external fiio DAC + Amp, neutron player in usb otg DAC mode and a nice pair of Sennheiseir cans on my phone, also every song file at 32 bits will be like 200mb assuming it's a lossless file (otherwise there's no point in 32bit quality) and they will be hard to obtain since a traditional music CD goes up to 16 bits and some online music stores offer 24 bits songs at most.

18. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Is there even a discernable difference after 24bit? All marketing if you ask me.

29. rsiders

Posts: 1988; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Pretty great marketing at that. The DAC was praised on the V10 and with a great pair of headphones(Moto Z? iPhone 7?) you can tell the difference. At least it's something that will stand out.

24. ph00ny

Posts: 2065; Member since: May 26, 2011

I think the quality of the DAC is very important more so than 32 bit

28. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

32. TBomb

Posts: 1632; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I took that more as a "why you dont NEED 32 bit DAC"... more than "why you dont want..."

36. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Not only 32bit DAC but also a truely impressive camera please.

2. cheetah2k

Posts: 2288; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Would have been awesome if this was the next Nexus phone :)

3. jessy90

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Okay just place a big battery so i can listen to hours of music and have fun recording plenty of videos. Im excited about this multimedia rich device. Place the wide angle camera at the back and only 1 8mp wide angle camera at the front with zoom capability.

4. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Good feature but not something that will make sales in large numbers. LG should sit and think what are the key features that can make their phones sell well. The modular approach had and still have the potential but need fool proof implementation.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

They will most likely abandon the modular gimmick in their next model. LG is not big on follow through and supporting their user base. That's why they have zero fan base.

5. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

LG V10,Meizu Pro 5, HTC 10, ZTE Axon Pro 7 and now this V20.. they all have DAC. Which one is the best guys?? ._.

21. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

When it comes to audio, noone beats HTC

23. ph00ny

Posts: 2065; Member since: May 26, 2011

How so? LG G5 did have b&o addon All exynos samsung uses wolfson (whatever they're called now) DAC for audio output

26. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

But the Wolfson isn't as loud. Your talk about LG G5s accessory is irrelevant because the Moto Z has JBL speakers, doesn't mean that it has the loudest smartphone speakers. LG G5s stock 3.5mm jack is crap. For hip-hop, house, trance and electronic music, the HTC M8 is still the king. For clarity and loudness in almost all genres an Axon and Meizu, you'll have to check reviews for specific models (I never remember their names). Moto X Style/Play, Z/Z Force and the iPhone 6+ have the same sound on the jack. If you want a loud jack, stay away from Sony, LG, Samsung (apart from a few models), Huawei, Xiaomi and other no-name Chinese brands.

33. fyah_king unregistered

But the speakers in htc from M7 to the 10 were never loud, though. Sure, their 3.5 head jack is loud but I don't care about that. I hate wearing headphones when I am running.

38. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

The 10 isnt as loud but if you really want the loudest stereo speakers then there isn't much options except the Moto X Style.

6. gws898

Posts: 24; Member since: May 31, 2013

I hope they just put 4100mah battery like on the LG X Power.

10. fyah_king unregistered

I agree, cause the V10 battery life was atrocious.

19. KParks23

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

That's in Line with most there phones

27. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

possibly, since V20 is noticeably thicker than V10 :D

9. fyah_king unregistered

I just want loud and nice sounding speakers.

11. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Better battery than the V10 please and hope it's not a modular phone.

12. JustWantNewPhone

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 04, 2016

Dual front camera in latest rumor? Did I miss the news?

13. JustWantNewPhone

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 04, 2016

It would be such a waste! If V20 using bottom speaker, while it get powerful DAC.

14. Pabliell

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

LG says the DAC will be IN V20, which means there will be no DAC extension like in the G5. Meaning no need for modularity. Previously leaked renders are fake.

15. Pabliell

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

LG says the DAC will be IN V20, which means there will be no DAC extension like in the G5. Meaning no need for modularity. Previously leaked renders are fake.

17. GMS85

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Music to my ears!

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