Loud, louder, LOUDEST! Here are the phones with the loudest speakers so far in 2015

Every single time a self-respecting audiophile commits the unthinkable nightmare of listening to music through their smartphone's loudspeaker(s), somewhere, somehow, a kitten perishes. 

This might be a morbid overstatement, but it's true that we those who take listening to music rather seriously will hardly ever subject themselves and nearby people to a cacophony of sounds playing straight through their's smartphones' loudspeakers. In stark contrast, if it's absolutely necessary for an audiophile to listen to some music on their phone, they will most certainly use a high-quality set of headphones that probably cost more than the device itself.

However, the average Joe or the plain Jane hardly classify as audiophiles; the regular smartphone won't bat an eye if they have to play a given music track through their phone's loudspeakers, even at louder volume. Speaking of volume, it should be mentioned that the loudness of a given speaker is by no-means co-related with the quality of the audio playback. As loudness ≠ quality, it is pretty illogical and plain wrong to say that the louder phone has the better loudspeaker(s).

Still, so far we've implied that a phone's speaker system is predominantly used for music playback. Of course, this is totally not the case - it's also used to deliver all the sounds your phone can emit, be it for notifications, alarms, or whatever you can think of. 

Well, we decided to round up the more able-bodied smartphones that have the loudest audio output released so far in 2015. Naturally, the higher the dB measurement, the better, but have in mind that we will also provide a verdict for the audio quality of each phone listed below. 

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 (5.5-inch) - 77.7dB

Pounding out audio through its dual front-firing JBL speakers, they deliver a potent 77.7 dB of power. Unfortunately, though, despite its strong output, the quality sounds a bit thin and light at the loudest setting.

Although it delivers an impressive audio output of 78dB, the loudspeaker on the Meizu MX5 is not impressive. The mid frequencies are engagingly prevalent, which is paving the way for a subpar audio experience that lacks fidelity and depth.

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Motorola Moto G (2015) - 78.5dB

With an audio output of 78.5 dB, the Moto G (2015) doesn't skimp in this category. What about audio quality, though? Here's what we claimed in our review: "Indeed, it’s more than capable of being heard in small and medium sized rooms, but the quality is accompanied with a degree of sharpness at the loudest setting that tends to give it a subtle amount of strain".

Huawei P8 Lite - 79dB

Clocking in at 79dB, the Huawei P8 Lite is a power-clad munchkin. Yet, it's not all moon and roses. We found out it "sounds too high-pitched and shrill-toned", which is a prerequisite for not so impressive experience. Still, adjusting the volume to the middle setting is a workaround, of sorts.

LG G4 - 79dB

LG's current flagship delivers a whopping 79dB of output. But what does our review of the device have to say about the audio quality? "Naturally, there’s plenty of ample volume to let music travel far in small and larger spaces, but it lacks that level of vibrancy and robustness with its quality. In fact, it sounds pretty flat unless we adjust its equalizer setting." Ouch.

ZTE Axon Pro - 80.3dB

The Axon Pro truly wooed us with its loudspeaker. "When playing music through its internal speaker, we are blown away by the intensity of its volume output, which is indeed deafening at an outstanding mark of 80.3 dB, but it never sounds shrill or irritating. It simply commands authority," as per our review.

BLU Pure XL - 80.8dB

The Pure XL is a pleasant surprise. "Starting with the rear-firing speaker, it’s undoubtedly commanding with its 80.8 dB output – a tally that’s remarkably potent and powerful, so it’s extremely deafening with its tone! Not only that, but the ample bass and treble that accompanies the output gives it impeccable dynamic range." Certainly, an unpretentious device to be reckoned with!


Xiaomi Redmi 2 - 82dB

The Redmi 2 will blast your ears with the 82dB of audio output it delivers. As far as quality is considered, "the single speaker on the back blasts out tunes in a fairly loud and clean manner, and while it lacks any depth, we do like the sound quality."

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active - 83dB

The sturdier version of the Samsung Galaxy S6, the S6 Active, is surprisingly the loudest phone of 2015 so far. "Volume isn’t an issue with this one, but the quality has a strained, overly sharp tone at the loudest setting – so it doesn’t necessarily sound pleasant to the ear, unless the volume is dropped a few notches. This can be the result of the grill laid over the speaker."

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Measured at 1m distance. The higher the number, the louder (not necessarily better) the speaker.

dB Higher is better
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5")
Meizu MX5
Motorola Moto G (2015)
Huawei P8 lite
ZTE Axon Pro
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Samsung Galaxy S6 Active



1. w1000i

Posts: 251; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

Loud BUT Distortion >>> Bad thing The best speaker the one in HTC M7/8/9 >>> true clarity

4. TyrionLannister unregistered

For me, loudness over clarity any day in phones. I don't use phone speaker to listen to music, and I never will because they suck. HTC phones just suck less. I just want to hear the alarm and ringtone even in loud environments. If I want to listen to music, I'd rather use my headphones or use proper speakers.

13. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I prefer clarity always. I always have my phone on silent anyways.

17. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

I listen music on speakers most of the time bcoz head phones give me ear ache. I prefer depth and bass over loudness. Clarity is more important than having a loud noisy sound

38. murphslaws

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 22, 2015

You need better headphones.

30. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

People prefer loud when making call, not listing music, clarity is. To say that using headphones is better is solely depending on culture, my country dislike headphones because it will end up inflammation on ears, we listen more than 2hours

8. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Best speakers is the One M8? Probably yes but not the M9, too much treble, too litttle bass and it's not even louder than the M8 Most of the phone on PA's list I havent got a chance to put my hands on, but for me the Nexus 6 has the best dual speaker in town Loud enough, great details and it just sounds bassy and powerful that feels more like a portable speaker

40. YourKnowledge

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

Nexus 6 has some impressive dual speakers, indeed.

12. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I agree. HTC has the best quality speakers. For instance Nexus 6 is very loud but quality is distorted.

39. YourKnowledge

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

I don't think you heard a Nexus 6 before, so why say that?

41. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I doubt you haerd HTC. Do research too that will help to distinguish quality vs dB

43. YourKnowledge

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

I wasn't talking about dB!!!!

44. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I don't understand then what is your point? Listen to that quite a few front facing speaker phone comparison here long 16 minute comparison :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ey-xg45Dmfk

45. YourKnowledge

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

YOU SAID "For instance Nexus 6 is very loud but quality is distorted" THEN I SAID "I don't think you heard a Nexus 6 before, so why say that?" SO, i was talking about you saying that Nexus 6 is very loud but has no quality. That's pure BS bcuz unless you have some special made HTC then Nexus 6 and HTC m7,m8,m9 sound almost identical. Nexus 6 has same quality as HTCs. I have all of them just so you know, but if we compare both of these to the rest of the world then they would be at the top of the chart. Although, the HTC m9 doesn't sound as good as 7 and 8. That's just my opinion. Thanks.

46. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Keep your capitals down because you look stupid. I know what I said but somehow anything of what you said lacked any back up.I didn't say M9 though M9 still has a more refined speaker quality than Nexus 6. I haven't seen your smartphone collection I bet you are very proud of it :) I bet you skipped the video because Btek said: Although N6 is loudest but when it gets too loud it looses it's quality a bit. That is my point. Indeed M8 sound better than M9. Sadly and steady HTC loosing the grip of everything best they've created.

47. YourKnowledge

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

Well your POINT is stupid. You must've heard a bad made Nexus 6 and should be replaced immediately. I don't need to watch any videos to see what sounds come out of them. Plus, that's his opinion, your opinion and i have my own opinion as to what i hear so why not get a life and stop making it seem like you're right and that's exactly how it is. Don't compare a video to real life scenarios.

48. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

No, that unit of N6 was not faulty when Btek review he would mention that. People like Btek are professionals that make living out of it so they have more legitimacy than an ordinary person. And his opinion is based on the test that was recorded and in comparison to other phones. Why would I take your word for fact? No I wouldn't.Further more you are empty handed so anything you said in contrary to my statement. You do behave like a troll and for this reason this conversation goes nowhere and is pointless. Bye

49. YourKnowledge

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

You don't think straight, get some meds b4 is too late. Btek or whatever have their own opinion and it just seems like Rocket Science for you to understand how someone's opinions aren't necessarily right (they're just thoughts) - Thoughts you seem to lack. Peace.

50. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Even further more you prove how moronic you are. Every time and again you try to defend your narrowness and incapability to do logical conclusions you shoot your self in your feet. My apologies for being so straightforward.

51. YourKnowledge

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

I don't need to prove anything to anyone but rather you're the one who tries so hard to prove to me and the rest of the world that Bfk is right and that that's a fact. No, facts are facts and opinions are opinions. So sad you're malfunctioning, seriously, are you ok? FACTS and OPINIONS are 2 different things douche. We all have different opinions. Deal with it.

52. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

You are moron indeed. The rest of the world? What does it have to do with the rest of the world? We are having debate here that's all it is. To prove you? I have nothing to prove to you I am backing up my facts because you challenged my statement. Comprende ?! You can't even discern fact from opinion. Fact is I got facts you don't. You even refuse to check, investigate on facts your self. Why? because you know your believe is not backed up by facts and you think with your rear. Lots of emotional comfort clinging . A fact is something that can be checked and backed up with evidence. An opinion is based on a belief or view . It is not based on evidence that can be checked. Educate your self chico do it for your own sake.

53. YourKnowledge

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

Just started laughing. Can't help it. Stop embarrassing yourself.

54. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

"Just started laughing " how did you come up with that like moron ?

55. YourKnowledge

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

Enough boy!

56. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

You should name youself "lost". At least that would be honest.

57. YourKnowledge

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

Go back to school!!!

24. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Note 4 still the loudest lol

33. barondebxl

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Moto X 2015 smokes the hTCS

35. riteshrkm

Posts: 164; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

bt rest all things sucks in HTC ...... i dont knw what happened to camera quality of HTC .dey r poor

2. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

And here I thought my Nexus 6 had some loud sound....

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