Noise terror - here are the 10 smartphones with the loudest loudspeakers from 2014!

Noise terror - here are the 10 smartphones with the loudest loudspeakers from 2014!
One of the most overlooked items when choosing a smartphone is its speaker loudness and quality. One doesn't always have the opportunity to test the amplification before plunking down the cash for a new smartphone. Or maybe, at this point we're conditioned to the anemic sound emitted by the tiny mono speakers inside most handsets and we don't give them much of a consideration. 

However, there is the rare unicorn in the form of the HTC One (M8), or Sony's recent Xperia flagships and the Meizu MX4 - those were this year's best surprises in terms of loudness and loudspeaker quality. They certainly elevate the benchmark of what to expect from a smartphone sound system, and even smaller manufacturers aren't oblivious to that. The latest smartphones from Sharp and Vivo, for example, feature high-end digital audio converters that enable functionality such as sound enhancements and karaoke mode. Meanwhile, dual front-firing stereo speakers are becoming the norm for flagship devices. If only they didn't take away so much precious top and bottom space in an industry that's increasingly obsessed with slender frames and minimal bezels!

Here are the 10 loudest smartphones from the past year as measured in our speaker loudness tests at PhoneArena. You will certainly find some unexpected faces! If being able to hear your ringtone over ambient noise is a primal concern of yours, definitely consider going for one of these here loudmouths.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge - 87db


"Sound quality via the single loudspeaker on the back of the phone is fairly loud and clear, and you can even hear some depth to tunes, which is nice. Still, this is not a speaker that can match the industry-leading clarity and depth of a device like the HTC One (M8)." - read the full review.


Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - 85db


"The single speaker of the Galaxy Note 4 has decent volume, but it lacks any depth, making it sound rather thin and distorted. It's not too bad, but it's far from the best we've heard." - read the full review.


BlackBerry Passport - 82.7db


"Sporting two speakers along its bottom edge, they deliver an ear popping 82.7 dB of audio power. No doubt it’s pretty deafening at the loudest volume setting, but there’s a shrill tone that accompanies it – giving it an unpleasant quality." - read the full review.


Samsung Galaxy S5 - 81db


"The sound coming through the speaker is very powerful and actually pretty deep (for a phone speaker). the speakerphone is very powerful, so hearing your callers even in busier environments shouldn't be that much of a problem." - read the full review.


LG G3 - 81db


"The loudspeaker of the phone is quite powerful – it may not be the cleanest one yet, but it sure packs quite a punch, which is very important." - read the full review.


HTC Desire 501 - 80db


"The built-in speaker is average – it's okay in terms of sound quality for a cell speaker, but it's strength is not enough to hear it in noisy environments." - read the full review.


Oppo Find 7 - 80db


"Obviously, watching clips off YouTube, or even the occasional TV show is not an exercise in futility, thanks to that large and crisp display and powerful speaker on the rear. The loudspeaker is pretty strong, and quite clean, but lacking fullness somewhat." - read the full review.


Meizu MX4 - 80db


"Speaking of music, we've got to note that the MX4's mono loudspeaker on its bottom side is very powerful and easily fills a medium-sized room with sound. Audio fidelity is also great for a smartphone. But extras like equalizer and other goodies are only available with earphones on." - read the full review.


Nokia Lumia Icon - 79db


"Whether it’s the internal speaker or the 3.5mm headset jack, there’s no shortage of lovable sounds that are rich with clarity and robustness. With the internal speaker, it nearly pumps out 80 dB of audio at the loudest setting – and there’s no evidence of strain or crackling!" - read the full review.


HTC ONE (M8) - 75.2 db


"Audio fans have a lot to rejoice about with the new HTC One, just because the signature dual front-firing speakers with HTC BoomSound and built-in amplifiers are back for another ride. Showing us it’s serious, they deliver a pounding level of audio quality that’s unrivaled – while maintaining a pleasant audio level that’s accompanied by some subtle bass, making them sound fuller compared to the speakers of most rival phones." - read the full review.


The color codes below are showing which result to which benchmark belongs.

Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better

HTC One (M8)
75.2
BlackBerry Passport
82.7
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
87
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
85
Samsung Galaxy S5
81
LG G3
81
HTC Desire 501
80
OPPO Find 7
80
Meizu MX4
80
Nokia Lumia Icon
79

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36 Comments

1. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Where is the m8?

2. hmd74

Posts: 539; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

HTC One M8 is 75.2 db and not in the list? But Moto G with 74.2 db is in the list!!!

3. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

We got that straightened out. Thank you!

35. pulse

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

The same goes for Moto X 2014: 75.8db that is 0.2 louder than HTC One M8 but Moto is not at all in the article

4. romeo1

Posts: 807; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

The sony e1 had 100db and also isn't on the list im not sure how phone arena tests the sound but i tested the z3 tot the z3tc and the the z3tc was allot louder even louder then the m8. The m8 was a bit louder then the z3 and has more bass then both maybe thats why its not as loud as z3tc? I'll try it in the store again with the bass toned down for the m8

15. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

Oneplus One with 78 is not on the list!

17. palmguy

Posts: 965; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I don't get it. If the Moto X 2013 is 76 and the HTC M8 is 75.2, why isn't the Moto X last on the list? That's my phone by the way. :)

5. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

"noise terror" sounds like a cons for a phone, if it is a cons I agree that,

6. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Where is the iPhone 6 and especially the iPhone 6 Plus ?

7. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

Firstly, neither of them are loud enough to make the cut, secondly the 6 Plus has a quieter speaker so what's with 'especially the iPhone 6 Plus?'

8. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Well as you may have noticed.....iphone sucks!

23. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

lol! typical comment from a typical iphone hater. nyahahahaha! pathetic. if i can't afford an expensive phone, i'll just say it sucks. haha! - LG G3 User

25. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

well, I can afford ip6 and 6 plus at a time but still I will agree with Sigpro that iphone sucks

31. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Not an hater, just my opinion! Once iphones were nice phones, now just minor upgrades no innovation at all! Few friends of mine are truly hardcore iPhone fans, they bought the iPhone 6.........and now they starting to hate it!

36. iOSLMFAO

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

2 year price on a G3 is the same as a 16 gb iPhail, retard. Full price there is a $70 difference. If spending an extra $70 on an inferior phone gives you some bizzare sense of pride, then I pity you. For a vast sweeping majority, $70 is nothing. iphone users, LMAO

9. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Louder doesn't mean better sound quality (fidelity).

26. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

they did the best sonud a couple of weeks ago.

10. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Does this mean that the One M8's boomsound got boom'ed out from the Edge?

11. Rager722

Posts: 622; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

That's but bull! The S5 is not louder than the M8!

12. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Not surprised, sometimes PA's tests are not accurate. Just being honest though.

20. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It is louder, but the depth in tunes and the clarity of the sound on the m8 is unmatched. Many has tried to beat them by adding front stereo speakers, but the built in amps in the m8 is what is keeping it far on top from the rest.

27. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

the moto x uses the same amp, and produces some pretty good sound.

21. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It is louder, but the depth in tunes and the clarity of the sound on the m8 is unmatched. Many has tried to beat them by adding front stereo speakers, but the built in amps in the m8 is what is keeping it far on top from the rest.

13. cozze02

Posts: 124; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Surprised the dual front speaker Nexus 6 didn't make it.

14. hmd74

Posts: 539; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Xperia E1 is 80 db!!! Not in the list :|

16. m.mahdix

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

note edge 87db ! great !

18. palmguy

Posts: 965; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Wow. Is this correct? The 2013 Moto G tied with the highest with 87db.

19. Kadmspb

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

Surprised that Moto X 2014 and Nexus 6 are not on the list for some reason, both of them are pretty loud.

22. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

So I see the Moto G (2013) has 87 dB as well but somehow is ignored??

24. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

ignored? or you're just having a poor reading comprehension? the article title says 2014. duh!!!

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