Samsung spent a year perfecting the stereo speakers on the Galaxy S9

Samsung spent a year perfecting the stereo speakers on the Galaxy S9
A leaked retail box of the Galaxy S9 stated that it will sport stereo speakers even before the launch, so we were prepared when Samsung pulled that rabbit out of the proverbial hat. What we weren't entirely prepared for, is how good they sound, and not only compared to last year's Galaxy S8, but also to other flagship phones with dual speaker sets.

That is right, you can finally hear a flagship Galaxy S-line member thunder and roar when loaded with the newest singles! Besides the "tuned by AKG" earphones that the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 also have, the S9 is listed as sporting "stereo speakers," which are again... tuned by AKG, of course; why would Samsung pay $8 billion for Harman Kardon otherwise? 

As to the eventual placement of said stereo speakers - well, given that the S9 sports slightly thinner top and bottom bezels compared to the S8, there is only one way to situate them - at the bottom, and the other doubling as an earpiece. It turns out, however, that it was precisely that top speaker that gave Samsung trouble, and the company spent a year perfecting it to fit in the narrower top bezel.

First off, it had to be smaller than the bottom one to fit among all the camera and sensor paraphernalia at the top. That still made it way bigger than if it was to serve as a regular earpiece, as Samsung enlarged the bottom speaker 50% compared to the one on the S8. As a compromise, the top one in the S9 remained slightly smaller, so the company had to "modify the kinetic structure of the speaker to make sure there was enough room." What this means is that it balanced the output of the two speakers to match perfectly, and still deliver 3-4dB of sound without distortion. That's 40% louder than the output of the S8's speaker, but Samsung had to also keep distortion low, and the sound crisp, so it spent a lot of time isolating the top speaker from the interference of the surrounding magnetic elements. 

Last but not least, AKG experts tinkered with the all-important base to give it a boost, and made sure distortion is minimal at the top end, too. The result, especially with the faux Dolby Atmos surround sound algorithms, well, the result sounds off for itself when you are watching a movie or listening to music on your Galaxy S9 or S9+, you Bluetooth bud-less redneck, you.


source: Samsung

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45 Comments

1. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

TL DR: we spent a year trying to put two speakers in our phones.

26. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 590; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Apple It tooks us 5-6 years to use amoled It took us 2-3 years to waterproof our phones It took us 2-3 years to do wireless charging.

30. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

& then we still aren't able to put under the screen FPS and 512 GB of internal storage. :(

2. Phonehex

Posts: 765; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

It was truly worth the effort. The speakers are fabulous in the S9+ !!

7. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

It's big improvement from previous S and Note series my mom has Note 8 and my lil brother has S9 and the speaker quality is big :)

24. verbalize

Posts: 150; Member since: May 03, 2013

Wow.. That was a waste of time and money. Sounds like your listening thru a tin can.

28. matistight

Posts: 996; Member since: May 13, 2009

True. I'm disappointed. The top doesn't even work when you play PUBG with the mic on!

41. Marcwand3l

Posts: 446; Member since: May 08, 2017

True what? If the sound is mono there is no reason for the top speaker to work.

3. khomeni

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 27, 2018

Yet, they're still low quality piece of s**t. Well done, samsuck.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4250; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Awww poor thing

25. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 968; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Compared to the iPhone stereo speakers it falls flat. Loud isn't better when it's tinny. Listen to both and decide for yourself.

34. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Both blow. My old Axon 7 is better than either.

40. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"Both blow. My old Axon 7 is better than either." Your old Axon 7 has bezels big enough to fit a pair of studio monitors inside so not really an achievement /s

43. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Still sounds miles better than the newer phones listed.

42. Marcwand3l

Posts: 446; Member since: May 08, 2017

>Compared to the iPhone stereo speakers it falls flat.

6. EvilAPi

Posts: 116; Member since: Sep 25, 2017

Sour grapes?

8. drunkenjay

Posts: 1695; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

oh im sorry to hear that. do you want a cup of water?

15. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Cry cry cry hater! You can't do crap to Samsung. Samsumg is king and Manchester is red!

27. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 590; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Really?? From GSMARENA "Not only is the sound stereo, but it's also loud. The Galaxy S9+ placed in the Very good category in our three-pronged loudness test - marginally ahead of the iPhone X and marginally behind the LG V30 in total decibels. The output is clean and full-bodied, and a (strictly non-official) panel of two stereo speaker phone owners at the office ruled it superior to the Pixel 2 XL and the iPhone X in terms of quality." Better than a £1000 Iphone X speakers so Sammy must be doing something good ;)

5. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Meanwhile, apple spent a year making a triple stereo speakers on iphone 7 plus.

9. drunkenjay

Posts: 1695; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

apple spent a year removing the headphone jack.

10. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 125; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Just 2

22. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

@PhoenixFirebird Check again!

44. DareDevil01

Posts: 65; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Your process of elimination skills are poor. All you have to do is cover the bottom left series of holes to realize that you're incorrect. The bottom right holes are for the 1st speaker and the bottom left holes are for the barometer vent. This has been shown in many teardowns of the iPhone 7, 8 and X.

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4250; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Huh???

14. Yousefjaber206

Posts: 115; Member since: Jan 09, 2018

What !! They are just two get your facts straight

23. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

@Yousefjaber206 LOL! Just so you know. It's two bottom speakers and 1 on the earpiece similar to this picture on this article. Have you even tried using an iphone 7/7 plus, 8/8 plus, or the iphone x?

31. drunkenjay

Posts: 1695; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

actually its not. one on the bottom left if the microphone and on the right is the speaker. I have an iphone x and you can just test it for yourself if you have one. cover the speaker with your thumb and play a song.

12. AliBashir

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 18, 2017

Why whenever Samsung or Apple implement a feature even if it is been used with other brands since centuries they make a huge fuss, this feature stereo speakers been used in HTC/SONY /GOOGLE... for years and been with excellent quality and now Sam fans became nuts just when Samsung implemented it "and not perfectly", why the heck Sam fans call Apple fans Isheep??

35. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And, HTC did it better than either. So did Axon on the Axon 7.

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