Stereophonics: new HTC One M8 BoomSound speakers vs Xperia Z2 S-Force Front Surround

Stereophonics: new HTC One M8 BoomSound speakers vs Xperia Z2 S-Force Front Surround
When it became clear that the Sony Xperia Z2 flaunts stereo speakers, its S-Force Front Surround set was immediately pitted against the HTC One BoomSound speakers. The audible conclusion was that the speakers on the Z2 are stronger than the BoomSound couple on the One, but HTC's output is cleaner.

With the new One M8, however, HTC upped the ante in the stereo speakers department, saying that they are 30% more powerful than before. To put this claim to the test, the upgraded BoomSound set was once against thrown in the cage against the Xperia Z2's S-Force Front Surround system. 

The result is very encouraging for prospective owners of the One M8. We can clearly hear a sizable improvement over last year's HTC One, putting the new BoomSound set on par with the Z2 in terms of output volume this time around. Thankfully, the new HTC phone has preserved its better clarity, and the more rounded sound, compared to what the waterproofed speaker set in the Z2 can produce. The only negative remark is that the One M8 sounds a bit tinnier than the Z2, but, hey, the chassis is indeed made out of 90% metal, after all.

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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)
Xperia Z2
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(19h 3G talk time)

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41 Comments

1. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

You'll never go wrong with either device. Engineering at its best.

10. limporgyuk

Posts: 371; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Well said, I don't know why there is so much animosity from Sony fans towards HTC fans (just what I have noticed since Tuesday)

14. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

No true sony fan gonna hate m8, only wanna be/pretending to be a sony fan hate m8. But i have a feeling that z3 gonna distroy each and every phone on planet.

34. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I'm a Sony fan and M8 is my favorite Android device right after the Z2

35. matty1323

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I totally agree, well said. They are both great looking devices. I am chomping at the bit at the chance to upgrade my Z1s on Tmo to the Z2. The improvements from the Z1 have me dying to pull the trigger. I'd probably be favoring the M8 if it wasn't for the Sense UI, it's just not my cup of tea.

2. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Both these phones put the Samsung S5 to shame.

6. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

no it doesn't

8. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

yes it does

13. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Yes, they do!

39. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Next year they will also..

23. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

By the end of the year S5 will be laughing at them and would dance using their BoomSound and Surround Sound speakers' music in the background. :P :P :P

41. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

It's actually sad because it's true.... Xperia Z2 for me.

3. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Knew this was slated to happen but the Z2's speaker is still miles ahead of what the other manufacturers except hTC offer.

4. lee480 unregistered

Fun fact: Sony's sound business is older than HTC and its CEO.

5. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Wow I'm impressed by both. HTC One make better sound stage and acoustics, but Z2 speakers are more louder.. so it's personal preference. :)

12. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

i think without the waterproofing, the Z2 speakers wouldve been much louder. like e guy said in the video, water proofing muffles the speakers. but no matter what device u choose, u cant go wrong with either. both put the speakers in other phones to shame.

15. Amir1 unregistered

yeah, but it's MUCH better to have water and dust proof AND powerful speakers then just powerful speakers. it's no brainer! Z2 it is. no comparison.

18. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

I agree with you.

7. karkavelas

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 25, 2013

HTC m8 is the winner for me even though the z2 is also good but on the one m8 the sound is cleaner and better sound quality.

17. Amir1 unregistered

dude, they are more or less the same, BUT Z2 is water and dust proof. you will get similar experience from Z2 + water and dust proof and much more that the m8 doesn't have.

25. karkavelas

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 25, 2013

It's the same for you not for me and I think if you hear them live the different will be bigger... About the water and dust thing I don't care because I would not risk to give 600 and more dollars to put it in the water.

37. Amir1 unregistered

you won't hear difference in speakers in a regular use. i assure you. but you will hear your M8 die if it happens to get wet. oh, wait, you won't. it will just die and then you wish htc "advantage" will give you a new phone. they just cover the display in the first half. oops. too bad for you. sony is genius for implementing true water and dust proof on expensive device.

28. jad.boutary

Posts: 107; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

the same for you but htc 6th sence is the best :D way supperior than other software

9. dome888

Posts: 86; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

One + 30% more bezel lol

16. Amir1 unregistered

and 30% more thickness. unjustified fat piece of brick.

11. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

How can you compare Sony to HTC? Sony makes all kinds of electronic devices,and S-force is just another step in Sony's sound department. Xplod might be next on Z3.

40. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

I see a subwoofer add-on like a QX-100 setup. LOL at Xplod.

19. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

If sony remove the waterproofing filter on Z2 speakers, I'm sure the sound will be much better than the M8.

20. papss unregistered

I hear a bunch of IF's.. We can all do that with every device or thing

21. limporgyuk

Posts: 371; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Too true, Sony fans are getting worse than Samsung fans IMO.

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