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Old Feb 18, 2013, 03:32 PM   #1
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How does the iPhones iPod compare to the HTC phones that are built with beats inside?

Is there a huge difference in sound quality? I have never owned a beats phone, however I have owned beats earphones and they do sound good, (I use skullcandy fix ones now as they stay in, but thats beside the point) but would the beats engine inside these phones make the music we listen to it sound alot better regardless of the earphones? If so, do you think Apple will compete with this by including a better sound engine? (if that is such a thing).
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 03:43 PM   #2
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I know the beats used to be only software based, basically just eqing the bass and treble up. I am not sure if there is a hardware differences or software changes on new phones, if someone else knows please update.

This link compares many of the top smartphones audio quality

As of yet, I havent found a phone that can drive my headphones as well as my iphone 4s and iphone 5. However, a few android tablets with the wolfson audio chip, rooted, and voodoo sound have sounded better to me (But seem to drain the battery extremely fast)

My Headphones: Beyerdynamics DT770 80ohm, Monster Turbine Pro Gold, Soul SL99, Klipsch s4i.

These arent power heavy headphones, but definitely sound worse if the source has a low quality audio chip.

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Old Feb 18, 2013, 04:04 PM   #3
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I would be skeptical. Sounds like mostly marketing fluff. And I'm assuming that the most audio differences that will be noticeable will be an increase in Bass, as that's a major factor for their demographic.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 04:17 PM   #4
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Actually I really enjoyed the beats on my HTC one X (on the 8X beats just seemed to be audio pre-amp rather than equaliser) and found at least with the One X it made audibly better experience listening to the same MP3 as on my iPhone.

Use beats headphones and the devices will recognise they are beats and give further enhancement to sound.

But with the One X you can enable beats audio on any headset, and even over bluetooth and it still provides really good EQ.

From Smashing Pumpkins to Probot, from James Taylor to Taylor Swift, from Run DMC to Ludacris, it made all types of music sound great.

However on the 8X it didn't do anything other than pre-amp the sound making it much louder.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 04:24 PM   #5
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I used to have Ibeats headphones and my iPhone 5 and out of the box apple headphones sound better

The new apple headphones are very good
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