How does the iPhones iPod compare to the HTC phones that are built with beats inside?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by shenfrey, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    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).
  2. Rangomango, Feb 18, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2013

    Rangomango macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2012
    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.
  3. cnev3 macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2012
    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.
  4. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    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.
  5. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    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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