iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S vs iPod Audio quality?

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  1. DeadeyeM macrumors member

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    Hello there, can any one comment on audio quality for these devices? I've head that some like iPhone 5 some don't, some prefer iPhone 4S or iPod for better audio quality, just wanted to know your opinion guys/girls :)
     
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  3. scaredpoet, Mar 24, 2013
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    Audio quality is subjective, sometimes even imagined. So you're going to get all kinds of different opinions on this.

    There are slight differences in the hardware used to decode and play back audio, but your listening experience is more likely to be affected by the quality of the sound file, and the type of headphones or speakers you're using. Both of which are interchangeable on any iDevice.
     
  4. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Honestly asking "audio quality" from a phone is like talking power on a Civic.

    The "serious" audio people seem to pair their portables with an external headphone amplifier + (NOT) stock earbuds. Go headfi.org if your are serious.

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    Am guessing 9 months but not a whole lot of air hours? ;)
     
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  6. DeadeyeM thread starter macrumors member

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    i'm not serious but more curious :)
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    Sorry needed to mention that i'm talking about audio out from 3.5 using earbuds. Right now i'm having GS3 but i just feel that it's laking in audio. eh i wish i had an iPhone 5 to compare it.
     
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    Go to the apple store.


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  8. Blondie :) macrumors 6502a

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    This. In order to drive good quality headphones, you need an amplifier in order to drive the speakers properly. Since I'm not really going to carry one of those around with me, I just use the stock earbuds the iPhone 5 come with. Doesn't sound as good as my studio headphones, doesn't sound as bad as apple's last earbuds. Subjective subject really, depends on who you're talking to.
     
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  10. Mrbobb, Mar 24, 2013
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    Then u prolly want to go to the direction of, How can I make my GS3 sound better. Quick A, as mentioned above, file encoding quality and headphone. Beyond that, more seroiusness (legwork) will be required.

    All here people can tell u are their subjective opinions. Ppl who are contemplating switching smartphone for audio purposes is a bit odd.
     
  11. Born2bwild, Mar 24, 2013
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    The iPhones and iPod touch have very similar sound quality (the 4S slightly edges out the 5). The iPads lag slightly behind, and android phones (even high end ones like G Nexus and SGS3) typically have worse sound quality than iPhones.

    Of course keep in mind, when I say 'good' I mean for a phone/portable music player. Because no phone can compare to an excellent DAC and AMP.

    Here is a comparison of Audio Quality from engadget:
    FIIO E17 (reference): 298/300
    iPhone 4S: 289/300
    iPhone 5: 275/300
    HTC One X (global): 239/300
    HTC One X (AT&T): 227/300
    GS III (Sprint): 215/300
    GS III (global): 213/300

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  12. Muscle Master macrumors 6502a

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    Actually.. The international S3 has the Wolfsan DAC.. Pair that to the Voodoo app.. It's the best sounding phone on the market!
     
  13. Born2bwild, Mar 24, 2013
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    Well, the engadget review I posted above used the voodoo app on international GS3, and got mediocre results.

    I haven't tried the voodoo app myself, but I can tell you the stock experience was nothing special.

    But from experience and various reviews, I know that iPhones usually have the best mobile DACs.
     
  14. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    OK so wuffup with dac :) S4 gets 8-core. No respect for Yank!
     
  15. DeadeyeM thread starter macrumors member

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    From what i know there is no Voodoo app for GS3 at least the same one as for Galaxy S. Right now i have this installed it does make it better, but still wandering is iPhone has better:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1923630
     

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