iPhone XS Is stereo separation the only improvement to the iPhone XS speakers and is that better?

Hieveryone

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Compared the the iPhone X.

I'm basically asking is that the only difference and also if stereo seperation is even a good thing? Meaning it sounds more...what? Like how does stereo seperation make it sound better? More bass?
 

jerwin

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stereo separation is a good thing. It makes the music sound 3 dimensional (asumming that it was mixed and recorded properly)

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The preamplifier chassis' casework gives the lucky user something of a visceral thrill. It's a custom aluminum casting, machined and finished with a coating of conductive Irridite (clear chromate). This, per Madrigal, ensures a rigid, stable environment in which vibration and microphonic effects are well controlled. The left and right channels are separated by a solid aluminum divider wall (part of the casting), which seals each channel into its own environment. This prevents one channel's electromagnetic noise from degrading the other channel's signal. Since each channel is effectively isolated electrically and physically, the No.32's stereo separation is equivalent, Madrigal claims, to that of two separate mono preamplifiers.
Read more at https://www.stereophile.com/content/mark-levinson-no32-reference-preamplifier-page-2"

but I'm not sure that matters with lo fi phone speakers.
 
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Hieveryone

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stereo separation is a good thing. It makes the music sound 3 dimensional (asumming that it was mixed and recorded properly)

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The preamplifier chassis' casework gives the lucky user something of a visceral thrill. It's a custom aluminum casting, machined and finished with a coating of conductive Irridite (clear chromate). This, per Madrigal, ensures a rigid, stable environment in which vibration and microphonic effects are well controlled. The left and right channels are separated by a solid aluminum divider wall (part of the casting), which seals each channel into its own environment. This prevents one channel's electromagnetic noise from degrading the other channel's signal. Since each channel is effectively isolated electrically and physically, the No.32's stereo separation is equivalent, Madrigal claims, to that of two separate mono preamplifiers.
Read more at https://www.stereophile.com/content/mark-levinson-no32-reference-preamplifier-page-2"

but I'm not sure that matters with lo fi phone speakers.
Ok thank you!

I was asking more for the iPhone speakers.
 

NJHitmen

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Compared the the iPhone X.

I'm basically asking is that the only difference and also if stereo seperation is even a good thing? Meaning it sounds more...what? Like how does stereo seperation make it sound better? More bass?
I don't believe stereo separation is the sole difference between the X & XS (the newer phones seem to get louder, too). But it's a significant one.

As jerwin explained above - yes, it's definitely a good thing. Even on a small device like the iPhone. It's not that it offers more bass. Are you familiar with the concept of stereo separation? The L and R channels on a stereo device are different - this is what makes the source sound directional. Like, as an example, this is what makes the string instruments seem to be coming from one area while the horns are coming from another. Just like you'd experience if you were listening to a live performance.

The sensation of stereo separation is easy to detect in a home setup, or a movie theater. Even a car - any situation where the speakers are placed a significant distance apart from one another. It's more difficult to recreate stereo sound on a small device, because the two speakers are nearly on top of one another. The new iPhones succeed at this, which (imo) results in noticeably better-sounding music than the same piece played on the X.
 

Hieveryone

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Ok folks I’m ready to give the XS a shot. I really love my X speakers and would be willing to sell it for a XS if I can get a good deal. Anyone where I can find a good deal? Preferably gold and 64GB. Refurbs are fine!
 

DougFNJ

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The speakers sound much better, the camera is incredible compared to the X, faster processor. As a phone. There wasn’t the “killer feature” that made the upgrade a no brainer, just a lot of little things adding up to a nice phone upgrade.

Gazelle isn’t a bad spot to look, Swappa is a great source as well. You can get the phone at a great price at this point.