So, the S9 speakers, can they beat the Marshall, well I don't know but I put them up against each other, and a few friends :-)
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- That was really interesting, even to a non-geek like me! After listening to so many Phones Show podcasts where there was just discussion of the merits of audio quality it was great to get some actual music playback, regardless of any technical caveats.
I listened to your recording on my laptop, using my cheap headphones, and I certainly did notice differences between the phones you tested. I tried to resist any prejudice and.......I thought the Marshall gave the best quality reproduction. It seemed to produce the cleanest and purest sound.
Thanks for putting together a novel and interesting recording!1w
- Thanks Roy. Its hard not to be bias in these things, we all hear differently and we all like different music. I had the privilege of being on Chewing Gum for the Ears with & late last year and its quite clear my tastes in music are way different to theirs, but we all love to just listen through the device some times and its obvious that things are much better than they used to be.
The S9 is a major step forward for Samsung, and the fact that they have decided to put a better audio experience on the Galaxy range is good news. The Note 9 will get the same treatment I'm sure.
The Razer is a beast, and its almost the Marshall London 2 for me, well in fact it is because the ML is really getting long in the tooth, I wonder if Marshal could get a Razer and work some extra magic. The ML is beaten only by volume in that respect.
However its the iPhone that really does fight a great battle here. The 7,8 and X are all great sounding devices and show off what can be done with a water proof setup, and the S9 is very close behind.
I have no idea which is better with headphones other than the Marshall that for me shine brightest, more so than my LG V20 even (I didn't bother with the LG here as its speaker is s***t :-)1w
- Just added a better audio version (I think its louder)1w
- Excellent video, a useful comparison. I was always ambivalent about the speaker quality on a phone. I suppose being immersed in mediocrity for so long. It was a revelation listening to my s9+ with the Dolby atmos switched on. It is a significant improvement over the s8+ I now use the speaker far more. It is good that there are even better phone speakers out there. I hope this current crop create an arms race on speaker quality in the future. I am with Steve and Ted on the importance of decent speakers on a phone.1w
- Liked the track selection. The Marshall still holds its spot.
Found the x, razer & pixel a little tinnier compared to the s9, likely due to the track selection i think.
Not heard with earphones yet. Just laptop speakers
Surprised how loud they got at just 70% volume1w
- Problem with the first video was the sound mostly came out of the left channel so it was hard to tell the difference between. Want the sound central sounding.
I had the volume maxed out and a few times when you placed the phone down it felt like the ground shook. So your mics pick up bass well which helps to tell which can do bass better and in stereo
Second clip you posted has the sound more central but still sounds more left biased, louder though.
Just paid attention to the beats
ip8 & 950 XL sounded harsh
pix 2 & razer beats sound quite recessed, not so good for this music.
ip x, s9 & marshall did the best in preserving the beats
S9 plays them louder, x balances the opposite to the s9 with mids more prominent but beats still present
marshall winning overall with punchier sound3d
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