Check out our side by side comparison of the audio features of three of today’s leading smartphones devices from industry mainstays Sony, Samsung and HTC. HTC make a lot of noise about the updated BoomSound speakers on their new HTC One M8 device, but how much is marketing hewey and how much is crystal clear technological innovation? Let Mobile Geeks help you better understand the relative aural merits of today’s top tier smartphones.
In the video below Nicole lays the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Sony Xperia Z2 and the HTC One M8 side-by-side, taking turns to listen closely to the audio output of each to make a direct comparison in terms of maximum volume and overall clarity. All three companies have also made efforts with the software that drives audio so Nicole also takes time to explore a few of these features. Samsung’s SoundAlive feature for example actually gives you several options including effects that modify the audio playback to mimic a ‘Tube Amp’, a ‘Small Room’ or virtual 7.1 channel audio.
The upshot from this test is that HTC’s BoomSound really does make a difference. When it comes to listening to music on a smartphone most of us would have fairly modest expectations, but it is fair to say that HTC have blown those expectations out of the water with a much more substantial pair of stereo speakers at either end of the device. The only criticism I have, is that they can tend to distort when you playback loud music at full volume. Perhaps the HTC engineers were a touch over enthusiastic when they configured the volume settings.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 are both someway off the HTC One and sound considerably quieter and tinnier in comparison. However it is probably fair to say that the Z2 and S5 sound like smartphones usually sound and that HTC and the One represent a game changer in terms of live audio playback. The Samsung Galaxy S5 however would probably take the wooden spoon in this head to head in my opinion due to the Koreans using a single speaker setup that kind just sounds a bit cheap and rattly.
Final words. I wonder if waterproofing the Galaxy 5 and the Xperia Z2 actually impacts the capacity for improved audio playback. Both companies have placed water and dust proofing fairly high up on their marketing agenda, while HTC has utterly ignored it. Could in fact these two features be mutually exclusive?