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Best smartphones for listening to music

Some people prefer a smartphones for listening to music on a smartphone that offers a good camera. And there are not a few users who love music! For this reason today, we want to talk about this ” special ” on smartphones for audio and music, and as always dispel the classic myth ” one is worth the other ” because unfortunately (or rather, fortunately) not all smartphones are the same, even the most part stops at mediocrity or low quality.

As in the field of speaker amplifiers where there are brands and models that stand out for quality and power, even in smartphones the audio quality is determined by a chip integrated into the SoC (System-on-Chip, the terminal hardware platform) that varies in based on the manufacturer’s specific choices, called Audio DAC (Digital to Analog Converter).

However, it should be noted that all that glitters is not gold, and many features advertised by the various manufacturers on audio enhancements or similar can be revealed as a pure ” placebo ” effect, not changing what are the real parameters that make a smartphone l ideal for listening to music.

The main aspects

Let’s start with some parameters to keep in mind:

  • Output Volume : dictated by the SNR dB theoretical maximums using headphones, every observation will always be referred only to audiophile quality headphones and never to the integrated speaker.
  • Dynamic Range : is the difference (in dB) between the maximum volume that the chip can sustain without distorting the waves and the background noise that it produces (without considering the input noise).
  • Harmonic Distortion : it is the level (in dB) of total distortion on the wave reproduced with respect to the original, the worse the value will be the sound reproduced, and less faithful.
  • Noise : level of background noise produced by the audio chip, based on its shielding level from other components and its architecture / construction.
  • General Quality : completeness of specifications, quality of perceived audio, customization of the system and equalization, and many other parameters.
  • Quality/Price ratio : with the same characteristics, you will find a smartphone with a lower price in the ranking, for obvious reasons of savings in times of crisis.

The best smartphones for those who love music

HTC U11 Plus

HTC U11 Plus (2Q4D100) 6GB / 128GB 6.0-inches LTE Dual SIM Factory Unlocked - International Stock No Warranty (Ceramic Black)
9 Reviews
HTC U11 Plus (2Q4D100) 6GB / 128GB 6.0-inches LTE Dual SIM Factory Unlocked - International Stock No Warranty (Ceramic Black)
  • 4G LTE Dual SIM ; 4G Works with AT&T, T-Mobile ; 3G works with AT&T ; DOES NOT...
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) CPU...
  • Main Camera: 12 MP, f/1.7, phase detection autofocus, OIS, dual-LED (dual tone)...
  • 6.0 inches, Super LCD6 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors.
  • Package Content : HTC U11+ (2Q4D100) , Earphone , Charger , Data cable. PLEASE...

On the highest step of the podium, we could not find a jewel of HTC. Also HTC U11 Plus winks at the audio department, offering a brilliant sound to the delight of all music lovers thanks to BoomSound speaker.

HTC U11

46%
HTC U11 with hands-free Amazon Alexa – Factory Unlocked – Sapphire Blue – 64GB
296 Reviews
HTC U11 with hands-free Amazon Alexa – Factory Unlocked – Sapphire Blue – 64GB
  • WORLD'S FIRST SMARTPHONE WITH HANDS-FREE AMAZON ALEXA: Always on microphone...
  • ONE OF THE HIGHEST RATED SMARTPHONE CAMERAS EVER: DXO mark of 90: 16 MP front...
  • WORLD'S FIRST EDGE SENSE SQUEEZE: Squeeze the sides of the phone to open and...
  • STUNNING DESIGN: Sleek curved glass wrapped around a rigid metal frame with 5.5"...
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)

Smartphone really innovative this HTC U11, which lends itself really well to play music. The merit of the integrated 24-bit DAC, which is able to give a high sound quality. Excellent stereo speakers that thanks to the BoomSound effect achieve excellent performance. The audio jack is missing, but the USB Type-C headphones also have an integrated DAC.

LG V30

LG V30 US998 64GB GSM + CDMA Smartphone (AT&T T-Mobile Verizon Sprint) Factory Unlocked
45 Reviews
LG V30 US998 64GB GSM + CDMA Smartphone (AT&T T-Mobile Verizon Sprint) Factory Unlocked
  • DOES THIS DEVICE NEED A SIM CARD: Yes it does (NANO Sim card Enclosed) Being...
  • WHAT FREQUENCIES DOES THIS DEVICE SUPPORT: Well this device suports...
  • HOW LONG CAN I EXPECT THE BATTERY TO LAST ME: Well the battery size is 3,300 mAh...
  • WHAT CAN I EXPECT OUT OF THE BOX: Well the V30 comes running Android 7.1.2...
  • WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT LG 2ND YEAR WARRANTY: LG supports a second year...

A jewel of the LG house, the V30 model offers a truly incredible audio experience. All this is due to the Sabre ES 9218P integrated processor. In practice, it is a quad DAC that greatly increases the audio performance. The cuddies supplied are then marked bang.

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Apple iPhone 8 4.7', 64 GB, Fully Unlocked, Space Gray
84 Reviews
Apple iPhone 8 4.7", 64 GB, Fully Unlocked, Space Gray
  • 4.7-Inch (diagonal) widescreen LCD multi-touch display with IPS technology and...
  • Splash, water, and dust resistant
  • 12MP camera with Optical image stabilization and Six‑element lens
  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • All new glass design with A color‑matched, aerospace‑grade aluminum band
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 5.5', 64 GB, GSM Unlocked, Space Gray
26 Reviews

Among the best smartphone for music, we could not insert the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. These are the latest in the Apple house. The audio processor is Cirrus and is an evolution of the model mounted on iPhone 7. It defends well, but it is perhaps not as bright as other Android smartphones.

LG G6

20%
LG G6 - 32 GB - Unlocked (AT&T/T-Mobile/Verizon) - Black
232 Reviews
LG G6 - 32 GB - Unlocked (AT&T/T-Mobile/Verizon) - Black
  • First smartphone in the US to feature 5.7" QHD Plus FullVision display with 18:9...
  • Wide-angle cameras: Dual 13 MP standard-angle and wide-angle rear cameras with...
  • Reliable design: IP68 dust and water resistance and passed 14 different military...
  • Android 7.0, fast 4G LTE speed, Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 2.35 GHz +1.6 GHz...
  • Instantly unlock your phone with facial recognition or fingerprint sensor

LG has focused heavily on LG G6 in the multimedia department. The smartphone is equipped with a quad-DAC sound system. Introduced with the LG V20 (which is listed below), LG’s quad-DAC employs four digital-to-analog converters that all work together, combining some clever engineering concessions and calculations to purify the output from the headphone jack.

Combined with an excellent amplifier, this system offers incredible sound improvement compared to the LG G5.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Huawei Mate 10 Pro Unlocked Phone, 6' 6GB/128GB, AI Processor, Dual Leica Camera, Water Resistant IP67, GSM Only - Titanium Gray (US Warranty)
548 Reviews
Huawei Mate 10 Pro Unlocked Phone, 6" 6GB/128GB, AI Processor, Dual Leica Camera, Water Resistant IP67, GSM Only - Titanium Gray (US Warranty)
  • The HUAWEI FullView Display is a stunning new 6-inch screen with an 18:9 display...
  • With 2X the speed of 4G LTE, Huawei Mate 10 Pro gives you the ultimate gigabit...
  • With a large 4000 mAh battery coupled with smart battery management that learns...
  • Huawei new intelligent Leica Dual Camera with and ai powered real-time scene and...
  • HUAWEI's SuperCharge technology not only provides a whole day of power with a...

The latest in the HTC home shines not only for its overall performance but also for its sound. The dedicated processor is a 32-bit DAC that offers above-average performance. We recommend using headphones at height to make the most of it. The performance of the Stereo speakers is also very poetic, offering a powerful and balanced sound.

LG V20

LG V20 H910a 64GB 5.7' IPS LCD Display Android Smartphone w/ Dual Rear Cameras (16MP+8MP) - Carrier Unlocked for all GSM Carriers Worldwide (Titan Gray)
359 Reviews
LG V20 H910a 64GB 5.7" IPS LCD Display Android Smartphone w/ Dual Rear Cameras (16MP+8MP) - Carrier Unlocked for all GSM Carriers Worldwide (Titan Gray)
  • Record Smoother, Clearer Videos Even on the Move
  • Incredible Hi-Fi Listening Experience
  • Wide-Angle Front and Rear Cameras to Get the Bigger Picture
  • Next-Level Audio Recording
  • Enhanced Productivity and Performance with Android

This smartphone brother of LG V10 did not disappoint expectations. The device features the latest ES9218 DAC, with a parallel DAC configuration to improve noise performance. This last integrated circuit brings benefits to the theoretical values ​​of 130SNR, 124 dB DNR and -112 dB THD+N, which means that in essence you often get to have excellent sound.

The LG V20 packs a dedicated headphone amplifier with high output that helps to achieve noise cancellation performance. However, the audio output performance is similar to LG V10 in everyday use in real life.

Lenovo Moto Z2 Play

71%
Motorola Z2 Play Verizon XT 1710-02
4 Reviews
Motorola Z2 Play Verizon XT 1710-02
  • up to 30-hour battery
  • Dual autofocus pixels plus laser autofocus for amazing photos in any light
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor
  • 5.5" full HD super AMOLED display
JBL SoundBoost Moto Mod Speaker moto Z, Black
164 Reviews
JBL SoundBoost Moto Mod Speaker moto Z, Black
  • Built-in kickstand Prop up your smartphone to make videos and music more...

Motorola, acquired by Lenovo, is once again overwhelming to win the hearts of users. Even for those looking for a smartphone to listen to music. Lenovo Moto Z2 Play is a device that you will surely appreciate: thanks to Moto Mods you can buy the JBL SoundBoost Mods, two 3W speakers with 1.000 mAh of battery each.

ZTE Axon 7 Mini

3%
ZTE Axon 7 Mini - 32gb - Factory Unlocked Phone - (Platinum Grey)
395 Reviews
ZTE Axon 7 Mini - 32gb - Factory Unlocked Phone - (Platinum Grey)
  • Hifidelity audio with Dolby atmos
  • 5.2" FHD AMOLED display, 423ppi
  • 16MP isocell sensor Camera, 8MP front facing Camera
  • 1.5 GHz OctaCore Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 with integrated Qualcomm Adreno 405...
  • Model is B2017G

Much less known than previous models, this smartphone to listen to music is a great choice. The merit is above all the two-front speakers, which give a stereo experience. Inside the Axon 7 Mini then beats an AKM 4962 audio processor, able to not even disfigure with the Top of Gamma. To complete the whole, we find the support to Dolby Atmos.

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