What are the main Android phones like as mp3 players?

What are the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, LG G3, Sony Xperia Z2 etc like as mp3 players? Are they much the same, or is one manufacturer better than the other for sound quality?

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matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 30, 2014 at 17:19

All fine, Samsungs even come with a decent pair of headphones (far better than the crap you get with an iPhone, anyway).

I've been using various flagship Android phones (and the Moto G) as MP3 players for years now and the only one I ever had a problem with was the HTC Desire back in 2010; it was a bit quiet. Other than that, they've all been perfectly acceptable.

spruceyb  Jun. 30, 2014 at 17:44

Generally speaking, anything running a Snapdragon 800/801 has WCD9320 DAC which in the LG G2 sounds pretty great (enough for me to retire my Galaxy S w/ Voodoo Sound or Cowon D2 as my commuting listening).

Z1 Sound is nice too but maybe didn't sound as warm as the LG G2 to me.
Heard a lot of good things about the HTC One M8's SQ and apparently it's loud too.
Others I haven't used but you can be pretty sure of a decent experience at least.

Just avoid the Exynos Note 3 as that has Yamaha DAC that sounds awful!

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 30, 2014 at 17:53

The HTC One M8 I used had fairly good earphones (looked like Beats, but were 'HTC' branded). VERY loud - first phone I used were the warning popup was called for. AND I usually do like it loud :D .

Boom Sound is probably a taste issue. Some tracks sound mushy, while others are quite impressive.
I did encounter issues though: More than 250 tracks and the default player would take ages to load the library... But the Vodafone branded ROM was cr*p, so I cannot judge that part of the performance.


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