The attributes that define the audio performance of your phones are hard to quantify and, more often than not, aren’t highlighted in the spec-sheet. Perhaps that’s why we often come across terms like Dolby Atmos, Hi-Fi audio, Quad DACs highlighted but things like signal to noise ratio, frequency response, and stereo crosstalk that too have a well-pronounced impact are often never talked about.
So, if you are an audiophile looking for a phone with awesome audio output, here is a list that should help.
1. Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are Samsung’s 2018 flagship phones that deliver the best audio we have seen on any Samsung phone till date. Both phones feature a pair of stereo speakers tuned by AKG. This, in turn, helps the Galaxy S9 duo sound fuller, better, and more balanced. The phone also holds a headphone jack, which is aided by Samsung’s AKG earphone bundled inside the S9’s retail box.
The rest of the specifications of the phones are also top-notch. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ both are powered by powerful Exynos 9810 mobile processor, and comes with improved camera performance, 18.5:9 S-AMOLED display, and AR Emoji feature.
- Samsung Galaxy S9 Lowest Price and full specifications
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ Lowest Price and full specifications
2. iPhone X
If you don’t mind iOS, Apple’s iPhone X is also a good option for audiophiles. The phone is Apple’s flagship device that has a clean Audio output and the quality remains mesmerising even when you plug-in Bluetooth headphones.
As for the specifications, Apple iPhone X has an 18:9 HDR 10 compliant AMOLED display (with a notch) and includes capable dual rear cameras with dual Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Animoji feature.
3. LG V30+
The Indian variant of LG V30, the V30+, is one of the best phones for audiophiles. The true LG flagship for 2017 includes a 32-Bit Hi-Fi quad DAC, support for AptxHD and MAQ format (the first phone to do so), a software EQ, and is powered by Snapdragon 835.
Other major specifications of the phone include 6-inch QHD+ display, 16MP primary rear sensor with OIS and a wide f/1.6 aperture lens, and the secondary 13MP sensor has a wide-angle lens that comes in handy when you need to capture panoramic outdoor settings.
4. HTC U11 Plus
HTC is another brand that’s known to focus on audio attributes. HTC flagship phone, the U11+, boasts of powerful boom sound speakers and is capable of reproducing highest class of audio you’d expect from a phone. Unfortunately, the phone is missing the audio jack but the USonic earbuds (USB Type-C) that HTC bundles with the phone are truly impressive.
The handset is powered by Snapdragon 835 mobile platform, had a 5.5-inch 2K 18:9 display and was the first phone to flaunt Active side edges (you can squeeze it to trigger different actions).
5. OnePlus 5T
The OnePlus 5T (Review) is another reasonably priced and impressive all-rounder this year. What you might not have heard very often is that this mid-range handset has one of the best audio output in its class. The loudspeaker is fairly loud and quality of the audio is excellent. Aptx HD support for wireless music transmission over Bluetooth is included too.
The handset further offers a decent camera, impressive battery backup with dash charging, light Oxygen OS, and extremely snappy performance.
6. Samsung Galaxy Note 8
One key area where Note 8 (Review) makes a noticeable improvement over Samsung Galaxy S8+ is audio output. The handset delivers flawless audio quality with both loudspeaker and headphones.
Other interesting Note 8 features include S Pen stylus, excellent quality AMOLED display, dual cameras, water resistance, and an upgrade to 6GB RAM. And in light of the iPhone X and new Pixel phones, it doesn’t feel all that expensive anymore.
7. LG G6
LG is one of the manufacturers that prioritized audio output on its flagship phones. The LG G6 is a reasonably priced one which comes with a quad DAC in India. The loudness isn’t remarkable, but when plugged in an external amplifier or via headphones – the audio quality is top notch. It also supports AptxHD Bluetooth codec which could help if you have a compatible pair of earbuds.
The phone also flaunts a rather compact form factor with a gorgeous 18:9 display panel (HDR 10 and Dolby Vision compatible. Other perks include Dual rear cameras, Snapdragon 821 chipset, and a 3300mAh battery.
Best Phones for Music enthusiasts
These are some of the best options that we have handpicked based on our personal usage. The marketing terms that manufacturers advertise related to audio don’t often convey much and as a user, your best bet is to rely on expert reviews while deciding the phone best suited to your individual needs.
Last updated on: 13 March 2018