Updated July 2019 – Rare to find smartphones which offer not only great specs, user experience, and astounding music experience.
If you are a music lover and audiophile, here are some top smartphone suggestions for you.
We have chosen the best recently launched (2018 or 2019) mobiles that offer exceptional audio quality.
The smartphones in this list have great audio quality and have the OOmph factor to make you groove on Rock or Jazz whatever is your dope.
Let’s check out the 10 best smartphones for great music experience.
1. HTC U12 Plus
U12 Plus is the latest offering from Taiwanese company and is expected to be priced around Rs. 48,990 when it launches in India.
Following the trend of having great music capabilities in HTC flagship devices, U12 Plus comes with HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition speaker system.
HTC has produced a number of devices that came with excellent music capabilities, and U12 Plus is another addition to that list.
BoomSound in the new phone is the clearest and best yet, as per the company’s claims.
Other than that, the company offers USonic earbuds in-box with the device. These earbuds come with advanced Active Noise Cancellation that works automatically.
The U-Sonic earbuds monitor environmental sounds levels continuously, and quickly adjust in order to compensate for disturbances or new noises.
Also, the sound system of mobile is Hi-Res Audio certified so that the quality sound output is assured, providing excellent music listening experience to a user.
Additionally, HTC U12 Plus features Qualcomm aptX HD, LDAC up to 32-bit high-resolution wireless audio via Bluetooth. This allows for crystal-clear sound through Bluetooth at exceptional quality.
2. LG G7 ThinQ
LG has been going on the right track, as far as audio and music capabilities are concerned. With G7 ThinQ, LG doesn’t seem to disappoint the listeners.
Most interesting of all the audio features is its 32-Bit Hi-Fi Quad Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) that provides crisp sound through wired headphones.
LG G7 ThingQ comes with 39% enhanced bass compared to the LG G6 and comes with a Boombox Speaker. The phone is designed in such a way that its inner space functions as a resonance chamber combined with greater sound levels and 39% larger speaker to provide booster and louder sounds.
The device also comes with something called as Super Far-Field Voice Recognition (FFVR). It provides improved voice recognition and picks up commands more clearly even in noisy environments from almost 16 feet away.
Also, it features a Wind Noise Filter that minimizes wind noise while recording videos. The LG G7 also packs in DTS-X Virtual Surround Sound, which provides users with a deep 3D stereo audio experience.
Interestingly, LG G7 has a RAM (Receiver as Mic) feature. In this system, sound clarity of audio recordings in loud environments is improved by combining 2 analog mics with the phone’s receiver.
Additionally, the mobile has an HD Audio Recorder to capture high-quality sound providing the ability to record over a different audio track. Also, there is a Hi-Fi Video Recorder that comes with 2 high AOP mics to record higher-quality sound.
3. Xiaomi Redmi K20 and K20 Pro
The Redmi K20 and K20 Pro are the latest phones from Xiaomi. These are ideal mid-range phones with top of the line specs and are available for a starting price tag go $300 or Rs.21,999.
The K20 and K20 Pro come with the 3.5 mm headphone jack, which is missing on most modern phones.
Further, there is an independent audio amplifier that supports high-impedance headphones of impedance up to 600 ohms.
There are no stereo speakers but there is a single bottom-firing speaker that comes with Smart PA for offering enhanced audio.
You can pair these with high quality 3.5 mm headphone jack to take advantage of the HiFi DAC that supports 24-bit, 192KHz audio playback.
Overall, these devices have above average sound experience, and it still comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack.
4. Apple iPhone X /Xs/Xs Max
iPhone X is arguably the most innovative iPhone Apple has ever created. It has a notch on top of its display and comes with a full-screen display and features like FaceID and a dual-camera setup at its back.
Apart from that, it has dual stereo speakers at the bottom, just like other recent iPhone models.
Also, Apple provides quality wired Earpods with Lightning connector headphones in-box along with the phone that sound nice and have a very clear audio output, although there is no 3.5 mm headphone jack in the phone.
Apple iPhone X supports a number of audio formats, including Apple Lossless, FLAC, Linear PCM, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Digital Plus. Also, the maximum volume limit is user-configurable.
Most interestingly, the iPhone X sounds best with Apple’s wireless earphones called as Airpods. The Airpods are W1 Wireless chip-enabled headphones that are based on existing Bluetooth 4.1 technology.
When paired with the mobile, sounding experience become even better with its crisp and rich output. W1 Chip is specifically designed to work seamlessly with Apple devices.
Apple X can play audio for up to 60 hours (wireless) on a single charge of the battery.
5. iPhone 8 Plus
Apple iPhone 8 Plus comes with a design similar to its predecessor and has dual stereo speakers at the bottom.
The output generated from the audio system is excellent and provides a rich and loud enough experience.
As per Apple, iPhone 8 Plus features redesigned stereo speakers that are nearly 25 percent louder than the predecessor and provide deeper bass experience to the user.
There is no 3.5 mm headphone jack. The headphones that come in-box are made for phone’s Lightning connector but the Apple gives a Lightning to 3.5 mm audio jack adapter.
iPhone 8 Plus is capable of audio playback for up to 60 hours (wireless) on a single charge of the battery.
The device supports a number of audio formats, such as Apple loseless Protected AAC, FLAC, Audible, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Digital Plus.
6. Google Pixel 3 XL
Google Pixel 3 XL is arguably the best Android phone out there if your preference is a clutter-free software experience. Apart from that, it boasts of excellent music capabilities too.
The device comes with stereo speakers at its front. The system generates loud and clear audio output with very rich and deep vocals.
Google ditched 3.5 audio jack for the phone and there is a USB Type-C port instead. Also, the company provides a headphone adaptor to connect a 3.5 mm jack.
You also get the USB Type C pixel buds inside the box when you opt for the Pixel.
Additionally, the smartphone boasts of Bluetooth 5.0 + LE and supports Wireless HD audio with LDAC, Qualcomm AptX, and AptX HD audio codecs.
You can pair it with any high fidelity audiophile-grade wireless headphone to get the maximum advantage.
Moreover, Google Pixel 3 XL comes with 3 mics, which ensures that each and every bit of audio will record even while recording videos.
The device also features noise suppression, which eliminates the environmental noise from the audio recorded and during calls.
7. LG V40 ThinQ
No one makes a better mobile when it comes to sound quality. For audiophiles looking for the best sounding mobile, LG V40 is an excellent choice.
LG has its shortcomings in UI and experience but the sound quality is mind-blowing.
The handset features the latest ES9218 DAC, featuring a parallel DAC configuration to improve noise performance. This latest chip perks theoretical maximums of 130SNR, 124 dB DNR and -112 dB THD+N.
Which essentially means you get to hear the most blissful sounds out of this premium Android smartphone.
This V40 packs a dedicated headphone Quad-DAC to drive any high-end headphones with 3.5 mm headphone jack.
The V40 comes with support for apt-X and apt-X HD and even has LG’s own DTS:X 3D surround sound to enhance the audio experience.
The V40 comes with a bottom-firing BoomBox speaker that offers clear and loud output when watching videos or listening to music.
Further, the Lg V40 comes with an ability to record high fidelity audio using the HD Audio recorder. You can use the studio mode or the
8. Apple iPhone 7
Apple makes devices in a way that one look at it and you’ll be awed, one use and you’ll be sold forever. The exotic build, the great display, and incredible audio performance make it special.
Apple continues it longstanding relationship with Cirrus logic for Audio circuits. A single 338S00105 audio codec is likely to handle AD/DA conversation with ease and great quality.
Whereas, two of them operate as separate amplifiers for external speakers and headphones/earpiece.
The iPhone 7 comes with 2 times more sound volume when compared to the iPhone 6s.
Also, this is the first iPhone to come with stereo sound. There are stereo speakers at the bottom and at the top of the device to ensure much better volume and clarity.
You can use earpods with the lightning connector or the new Airpods with the new iPhone 7 for a rich sound experience.
9. iPhone XR
We can’t just ignore iPhone XR in this list, it is one of the most amazing music powerhouses that comes with stereo speakers.
With the recent price drop to Rs. 52,000 ($600) the iPhone XR is the best option to upgrade if you want a new iPhone.
Apple uses dedicated audio chipsets like Wolfson, cirrus on their products to create incredible music experience.
Sadly, the iPhone XR doesn’t come with 3.5 mm headphone jack but you can use an adapter (lightning to 3.5 mm) if you want to use it. However, if you can afford the Apple Airpods then this is the ideal choice.
Even if you are not buying the Airpods, you get free pair of earpods with a lightning connector that has a decent audio output.
The out of the box earphones you get with Apple are simply outstanding.
They offer great music experience with excellent design and build quality. You can listen to music on them for hours and irrespective of the genre will simply fall in love with the quality of the output.
The iPhone XR comes with Linear PCM, Apple Lossless audio support, FLAC and even has support for Dolby Digital (AC‑3) and Dolby (E-AC-3) formats.
There are two stereo speakers at the top and bottom of the device that delivers exceptional audio experience when watching videos and even listening to music.
The iPhone XR is good at delivering immersive 3D sound effect through the headphones.
10. Sony Xperia Z3
Sony Xperia Z3 comes with a dedicated Walkman app and its “Xloud” technology makes it sound loud without any crackling noise when listening through loudspeakers.
Also, it is good for listening to noisy environments like while traveling on a bus or train via headphones all you get is clear bass and stereo effect.
The Sony Xperia Z3 comes with Sony 3D Surround Sound Technology (VPT), Clear Audio+, xLoud Experience, High-resolution Audio, DSEE HX (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine).
Also, the earphones ( MDR-NC31EM headset) offers noise cancellation with great design and build.
Sony has been the pioneer in sound enhancement for years and carries the legacy well till now.
11. Samsung S10+/Note 9
Samsung mobiles used to suck when it comes to audio.
I was really disappointed with the Samsung S7 and even the S8. Things improved with the launch of the Samsung S9 and S9+.
The new S10/S10+ and Note 9 are superb for audiophiles looking for a premium mobile.
Samsung S10 and S10 Plus comes with a dedicated audio Dac and even has the DOLBY Atmos Audio support that delivers astounding music experience to the listener.
The device may appeal to the Audiophiles for listening to all genre of songs.
The S10+ not only sounds great but is also one of the most gorgeous looking smartphones you can buy. Also, the display is the best in class with Quad HD+ resolution and HDR10 support.
Samsung S10/S10+ are only flagship phones that have 3.5 mm headphone jack apart from some of LG and Sony mobiles.
Also, there is stereo front speakers to ensure better audio output when listening in the speaker mode.
The smartphone is an ideal companion if you value style, looks, selfies and great music experience in your smartphone.
How to Improve Sound Quality of Any Android Mobile?
If you don’t have any of these you can still convert your android smartphone to an Apple iPod with incredible music experience using apps like Viper-X or Beats Audio. You need to root in order to install and use these Apps.
I have tried the Viper-X it is free and the most amazing music app which can turn any smartphone into a music phone.
You can download and use Viper-X and enjoy a great music experience on any smartphone.
Pair it up with the PowerAmp app from the Android play store and you will get the best music experience you ever had in your life.
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