10 Best Mobiles for Great Music Experience – 2021

Updated July 2021 – Rare to find smartphones that 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 mobiles that offer exceptional audio quality.

5 Best Smartphones for Great Music Experience
Best Smartphones for Great Music Experience

The smartphones in this list have excellent audio quality and have the OOmph factor in making you groove on Rock or Jazz, whatever is your dope.

Let’s check out the 10 best smartphones for a great music experience.

1. Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus is a member of the S21 series that was launched this year(2021) on 14 January in India.

The Galaxy S21 Plus is available for purchase along with a starting price of INR 81,999.

Samsung Galaxy S21

It does not have a 3.5mm earphone jack but comes with Type-C earphone support.

For offering you an immersive audio experience, the Galaxy S21 has a stereo speaker along with Dolby Atmos sound technology.

Furthermore, it also has a HiFi DAC that supports 32-bit, 384Hz audio playback tuned by AKG.

Additionally, the Galaxy S21 Plus comes with noise-canceling microphones to offer crystal clear audio.

Overall, The Samsung Galaxy S21 offers a superb audio experience whether you listen to music using wireless headphones, doing voice calls, and while watching movies and videos.

Read more about the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus series and other S21 series

2. Vivo X60 Pro

Vivo X60 Pro is the latest smartphone in the Vivo X60 series. The mobile comes with excellent specs and has incredible sound quality,

The Vivo X60 Pro is available for purchase for Rs. 49,999.

Vivo X60 Pro

It comes with a Hi-Res audio certification that provides the guarantee of the immersive sound experience by the device.

At the bottom, the Vivo X60 Pro has a normal speaker but there is a lack of the user’s favorite 3.5mm earphone jack( comes with Type-C earphone support).

Furthermore, the audio features a HiFi DAC that supports 32 bit, 192Khz audio playback.

Overall, the Vivo X60 Pro provides decent performance in terms of music and audio.

Read more about Vivo X60 Pro

3. Asus ROG Phone 5

Asus ROG Phone 5 is the best gaming smartphone launched by Asus ever.

The Asus ROG Phone 5 will be coming for purchase on Flipkart from 15th April 2021 along with a starting price tag of INR 49,999.

Asus ROg PHone 5 image

Talking about its audio performance, it has dual 7 magnet speakers for balanced stereo audio, and having a haptic feedback feature makes a gaming experience realistic.

The ROG Phone 5 comes with Dual Front Speakers, similar to what HTC used to have.  These are the best speakers that you will get on any smartphone.

Additionally, it also comes along with a standard 3.5mm earphone jack which is rare to find in premium phones.

Lastly, the Asus ROG Phone also has dedicated DAC support that provides a mind-blowing audio experience when using both wired and wireless earphones.

Read more about Asus ROG Phone 5

4. 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.

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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 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.

Read more about LG G7 here

5. Samsung Galaxy S20

The Samsung Galaxy S20 was launched in February this year(2020). This premium phone with top of line specs and is available for a  price tag of $762 or Rs.56,399.

Samsung S20 Series

The Galaxy S20 does not have a standard 3.5mm headphone jack but it comes with Type-C earphone support.

Furthermore, It has a Music Share feature from that you easily connect any Bluetooth device with your phone.

For offering an enhanced speaker system, The S20 has Stereo speakers along with Dolby Atmos sound technology.

The Galaxy S20 has a HiFi DAC that supports 32-bit, 384kHz audio playback tuned by AKG.

Overall, this device has a great sound experience.

Read more about Galaxy S20 here

6. Apple iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 12 Pro 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 Triple-camera setup with a LiDAR scanner at its back.

The price of the phone is $1,621 or Rs 1,19,900.

Iphone 12 Pro
iPhone 12 Pro

Apart from that, it has dual stereo speakers at the bottom, just like other recent iPhone models.

Also, Apple provides quality Lightning USB Type-C cable in-box along with the phone, although there is no 3.5 mm headphone jack in the phone.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro supports a number of audio formats, including Apple Lossless, FLAC, Protected AAC, Linear PCM, Spatial audio playback, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Digital Plus. Also, the maximum volume limit is user-configurable.

Most interestingly, the iPhone 12 Pro 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, the sounding experience become even better with its crisp and rich output. W1 Chip is specifically designed to work seamlessly with Apple devices.

Apple 12 Pro can play audio for more than 60 hours (wireless) on a single charge of the battery.

Read more about iPhone 12 Pro

7. iPhone 11 Pro

Apple iPhone 11 Pro comes with a design similar to its predecessor but with a little difference of extra camera at the rear. The 11 Pro comes with a price tag of $959 or Rs 70,900.

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Apple-iphone-11-pro

 It also 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 11 Pro features redesigned stereo speakers that are nearly 25 percent louder than the predecessor and provide a deeper bass experience to the user.

Like other iPhones, It does not have a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The earphones that come in-box are made especially for the iPhone that provides Ultra-clear sound.

iPhone 11 Pro 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 lossless Protected AAC, FLAC, Audible, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Digital Plus.

Read more about iPhone 11 Pro here

8. Google Pixel 4A 

Google Pixel 4A 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 price of this phone is $349 or Rs 26,290

Google Pixel 4a
Google Pixel 4a

The device comes with stereo speakers at its front. The system generates loud and clear audio output with very rich and deep vocals.

Google also has a 3.5 audio jack for the phone which was missing in a Pixel 3XL.

Additionally, the smartphone boasts Bluetooth 5.0 + LE and supports Wireless HD audio with LDAC, A2DP, and AptX HD audio codecs.

You can pair it with any high-fidelity audiophile-grade wireless headphones to get the maximum advantage.

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.

This 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 a 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 the ability to record high-fidelity audio using the HD Audio recorder. You can use the studio mode or the

9. Apple iPhone 7

5 Best Smartphones for Great Music Experience

Apple makes devices in a way that one looks 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 its longstanding relationship with Cirrus logic for Audio circuits. A single 338S00105 audio codec is likely to handle AD/DA conversations with ease and great quality.

Whereas, two of them operate as separate amplifiers for external speakers and headphones/earpieces.

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.

iPhone-XR

Apple uses dedicated audio chipsets like Wolfson, cirrus on their products to create an incredible music experience.

Sadly, the iPhone XR doesn’t come with a 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 a 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 effects through headphones.

10. Sony Xperia 1 ll

The Sony Xperia 1 Mark ll comes with 2 mics, which ensures that each and every bit of audio will record even while recording videos. The price of this phone in the USA is  $ 1,199.

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Sony-Xperia-1-Mark-II

It also has stereo speakers at the front and has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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.

The phone is designed for 360-degree reality audio with unique hardware decoding to optimize the quality of sound while listening to music.

Also, the earphones ( MDR-NC31EM headset) offer 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 S10Plus (1)

Samsung S10 and S10 Plus comes with a dedicated audio Dac and even has the DOLBY Atmos Audio support that delivers an astounding music experience to the listener.

The device may appeal to Audiophiles for listening to all genres 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+ is the only flagship phone that has a 3.5 mm headphone jack apart from some LG and Sony mobiles.

Also, there are 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 a 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.

Download Viper-X from XDA Developers.

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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37 Comments

    • Most phones in the 15k price range don’t come with a dedicated Amp, Still can go with the Realme 5 or the Redmi Note 7 Pro in this range.

  1. lenovo phones are the best in Audio segment with Dolby Atmos even in its budget phones delivering great hone theatre experience even in low volumes.

  2. Marshall London has the best audio quality in my opinion, but everyone’s taste is different. It may not be the fastest phone, but it’s music quality excels 🙂

  3. Also Samsung Galaxy S5,S6,S7 comes with dedicated DAC from Wolfson and has excellent audio quality. Esp my S6 edge sounds incredible… I would say LGV20 should sound better among all these since it is equipped with Quad DACs from ESS. But inorder to feel the superior sound quality you have to use high end headphones or IEMs!!

  4. Thanx
    I think you should list seperately for different price groups. Here all these things are more expensive. Any way no body comment about 1st rank . Is that htc really good???fine…

  5. We are forgetting Lenovo K3Note AKA Lenovo K50a40, the best budget smartphone in terms of music I can bet, it comes with a dolby surround effect, and in the end its a great music phone in this budget and can give a nice competition to premium quality phones.

  6. Comparing audio quality to Apple iPod & iPhone is like comparing a cars’ performance to Maruti 800. Apple’s sound quality was never the best, its mediocre at its best. Cowon for example is cheap & miles ahead of iPod’s audio quality & there are many other such brands.

  7. apple iphone 4s 5s is best and number 1 music phone iam using . apple iphone camera or pictures quality is awesome in iphone the biggest problem is syncc music because when you download any song in iphone app they not refresh in orignal music player .you can copy this song in computer or laptop then itones add music then syncc . thats the biggest problem because in india is poor country every one have not pc or laptop . apple product is number one in india to much fake parts of iphone China country lauch fake iphone or parts

  8. Really? Iphone 5s? … well it’s good but not for audiphile!
    Iphone 5s have one BIG problem – it changes music – it has something like samsungs amp effect, but you can’t turn it off.
    This is why real audiophile wouldn’t choose Iphone 5s if he wanted it mainly because of music.
    I had Iphone 5s, good phone, but I hated the way it changed music (but it made a good job in changing the music – mainly for better – but if you like audio how it meant to be, then it’s a bad thing) .

    • hey thanks for the feedback , I love most of the apple phones and the earpods which offer great music quality without need of any Apps or need for purchase of earphones separately. Most of Android phones suck with music output.

  9. Your review is very useful. Can you please suggest me which one among iphone 3gs and sony xperia e1 is best for music, bcos i want to buy one among them.

    • Yes many android phones suck but compared to some android phones ( all those with ES9018 dac, 4490 DAC, etc ) Like a few from VIVO, meizu, LG v10 and some others – search for ES9018 DAC Smartphone – compared to those not only the iphone but also the ipod SUCKS BIG TIME. These android phones are the closest a smartphone has been to hi-fi and probably the LG is nr1 because it’s entire audio electronics is completely separate and shielded from the rest of the hardware.

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