whytryharder, 17 Jul 2014To all those who think HTC M8 (One) or other earthly gadgets come near the N91 in terms of aud... moreWith due respect, what disparity will it make to compare a 2014 potential phone of the year versus a seven year old (N91)? At least, compare HTC M8 with current phones. Logic dictates, judging your review in the context audio sound HTC M8 is the in the market according to you, because no current phone even comes close to it except your N91. Lol... I'm using HTC M8 I haven't tested it but I'm using it. Lol...Nonetheless, HTC for life no matter what
To all those who think HTC M8 (One) or other earthly gadgets come near the N91 in terms of audio quality, here's some food for thought.
HTC M8 has an integrated audio-amplifier support along with few razzmatazz in form of software tweaks and gimmicks to give you a placebo that the sound quality is improved.
With a brand name of Harmann-Kardon, it's easy to trap customers in believing your words. Reality remains, M8 is hardware-limited to go any further down the beautiful sound alley that leads to salvation.
That Harmon-Kardon thing you keep hearing about is plainly limited on embedded player that HTC comes loaded with. Root/disable/uninstall that, and HTC will sound like any other run of the mill phone.
Now iPhones are distinguishable from the current gens mainly because the audio renderings in them are better than the Samsungs but not better than HTC flagships. Apple’s audio library has some exclusive dlls that make it possible to add a distinct ting to the sound they produce. The original beats on the m8 is just an algorithm designed to extract the best out of whatever audio it may produces.
But then, put all these phones at one side and put N91 on the other - strictly for audio observations.
I have a classy-chrome N91 with me for last 6 years or so. I have a Sennheiser CX300II, Sony XB90EX and BrainWavz R1 Dual Dynamic Earphones. During one fine Saturday, I went to nearest store to try out the M8 One as I was sick of ‘audiofools’ going gaga over its oh-so-orgasmic audio output.
The song I tried was Massive Attack - Angel on stock audio setting on both the phones.
M8 coupled with CX300II - Above average sound. Distinct mid-range but passable low and upper range with obvious muddled sound noticable. Sound quality at full volume is awfully shrill.
M8 coupled with XB90EX - Same as above. Sony’s IEM are overrated like nothing else, barring a good built quality. Sound at full is quite OK, nothing to boast about.
M8 coupled with Brainwavz R1 - Awesome! Low range was flattering, Mid was astoundingly wide in terms of sound spectrum but who listens to Angels on low and mids? Highs were good but indeed not loud! Yup I mean it!
N91 with CX300II: Extremely bassy and yet so subtly vivid with sound produced. Though I could sense Sennheiser wasn’t happy when I jacked up the volume beyond 85%. The earphones were vibrating on even smallest of the beats!! That doesn’t imply a bad headphone just that, I used a 128 kbps mp3, whirr noise and static accompanies the song throughout. Or maybe a loose connection
N91 with XB90EX: I take back my statements regarding Sony. They were astounding with ranges. You could hear the picks hitting the guitar at the very same time when intense bass blasting was flooding out of the spectrum. That was jaw dropping performance. Again, I couldn’t withstand beyond 90% of sound levels...
N91 with Brainwavz R1: Just the perfect companion to the legendary N91. The very first beat of the song sent the shivers pumping down my spine, hair on my back stood up for the most versatile performance I’ve ever heard, I was immersed into the song beyond comprehension and at 85% of volume level, that electric guitar strumming which hits the song at the highest tempo, was masterfully rendered making it one of the most beautiful things I had ever heard. I recall hearing a song where I heard the singer whispering, before actually starting the song.
My affinity with M8 one was long gone.
The dedicated Toshiba DAC 33 DCH audio chipset, which was then not regulated by EU laws, led to the most beautiful thing in the audio arena ever, the world has witnessed. Even though N81 carries the same chipset, it is softer and more towards generic sound thanks to limited hardware prowess of the otherwise legendary chip.
HTC M8 isn’t even remotely close to sound quality produced by even the N81. Yup I had that one as well. Software tweaks, good algorithms cannot replace even a real yet poor hardware. It’s like installing the best graphic driver for inbuilt graphic unit of motherboard will replace the need of an external graphics card.
HTC One M8 is great but N91 great? Sorry to disappoint you guys, grab both and test it out yourself.
Mahmud, 14 Jul 2014I'm in problem with this ph !! It's got safe mode can't get out of this !! Even resetting &a... moreFirst u go to setting -> power option -> fast boot, uncheck it, then power off & restart. i hope ur problem will be solve.
Anonymous, 13 Jul 2014one m8 or xperia z2 One m8....much better
I have difficulties to find 32Gb type of internal memory one. Can somebody can advise me where available in Indonesia or Singapore?
Wallybird, 15 Jul 2014Superior phone, enough said from an X Apple fan, never to go back :)two questions for you, did you feel any difference in battery using time ? and the other one what you think of its camera is much worse than the iphone 5s ?
I m considering to have one myself and those are the two things that keeps me hesitated !
Anonymous, 13 Jul 2014one m8 or xperia z2
Ofcourse one m8
Imo currently best phones are gs5 then g3 and m8 are second then z2 is third..each phone has its cons and pros
Superior phone, enough said from an X Apple fan, never to go back :)
BrianOConnell, 14 Jul 2014Any one here please tell how much ram is free out 1.8 GB?Why you're concerned about free ram? Free ram = waste memory. Usually I have about 1 GB of free ram, haven't checked it out while playing games (GTA SA), though.
I'm in problem with this ph !!
It's got safe mode can't get out of this !!
Even resetting & some other way seing YouTube, but failed !!
Can anyone help me pls.. I hate the ph now :(
Help me pls:
PhoneNerd, 13 Jul 2014Just don't put your hand/fingers where the camera lenses are. Duo camera won't work if you cov... moreof course not , it always says like that. and duo don't work . i don't know where the problem is , maybe i should open and clean camera .
Anonymous, 13 Jul 2014if you use cuted sim you will facing network problem*cut
The past tens of cut is still "cut".
Neo, 14 Jul 2014M8 has led notification my friend! for other Question M8 or Z2? ofc M8 is much better in perfo... moreNonsense. How u think that 4 ultra mega pixel is more better than 20 mega pixel. Specification was wrong.
M8 has led notification my friend! for other Question M8 or Z2? ofc M8 is much better in performance but if u need only a camera Z2 is better for u