bharathnel, 21 May 2014hi samarth...
I hav listened to samsung S4 & S3 and i can clearly say that the stock mp3 ... moreThe 808 is definitely better than the s4 at stock settings. However, one can improve the s4 sound by setting up Adapt sound properly(use a headphone that has a relatively flat profile, one that doesn't colour the sound too much). OR use jetaudio or poweramp players.
For the 808, you'd need to hack it to get even better sound. Install the Delight custom firmware. This firmware increases the overall volume of the device for headphones without sacrificing quality. It gives you the ability to edit the equalizer in default player(which affects most other players too) and create your own eq profiles. It also has a sound mod that improves the output when an eq profile is selected(better seperation of instruments, clearer voice and clearer bass) that you can turn on/off. With the increased volume levels + custom eq set to all bars max + the sound mod on, the 808 sounds fantastic. Pair this with third party player QuasarMx for FLAC support and great playlist management as well as its own audio bass and treble enhancers, preamp and 10 band eq for a great experience. Unfortunately it does suffer from stability issues but such a hacked 808 blows away the s4(non rooted).
When it comes to audio in video files, there is no competition. The sound mod+custom eq(default music player) + dolby is awesome for regular tracks. For AC3 tracks, Dolby + custom eq(all bars max) is sufficient, the sound mod off as it distorts in this scenario. The loudness filter(default music player) plus the activate bass mod can also be turned on to add some niceness to some videos although some purity will be lost.
I own both the 808 and S4(exynos version) and there is no contest. I'm not sure how much V4A would improve the S4 but I'd need to hack the device as viper4android doesn't work with stock settings.
sandy56, 10 Jun 2015I want to know about Nokia n91 sound quality. As I am a music lover ,shall I go with Nokia n91... moreyes absolutely it is one of the first phone to offer high impedence driver unit to drive large headphones still use it besides my regular vivo x5 max.
its has almost no distortion even at loudest point in headphones almost 50% is rich enough to supply sufficient power to casual earcanals...not too much of audio settings are there but it has 8band equlizer and loudness and pan audio and stereo audio controls and decent playlist organisation features as recent year artists genere albums etc ...and most of all durability.
davisrases, 22 Jan 2015I don't know why guys but I hear a hissing sound over the headphones when I play songs or duri... moreIts not a common problem, try different earphones and adaptors.. and see if it exists...
could be a hardware problem maybe....
I want to know about Nokia n91 sound quality. As I am a music lover ,shall I go with Nokia n91, htc M8, Sony 550i or iPhone 4s. Which is the best music phone?
can anybody tell me Nokia n91 market availibility.
I don't know why guys but I hear a hissing sound over the headphones when I play songs or during notifications and calls. I use creative ep-630. what could be the reason or is it common.
the only reason i am still using this, jst coz of its music player..otherwise everything is outdated.. even better than reputed standalone music players, dn knw why nokia stopped putting in audio chips, n91 is very loud while maintaining audio quality, bass is superb audio hiss is 0%. such quality is rare now a days, todays phones hardly lasts for a year or two but my n91 is working perfectly fine since its very 1st day almost 9 years now, in 2005 i used to protect it as a mother cares her baby lol may b that is y its still with me n working.
I just recently got it around $40 (Rp.400.000)for 2 UNIT from 2nd hand store in Indonesia. They need tweak here and there but now they work enough for daily used. AND THE SOUND JUST STUNNING. I compare with my iphone 4, 3gs, ibasso dx50, sansa clip+, N8,N9,N900,fiio x3,.. all paired with cx300II...(yeah..i owned them all)...in my opinion.. The sound completely different...better and different. I listen to 192kbps-320kbps and they sound prefect, warm, crips, beeffy...The feel and The soul just macth. I know i only used entry level equipment...but even for a novice i can tell that N91 is The real celebrity for mp3 player.
#this is my first post,and sorry for my bad english..#
Tarek, 17 Jun 2014The Nokia N91 uses a special DSP-33 chip set made by Toshiba and a powerful in-built Harman Ka... moreNot used still using
Im listening to lose yourself on my n91 which I just recharged
Nokia works like it is the first day I brought
Anonymous, 19 Oct 2014yea i no a place wr nokia n91 s still available contact me if any1 wants I want it can u say me were it s available
Anonymous, 05 Sep 2014does it still (N91 available at the market?yea i no a place wr nokia n91 s still available contact me if any1 wants
Kiran, 25 Aug 2014My n91 saying hd corrupted format hdd to continue but when i formating at last it saying that ... moremine had a similer problem, connected it with computer format the entire hard drive now everything works smooth.
My n91 saying hd corrupted format hdd to continue but when i formating at last it saying that battery low hdd not formated.i tested with chargr also.also when the back cover put on the set is not opening,but when the back cover is put of the set is running like normal except the music playr nd hdd.frnds i luv my n91 very very ....much.pls suggest me what to do
It was a good comparision- n91 vs m8.. I hav purchased a used n91-1(8 Gb) few days back, totally abused condtion & i hav given it for complete restoration.. I own sony walkman z-764 & nokia 808. I doubt n91 could be restored as the spares in india is a problem and not received any progress abt the n91. I want to know the second best phone which is capable of reproducing upto 90% of audio quality which n91 does and comparision with n91(only symbian), detailed as ur previous review.
Also I want to know if there r any difference in terms of audio quality of two phones N91 vs n91-1(8Gb) & comparision of nokia n82 vs n91.. Because n82 is readily available at my place..
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.
The Nokia N91 uses a special DSP-33 chip set made by Toshiba and a powerful in-built Harman Kardon amplifier to boost up its volume while maintaining acoustics, resulting in louder, deep bass and rich sound with perfect low, mid range & a slightly damped high range frequency which has not been achieved by any iPod or Sony Walkmans. that's what wiki says!!!!wow.