Am I missing it, or are the audio measurements not included in this particular review?
It does have fast charging, you just have to use the adapter that came with it
As of May 2020 the V60 is now only $809.00US at T-Mobile WITH the dual screen attachment making this a screaming deal. I don't love the fingerprint sensor(too finicky and unreliable)....but all the rest is a home run. Don't regret buying it for one minute!
Not sure about anyone else, but I for one could not give a single crap about their "dual screen" feature, even if it came bundled.
I mean why on earth would I make the phone more bulky just for an extra screen? Besides I don't see any practical scenarios in where I would use two screens. And please don't reply a long list of practical scenarios. Yeah, I know there are obviously benefits to dual screens for certain kinds of people (e.g. businessmen, photographers), but I am talking about myself, and I don't really have any sort of "thing" that requires that. And I'm pretty sure 95% of all consumers don't either, therefore making this just another gimmick.
Great phone. Doesn't follow industry trends and has stand out features that matter, not just flashy gimmicks. Seems about 1000x more practical than single screen folding phones at the moment, but perhaps that will change in the future.
But who were the donkeys who decided to call brand this thing as "ThinQ", especially when it's not particularly thin in any way. What a ridiculous name. I know it sounds small, but I guarantee more people would be interested in this phone if it had a more eye catching name.
RishiGuru, 27 Apr 2020Great to know you restored an old legend. Pioneer Monitor 10 II seems to have excellent track ... moreI like more Creative Aurvana Live over the Phillip's SPH9500. They are more fun to me and more airy in highs, while they are bright they aren't sibling at all. There's a roll of in highs over 15 KHz & in low bass under 63 Hz, a tad of the mid bass bost and a deep in upper mids at 3.5 KHz. They are great for not critical listening especially wire accustic instrument's and vocals, rest you can tune with EQ. Aurvanu Air sounds similar minus the mid bass boost (as they are open dedign) and with a little bigger roll of in sub bass (also related to design). Got mine two years ago on Amazon UK prime day For 44£, Live I got for similar price last year. My best man lives there so he brought them to me. Be careful regarding Aurvanu Air they have sharp edges and are rather big for earphones so it's important that you can fit them tight enough naturally & not to have to push them in hand as that won't work. Without a good fit bass won't line up & they won't sound good, if you push them to much they can cut you. Luckily they fit me. Creative is very odd firm they don't sell in either China or even in Singapore. Wanted to try some planar and would probably go with some Audeze budget model regarding that, seen a nice EMI's couple days back the FiiO FH1s & all do I won't use them much I am still tempted to get a pair those are just last thoughts regarding that I had recently.
ZolaIII, 26 Apr 2020Well the best headaphones I own are old Pioneer Monitor 10 II from second half of 1970 which I... moreGreat to know you restored an old legend. Pioneer Monitor 10 II seems to have excellent track record for sound quality. To me Philips SPH9500 & Brainwavz HM5 are the cans to beat in its price range. One is open back and the other closed. I get both flavors.
Always wanted Creative Aurvana Live I but never available in our country. Creative Aurvana Live II was available for a certain period of time, grabbed one when the time was right. No complaints though, I love Live II. A different take on sound with those Bio-Cellulose speaker diaphragms, very natural sounding with no part of the audible spectrum being exaggerated.
Since you own both SPH9500 and Aurvana Live I, which one do you prefer more and why?
I am dearly in lookout for Creative Aurvana Air for the last few years, even ready to ship from China. Please let me know if I can import from some other country at a reasonable price. For example I got the SPH9500 from AliExpress China but cannot find the Air.
Lastly, it will be of great pleasure if you share your choices of headphones & IEMs within $200 that you own or love to have.
RishiGuru, 26 Apr 2020The snake oil part is so true. Especially for audio where you get the same product re-branded ... moreWell the best headaphones I own are old Pioneer Monitor 10 II from second half of 1970 which I bought & restored but I don't use them often. Have both Philips SPH9500 & Superlux HD668B. All do they sound very similar Philips is actually better buy as Superlux will cost you the same when you change audio input jack, get a deacent cable & ear pod's, Fidelio series bring little better sound & build quality for lot more money. I actually like Superlux HD668B frame (old AKG like) more. Have Creative Aurvana Live first gen which I think are a little better than second gen and a little cheaper those I use almost regularly. My actual favourite daily driver are Creative Aurvana air which are earbuds because of comfort, design and how they sound. Cheaper alternative to recommend would be Edifier H/P 190. Old Senn's where actually rather good but just not so anymore. Have a lot's of EMI's collecting dust as I really don't like them all do it took me a lot of time to understand that. Of course I have & a long wish list all together.
ZolaIII, 26 Apr 2020Be careful there! Sweet, fussy and warm are usually characterised as bass bost in a good way.
... moreThe snake oil part is so true. Especially for audio where you get the same product re-branded and slapped with three different prices.
Below are the cans I generally tend to use with my LG V30's, Vivo NEX & Lenovo Vibe X3. At-least these phones have respectable output power to drive below headphones with ease:
1) Brainwavz HM5: Very revealing cans. Actually studio monitors they reveals every micro-detail of any song. Flat & tight lows, neutral middle, transparent & extended highs in a closed back design. A badly recorded music will sound terrible through it. With NEX & V30+ triggers the high gain mode. Built quality is not so good but extremely comfy to wear. Spent $80 for them.
2) Philips SPH9500: Natural open sound, a little less clinical & forgiving than HM5 and a tad more musical. You cannot go wrong with SPH9500. You cannot great wrong with SPH9500 @ $68.
3) Creative Aurvana Live 2: Good match with V30+. The sharp & clinically accurate nature of B&O tuned V30 are slightly tamed by a very balanced sound signature with more emphasis in lows & mids. Highs are very much present but not as revealing as HM5's or as natural sounding as SPH9500. A very underrated but great headphone. Good buy at $78.
4) Edifier H840: A fun loving $20 headphone with can a $60 can run for its money. Seriously, you cannot go wrong with either H840 or H850 for its price.
5) Superlux HD681: You will get headaches with this can while using with V30. More suitable with NEX. Detailed & reveling sound for just $22. Poor built quality but unheard sound quality for its price.
6) Sennheiser HD518: Overrated headphones and most expensive of the lot, with dark and very un-revealing type of sound. Complete waste of money.
Thanks for clearing the doubts regarding my Vivo NEX hifi mode & CS43198. I thought when HiFi mode is switched OFF, NEX was using its inbuilt WCD9341 and when switched ON:
Normal Gain (1 Vrms): CS43198 + 1 X SSM6322
High Gain (2 Vrms): CS43198 + 3 X SSM6322
Thanks for such lovely & truly educational conversations. This types of mature posts are ultra rare in GSMArena.
S13, 26 Apr 2020truth be told, a lot of the spec wars re pretty useless.
90mhz and 210mhz weren't even a nee... moreIts all about bringing something new to the table year on year, useful or useless. Something new so that the company can differentiate its new products and get brain washing sales pitch. It is a very good & effective business strategy.
RishiGuru, 26 Apr 2020I also like the "keep it simple" approach in design. To many components or complex schematics ... moreBe careful there! Sweet, fussy and warm are usually characterised as bass bost in a good way.
Why do you think there's more snake oil in audio than anywhere else? Answer is quite simple. Because there's no place with more snakes.
Fot instance when I told how Aurvanu Live are great and how you can find them for 70$ I meant that, you can buy very same ones with Denon branding slapped on for more than 200$ or similar Fostex one's for around 350$. All with same Foster 40 mm driver's. This is just one of many examples. I currently am in Foster dynamic driver's paper tin cone phase & will probably stay there for a long time.
Saga never really ends but DAC is not where you should be spending more money than you should. So you can buy great DAC; portable for 43~70$, desktop 90~150$ & around twice that much for balanced one's and that's just it you won't need better one for life. You also can fairly cheap buy a great headaphone amp fairly cheap; 70~100$ portable, 100~200$ desktop & again about twice that much for balanced.
Great power amplifiers are rare and very expensive.
Most important part is always analogue transmitters (headaphones, speakers) and that's where you need to invest most of your time & money finding what you like and how you like it. That's where you will color it and a reason why you need a transparent DAC in the first place.
NEX "HiFi" switch is nothing more than than software On/off switch for third SSM6322 used as OP Amp & adjusted at +7 dB gain.
Let me answer & CS43198 output question if I understand it correctly. It uses both at it's hybrid design (all new one's are) has separate line's for PCM and DSD & acording uses different transformation methods.
ZolaIII, 25 Apr 2020Didn't really understand question about CS43198 output. Did swipe fast trough SSM6322 data she... moreI also like the "keep it simple" approach in design. To many components or complex schematics does not always equate to better audio quality. And then audio quality are like two sides of the same coin with objective & subjective tests. In many cases I rather choose a component with few dB less SINAD if it happens to sound more sweeter in my ears. And I believe if a person is happy with the sound of a $50 USB DAC, then there is no need for him to upgrade.
But we audio lovers are always bitten by this UPGRADE BUG, and spend thousands of dollars on it.
I think we should stop bothering about the audio configuration in NEX ans rather enjoy the sound. A measured SINAD of 114 db is truly phenomenal achievement for a smartphone, and NEX beats the LG G7 which tops out at 109 dB in this regard.
Lastly, there is one part of all Soomal technical audio reviews that I always understand less and that is the phones output power or voltage through audio jacks. Vivo NEX have a system-wide HiFi ON/OFF switch. The Soomal review said on HiFi mode the output through audio jack is line level (0 dB) and on standard mode -7 dB. So correct me if I am wrong the output is 1 Vrms in HiFi mode. And I have seen from other audio reviews from Soomal they never stretch the amp, so that 1 Vrms is most probably the 1st gain step. I am assuming all these in my limited technical abilities and will love if you shed your technical abilities here.