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Curious, those whom said it sounds crap have you tried real headphones yet? The stock ones are a lot worse than those supplied with the SGS1. Probably why I jumped the gun and said it was bad...

Plugged in my German budds and it sounds much much better!

The flatness, volume levels etc, should be easily fixed with Voodoo IMHO Perfect hardware (minus the stock headphones), crap implementation by Samsung. Hope they ain't demoing the phone with there headphones, it's a sales killer!

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danba:
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and sorry no i don't have photos

The sound quality itself out-of-the-box is like S1 without voodoo, it's alright but not as good
With my Westone ES5, I heard lots of background noise.
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danba:
yes, it's AMB
and sorry no i don't have photos

The sound quality itself out-of-the-box is like S1 without voodoo, it's alright but not as good
With my Westone ES5, I heard lots of background noise.
With my Westone UM3x i hear background hiss on almost any Android i've ever tried.

The only smartphones i've heard with a pitch black background are iPhone 3GS/4/4S. Unfortunately there is not much freedom of choice sound quality wise. At least if you are planning to listen thru high end iems.
 
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danba:
yes, it's AMB
and sorry no i don't have photos

The sound quality itself out-of-the-box is like S1 without voodoo, it's alright but not as good
With my Westone ES5, I heard lots of background noise.
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Itís a first step in the right direction, but with probably improper parameter settings (default 16/48 only Ö)
Iím pretty sure the actual SGS3 USB audio sound quality can be dramatically improved.

1st step of USB audio on Logitech Squeezebox Touch: popping, crackling Ö
http://www.digitalaudioreview.net.au...ueezebox-touch
http://forums.slimdevices.com/showth...highlight=Udev

Current step: 24/192 asynchronous USB audio, audiophile sound quality Ö
http://www.digitalaudioreview.net.au...ueezebox-touch
http://www.mail-archive.com/audiophi.../msg60808.html
http://forums.slimdevices.com/forumd...?7-Audiophiles
http://soundcheck-audio.blogspot.co....oolbox-30.html
 
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Well you can't send analog audio through the usb cable. The da conversion will always be happening in whatever you have connected to the phone.

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Of course not- brain fart on my part. What I meant to ask was whether the decoding was happening in the phone or the speaker system. I'm guessing it was decoded, if it was compressed, in the phone.

gbolly,
What file type were you playing? Was the sound better through those speakers when listening through the 1/8" stereo jack or through the USB cable?

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I'm not much of an audiophile, but I've found the sound pretty decent so far on my Grado RS1I, Denon D2000 and V-Moda M80 cans. And I just got my OTG cable so tonight I'll test if my Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11 works with it. :) It already sounded pretty good just going from headphone out to the TubeDac, actually, but that was just a very quick test.

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Zo of SGS3(GT-i9300) measured around 3.0 ohms. I also tried 100Hz as well as 1kHz and it was something like 2.6~3.0, which is pretty suitable for driving most headphones/earphones. I see the Zo of SGS3 is a bit lower than that of Galaxy Note(GT-N7000) so it should drive most of multi-BA earphones reasonably. Now I'm waiting for the voodoo sound for SGS3 to be rolled out!

By the way, I'm sad that iBasso D6 won't work with my SGS3. It does pair with SGS3, but the playback counter goes faster than it should. I guess it's something like '24bit only problem' because D6 seems to support only 24bit.

@kurama.k: You can get general information of your headphones/earphones at the homepage of the manufacturer like Sennheiser.
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So sadly my TubeDac 11 doesn't work via OTG. Fingers crossed that a developer can extend the DAC support to more devices.

I did spend a bit of time with my FiiO E7 / E9 combo plugged in via OTG, which as has already been reported works perfectly. Contrary to what Supercurio seemed to tweet the other day I felt an improvement in sound through the FiiO setup. I tested with a Denon D2000 and Grado SR125 and both seemed to produce a richer and more dynamic sound through the FiiO (compared to stock player with flat EQ). They're both easy cans to drive, but still seem to benefit from the amplification of the E9.

That said, I've found the headphone output quite good on all my cans so far.

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List of USB DACs interworking with Samsung Galaxy S III for the time being:
. AMB Labs Gamma2 with USB controller TI Burr-Brown TI PCM2707
. FiiO E7 with USB controller TI Burr-Brown TI PCM2706
. Topping TP30 with USB controller TI Burr-Brown TI PCM2704


List of USB DACs non-interworking with Samsung Galaxy S III for the time being:
. FiiO E17 with USB controller Tenor TE7022
. iBasso D6 with USB controller TI TAS1020B
. Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11 with USB controller Tenor TE7022


The USB DAC Hegel HD20 with USB controller Tenor TE7022 has also some issue with Linux-powered PC:
"I try to connect the HD20 to a computer using Linux Ubuntu. Installation seems fine but there is no sound?
On computers using the Linux Ubuntu operatating system you need to go to settings and choose which soundcard you want to use: the internal or the HD20 TE7022."
http://www.hegel.com/hd20_qa.htm

The USB DAC Audiotrak Prodigy Cube with USB controller Tenor TE7022 has also some issue with Linux-powered PC:
"PRODIGY CUBE supports Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Mac OS X.
PRODIGY CUBE is not fully compatible with Linux, but it has been confirmed that the TE7022L chipset support.
The TE7022L chipset is TENOR's USB controller Chipset.
Please understand that we are not able to support your request for Linux because there are a wide variety of choices in Linux version and range."
http://www.audiotrack.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=37


USB DACs with USB controller Tenor TE7022 work perfectly with some Linux setup:
http://www.alsa-project.org/main/ind...rix:Vendor-ESI


What is going on at the Android Linux kernel level, when USB DACs with USB controller Tenor TE7022 donít interwork with Samsung Galaxy S III?

Dmesg log output and lsusb log output could detail what is going on.
http://comments.gmane.org/gmane.linux.alsa.devel/96433

dmesg:
https://play.google.com/store/search?q=dmesg

lsusb:
https://play.google.com/store/search?q=lsusb
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Being an audio professional and upgrading from a Nokia 5800 I can't say I'm impressed with this phone's sound. Driving my 250 ohm Beyerdynamic dt770s which is what I typically work with, the GS3 did worse than the old Nokia in terms of both loudness and clarity when listening to some flac tunes. And the builtin speaker is horrible. When you get to usable loudness levels there's a lot of distortion. The stock earplugs simply won't stay in my ears. Even the front speaker sounds worse. Sure it's a phone, you can't expect pro quality, but I was hoping it would at least match my old phone. Hopefully that voodoo thing you're talking about can help. My phone is already rooted and waiting. Btw I have professional gear (better than what gsmarena use) I can do some tests with if anybody wants.
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I'm having the same issue with the built in speaker. Even for ringtones it distorts horribly at anything above 50-60% volume, so while it does get loud, the distortion is just too much. Anyone else having the same issue with the built in speakers (for any sounds) or is it just a few isolated handsets with poor QC?

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