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Beats Audio - marketing only?

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12th November 2011, 01:01 PM   |  #1  
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Dear all
Today I had some spare time to test the overhyped Beats Audio in Sensation XE. I took out my Sennheiser HD650ís and compared the sound from the phone vs. CD player Marantz SA7001.

Outcomes: The sound from phone with Beats Audio is comparable with that of the CD, obviously a bit worse especially at higher frequencies. But generally the tonal balance is well preserved. Now letís switch off BA in the phone: total disaster!

I think that switching BA off distorts the equalization to make the ďonĒ option sound better.

Now, letís talk about the included headphones:
I never used in-ear phones Ė Iím against them for many reasons.
The sound: First of all insistent high frequencies. Dry lows. Overall very poor.

So if you want to buy this phone for good sound quality you also need to buy good quality headphones and throw the BA ones away. For example Sennheiserís MX980 Ė thatís what I intend to do.

To recap: Iím not totally disappointed because I bought the phone for the 1.5GHz CPU, bigger battery and qHD. Deep down I knew it would turn out like that.
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12th November 2011, 04:18 PM   |  #2  
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Beats audio works only with beats headphone. Others sond like normal.
you need root to activate to all headphones.

Sennheiser’s MX980, realy? in-ear or over-ear is alot beter sound izoleiting. And thats small ones like mx980 not thats comfort like in-ear or over-ear.
But that is just my opinion.
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12th November 2011, 04:20 PM   |  #3  
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No. At my phone, BA software working with all headphones (Stock ROM, w/o root).
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12th November 2011, 04:30 PM   |  #4  
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I've tested Beats thoroughly with several different qualities of head phones and my conclusion is that it's marketing hype.

In reality, you can't radically improve sound quality on the software end - atleast on a smartphone using headphones to hear the music. I have also suspected that HTC lowers the quality of standard audio to make Beats seem better.
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12th November 2011, 04:40 PM   |  #5  
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Exactly! I've the same opinion.
12th November 2011, 05:41 PM   |  #6  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ibanezq

Exactly! I've the same opinion.

Agreed. I tried OEM htc headphones and the sound was lower and seemed different from normal, but when I plug in my beats tours the sound was much higher and the quality was awesome.

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12th November 2011, 06:04 PM   |  #7  
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I thought I'd give it a shot to the much hyped beats audio and - Power Amp app is much much more powerful delivering wide variety of sound presets; quality - beats audio is left in the dust. And I'm comparing apples to apples - same phone and headset.
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Beats Audio is Awsome .... I love it ...

I wish i could buy a beats Headset in India ...
12th November 2011, 06:25 PM   |  #9  
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Beats Audio from HTC? Good joke.
12th November 2011, 06:31 PM   |  #10  
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I use my Sensation in my 1k I.C.E Setup. Tbh beats sounds utter crap inside it whereas Dolby Mobile boosts the right parts of the EQ to make my car sound system sound like teh sheeat.
Conclusion...
Beats - cheap stuff overpriced and utter rubbish

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