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.