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By cr0wnest, Senior Member on 17th August 2014, 05:50 AM
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As you guys may have noticed by now, the volume output on the Z2 is a joke, however the audio quality itself isnt that bad. I've been considering buying a portable headphone amp like the FiiO E11K or Creative Sound Blaster E1 because of this. But Im also aware of custom kernels like fauxsound are also very decent at amping up headphones. So how do they compare to a dedicated headphone amp? Are they just as good? Or so similar the difference is marginal?
 
 
17th August 2014, 02:32 PM |#2  
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You should first look for soundmod before try an head amp. Take a look to develop section.
17th August 2014, 02:40 PM |#3  
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Whichever mod it is, to some extent, your Xperia has limited power output. The power is so little compared to those headphone amps.
17th August 2014, 02:55 PM |#4  
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Yes, I agree, but adjusting some output volume with this mod you actually have a better level at all. Give yourself a try.
17th August 2014, 03:32 PM |#5  
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I just tried Viper4Android and wow its pretty amazing. Im not sure how it compares to proper amps, but its already what I was looking for. Mainly something to increase the gain to make my Shure SE215 sound louder and livelier. I might try a headphone amp in the future, but probably only when the opportunity to grab one at a decent price. Thanks for the help guys!
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Agree Viper4Android is terrific. Here's a link to a great tutorial for using it with our Xperias that includes some downloadable profiles and settings, which turned out to be excellent to my ears.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2761895

Hope this helps you as much as it did me.
18th August 2014, 05:56 AM |#7  
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Quote:
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Agree Viper4Android is terrific. Here's a link to a great tutorial for using it with our Xperias that includes some downloadable profiles and settings, which turned out to be excellent to my ears.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2761895

Hope this helps you as much as it did me.

Thank you, looks interesting. Will definitely check it!
19th August 2014, 01:58 AM |#8  
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I still trying to understand how a audio "MOD" have equalizer profiles...
The concept of audio enhancement is simply make the sound better without apply any gain in specific frequencies. (equalizing, a personal thing)

Go and get a portable amp and a good pair of headphones.
This is the best MOD you'll find, period.

Sent from my AWESOME Xperia Z2!
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