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  1. JAG21979's Avatar
    Can anyone provide their experience with high quality over the ear headphones? I'm interested to know if the phone has the power to deliver and drive high quality sound. I ordered some Audio Technica ATH M50s and was hoping to use them with the S7 Edge.

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    03-23-2016 09:49 AM
  2. gnuser's Avatar
    I would not recommend spending $$ on headphones with edge. The amp is quite mediocre. I use NHT audiophile head phones and sound flat and under driven. I have had better sound from my work iPhone.
    03-23-2016 10:03 AM
  3. Kevin OQuinn's Avatar
    Can anyone provide their experience with high quality over the ear headphones? I'm interested to know if the phone has the power to deliver and drive high quality sound. I ordered some Audio Technica ATH M50s and was hoping to use them with the S7 Edge.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    You should definitely be able to use the M50 with the S7e without any issues. I have the M40x (which are VERY similar) and they sound good directly out of the headphone jack. I do wish they could go a bit louder sometimes though. At max volume there are times when I still want an extra click or two.

    I also have a set of the V-Moda XS which are more efficient than the M40x, and I have no such desires for more volume from them. I rarely go higher than two clicks below max volume with them.
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    03-23-2016 10:10 AM
  4. Kevin OQuinn's Avatar
    I would not recommend spending $$ on headphones with edge. The amp is quite mediocre. I use NHT audiophile head phones and sound flat and under driven. I have had better sound from my work iPhone.
    "The amp is quite mediocre"

    It's actually quite good from a technical standpoint. I have yet to see any measured power output tests though, which could be why you prefer the iPhone (they have always tended to have a higher output ceiling than other phones). Frequency response, THD, IMD, etc are all within range of the iPhone to the point where you won't hear the difference at all. Stereo crosstalk is much better than the iPhone though.

    Samsung Galaxy S7 edge review: Stargate - page 8 - GSMArena.com

    I did see a review that measured the output power now that I think about it...I'll have to look for it. I'll update if I find it.

    Here it is: http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Sa..._id4164/page/3

    Scroll to the bottom.
    03-23-2016 10:18 AM
  5. gnuser's Avatar
    Try volume at 90% and the sound will tear up even with the best headphones. Treble levels are very high, Samsung didn't pay attention to it. Can volume and hands free speaker is clean.
    03-23-2016 12:47 PM
  6. JAG21979's Avatar
    Sounds like an external amp may be needed to get the most out of the headphones if I use the S7 Edge

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    03-23-2016 12:55 PM
  7. erasat's Avatar
    I would not recommend spending $$ on headphones with edge. The amp is quite mediocre. I use NHT audiophile head phones and sound flat and under driven. I have had better sound from my work iPhone.
    Question, did you set the Adapt sound under Sound quality and effects on the Sound Settings? I'm not saying it can do miracles but it can do wonders sometimes.
    03-23-2016 12:58 PM
  8. Kevin OQuinn's Avatar
    Try volume at 90% and the sound will tear up even with the best headphones. Treble levels are very high, Samsung didn't pay attention to it. Can volume and hands free speaker is clean.
    That's not really true either. Frequency response is flat.

    Where are you getting your information?
    mayconvert likes this.
    03-23-2016 06:09 PM
  9. mmohn01's Avatar
    I use YurBuds Explore when I jog, and they sound great with my S7e!
    03-23-2016 06:11 PM
  10. Kevin OQuinn's Avatar
    Sounds like an external amp may be needed to get the most out of the headphones if I use the S7 Edge

    Posted via the Android Central App
    An external AMP/DAC will always give better performance.

    If your question is "how do I get the best sound possible" then yes an external solution is best.

    If your question is "is the S7e good enough" the answer is "probably yes".
    mayconvert likes this.
    03-23-2016 06:11 PM
  11. Rumblee1's Avatar
    I use my awesome Bose Qc3. They don't make this model anymore, but go Bose

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    03-23-2016 06:27 PM
  12. JAG21979's Avatar
    An external AMP/DAC will always give better performance.

    If your question is "how do I get the best sound possible" then yes an external solution is best.

    If your question is "is the S7e good enough" the answer is "probably yes".
    The responses here I've gotten essentially tell me that if I have high expectations when using my new headphones with the S7 Edge, I should get an external amplifier. If I'm not too particular about the sound, I should be fine. I would like to get the best experience, so I'll go with your advice and grab an external amp unless there is a suitable app that will get the job done.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    03-23-2016 08:22 PM
  13. Kevin OQuinn's Avatar
    The responses here I've gotten essentially tell me that if I have high expectations when using my new headphones with the S7 Edge, I should get an external amplifier. If I'm not too particular about the sound, I should be fine. I would like to get the best experience, so I'll go with your advice and grab an external amp unless there is a suitable app that will get the job done.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    No app will make the phone have more output. External amp it is.
    03-23-2016 08:27 PM
  14. gnuser's Avatar
    Try a channel from Pandora on phone speaker and on headphones. YouTube sound quality is not great either. Try it and pay attention to it vs just hearing the noise.
    03-23-2016 09:16 PM
  15. Captpt's Avatar
    Can anyone provide their experience with high quality over the ear headphones? I'm interested to know if the phone has the power to deliver and drive high quality sound. I ordered some Audio Technica ATH M50s and was hoping to use them with the S7 Edge.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    I also have the AT MN 50s too plus Bose QC15s. The S7 Edge is OK, not great, just OK.. Honestly when I want serious music listening at home (Pandora, Spotify and my mp3s) believe it or not i use a old iPhone 4. My last 3 Galaxys and Windows phones can't touch the iPhone 4. I know it's not going to be popular here but sadly it's the truth..

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    03-23-2016 11:06 PM
  16. DizWhiz's Avatar
    I have a pair of relatively inexpensive Beyerdynamic DT 235s that I kept around 70% for a normal listening level on my M8 but on my S7 (non edge) I have to crank it near 100%. Definitely not a loud amp.

    Make it so.
    03-23-2016 11:17 PM
  17. GoldenWarr's Avatar
    With the AKG K7XX, I play music about 1 tick below the full volume of the phone. Full volume gets it right over non-sibilant listening volume for me. Definitely doesn't have enough power to adequately push headphones like these. The FiiO E17K I use works well with USB OTG, though it certainly adds some bulk if you were planning to use your phone with high end headphones + amp on the go.

    It does a little better job with my SHP9500s, which aren't known to be that power hungry relative to other high end headphones (these are low-mid range cans). I still get slightly over 3/4 of the volume bar for normal listening volume.
    03-24-2016 12:35 AM
  18. flumdog's Avatar
    I have a pair of Sennheiser Momentums that sound fine through the audio jack on the S7e and the phone meets my needs in the car using a hard-wired 3.5 cable into the AUX port. Volume levels are fine.

    I use USB Audio Player Pro and a FiiO DAC when I really want to do some serious listening. Not surprisingly the external USB DAC sounds better but I think the Snapdragon SoC does a fine job for most listening experiences. Everything I listen to is in FLAC format.

    BTW I now use UAPP instead of PowerAmp. You can use UAPP as your default Android player without a USB DAC as long as you select that option in the settings. I did a comprehensive side-by-side comparison and the same music sounded much better using UAPP than PowerAmp.
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    03-24-2016 08:35 AM
  19. sfla99's Avatar
    I do not listen to music at blistering levels but I use a pair of Audio-technica ANC9 Quiet points every day at work and they seem fine, then again these are active noise canceling and do something a bit different than the the norm.
    03-24-2016 08:52 AM
  20. munnarg's Avatar
    The responses here I've gotten essentially tell me that if I have high expectations when using my new headphones with the S7 Edge, I should get an external amplifier. If I'm not too particular about the sound, I should be fine. I would like to get the best experience, so I'll go with your advice and grab an external amp unless there is a suitable app that will get the job done.

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    Your M50s will be absolutely fine.
    03-24-2016 09:06 AM
  21. Rheller82's Avatar
    It will most certainly not be fine. you guys can give stats all day long, but the truth is the audio sounds horrible. Also issues like clicking and popping sounds. It's just too low and flat not at all like the previous note 5. So for "high quality sound" you will need a dac.

    Btw this does not apply to the exynos versions as they have a different better dac built-in. This is why you will see post conflicting on the issue.
    03-26-2016 12:58 AM
  22. GadgetGator's Avatar
    It will most certainly not be fine. you guys can give stats all day long, but the truth is the audio sounds horrible. Also issues like clicking and popping sounds. It's just too low and flat not at all like the previous note 5. So for "high quality sound" you will need a dac.

    Btw this does not apply to the exynos versions as they have a different better dac built-in. This is why you will see post conflicting on the issue.
    I don't have clicking or popping on the U.S. version. Very clean. I do however have dropout issues playing on Bluetooth on my car. But with the headphone jack no problem.
    03-26-2016 05:02 AM
  23. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    Pandora is sending low bandwidth, very compressed audio. If you're using that to judge sound quality you'll always be disappointed. I suspect the same is true for YouTube.
    03-26-2016 11:01 AM
  24. gnuser's Avatar
    Pandora is sending low bandwidth, very compressed audio. If you're using that to judge sound quality you'll always be disappointed. I suspect the same is true for YouTube.
    I agree to your point however the fact of the matter is the S7 fails to reproduce even bad quality correctly. It makes it appear worse than it actually is.
    03-26-2016 03:22 PM
  25. Kevin OQuinn's Avatar
    I agree to your point however the fact of the matter is the S7 fails to reproduce even bad quality correctly. It makes it appear worse than it actually is.
    You have not produced any evidence to back up anything you've said about the S7 audio quality, while I've provided evidence to the contrary.

    Can you provide some links to support your assertion that S7 has bad audio quality?
    03-27-2016 11:19 PM
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