HTC One (M8): Headphone audio quality?

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I'm curious how the headphone audio quality is on the M8, and specifically when compared to S4/S5? Also, is BoomSound anything more than the a rebranded Beats, which only made the phone bassier? Thanks.
 
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Re: Headphone audio quality?

BoomSound is the dual front facing speakers, has nothing to do with beats. The original beats on the m7 is just a software algorithm

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Re: Headphone audio quality?

BoomSound is also a setting on the phone, which can be turned off when using headphones. When you turn it off, it loses volume. My question is, is it more of a pre-amp (adding power) or an entire sound profile?
 

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Re: Headphone audio quality?

I know that it's definitely adding power, I don't think it's related to the EQ setup but someone correct me if I'm wrong.

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If your concern is audio quality, get the M8, use decent headphones, and don't engage beats, BoomSound, or any similar enhancement. Those things are ok for cheap ear buds, but if you plan to use cheap ones, it doesn't matter so much which phone you get.
 

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Well, from what I've seen in the reviews, the HTC One M8's headphone output is unmatched by anything in its class. Also, for those who claim that the BoomSound speakers are not a factor because they use headphones...well the M8 destroys everything in that category as well. Now the only comeback for that is ".....well I don't use audio on my phone at all" ;)

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I hooked up my Klipsch Image S4 headphones and the sound is great. I never use free included headphones because most of the time they are cheap quality and horrible sounding.

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My advice? Turn off boom sound when using headphones. They artificially enhance the sound with some crappy bass.
 

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I get some audio clipping at high volume with v-moda m100s. Outside of that it's absolutely stunning. Hoping an update fixes the clipping so I can drown people out. :p

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I get some audio clipping at high volume with v-moda m100s. Outside of that it's absolutely stunning. Hoping an update fixes the clipping so I can drown people out. :p

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Those are pretty high end and probably need a dedicated external headphone amplifier.

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Those are pretty high end and probably need a dedicated external headphone amplifier.

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I thought that as well, but I had no issues running them on a note 3 without my amp. And, unfortunately, I can't get my e07k to work. Unsure if it's a cable issue or kitkat. :/

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I thought that as well, but I had no issues running them on a note 3 without my amp. And, unfortunately, I can't get my e07k to work. Unsure if it's a cable issue or kitkat. :/

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Using the headphone jack out of the M8 would work with that amp.

I'm unsure if the audio output impedance of both phones so I can't say for sure if that's part of the issue or not.

Maybe tomorrow I'll plug in my DT990's (250 ohm) and see what happens.

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Using the headphone jack out of the M8 would work with that amp.

I'm unsure if the audio output impedance of both phones so I can't say for sure if that's part of the issue or not.

Maybe tomorrow I'll plug in my DT990's (250 ohm) and see what happens.

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I'd appreciate it. I'm trying to figure out which of the USB cords is at fault so I can order a new one. Thanks for quick feedback.

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I'd appreciate it. I'm trying to figure out which of the USB cords is at fault so I can order a new one. Thanks for quick feedback.

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Just to be sure, are you plugging in to the microUSB of the M8 for source or the headphone jack? I'm not sure it'll work through USB but don't have anything to test with to determine if that would be Kit Kat, the music player, or HTC.

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Used it via USB on my note (was 4.3) but going to try the headphone jack now. Used a micro to mini otg prior.

Edit: it works fine purely as an amp through the headphone jack. Forgot I was trying to use it as a DAC on my note. :p

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Used it via USB on my note (was 4.3) but going to try the headphone jack now. Used a micro to mini otg prior.

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If you still have the Note and it received Kit Kat I'd be curious to know if it still works.

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If you still have the Note and it received Kit Kat I'd be curious to know if it still works.

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I don't but my family has a few, however they're still on Verizon so 4.3 still. I'll let you know as soon as they get 4.4.

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