Yes, the new one sounds better than the original, especially when you're on 3Gmilaz001 said:Has anyone compared the audio quality on the new iPhone versus the original. The review seems to give the nod to the new device, which uses a different DAC chip. Any thoughts from other folks?
spiderma said:sound quality maybe good but the speaker volume sucks, i think it should be a lot louder then it is. my mates n95 is so much louder then my iphone it puts it to shame.
My iPhone 3G doesn't have any of the distortion you are talking about. Bass is crisp and clear on my AKG K27i headphones. In fact, I have to say that my iPhone actually sounds noticeably better than my old 30Gb 5G iPod. I'm very happy to be able to carry around one device now instead of two.Saiing said:I've found the overall sound quality to be VERY disappointing to the point where I'm considering exchanging my phone (although since I've heard 2 phones and they both have the same problem, I'm wondering what good this will do.) This is a copy of a quick post I wrote in the Apple support forums:
Distortion appears to be a real problem with the 3G iPhone.
The sound quality at reasonable volume levels, particularly in the bottom end is really poor. I started noticing soon after I purchased it that the bass was distorting noticeably, and when there was a lot of degradation of sound quality over a wide range of frequencies. I tested it with 3 pairs of headphones (cheap $10 Sony, decent $100 Sennheisers, and some high end Denon reference headphones). In all three tests the bottom end was muddy, indistinct and worst of all was noticeably distorting.
I also tried the same selection on a friend's iPhone with identical (i.e. poor) results. It's ironic that the better the headphones you use with an iPhone, the more noticeable the problems are due to the more accurate representation of the sound actually coming out of the phone.
I then played the same selection of mp3s on my Mac Pro, and on an MP3 capable hifi, and nothing was wrong with them (i.e. it wasn't the encoding of the mp3 that was at fault).
This is deeply disappointing as I'd really hoped to be able to carry just one unit around in future (the iPhone) but with such poor sound reproduction I think I'm going to have to dig out my iPod Nano again.
Well apparently the 3G uses the same audio chip as the ipod classics. So to some people the 3G iphone may very well be up to audiophile standards depending on the listener, file type, and encoding. There is no clear definition of an "audiophile" in the purist sense of the word, since tastes vary between listeners.kyussmondo said:I wouldn't say the volume beats the pants off any other mobile, but the sound quality definitely does. Pretty amazing how Apple managed to get that kind of quality out of such a small speaker.
Saiing, I appreciate your concerns, however for 90% of iPhone or iPod users then the new iPhone probably sounds great to them. The iPhone is hardly an audiophile device. Comparable to other "phones" then it is probably one of the best. The iPhones main use is still a phone.
While the ilounge review suggested this might be true due to both having similarly low background noise levels, this is appears to be wrong. The iPod Classic used a Cirrus Logic audio codec chip. Whereas the 3g iPhone uses "the Wolfson WM6180C audio codec, which replaces the WM8758 used on the original iPhone"deftdrummer1 said:Well apparently the 3G uses the same audio chip as the ipod classics.