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    I was wondering... How good is it? Well try it yourself with some good headphones, Beats ads much more mid range and bass... Nokia and Apple are now where near this audio quality! :-)
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    Absolutely +1.

    I've not tried the bundled ear buds, but the sound is killer on my Ultimate Ears. A whole lot richer sounding than my Omnia 7.
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    Does it have a graphic equalizer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by socialcarpet View Post
    Does it have a graphic equalizer?
    No. You just have to trust in the ba treatment. Hits the spot for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coolknight1968 View Post
    I was wondering... How good is it? Well try it yourself with some good headphones, Beats ads much more mid range and bass... Nokia and Apple are now where near this audio quality! :-)
    You tested it versus a 920 with the same file?
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    ^Good question.

    Anandtech seems quite impressed by the amplifier:
    Audio on the 8X is very interesting as HTC has included a much higher power headphone amplifier in an attempt to differentiate itself with real sound quality improvements instead of just dynamic range compression with Beats. I listened to music on my Shure SE535s on the 8X and came away very impressed with what I heard.
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    It is good, with my Sennheiser Ear Buds. Once I got used to not being able to tweak down the treble, I find the clarity to be very good indeed.

    Having said that, the sound on my HD7 with SRS Wow and same earbuds was also great.

    The Dolby enhancement on the HD7 was always crap, so hopefully the 920 has an improved version for those dogging the 8X.
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    Be interesting to see a comparison of the audio qualities of both phones, as the 920 is a huge step up from my previous HD7.

    Only disappointing thing, is the 920 doesn't go particuarly loud, although it doesn't distort very badly at max volume.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnailUK View Post
    Be interesting to see a comparison of the audio qualities of both phones, as the 920 is a huge step up from my previous HD7.

    Only disappointing thing, is the 920 doesn't go particuarly loud, although it doesn't distort very badly at max volume.
    With Beats turned on, I can only put my volume up to 15-17 (depending on song) before my ears want to start bleeding :)

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    Hi all,

    I am very interested in the Beats Audio in the 8X as I love music!

    I am curious though, I am reading that the Beats implementation in the 8X is only software while in Android phones it is hardware? If this is true, is there a big difference?

    Also, what exactly is the use of the dedicated amplifier? Am I correct in understanding that it is mainly used for to output louder volumes on the speaker?

    Thanks all!
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    Have anyone did an audio comparison between the 920 and 8x? I post a similar question in the 920 forum. I just want a non-bias review. (: thanks.

    P.S. many people feel that beats is a ****ty gimmick to trick ignorants. What is rocking inside the 8X is not the beats equalizer, but the additional hardware amplifier inside it. Just saying.


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    Quote Originally Posted by holyxiaoxin View Post
    Have anyone did an audio comparison between the 920 and 8x? I post a similar question in the 920 forum. I just want a non-bias review. (: thanks.

    P.S. many people feel that beats is a ****ty gimmick to trick ignorants. What is rocking inside the 8X is not the beats equalizer, but the additional hardware amplifier inside it. Just saying.


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    Beats is a bass booster button like the switch on a 1980s era walkman.

    The Dolby software on the Nokia actually has a graphic equalizer with some options other than "pump up da bass ya'll"
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    Hey social, what phone are you using? Haha.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lean4838 View Post
    I am curious though, I am reading that the Beats implementation in the 8X is only software while in Android phones it is hardware? If this is true, is there a big difference?
    As i understood it, "Beats" was just an EQ setting on both Android & WP.

    I'm not aware of any hardware differences between Beats enabled Android devices, and similar non-Beats devices.

    Both the 8S & 8X have beats, the big difference being the extra amp in the 8X. Thats far more useful than the "Beats" EQ setting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnailUK View Post
    As i understood it, "Beats" was just an EQ setting on both Android & WP.

    I'm not aware of any hardware differences between Beats enabled Android devices, and similar non-Beats devices.

    Both the 8S & 8X have beats, the big difference being the extra amp in the 8X. Thats far more useful than the "Beats" EQ setting.
    That is what I just said. ><


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    Great post, which headphones are you guys rocking?

    I've actually NEVER listened to music on my phone, but now that I'm signed up with XBOX Music, I'll need a good pair of in-ears for the 8X and beats!

    Any recs?
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    i pair of v modas they kill the beats in everyway
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    You mean the V settings for the EQ? I'm pretty anxious to try that out on a lumia:p


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    No I mean headphones lol someone ask for good headphones
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikejets89 View Post
    No I mean headphones lol someone ask for good headphones
    Sennheiser PX 100 IIs rock
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    Quote Originally Posted by holyxiaoxin View Post
    Have anyone did an audio comparison between the 920 and 8x? I post a similar question in the 920 forum. I just want a non-bias review. (: thanks.

    P.S. many people feel that beats is a ****ty gimmick to trick ignorants. What is rocking inside the 8X is not the beats equalizer, but the additional hardware amplifier inside it. Just saying.


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    good info. i too was under the impression that it was simply some lame software EQ.
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    Nope, Beats on the 8X I believe engages the internal amp, and does a bit of EQing too. But the amp makes a **** of a difference. I had Beats on my OneX which was just an EQ and the 8X kicks its ***. Now if they can just stop it randomly rebooting *angry face*
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    Quote Originally Posted by nicooke View Post
    Nope, Beats on the 8X I believe engages the internal amp, and does a bit of EQing too. But the amp makes a **** of a difference. I had Beats on my OneX which was just an EQ and the 8X kicks its ***. Now if they can just stop it randomly rebooting *angry face*
    Take it back. I haven't had a single reboot.

    I agree btw, the amp makes a heck of a difference. Great phone for music (erm, except for the OS!).
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    Trying to figure out exactly whats going on with the AMP.

    So from what I can tell, you need to have Beats active to use the AMP, correct?

    Also the amp doesn't seem to kick in until after you exceed a system volume of 15.

    It's not a noticable bump on my IEM's, but on my M50's I notice it instantly.

    Overall I definitly appreciate the AMP and the sound quality. It sounds a bit better than the HTC Titan did with SRS Sound Enchancer turned on (which was waaaay better than the standard WP EQ/sound settings).

    I just wish there was an equalizer like on the Lumia 920, and the option to manually enable/disable the AMP independant of using Beats audio.

    Software update maybe? Would be good to see this stuff added in along with the missing HTC Lense apps etc. :)
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    The Nokia 920's music capabilities are phenomenal. Having Dobly digital quality stereo sound and a full graphic customizable equalizer make this phone head and shoulders about the 8X IMHO
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