Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Duos Review

8 May 2017, 03:55:26

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Duos Review
The review units have been provided by Etoren.com

Audio

There isn't a dedicated music app and both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ utilise Google's Play Music one. The devices arrive bundled with AKG-tuned earphones. According to the specifications, both provide Ultra High-Quality Audio Playback by supporting UHQ 32-bit and DSD64/128. The latter means that the Direct Stream Digital (DSD) format developed by Philips and Sony is supported with up to 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz sampling rates, which are, respectively, 64 and 128 times greater than the rate of standard audio CD.
As usual, the audio test is performed by using the TASCAM US-2x2 audio interface and the RightMark Audio Analyzer software with all audio enhancement features disabled. The results do not take into account the speaker. According to the results from the test, the audio quality on the S8 and S8+ is just like on any other average smartphone out there. It excels in frequency response, while the THD + Noise is only good. The rest of the parameters are evaluated as Very good and that's the overall evaluation of the audio quality. There is a single, bottom-facing speaker, which, according to our subjective opinion, is one of the loudest ones we've heard on smartphones. That does not necessarily mean it is a high-quality one and in this particular case, the sound is quite distorted at the highest volume levels.
Test Value RMAA rating
Frequency response (from 40 Hz to 15 kHz), dB +0.01, -0.08 Excellent
Noise level, dB (A) -93.0 Very good
Dynamic range, dB (A) 93 Very good
THD, % 0.0055 Very good
THD + Noise, dB (A) -81.5 Good
IMD + Noise, % 0.0080 Very good
Stereo crosstalk, dB -81.0 Very good
IMD at 10 kHz, % 0.016 Very good
General performance   Very good
Frequency response
Noise level
Dynamic range
THD + Noise (at -3 dB FS)
Intermodulation distortion
Stereo crosstalk

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