On the smartphone market, LG V10 is prominent names thanks partly 9018C2M ESS chip 32-bit DAC audio processing in hardware separately. ESS Technology’s audio chip maker was too famous. The high-end audio products is preferred to use its chips. Previously also had a few phones from China using 9018K2M ESS audio chip (other than audio chip on the LG V10) as MX4 Pro and Vivo X5, but is not well known as LG phones.
Part amply, continue to use the LG V10 ESS9602C amp chip. A very smart feature on this phone is the computer will automatically detect the impedance of the headphones used and adjusts the gain accordingly (similar to Aune M2). With the 8-50 ohm headphones, it will at low gain mode. With headphones from 50-600 ohm impedance, high gain mode the machine to pull the headphones better. As for input impedance of 700 ohm or more, the machine will signal to the device as speakers or amplifier.
Due DAC ESS 9018C2M chip can not operate continuously consume power due to V10 provides the option to install “32bit DAC Hifi”, can pop up when connected through audio equipment, automatic on / off each mounted / interrupts audio devices. When this feature is not turned on, the machine will use Qualcomm chip integrated DAC on the Snapdragon processor 808, for better battery life. There is a point to note that LG V10 will achieve the best sound quality only with the default music player. Currently on the XDA forum has an application called “DAC Fix for LG V10” to solve this problem. DAC chip will be activated in any application, you can download from the Play Store and use, but should consider the risks.
LG V10 can decipher most popular music formats today as MP3, M4A, FLAC, ALAC, … or DSD. Bottom line is you do not need to worry too much about this issue.
The unit is accompanied by a firm AKG headphones correction and surprise is the quality of this headset is very stable. In the accompanying headphones, this smartphone can be said is one of the best. The headset has a clean sound, a light, highly detailed and easy to listen to but slightly thin sound.
Another plus point of the V10 is in the machine’s memory to 64GB to support both microSD card slot of up to 2TB, comfortably store digital audio formats with high quality.
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In this review, we will use the LG V10 direct comparison with the iPhone 6s as well as a few sample dedicated player. The headphones are used to evaluate the sound quality headphones including ASG-2.5 Aurisonics, Sennheiser IE800 and Etymotic ER4s. LG V10 and iPhone 6s are using the default audio player. If you listen to music using the phone as well as LG V10 and iPhone 6s, we also recommend that you should use the default music player by refining and optimizing the software manufacturer for the this phone will have better quality compared to third-party applications. Music is the music source iTunes M4A FLAC and ALAC.
The first point is easy to see when comparing the iPhone 6s and V10 are soundstage and granularity. With the Feeling Good (Michael Bubble), on the LG V10 soundstage wide and clear than that of the iPhone 6s. But there is the sense V10 sound quite flat, not 3D and animated very well when compared to the iPhone 6s.
As mentioned, detailed sound of the V10 is clearly makes a difference. ESS sound chip from 9018K2M perhaps most clearly revealed here. Like many other DAC sample chips using this ESS 9018C2M, V10 represents the very fine details. Crisp sound, easy to recognize the small sound of recordings The Storm (Yanni), the audio is difficult to hear on the iPhone 6s.
Bands of V10 bass volume is not much, relatively balanced like iPhone 6s. Detailed tonal range, many of the exact natural, not too accenting or personality in a special way with inadequate speed. V10 bass’s quite gentle and pleasant, to enjoy the light music as Quando, Quando (Michael Buble) and may not be optimal in the genre such as Dance, Trance and EDM. Also strange is the V10 has missed a little bit the bass range, even when compared to the iPhone 6s. Listen via the EDM may find this trait or even the bass from guitar in Knocking on heaven door (Guns and Roses) also saw strummed guitar sound and vibration lacks the necessary solubility. Deeper, we can see the bass of the V10 does not reach so, lacking slightly in sub bass. Bass accurate, detailed, non-invasive strip neat, good technical characteristics, won the majority of iPhone 6s, but unfortunately due to this drawback normally experience music sometimes not as good as 6s.
Mid range of sound is one of the most popular in the V10. This strip has a smooth sound, slightly sweet. Easy integration with many types of headphones, to the Etymotic sound ranging mid ER4s extremely neutral, somewhat dry but with V10 hear the smooth and quite pleasant. V10 mid range of sound thicker than the iPhone 6s.
The V10 has a range Treb detail, color and light. However, focus more on low Treb, so it could be heard more and listen to shows like but not be satisfied. Treb sound by not doing enough in the upper portion so with discerning listeners will clearly see the airy V10 lacks spontaneity, along with a little-known fast melt Treb. In terms of audio quality on current smartphones, LG V10 also strip Treb can still rated good, rich in detail and provide a truer sense of the iPhone 6s. But a little lost in the iPhone 6s, but Upper Treb overall tonal range, the V10 has a better quality of the Apple phone.
Summarizing, LG V10 is a smartphone with good music quality and higher than the current average level. This phone was superior to the iPhone 6s in many elements of the sound quality, particularly natural sound quality brightness and detail than Apple’s phone.
+ Sound belongs to one of the best smartphone current player
+ Headset comes with good sound quality
+ Serious investments in hardware and software audio
+ Music player Intuitive, user-friendly and features
– Automatic gain mode is sometimes inconvenient.
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