The HTC 10 wants to be the ultimate smartphone for audiophiles

The design of the new HTC 10 did not invite optimism: suddenly disappeared those characteristic front speakers that just confirmed the interest of HTC by a section often neglected by other manufacturers: the sound.

But yesterday we learned that this commitment not only had remained: had been strengthened. The arrival of BoomSound Hi-Fi, the new edition of the popular audio technology HTC smartphones, joins other elements which on paper could make this device especially attractive for those who use much their mobile choice for listening to music.

Hi-fi live BoomSound

For three generations the high – end devices from HTC showed that few could compete with its commitment in the field of audio. The presence of the BoomSound technology made ​​in our comparative 2014 smartphones with better sound demonstrates have the best speakers around the catalog of that time.

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That was burdened with headphones somewhat below that expected in HTC One M8, but precisely in the case of HTC 10 have been significant changes in that section. To start the firm has placed external speakers differently, and has taken the position of the speakers for calls to place the tweeter in the top speaker and woofer on the bottom.

Each speaker has its own amplifier, which aims to provide the maximum possible clarity for those channels. Unlike phones with a single speaker, here the advantage is important prior. At the bottom are three microphones with noise cancellation that will help among other things our voice heard very well by the receiver of calls, but also influence the quality of audio recording.

To all this the fact that according to HTC that experience of high – resolution audio offers adds “end to end” when using an audio processing 24 – bit “throughout the whole architecture of audio.” That includes a digital Signal Processor (DSP) 24-bita digital-to-Analog converter (DAC) also 24 bits and a headphone amplifier according to the firm that is twice as powerful as its competitors.

In this equation also, it plays an important role called Total Harmonic Distortion with Noise (THD + N, Total Harmonic Distortion Plus Noise), which according to HTC is -104 dB with a noise level of -120 dBV. This good performance is the heritage of technology BoomSound the first HTC One (M7), which as confirmed in AnandTech at that time possessed a clear competitive advantage in this section.

The sound recorded at 16 bits is improved with upscaling to 24 bits, which will have to check if you really have a positive effect on the final sound quality. Here surely appear criticism of the “artificial fabrication” of a sound that did not exist in the original file, but again the result should be evaluated to see if these improvements really offer something distinctive.

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That support 24 – bit audio is also available for recording stereo sound for example 4K videos in which we can apply a sampling rate of 96 kHz sound recording. According to HTC, that means that allows you to record a volume twice as high than its competitors with twice the frequency range used.

The Hi-Res certification remains unknown

As explained in Wikipedia, the audio high – resolution or high definition refers to a system used by audiovisual producers and equipment manufacturers sound to indicate that they have taken advantage of a wider dynamic and broadband ranges than those used in the Disc Compact.

That means making use of coding systems such as PCM and does so with rates higher than 44100 Hz sampling, but also do so with bit depths of more than 16 bits, which are the figures used in the CD format. The appearance of this term ,which is more a marketing concept than a standard as such caused among other things without compression formats like FLAC or ALAC be promoted, although the files in this format do not necessarily have to be high definition.

As with other ideas surrounding the audio world, the advantages of the system are not entirely clear and here subjective factors come into play that makes such systems have both supporters and detractors.

Sony has been the great promoter of this industry and its website has an evolution of a system with which they have tried to promote commercially through their audio systems and headphones.

The firm joined Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group to promote this pseudo-standard and four categories that fall within the definition of high -definition audio, were specified also known as HRA.

The HTC 10 is one of the first devices with certification as we say is not accepted by most of the industry standard, but created by the consortium in collaboration with the Japan Audio Society (JAS). The format information is confusing so that certification alone does not necessarily prove anything.

Headphones are (almost) everything

The HTC 10 is one of the most promising terminals of the current catalog of high -end devices. Perhaps one of the reasons for that price is not mobile but in one of its accessories. While most manufacturers include headphones that as much only become decent, HTC 10 find headphones that also feature the Hi-Res certification.

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Although again it may not mean anything, the combination of BoomSound Hi-Fi technology, Hi-Res certification of the terminal and the same certification in headphones could give notable results judging by those who have spent the first few minutes evaluating the sound quality of these headphones. Our friend Jesus Maturana could try briefly and the initial impressions were remarkable: think are the best I have seen in headphones included in the packs in arriving smartphones.

To this is added a headphone technology called Personal Audio Profile, which according to the manufacturer “can measure your personal hearing ability and dynamically adjust specific sound frequencies to each of your ears.” Or what it is the same: after a brief test (the video shows the operation of that option) a profile of equalization adapted precisely this test we have done with our headphones is created.

If we have another different headphone, simply create another profile to generate another different equalization curve. A similar feature is available on smartphones Samsung Galaxy range, but bewares, because it is not available for Bluetooth headsets nor for those interesting USB-C headphones that appear to be one of the future alternatives in this segment.

Obviously, some even better headphones certainly can get more from all that technology that HTC has wanted to integrate into your terminal, and fail that we can evaluate this section it is clear that the commitment of HTC 10 for the listening experience is one of the most promising all the current catalog of smartphones. Audiophiles, watch this smartphone.

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