Premium Au­dio: 32-bit sound on the go

The faith­ful 3.5mm head­phone jack is slowly be­ing phased out of smart­phones as Blue­tooth head­phones gain pro­lif­er­a­tion and man­u­fac­tur­ers chase thin­ner de­vices.

SmartHouse - - MOBILE | REVIEW - Writ­ten by Jack Gra­menz

More and more phones are bundling don­gles in the box fea­tur­ing ul­tra-small digital-to-ana­log con­vert­ers and giv­ing con­sumers another thing they can lose and re­pur­chase, but some flag­ship phones are stub­bornly re­fus­ing to give up on the tra­di­tional au­dio jack.

Those who re­main on board the ana­logue au­dio train are now in­clud­ing high-qual­ity DACs in­side the de­vice to de­liver high­res­o­lu­tion au­dio, avoiding the need for ex­ter­nal don­gles, and even eclips­ing some au­dio­phile tar­get­ing ex­ter­nal DACs and play­ers.

LG ThinQ V50 ($1728)

LG first in­tro­duced 32-bit au­dio to smart­phones in 2016 with the re­lease of the V20, and have con­tin­ued to in­clude it in the new V50.

The in­cluded Quad Hi-Fi DAC is ca­pa­ble of out­putting 32bit au­dio up to 192kHz.

Mu­sic lovers might also find plenty of use in the in­cluded Dual Screen ac­ces­sory, giv­ing the V50 a sec­ond dis­play they could use to con­trol sound out­put or play mu­sic videos while multi-task­ing on the other screen.

Sam­sung S10 ($1349)

Not want­ing to be out­done by its do­mes­tic rival, the Korean tech gi­ant’s flag­ship S10 phone fea­tures sup­port for 32-bit au­dio up to 384kHz, ri­valling what’s of­fered by fel­low Korean com­pany and au­dio­phile digital-au­dio-player spe­cial­ist Astell + Kern, which sells de­vices for more than dou­ble the cost of ei­ther phone.

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