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The best music smartphones

Not all smartphones have a loud pleasant sound. Only devices from today's collection can be called truly musical.

There are a lot of music lovers in the world. Such people want to get the best sound from the technology. They get a home theater with a receiver and a smart audio system. And when choosing a smartphone, they pay attention to whether there is a central audio processor in it, which is separately engaged in sound processing. If you also want to buy a music smartphone, be sure to take a look at our rating of such devices!


What makes a good sound?

Many people believe that all portable devices are about the same in their sound qualities. Typically, these users think that the differences lie only in the musical dynamics. But in fact, even the headphones sound is far from the same. It all depends on which component converts digital sound to analog (and this is not enough, the headphones themselves have not yet learned how to solve this problem). In most inexpensive smartphones, the sound is processed by a processor or a very simple audio processor. Both of these cases do not suit the music lover, as the following happens:

  • The sound is quiet;
  • The quality of music is far from ideal, since the sampling rate is greatly reduced;
  • It is impossible to connect large overhead headphones - the signal does not have enough power to overcome the increased resistance.

That is why some manufacturers build in their products a separate audio processor, and sometimes even complement this matter with an audio amplifier. A phone with such components becomes musical, since it sounds much better than many of its competitors. But you should not try to compare it with stereo systems, receivers and computer sound cards - larger audio processors with completely different characteristics are built into stationary instruments. And they have much more dynamics.

Portable Hi-Fi Player

If you consider yourself a real music lover, then pay attention to the top music players. They still exist, occupying a certain market share. Inside they do not need to place 4G-module, a large amount of RAM and other similar components. In this regard, they have a place for a high-quality audio processor and an extremely powerful amplifier. These players sound much better than any smartphone. But they cost from 45,000 rubles, and therefore not everyone can afford to buy them.

Meizu MX4 Pro

  • DAC : Saber ES9018K2M
  • Amplifier: Texas Instruments OPA1612

Price: 11 900 rubles.

The manufacturer of this smartphone intelligently optimized software for specific sound components. As a result, listening to music using this model is very nice. At the same time, the device boasts other characteristics. For example, the resolution of the 5.5-inch display installed here is brought to 1536 x 2560 pixels - individual pixels can be viewed only under a microscope. Also at the disposal of the smartphone are 3 GB of RAM and a 20-megapixel camera.


  • Very high resolution display;
  • Supports LTE and Wi-Fi 802.11ac;
  • Samsung's eight-core processor;
  • 3 GB of RAM;
  • The presence of a fingerprint scanner ;
  • Pressure sensor;
  • Good rear camera (20.7 megapixel).


  • An old version of the operating system;
  • The sound is loud only in the headphones;
  • Heats up quite strongly, thereby discharging the battery.

Highscreen Boost 3

  • DAC : Saber ESS9018K2M
  • Amplifier: ADA4897-2

Price: 13 990 rub.

For unknown reasons, smartphones with music chips are very heavy. But Highscreen Boost 3 can be considered an exception to the rule - its weight does not exceed 140 g. This device has two SIM slots, a 5-inch display with Full HD resolution and a 4G module with support for LTE-A networks of the fourth category. An eight-core product from MediaTek is used as a processor, 2 GB of RAM is also hidden under the case. A distinctive feature of the device is the equipment - in the box you can find an additional battery with a capacity of 6000 mAh.


  • Long autonomous work;
  • Support LTE-A;
  • Relatively good camera (13 megapixel, f / 2);
  • Powerful processor and 2 GB of RAM;
  • A pair of batteries included;
  • Ability to install two SIM-cards;
  • Not very high cost.


  • Good sound only in high-quality headphones;
  • The operating system has bugs;
  • Not the best design.

HTC One M9

  • DAC: not available
  • Amplifier: not available

Price: 30 990 rubles.

HTC does not say that for the "stuffing" is located in its flagship. However, this does not negate the fact that the device sounds better than each of its competitors. Thank you for this, you need not only components, but also proprietary technology HTC BoomSound. From the stereo speakers comes a clear and loud enough sound. And if you connect high-quality headphones to the device, the effect will be even more impressive! As for the technical characteristics, they include Android 7.0 (the fifth version was originally installed), Wi-Fi 802.11ac, LTE-A and 3 GB of RAM. For photography using a 20 megapixel camera.


  • Loud stereo speakers;
  • Powerful processor;
  • High resolution display;
  • Excellent rear camera;
  • Support LTE-A ninth category.


  • Low resolution front camera;
  • High price;
  • No fingerprint scanner.

Lenovo Vibe X3

  • DAC: ESS ES9018K2M DAC
  • Amplifier: Lenovo 3xTIOPA1612

Price: 22 990 rub.

Especially for this smartphone, Lenovo has created its own amplifier. Despite its tiny size, this detail allows you to output the sound on the large overhead headphones. But the device is not positioned as a musical. The Chinese rightly point out that their creation easily copes with any other tasks. For example, a smartphone allows you to access the Internet at high speed, since there is an LTE module here. And it also provides good photos, for which you should thank the 21-megapixel camera. And if the best music smartphones have only one SIM card slot, then Lenovo Vibe X3 is deprived of this disadvantage.


  • 3 GB of RAM;
  • Six-core processor from Qualcomm;
  • Availability of fingerprint sensor;
  • Two slots for SIM-cards;
  • Support LTE and 802.11ac;
  • High resolution display;
  • Excellent cameras (21 and 8 Mp).


  • The camera does not have optical stabilization;
  • Enough high cost.

LG V10

  • DAC: 9018C2M
  • Amplifier: ESS 9602C

Price: 27 800 rub.

When designing the LG V10, South Koreans tried to introduce unusual technologies into their creation. In particular, the device received two screens. One of them is auxiliary - it can be found near the front camera. Also, the device received a central audio processor and amplifier, due to which he entered our top music smartphones. Like customers and installed here a 5.7-inch display capable of boasting a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. And still the smartphone very well removes - the 16-megapixel camera is responsible for this process.


  • The possibility of using two SIM-cards;
  • There is an auxiliary display;
  • Very high resolution main screen;
  • Relatively good rear camera (16 MP, f / 1.8);
  • Support for LTE-A fourth category;
  • Powerful processor;
  • 4 GB of RAM;
  • Dual front camera.


  • The camera does not have optical stabilization;
  • Very high cost.

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