Audio - Audio hardware and technology
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  • The newly Huawei Honor 9 sports the AKM Hi-Fi chip with enticing advertisement: With innovative ultra-wide 3D sound field technology, you'll be able to enjoy virtual surround sound through your earphones in three different modes. Immerse yourself in music, whenever, wherever. Audio fine-tuning by Grammy Award winner Rainer Mailler.
    OnePlus 5 remains the affordable price with the best processor and larger RAM, but not the audio sub-system. OnePlus was not the best ones in audio performance in this price range, but also not the worst ones.
    It has been a long time since we reviewed HTC smartphone last time, because they are not outstanding in all aspects, not that unique, not popular in China mainland, and we are poor. This time, the U11 ranks the first in DxOMark, and removed the 3.5mm headphone jack, which attracts our attention.
    Samsung upgraded processor, display and camera in Galaxy S8 & S8+, as well as the appearance. We found that the S8 & S8+ really made progress in display and audio performance than the previous generation. Will they make progress in call quality, too?
    The Samsung Note 7 recall seriously harmed Samsung's brand around the world, especially in China. Could its brand image be overhauled? S8 & S8+ is the key factor. This time we got S8 and S8+ at the same time, so the audio review is about both of them. Both are Chinese version.
    Since Pixel C released in 2015, Pixel series had replaced the Nexus series to become the most Google Android brand. The Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone released last October were the upgradation version of Nexus 6 series, ODM by HTC. We bought the Pixel XL to see its performance and experience the latest Android. As a Google product, how about its audio performance?
    S50 is Edifier's very first sound bar, which uses a Titanium dome tweeter and two 70mm aluminum sub-woofers for each channel. This sound bar, just like other Edifier products, is also equipped with Edifier's digital crossover technology, and a TAS 5754 amplifier.
    Not long ago, a wealth young reader provided a Huawei Mate 9 for us to test. The audio performance of Huawei Mate 9 is just average. Will this Pro vision have a Pro audio performance? We suppose the answer is NO, because Huawei does not mention anything special on audio.
    CM102 is a new JBL branded speaker system, but it does not seem like a JBL product, because it just has an ordinary appearance. It adopts wood cabinet rather than plastic, which are widely adopted by other JBL speakers. Sold at 999 - 1299 RMB (about $150-200).
    Edifier S880 is a 2.0 active speaker system that will be released in China soon. If just look at this name, you may consider that it has a similar market positioning with the S1000, and it is also sold at RMB 1198 (about 160 USD). However, S880 has a much smaller size than S1000/S2000 series, and it is more suitable to be placed on bookshelf.
    AirPulse A200 is the very first product that Edifier used the trademark and cooperated with Phil Jones. Since May 2011, Edifier released their new logo, and officially unveiled at the press conference. It adopts a brand new ribbon tweeter and a re-designed mid-woofer.
    Edifier released A200 active speaker with the high-end brand, AirPluse. The A200 horn loaded tweeter is a true ribbon tweeter. The 5.5" woofer in the A200 is an aluminum cone/large voice coil signature Phil Jones design.
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