Audio - Audio hardware and technology
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  • Huawei had been not good enough in smartphone audio performance until Honor 9, which cannot be regarded as the best ones but at least a beneficial attempt. Then how about the latest high-end Mate10, will it worth anticipating?
    FiiO released F9, a hybrid earphone at the press conference, as well as their flagship portable Hi-Fi player X7 Mark II. Its Chinese name is Lianyi, which means ripple, refers to its dedicate ripple-like appearance. The F9 uses a hybrid design in which each channel is composed of a dynamic, producing lows, and 2 balanced armature drivers for mid-highs and treble. Hybrid design is to fulfill the BA¡¯s low distortion and extension in treble, and avoid its bass disadvantage with dynamic.
    The audio performance of Samsung had been quite normal till S8 series. Under the support of Qualcomm¡¯s solution, the audio performance of S8 series makes a great improvement, reaching at the first level among smartphones without separated DAC chip. And not surprisingly, Galaxy Note8 should have a similar or even better performance.
    S301 came unexpectedly as Edifier didn't leak anything to us. This speaker has a particular design, making a big difference from the traditional 2.1 speaker system. It adopts a wireless sub-woofer thus bringing different experience.
    Recent years have seen Edifier's progress in audio speaker units. This year, Edifier providing the S301, no surprising, absorbing the latest technology on S2000 MKii, for it adopting the planar tweeter in S2000 MKii, and enlarges the mid-woofer from 3.5-inch to 4-inch.
    After vivo changed their marketing strategy, Xplay series are responsible for extreme audio performance, while X series are still Hi-Fi phones with sperate DAC chip, but not that Hi-Fi as former models. X20 is not an exception.
    Although Apple is not the first one in removing the headphone jack, there are still a lot number of manufacturers following because of Apple's market volume and influence. We care about both the influence of this change on audio and the trend of industry changes. Does it really affects wireless headphone market? Does it give an impetus for headphone change?
    Q1 Mark II is the more attracting product among FiiO latest products released in the conference this year, compact design, budget price, and their experience. It adopts AKM entering level AK4452 DAC chip, XMOS USB audio interface for DSD256 and PCM 384kHz decoding, 2.5mm TRRS balanced headphone output, and supports analog audio input.
    The Touchbar means Apple had redesigned PCB, cooling, battery layouts, as well as speaker system. New internal speaker and cabinets cooperate with a tweeter, and it is amazing that the holes beside keyboard are mainly for decoration.
    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.
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