ES9218P – a system-on-a-chip (SoC) from ESS Labs that executes D/A conversion and headphone drive, fitted by LG into their V series smartphones for some of the best smartphone sound quality in the world. The V30 can’t match the iPhone on dynamic punch but its way with tone and a filigreed top-end means that when it came time to upgrade earlier this year, I considered nothing but its successor: V40. The V40 uses the same SoC and sounds identical to the V30.… Read the full article
Pragmatism vs. Idealism? I practice the former to show the latter the door. In the laptop world, that means Apple: a Macbook (Standard/Air/Pro) has been my primary work tool for the past 13 years. I tried switching back to Windows in 2018 with the Microsoft Surface Book 2. The hardware is terrific (coil whine aside) but the operating system (still) makes me twitch. Back to the Mac…
When it comes to smartphones, I’m not in love with Google’s Android operating system; that hardware providers and telcos are permitted to install their own software layer and/or apps spoils any UX consistency.… Read the full article
Why do digital audio players exist? Simply put: because many smartphones just don’t sound very good. They aren’t designed to satisfy audiophile sensibilities. Furnishing the mass market with thinner smartphones loaded with more resolving cameras is a higher priority for manufacturers like Samsung, Motorola, Huawei and Sony than delivering better sound quality through the 3.5mm headphone socket. A socket that Apple kicked to the curb two years ago.
And so smartphone users looking for better sound quality on the go often resort to a second device: a dedicated portable music player that’s engineered to sound as good as possible and that, more often than not, adds support for hi-res audio.… Read the full article