02-25-2013 08:53 AM
02-25-2013 08:57 AM - edited 02-25-2013 08:58 AM
I think it's called 'keeping up with the Joneses'. Lol
02-25-2013 09:19 AM
then why did you ask in the first place?
That wasn't a question. "Can't say" is the answer to Zaba76's question.
05-08-2013 09:29 AM - edited 05-08-2013 09:29 AM
One of the best source of information when it comes to the quality of DACs in phones is GSM arena.
Usually iPhones have the best hardware, probably due to the years of experience Apple had creating iPods.
But BB is improving. Here is what they had to say about the Z10:
"The BlackBerry Z10 put up a solid performance in our audio quality test, demonstrating a nicely clean output"
That's as long as you're not using headphones...
You can check the graphs and how other smartphones performed at this address:
05-08-2013 07:06 PM
05-09-2013 06:08 AM
I did not do any research on stereo cross talk before now and it seems you're right, it doesn't matter that much with stereo signals, but -45 db is quite high compared to what others do.
GSM arena always highlights it in their reviews when there is a big jump, probably to show us that the manufacturer did not take all the steps required to minimise audio problems. BlackBerry could have done a better job in isolating circuit board traces, but at the end of the day, nobody will care if it doesn't create any other sort of interference and the rest of the results tend to prove that.
05-09-2013 06:13 AM
05-09-2013 06:16 AM
05-11-2013 01:11 PM
BTW I consider the Z-10's audio output through headphones (good ones, too) to be in the class of "excellent" if not "star-worthy."
And I for one am personally glad they didn't include distortion-producing and muddying garbage that you find in many of the other phones in their "equalizers" and "sonic processing" junk.
With good source material the Zed sounds great. Like the OP here I used my phone as my sole portable music device. This is one of the deal-breaker areas for me with a phone and the Z-10 passes with flying colors. Of course if the source material stinks nothing helps.
Incidentally it does a very good job through Bluetooth too; many devices that are ok with hard-wired headphones are moderately poor to worse than that through their bluetooth connections. The Z-10 maintains its quality.
For reference purposes I'm somewhat of an audio snob (but not over the top in that regard) having a pair of studio monitors on my desk for "computer speakers" driven by a 100W/c amp off optical and a pair of KEF 104/3s in my living room as "fronts"