Keep in mind what I said
by Pepe7 - 3/14/12 11:56 AM
In Reply to: Thanks! by DNA_105
Regardless of what the audiophile pundits on the interwebs state <insert large dose of sarcasm>, this change from the Wolfson to Yamaha processor doesn't mean as much on a mobile device in real world terms. A great number of those same folks have not bothered to learn about what configurations and/or apps are available to further enhance their music experience on the hardware. Instead, they make blind complaints w/o working with their aforementioned device. They worry more about the paint color of the water trough instead of whether or not their tapwater tastes good .
While I haven't worked for more than about 45 minutes total with an S2, I do think it's a quality device once you get the lay of the land. Haven't done any blind audio tests vs iPhone,etc either. Keep in mind that there's normally a return policy of at least 14 days with the big carriers (or greater, sometimes), so that helps you out too in properly evaluating what quality meets your needs.
I will be somewhat candid with you regarding the type of music you will be mostly listening to. If you listen to generally cacophonic music like crazy loud rock or metal, what sort of DAC is present under the hood won't be nearly the issue as it would if you were a classical enthusiast with a lot of very quiet, breathy passages to absorb through headphones coming from your device.
Put a little more effort into the headphones, like you would with a home audio system with getting proper sounding speakers. It's the part that folks starting out leave behind, somewhat.
Are you working with only MP3s/lossy files? Or do you also maintain/listen to any other lossless files in your collection such as WAV/ALAC/FLAC? An Android device will generally give you better options for more flexiblity in the types of files you can play, FWIW.
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